Ma­sorti rabbi heads back to Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

EDG­WARE MA­SORTI’S Rabbi Mi­jael Even David and his wife Raya, its youth ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor, are re­turn­ing to Is­rael af­ter four years.

The Even Davids had come on a three-year con­tract but ex­tended it for an ad­di­tional year.

The Ar­gen­tinian-born rabbi said it had been “an hon­our and priv­i­lege” to serve the con­gre­ga­tion. He had been im­pressed by the work of the Ma­sorti move­ment and its pride in tra­di­tions. “We’ve had an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” his wife added. “It is hard to leave — it wasn’t an easy de­ci­sion.”

Mrs Even David said they had also been struck by the in­ter-de­nom­i­na­tional re­spect in the UK, with Or­tho­dox col­leagues re­fer­ring to her hus­band as “rabbi”.

“He found it sur­pris­ing that, even in a Ma­sorti syn­a­gogue, there is great re­spect for the Chief Rabbi. In Is­rael, for ex­am­ple, Ma­sorti Ju­daism has no re­la­tions with the Chief Rab­bis.” Rabbi Even David will be tak­ing up a post with a Ma­sorti com­mu­nity in Beer­sheba.

Edg­ware Ma­sorti is bring­ing over Amer­i­can rabbi Robert Alpert from Philadel­phia next month as “pro­vi­sional rabbi”. He will lead ser­vices over the fes­ti­vals with a view to be­ing con­sid­ered for a per­ma­nent po­si­tion.

“He comes highly rec­om­mended as a To­rah reader and dav­ener, teacher and pas­toral rabbi,” the shul said.

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