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Birmingham Central Synagogue overwhelmingly vote to join the United Synagogue
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Thursday 8th December 2016

On Sunday, Birmingham Central Synagogue overwhelmingly voted in favour of joining the United Synagogue as a full member synagogue, with 92% of those who voted backing the motion.   

The community, which has more than 200 members, is a major provincial Orthodox shul in the Midlands.

Birmingham Central Synagogue have recently moved in to a new facility which combines both excellent religious and communal facilities as well as hosting the only exclusive kosher shop in the surrounding area.

David Korn, Chair of the Birmingham Central Synagogue commented that, “We see this as an opportunity to utilize the strength and support of The US to develop our community. Birmingham Central Synagogue has a longstanding orthodox tradition and as such is a good fit for the US. This is a potentially important step for the shul and for the Birmingham Jewish community.

We hope that this association with The US will be a beginning of a reversal of the exodus of Jews from the provinces and be a kick start to enhancing Jewish provincial life”.

In 2014 Sheffield became the first major synagogue to join the United Synagogue from outside of the Greater London area and it is hoped that Childwall Synagogue in Liverpool will also join the United Synagogue family over the coming months.

Stephen Pack, President of the United Synagogue, said: ““We are delighted that another Major UK shul, under the Chief Rabbi, is deciding to join the US family of communities. This is a step in our endeavours in helping to ensure and preserve centrist orthodoxy within the UK Jewish community. We look forward to working with their excellent team of Honorary Officers to help the shul go from strength to strength.”

The adoption of Birmingham Central Synagogue as a full member of The US will take place subject to a formal vote at US Council on Monday 12th December.