Kingston Synagogue members have ratified the appointment of American-born Michael Rosenfeld as their new rabbi at an EGM. The 30-year-old, who impressed during a trial weekend with the community last month, is expected to start in October.
The vacancy was created by the imminent departure of Rabbi David Mason for Muswell Hill Synagogue.
Like his predecessor at Kingston, Rabbi Rosenfeld trained at Yeshivat Ha-mivtar in Efrat.
He and his wife Joy have a three-year-old daughter, Shalva, who will be among the first pupils at Shalom, the Jewish nursery opening at the synagogue in September. A Kingston spokesman described the Rosenfelds as "a dynamic young couple".