Tuesday, 13 September 2005


I have this week written to the President of the Federation of Synagogues in London asking him and his fellow Honorary Officers to fill the vacant office of "Rav Rashi" - Chief Rabbi - of the Federation.

In my letter I reminded the President (Mr Alan Findlay) that the last holder of this office was the late Dayan Michael Fisher.

The need for this office remains as strong now as at the time of its inception - if not stronger. As the Federation grows, and as its influence is felt more keenly in circles beyond the immediate confines of Anglo-Jewry, it needs a public focus, embodied in a rabbi of great sagacity with a strong national profile.

"The office has remained vacant for far too long [I have said]. It should be filled without further delay."

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