Palmers Green votes

The Jewish Chronicle - - CommunityNews - LE ON S Y MONS PALMERS GREEN

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.

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