Rabbi Nathan As­moucha leaves Be­vis Marks Syn­a­gogue

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The Span­ish & Por­tuguese Jews’ Con­gre­ga­tion and Rabbi Nathan As­moucha an­nounce that Rabbi As­moucha’s po­si­tion as Rabbi of Be­vis Marks Syn­a­gogue has ended by mu­tual agree­ment. Af­ter con­sult­ing the Ma­hamad [Ex­ec­u­tive] of the Con­gre­ga­tion about his wishes, Rabbi As­moucha has agreed to leave his po­si­tion with im­me­di­ate ef­fect for the well be­ing of his fam­ily. Com­ment­ing on his de­ci­sion, Rabbi As­moucha said: “I have en­joyed my time at Be­vis Marks tremen­dously. This is a very spe­cial com­mu­nity and I will miss its warm and unique at­mos­phere. I would also like to thank the lead­er­ship of the Span­ish & Por­tuguese Jews’ Con­gre­ga­tion for their as­sis­tance dur­ing my ten­ure”. Speak­ing on be­half of the Ma­hamad [Ex­ec­u­tive] of the Span­ish & Por­tuguese Jews’ Con­gre­ga­tion, Dr Ed­ward Shaoul com­mented: “Rabbi As­moucha cre­ated a ma­jor im­pres­sion dur­ing his time at Be­vis Marks and we thank him for his ef­forts dur­ing his time with the com­mu­nity. We un­der­stand and sup­port his move and wish him ev­ery suc­cess with his fu­ture ca­reer.”

Back­ground notes

Arriving at Be­vis Marks in 2007, Rabbi As­moucha was the first rabbi em­ployed there for many years. Dur­ing his time with the con­gre­ga­tion, he led ser­vices, gave reg­u­lar ser­mons, started and held a weekly shiur, and con­ducted wed­dings and funer­als. He was also in­stru­men­tal in rein­tro­duc­ing Fri­day night ser­vices af­ter a hia­tus of many years. He pro­duced a weekly Be­vis Marks news­let­ter and cre­ated a rabbi’s blog. Pop­u­lar with his lo­cal con­gre­gants, his pas­sion for so­cial ad­vo­cacy also quickly es­tab­lished a re­spected rep­u­ta­tion within the wider com­mu­nity.

This no­tice ap­pears as a mat­ter of record only.

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