Rich­mond se­lects its lead­ing cou­ple

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

RICH­MOND SYN­A­GOGUE mem­bers have over­whelm­ingly backed the ap­point­ment of Rabbi Meir and Rina Shindler as their new min­is­te­rial cou­ple, fill­ing the va­cancy cre­ated by the up­com­ing de­par­ture of Rabbi Jonathan Hughes to Radlett.

A King’s Col­lege Lon­don grad­u­ate, Rabbi Shindler has worked as an op­er­a­tional re­search an­a­lyst and in a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nal po­si­tions, most re­cently as the liv­ing and learn­ing rabbi at Chig­well and Hain­ault Syn­a­gogue. His wife was raised in New York and stud­ied in Is­rael for four years be­fore mov­ing to Lon­don, where she has been a field­worker for the Jewish Learn­ing Ex­change.

Rabbi Shindler said that “af­ter over three happy years at Chig­well, we now feel it is time to move on and em­brace the chal­lenge of a se­nior rab­binic po­si­tion. Rina and I are ex­cited to be given the op­por­tu­nity to lead the R i c h m o n d com­mu­nity.” Rabbi Meir and Rina Shindler

At a “get­ting to know you” Shab­bat, they had found the con­gre­ga­tion “warm, friendly and in­clu­sive”. The Shindlers had also been im­pressed by the for­ward think­ing board.

Se­lec­tion com­mit­tee chair Leonard Ma­grill said that “un­der Rabbi and Reb­bet­zen Hughes, we have made progress in out­reach­ing and in at­tract­ing new mem­bers. We are look­ing for­ward to build­ing on this sound plat­form with the ar­rival of the Shindlers, whose back­ground and out­look so closely match the needs of the com­mu­nity.” The cou­ple start at the 250-mem­ber con­grega

tion early in 2016.

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