Gold­ers Green rabbi to make aliyah

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

ONE OF the most re­spected strictly Ortho­dox rab­bis in Gold­ers Green has an­nounced his plans to step down next year and move to Is­rael.

Rabbi Shi­mon Wine­garten of the Bridge Lane Beth Hame­drash said that after 40 years, he and his wife Chava felt the “time is now ap­proach­ing for us to move on”.

In a let­ter to con­gre­gants, they wrote: “You will be well aware of our love for Eretz Yis­roel [the land of Is­rael] and we have long been dream­ing of con­tin­u­ing work­ing for Klal Yis­roel [the Jewish peo­ple] in Eretz Yis­roel.”

Rabbi Wine­garten, 69, is a for­mer pupil of Carmel Col­lege who turned down a place to read his­tory at Ox­ford to study at yeshivah in Is­rael.

He founded the To­rah Temimah Jewish Primary School in Lon­don and was the first prin­ci­pal of the In­de­pen­dent Jewish Day School.

He is plan­ning to leave next sum­mer and of­fered his sup­port to find a suc­ces­sor.

An­other prom­i­nent rabbi in the area, Alan Kim­che of the mod­ern Ortho­dox Ner Is­rael in Hen­don, an­nounced ear­lier in the year that he was leav­ing to move to Is­rael.

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