In what is believed to be the first event of its kind, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has inducted a new rabbi into a synagogue in Israel.
On Wednesday evening Rabbi Boruch Boudilovsky was inducted as the minister of the Young Israel Synagogue of North Netanya, a community which is made up almost entirely of “Anglos” – British Jews who have made Aliyah to Israel.
The Board of the shul decided, given the congregation’s make-up, to give its rabbi a British-style induction ceremony.
Prior to taking up his position in Netanya, Rabbi Boudilovsky served as associate rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, before being appointed to lead a new satellite “Yavneh” community in Borehamwood.
The Chief Rabbi described himself as “delighted” to have been able to perform the ceremony. He praised Rabbi Boudilovsky as someone who combined the ability to give outstanding sermons, lectures and shiurim but at the same time cared for each individual member of his community.
Born in Israel, Rabbi Boudilovsky grew up in Glasgow, before moving to New York. He subsequently studied in the hesder programme in Israel, and served as a combat paratrooper in the IDF, before earning a degree in educational counselling and a Masters in religion and theology at King’s College London.
Also in attendance at the ceremony was the Chief Rabbi of Netanya, Rabbi Kalman Ber.