Kingston mem­bers want the full US pack­age

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

KINGSTON, SURBITON and Dis­trict Sy­n­a­gogue mem­bers have voted over­whelm­ingly to switch from af­fil­i­ate to full mem­ber sta­tus of the United Syn­gogue.

The south Lon­don com­mu­nity is in its 60th year and has more than 330 mem­bers.

Sheila Mann, the shul chair, said that fol­low­ing cor­dial dis­cus­sions with the US, the feel­ing was that the time was right to be­come a full US mem­ber. “We look for­ward to all the ben­e­fits this will bring to our com­mu­nity.”

The Kingston vote will be rat­i­fied at the next US coun­cil meet­ing.

David Ka­plan, US direc­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices, looked for­ward “to work­ing with the flour­ish­ing com­mu­nity, un­der the guid­ance of Rabbi Sa­muel Lan­dau, and its ex­cel­lent team of hon­orary of­fi­cers”.

Kingston’s move fol­lows the re­cent de­ci­sion of the Ruis­lip com­mu­nity to switch to full sta­tus, which was rat­i­fied by the US last week. It leaves seven af­fil­i­ated con­gre­ga­tions — Cat­ford and Brom­ley, Chelsea, Hemel Hemp­stead, Peter­bor­ough, Rom­ford, Staines and Wel­wyn Gar­den City.

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