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New rabbis at US

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-05-31

Rabbi Simon Harris

Rabbi Simon Harris

A former Chief Rabbi of Ireland has been appointed the new rabbi of Wembley Synagogue while Edgware Synagogue members are due to formally approve their new rabbi.

Rabbi Simon Yehudah Harris, who has served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland and more recently senior minister at the Great Synagogue in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rabbi Harris, 45, succeeds Rabbi Martin van den Berg who has moved to Hong Kong.

"We believe that Rabbi and Rebbetzen Harris are a dynamic team and have the appropriate qualities to further enhance the spiritual development of the Wembley Community and its position within the United Synagogue family," said Wembley Synagogue chairman Stuart Hart.

Meanwhile, Edgware Synagogue’s Board of Management has voted in favour of recommending that Rabbi David Lister be appointed its new rabbi to replace Rabbi Benjamin Rabinowitz who left last year to make aliyah.

Rabbi Lister, 38, has served for seven years as rabbi of Muswell Hill Synagogue and previously worked at Reading Synagogue.

In a statement, the Edgware Synagogue board said: "We fully endorse the proposal to appoint Rabbi Lister who has impressed us with his extensive experience. We believe that our large community will continue to grow and strengthen under his expert guidance."