Over 100 community representatives from across the country met last Sunday at the Central Synagogue as part of the process of selecting the next Chief Rabbi. This highly successful meeting of the Representative Group was attended by people from a wide cross section of the community.
Participants were invited from around the UK representing United Hebrew Congregation and US shuls as well as the Chairs of Governors of schools that recognise the authority of the Chief Rabbi and other groups under his authority such as Jewish Chaplaincy, LSJS and the London Board for Shechita. The wide range of other participants included representatives of young people of the US, selected from the US Young Leadership Group, and observers from the Federation of Synagogues and the Spanish and Portuguese.
Chief Rabbinate Trust President, Stephen Pack said: “We are delighted that so many people attended this meeting which forms a crucial governance role in the appointment of the next Chief Rabbi. We welcome the many insightful observations that were made and we have listened carefully to every contribution.”
Prior to the meeting nominees were put forward to join the Consulting Group for the selection of the next Chief Rabbi. Commenting on this Stephen Pack continued: “We are delighted that these excellent candidates have put themselves forward to join the Consulting Group which will endorse the final recommendation of the Working Group. We have here ample talent, young and old, and from a variety of constituencies from which we can add significantly to the process.”
The next part of the process will be the advertisement of the position in January inviting applications for the position.
Click here to view the presentation slides from the meeting of the representatives.