CX Diary: Week Ending 09/02/2013
What a fabulous shul Hampstead is. I had the real pleasure of attending a wedding ceremony in their renovated shul building on Sunday. It is a truly awe inspiring shul, and the efforts the community have put in to beautify it have really paid off. Later in the week I again visited Hampstead to meet with their Chairman and Vice Chair, to discuss how the US Centre is performing, what we can do to do better, how we can involve local communities even more in the strategic development of the US, and also to listen to local issues that are of concern to the community.
CX Diary: Week Ending 2/2/2013
Every three months the executive of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue meet up with my senior professional team and me to discuss issues that have arisen, look at how we can work closer together as a team, and look at areas where we can add value to the various programmes and activities both groups are developing.
CX Diary: Week Ending 26/01/2013
The United Synagogue has direct responsibility for 48 full member synagogues, 13 affiliated communities and 1 associate community. In addition to that there around 70 communities across the UK that take their religious authority from the Chief Rabbi. These regional communities are very loyal to mainstream Orthodox Judaism, are strongly committed to their Jewish heritage and traditions, and are critical elements of their Jewish communal life. Whilst each community is a separate charitable trust and has separate arrangements for burial, most of their members still see themselves as United Synagogue members.
CX Diary: Week Ending 19/01/2013
I received a phone call earlier this week from Rabbi Yisrael Fine of Cockfosters and North Southgate. He has served this community for some 25 years, and five years previously at Wembley Shul. He told me that he had decided to plan for his retirement at the end of 2013. He has the full support of his Honorary Officers, and I know he will be sorely missed. I must say that having worked with Rabbi Fine for many years, both in his local capacity and in his role both as chair and executive member of the Rabbinical Council of the US, I have always appreciated his integrity and commitment to the United Synagogue, and his passion for all his community work. He can point to a wonderful legacy at the Cockfosters and North Southgate community, with a wonderful CLC learning programme, a Mikveh on site, and regular shiurim and social activities. He has been a stalwart of the United Synagogue, and we are all so grateful for his service to our community.
CX Diary: Week Ending 12/01/2013
I took the opportunity this week to visit Rabbi Nicky Liss and the Highgate United Synagogue. This shul has been one of the success stories of the United Synagogue, and that is in no small part due to the efforts of Rabbi and Rebbetzen Liss. Rabbi Liss is one of our dynamic younger Rabbis who is making a real mark not just in the Highgate community but across the US, playing an important role within the Rabbinical Council. He is transforming his community, and will I am sure play a vital role in the US for many years to come.