Visa de­lays scup­per rabbi’s fes­ti­val start

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

SOUTH LON­DON’S largest com­mu­nity, Wim­ble­don Re­form, has had to man­age with­out its new Cal­i­for­nian rabbi over the fes­ti­vals as visa de­lays have post­poned his ar­rival.

But Rabbi Jason Ros­ner has now ob­tained the re­quired three-year visa for a min­is­ter and has booked his flight to the UK for the end of the month.

“I was a lit­tle sur­prised by how long it took, but the com­mu­nity were very pa­tient,” he said. “A min­is­ter visa for the UK some­times takes as long as five months.”

Re­tired rabbi and syn­a­gogue mem­ber Tony Ham­mond has stepped into the breach over Yomtov. Syn­a­gogue pres­i­dent Ju­lian Sa­muels said the syn­a­gogue had been warned that the process might take longer than an­tic­i­pated.

“But we are re­ally ex­cited and are look­ing for­ward to his ar­rival.”

Rabbi Ros­ner and his wife, Noemie, are now ex­pected to start their du­ties on Novem­ber 2.

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