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Dayan and Rebbetzen Ehrentreu honoured at RCUS Annual Dinner & Siyum
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Thursday 20th July 2017

The Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue (RCUS) held its annual summer dinner at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue this week, hosted by Rabbi Dov and Rebbetsen Freda Kaplan. Attended by the dayanim of the London Beth Din, rabbanim of the United Synagogue and their wives, the RCUS used the occasion to honour Dayan and Rebbetzen Ehrentreu.

Introducing Dayan Ehrentreu, Rabbi Nicky Liss, chairman of the RCUS, paid tribute to the decades of the Dayan’s spiritual leadership of Anglo-Jewry as Rosh Beth Din, ably supported by his rebbetzen whose special contribution to the welfare of the community has been recently recognised with the award of the British Empire Medal. [Unfortunately, she was unable to attend in person due to a family bereavement].

In his response, Dayan Ehrentreu encouraged those present to persevere with their efforts in their communities and not to be deterred by the challenges that this work sometimes entails.

The Chief Rabbi was then invited to give his address in which he praised the work of the RCUS and the US rabbinate. He observed that the most important achievements of rabbis and rebbetzens are the positive, lasting impressions that they make on the lives of individuals and families who they lead and support in their ministry.

Earlier in the proceedings, Rabbi Philip Ginsbury, conducted a siyum of the Talmudic tractate Bava Kamma which the rabbanim had learned collectively to honour the memory of the late Rabbi Philip Greenberg z’l. Rabbi Greenberg served communities in Nottingham and Glasgow and had earlier been a minister in the United Synagogue at Highams Park and Chingford.