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Annual Residential Conference of the RCUS (Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue): the most successful ever.
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Friday 24th February 2017

Last week some 100 Rabbis and Rebbetzens of the United Synagogue – including the Dayanim of the London Beth Din – and their families - took part in the RCUS’ annual conference which was held at Walton Hall Hotel, Warwickshire. With the support of subsidies from the United Synagogue, P’eir and the Office of the Chief Rabbi, this year’s conference attracted the highest number of delegates including a number from communities in the regions.

Dr David Pelcovits conducts a workshop for the Rebbetzens

The RCUS was delighted to welcome the internationally renowned Dr David Pelcovitz, Professor of Psychology and Jewish education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshivah University (NY), as its scholar-in-residence for this year’s conference. Dr Pelcovitz led seminars on a variety of topics centred on the challenges and responsibilities facing rabbinic couples, including support for ‘fractured families’.

Another guest who flew in specially was Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, who briefed delegates about changes in the political landscape of Europe following Brexit and its implications for Jews.

Former chair of the RCUS, Rabbi B Davis (Chigwell & Hainault) and the acting chair of the RCUS, Rabbi N Liss (Highgate Synagogue) paid tribute to Stephen Pack, at a dinner attended by the US trustees, for his support for the US rabbinate during his tenure as President of the United Synagogue.

Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

Throughout the conference, there were activities for the 60+ children attending as well as full crèche facilities to enable the parents to engage fully with the programme. Here are a few comments received from participants:

‘Thank you for a truly memorable conference. It was so well organised, and we thoroughly enjoyed all the sessions’

‘Thank you all for an incredible few days…. The opportunity to learn, be out of our normal environment, connect with colleagues and seek chizzuk was truly invaluable’

‘Thank you for the wonderful conference - it was very helpful and the immense efforts bore fruit’ - Rabbi Daniel Fine 

Dr David Pelcovits addressing a plenary session