Edg­ware set­back on rabbi search

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY JAY GRENBY

EDG­WARE SYN­A­GOGUE’S search for a full-time as­sis­tant min­is­ter is back to square one af­ter the ex­ec­u­tive felt un­able to rec­om­mend any of the candidates in­ter­viewed.

Syn­a­gogue chair Stephen Ja­cob­son said it was im­per­a­tive to find the right man rather than rush into an ap­point­ment which might prove flawed.

“How­ever, there are a num­ber of op­tions open to us now and we hope to iden­tify suit­able candidates with the help of the United Syn­a­gogue.”

One of the largest com­mu­ni­ties within the US fold, Edg­ware wants sup­port for se­nior min­is­ter Rabbi David Lis­ter, who took up the post at the start of the year.

Rabbi Steven Gaf­fin — whose job as com­mu­nity di­rec­tor was abol­ished as part of the re­struc­tur­ing — has left the shul.

Sup­port for Rabbi Lis­ter over the fes­ti­vals will be pro­vided by Rabbi Mark Mays, one of seven rab­binic in­terns be­ing brought over by the US from yeshivot in Is­rael and the USA. In par­tic­u­lar, he is help­ing Rabbi Lis­ter with al­ter­na­tive ex­plana­tory ser­vices for the Yom­tovim.

The rab­binic in­terns are, with one ex­cep­tion, Bri­tish-born and are as­sist­ing 15 US com­mu­ni­ties. The US hopes that in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing valu­able tem­po­rary sup­port, the place­ments will make the rab­bis think pos­i­tively about long-term ap­point­ments in Bri­tain.

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