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Saatchi Rabbi quits

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-06-11

Pini Dunner advertising poster

Pini Dunner on poster

The Rabbi who set up London's Saatchi synagogue is to leave. 

Pini Dunner, 33, was the driving force behind the Maida Vale synagogue funded by advertising tycoons Charles and Maurice Saatchi, which brands itself as the "cool shul".

In a letter to members, Rabbi Dunner revealed he would be stepping down in July and said he would be looking to move into the commercial sector as well as finishing writing a book.
 
"It’s sad but it’s the right time to go. I have reached this decision over several months and I am confident the shul will manage without me," he said.
 
His planned book is about  Rabbi Joseph Shapotshnick, who is 1913 set himself up as ‘Chief Rabbi’ and began conducting activities that brought him into conflict with Anglo-Jewry.  The book is set to be published in 2006.
 
Since setting up in 1998, the Saatchi Synagogue has aimed itself at 25-45 year olds and has organised numerous high profile events with speakers from the world of media and business.
 
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