Mirvis gets top rabbi job
by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2012-12-17
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
The United Synagogue has appointed the former chief rabbi of Ireland as its new chief rabbi to take over from Lord Jonathan Sacks when he retires from his role in September 2013.
South African-born Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 55, has long been a firm favourite to become the 11th chief rabbi and is currently the rabbi of Finchley Synagogue.
Announcing the appointment, the Chief Rabbinate Trust said in a statement: "The Chief Rabbinate Trust can confirm that the consultative group has endorsed a recommendation by the working group to appoint Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as the 11th chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, subject to appropriate contractual agreement."
As well as serving as chief rabbi of Ireland for 11 years until 1996, Mirvis is qualified as a shochet, mohel and cantor.
Married to Valerie, Mirvis is the father to four sons and a daughter Liora who passed away in 2011 from cancer.