Palmers Green votes
AN EXTRAORDINARY general meeting to elect a new board of management is to be held at Palmers Green Synagogue in North London on Monday.
It will bring to an end eight months of turmoil for the United Synagogue congregation, following the election of Daniel Anderson as chairman last May and culminating in his resignation last month after the honorary officers lost a vote of confidence.
The synagogue has decided to double the size of the board to 12 men and 12 women. So far, 16 men and eight women have said they will stand for election.
Minister Rabbi Immanuel Levy told the JC: “This is many more than stood last year and it seems the events have galvanised the community.
“I hope this will draw a line under what was a very unpleasant period for all of us and that we can move forward together under a new board and new honorary officers.”
Mr Anderson set about trying to increase the synagogue’s membership by modernising and changing the style of services. One casualty was the Rev Brian Segal, the chazan, who resigned on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.
Rabbi Levy said many congregants had asked if Rev Segal would return “but that will be something the new board will have to consider.
“I am delighted at the number of people who have come forward. I believe this is a healthy sign from our congregation for what we offer and gives me great heart for the future of the synagogue,” he added.