Wood­sideParkpicks its new min­is­ter

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

WOOD­SIDE PARK Syn­a­gogue has ap­pointed a new full-time rabbi, al­most a year af­ter the con­tro­ver­sial de­par­ture of its pre­vi­ous min­is­ter split the com­mu­nity.

The JC re­ported last month that Rabbi Pin­chas Hack­en­broch was dis­cussing terms with the shul’s man­age­ment board. Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful trial week­end, he re­ceived the over­whelm­ing sup­port of mem­bers at an EGM last week and is ex­pected to take up his new role be­fore the end of the year.

Rabbi Hack­en­broch, who has been min­is­ter at Glasgow’s New­ton Mearns He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion for the past five years, said: “I am de­lighted with the ap­point­ment. My wife and I are both looking for­ward to work­ing with such a vi­brant com­mu­nity.

“We have en­joyed our time with the New­ton Mearns com­mu­nity, who we are sorry to leave, but will head south with great joy and an­tic­i­pa­tion.”

His ap­point­ment brings to an end an ac­ri­mo­nious saga started by the de­par­ture of Rabbi Her­shel Rader. He left af­ter be­ing of­fered an undis­closed sum, thought to be around £100,000, to re­sign. More than 500 con­gre­gants signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for his re­in­state­ment and the then syn­a­gogue of­fi­cers were voted out by mem­bers. Rabbi Rader now has a tem­po­rary con­tract with Brighton and Hove He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion.

Rabbi Hack­en­broch, who has a law de­gree, at­tained his rab­bini­cal or­di­na­tion in Jerusalem. He is mar­ried to Gila and they have five chil­dren. The fam­ily will move to Lon­don in midNovem­ber.

Syn­a­gogue chair­man Gary Si­mon said: “We are de­lighted that Rabbi Hack­en­broch and Gila will be join­ing the com­mu­nity. They have a won­der­ful track record built on their warmth, spir­i­tu­al­ity and en­thu­si­asm.”

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