Category: In the Press
The annual seudah of the Federation chevrah kaddisha on 7 Adar was held this year at the Yeshurun, Edgware. The seudah was attended by members of the chevrah kaddisha, representatives of the Federation’s shuls, Dayanim, Rabbanim and askanim from across the kehillah. Despite the large crowd, there was a tremendous feeling of achdus in the room. As guest speaker Rabbi Meilech Schwartz pointed out in his address, a different selection of the chevrah is convened for each taharah, so that all the members know and feel close to each other. Similarly, their supporters from local shuls as well as of the centralised organisation feel much warmth and gratitude toward the dedicated chevrah kaddisha.
Is your oven Shabbat compliant? How about that gleaming new fridge or your hi-tech freezer? For religious Jews worried about the halachic status of their household items over the day of rest, help is now at hand. The Federation of Synagogues has produced an online guide, detailing issues to watch out for.
The Federation Beis Din hosted Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Shtizberg, noted mechaber and posek of Gur in Beit Shemesh, for a roundtable discussion on the challenges facing Jewish communities in the UK, vis a vis the application of halachah to contemporary household appliances. Rabbi Shtizberg, with his keen technical understanding, has advised leading manufacturers on matters of halachah and spearheaded the revolutionary project to design Shabbos-compliant smart water meters. The meeting was held in the light of the creation of the Federation’s new technology department, which has already published pre-purchase consumer guides for the usage of ovens, fridges and freezers on Shabbos and yom tov. Members of the Federation’s ShailaText Rabbinic panel were also in attendance.
ford Federation Synagogue has announced the appointment of a new Rav, Rabbi David Singer, who will be joining the kehillah shortly after Pesach. Rabbi Singer, who grew up in Birmingham, began his career as the assistant Rabbi in Singers Hill synagogue many years ago, before moving to Eretz Yisrael, where he lived for over 40 years. In 2013, he and his wife moved to Ireland, where he took
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a select group of Federation Rabbanim, including Rosh Beis Din Dayan Yisroel Yaakov Lichstenstein, set off from Hendon and Edgware for Luton airport. The group, numbering 15 members of the organisation’s growing Rabbinic team, was embarking on a two-day Rabbinic retreat based at Glenalla House in Donegal, Ireland, comprising a full programme of events arranged by Federation Director of Education Rabbi Dovid Roberts.
The Federation’s hugely successful ShailaText service was launched in June 2015, l’ilui nishmas Dayan Gershon Lopian, zt”l. Although the initial premise was that all she’eilos would be answered within 24 hours, it very quickly became apparent that a faster turnaround was required, and the service altered its guarantee to a “within four working hours” response time.