Gateshead gets its man af­ter five-year search

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY FAGA SPEKER

A FIVE-YEAR search to fill the Gateshead Ke­hillah pul­pit has ended with the ar­rival of Rabbi Shraga Zim­mer­man, whose in­duc­tion cer­e­mony was held on Mon­day.

Rabbi Zim­mer­man, 44 — who suc­ceeds the late Rabbi Beza­lel Rakow — came from Mon­sey, New York, where he founded a con­gre­ga­tion.

His in­duc­tion was held at the Bewick Cen­tre, Gateshead, be­fore an au­di­ence of 500.

Among the guest speak­ers were Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon, re­turn­ing to Gateshead from the States, and Rabbi Nachum Sch­nee­balg from Manch­ester.

In his ad­dress, Rabbi Zim­mer­man said he was priv­i­leged to be given the op­por­tu­nity to lead the most learned of com­mu­ni­ties.

“I al­ways thought that the pave­ments of Amer­ica were lined with gold, but it is here in Gateshead where true value is to be found,” he told the con­gre­ga­tion.

He thanked ev­ery­one who had sup­ported his move to Gateshead, and Rabbi Feivel Stein­house, one of the ke­hillah’s old­est mem­bers, who had pre­sented him with talit as a wel­com­ing gift.

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