Beth Din head retires
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-05-18
Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu
Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, the head of the United Synagogue's Beth Din is to retire.
Since 1984, the Frankfurt-born Dayan has been at the helm of the Beth Din overseeing the work it does covering various areas of Jewish life in the UK including religious issues, conversions and kashrut.
His retirement at the end of December this year will be just after his 74th birthday.
"The Dayan possesses a rare combination of authority, wisdom, compassion and understanding of our community," said Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks. "His legacy will endure in the special team of Dayanim he has recruited and we send him and his Rebbetzen every good wish for the future."
Details of who will replace him have yet to be announced, but the United Synagogue says Dayan Ehrentreu has laid a strong foundation for the Beth Din.
"Over the past few years the Dayan has also taken steps to ensure that the Beth Din will continue to be served by a team of highly qualified and experienced Dayanim who have benefited significantly from his guidance and leadership," said United Synagogue President Dr Simon Hochhauser. "We owe him a deep debt of gratitude for his longstanding service to the community."