Gel­ley gets head role

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

DAYAN ME­NACHEM Gel­ley has been ap­pointed head of the Lon­don Beth Din, a po­si­tion un­filled since the re­tire­ment of Dayan Chanoch Ehren­treu in early 2007. Since that time Dayan Gel­ley has held the po­si­tion of se­nior dayan, ful­fill­ing many of the func­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the Rosh Beth Din.

Born in Gateshead, he stud­ied at yeshivot in the north-east and Is­rael and trained as a dayan in Amer­ica be­fore join­ing the Lon­don Beth Din in 1993.

An­nounc­ing the ap­point­ment, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said “Dayan Gel­ley’s im­pres­sive knowl­edge of Jewish law, cou­pled with his hu­man­ity and sen­si­tiv­ity, make him a wor­thy oc­cu­pant of this sig­nif­i­cant spir­i­tual lead­er­ship role within the Jewish world”.

Dayan Gel­ley ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Rabbi Mirvis, fel­low dayanim and the United Syn­a­gogue “for their con­fi­dence in me. I pray to God for the wis­dom and strength to serve in this ca­pac­ity for the best in­ter­ests of the com­mu­nity.”

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