Scots try the rugby rabbi


A FOR­MER school­boy rugby star will fill a Glas­gow min­is­te­rial gap over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kip­pur.

New­ton Mearns Syn­a­gogue will be bring­ing in Rabbi Yitzchak Green­blatt, 33, for­merly known as Jared Green­blatt. Born in South Africa, he grew up in Eng­land, which he rep­re­sented at un­der-18 level be­fore mak­ing aliyah and study­ing at yeshivah in Jerusalem.

Dur­ing a br i e f re­cent visit, he took a ser­vice at the syn­a­gogue, which has been with­out a full­time rabbi since Danny Berg­son left three years ago.

New­ton Mearns chair Gary Win­ston is de­lighted to have the rabbi back.

“Yitzchak came over from Jerusalem for what you might call an au­di­tion and he was very good. I spent quite a lot of time with him dur­ing the week he was here and found him to be an ex­cep­tion­ally friendly and very in­ter­est­ing young man. We de­cided at a re­cent com­mit­tee meet­ing that we will have him back for Yom­tov.”

How­ever, Mr Win­ston added that there were no plans to bring him, or any­one else, in as a full-time rabbi. “We’re not think­ing that far ahead right now.”

Green­blatt played for Eng­land at youth level

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