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Young Rabbi's Conference in Prague

This Tuesday saw the conclusion of the annual three-day Young European Rabbinical conference, held this year in Prague.

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman and Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum, of Belmont US and Hadley Wood Jewish Community respectively, represented the UK and enjoyed an exciting few days which focused on the usage and effect of mass-media in the role of the modern Rabbinate.

Included in the programme were presentations from an Israeli film director specialising in combining modern cinema content with the teachings of Judaism and a Professor in Jewish Studies from Paris who highlighted the ever growing opportunities and challenges for Jewish women within the European Orthodox community.

Beyond the valuable programme content, an additional benefit in having United Synagogue Rabbis participate in this conference for the first time was in order to strengthen ties between the European Rabbinate and the UK.

The programme was run under the auspices of Hulya, a project of the Matanel Foundation, and was jointly chaired by Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER).

Reflecting on the trip Rabbi Birnbaum commented, “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to spend quality time with our rabbinical colleagues in Europe. Understanding the unique opportunities and challenges of other communities has been a very enriching experience, and I would encourage other colleagues here in the UK to consider participating on future occasions”.

Rabbi Feldman added, “We live in a global reality in which we are regularly in contact with people from multiple countries. It is definitely time to develop greater partnerships with rabbinic colleagues and their communities beyond the borders of the UK, in both sharing our resources and helping one another”.

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