Mariner’s next post

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

BeL­sIze squaRe syn­a­gogue’s Rabbi Rod­ney Mariner used a Yom­tov ser­mon to put an end to spec­u­la­tion about his fu­ture by an­nounc­ing that he will be­come emer­i­tus rabbi on his re­tire­ment in three years’ time.

“The board have of­fered me this and I have ac­cepted it — though I am not sure what it means,” he told con­gre­gants.

Rabbi Mariner, 67, who has served the com­mu­nity for 26 years, said a suc­ces­sor would be sought in 2010. This would al­low for an over­lap pe­riod and for a sab­bat­i­cal for him and his wife, sue, who has run the chil­dren’s choir for 31 years and over­sees the con­gre­ga­tion’s Ger­man-tra­di­tion litur­gi­cal mu­sic.

an ear­lier com­mit­tee set up to find a suc­ces­sor when Rabbi Mariner reached 65 failed to se­cure the de­sired can­di­date.

Rabbi Mariner then ne­go­ti­ated with the syn­a­gogue board to stay on un­til the age of 70.

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