By Faga Speker, May 9, 2008
A five-year search to fill the Gateshead Kehillah pulpit has ended with the arrival of Rabbi Shraga Zimmerman, whose induction ceremony was held on Monday.
Rabbi Zimmerman, 44 — who succeeds the late Rabbi Bezalel Rakow — came from Monsey, New York, where he founded a congregation.
His induction was held at the Bewick Centre, Gateshead, before an audience of 500.
Among the guest speakers were Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon, returning to Gateshead from the States, and Rabbi Nachum Schneebalg from Manchester.