BE­VIS MARKS DIS­PUTE

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

The late Judge Is­rael Fe­in­stein, shortly be­fore his sad death this week, pro­nounced him­self “ex­tremely dis­tressed by what is hap­pen­ing with our dear Sephardi brethren in con­nec­tion with Rabbi Nathan As­moucha” who is in great dan­ger of los­ing his po­si­tion as the rabbi of Be­vis Marks Syn­a­gogue.

Judge Fe­in­stein sug­gested that the rabbi be al­lowed to stay be­tween six months to a year be­fore the ma­hamad pass judg­ment upon his abil­ity to re­main as the rabbi of the syn­a­gogue, and added that he would pre­fer the Oc­to­ber 22 meet­ing to be can­celled but, if not, he asked the par­tic­i­pants to re­mem­ber the prin­ci­ple of chaverim kol Yis­rael. “We are all Jewish broth­ers and sis­ters”, Judge Fe­in­stein said, “and we should all work as far as we can in har­mony, friend­ship and tol­er­ance.”

It is my fer­vent hope that the im­prove­ment of Be­vis Marks will be main­tained, along with the Fri­daynight ser­vice which has been rein­tro­duced by Rabbi As­moucha and the daily morn­ing ser­vices . (Rev) Malcolm Gin­gold Bigland St, Lon­don E1

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