Golders Green rabbi to make aliyah
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.