Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

United Synagogue makes history as four women voted to top table

    Claire Lemer
    Claire Lemer

    It may not have been as revolutionary as the Church of England at last approving women bishops.

    But the United Synagogue, Britain’s largest Orthodox synagogue grouping, took a historic step last night by voting women on to its executive for the first time.

    Claire Lemer (Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue), Leonie Lewis (Pinner), Doreen Samuels (Pinner) and Jacqui Zinkin (Golders Green) defeated two other candidates for the four seats reserved for women as US trustees.

    Dr Lemer, who was a recipient of the British Empire Medal in last month’s Birthday Honours, said, "It's wonderful to be part of an historic occasion, and I am delighted that the new trustee board represents so well the diversity that makes the US such a unique organisation."

    President Stephen Pack (Hadley Wood) was elected unopposed for a second three-year term, while Brian Markeson (Watford) triumphed in the election for treasurer.

    Stephen Fenton (Bushey), Russell Kett (Belmont) and Stephen Goldman (Edgware) pipped four other men for the remaining trustee posts.

    Women had previously attended trustee meetings as observers. The move to allow them full trustee status follows the election of the first female chairmen of local US synagogues last year.

UK News

Hundreds of thousands view Holocaust denial talk

Rosa Doherty

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hundreds of thousands view Holocaust denial talk
UK News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
UK News

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag

Ben Weich

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag
UK News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
UK News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'
UK News

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson

Lee Harpin and Marcus Dysch

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson
UK News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
UK News

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity

Daniel Sugarman

Monday, December 5, 2016

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity