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New Radlett US Rabbinic Appointment Receives Overwhelming Support
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Friday 22nd May 2015

Last Sunday members of Radlett United Synagogue voted overwhelmingly in favour of appointing Rabbi Jonathan Hughes and Mrs Chana Hughes as their new rabbinic couple, with 97% of the vote. They will begin their new posts in December.

Having been signed as a teenager by both Swindon Town and Reading Football Club Academies and later gaining a law degree from University College London, it has been somewhat of a career change for Rabbi Hughes. After swapping the pitch for the page, Rabbi Hughes spent eight years studying before being awarded his semicha.

Having previously held rabbinic positions at Hendon United Synagogue and Richmond United Synagogue, both Rabbi Hughes and Chana bring a wealth of experience with them. Rabbi Hughes has also served as Chaplain to Bristol and Western Universities and is currently the Living and Learning 'City Rabbi', which involves running inspirational Jewish educational programmes in the City of London and the West End. Rebbetzen Hughes studied in a seminary at Gateshead and Neve Yerushalayim before gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education from Kings College, London. She has taught at JFS, Immanuel College and Noam Primary School as well as at seminaries in Israel.

The Radlett US community has been without a rabbi since their predecessors, Rabbi Leo and Lucy Dee, relocated to Israel last year.

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Speaking about their latest appointment, Rabbi Hughes commented: “Chana and I are excited to join our new friends in Radlett as we embark on this momentous journey together. Our aim is to enthuse and inspire the community to grow in all respects. We want to help ensure that Radlett continues on its trajectory towards becoming a premier centre of dynamic and aspirational Jewish living.”

Alex Pomerance, Chair of Radlett US, said: “I feel this is a pivotal moment for Radlett and a great way to start our 20th anniversary year. Rabbi & Rabbetzen Hughes want us to join them on their journey, to enable the community to grow from strength to strength and to encourage a new young leadership to come forward. We could not have wished for a better candidate to fill the Rabbinical position in Radlett and I am looking forward to working with someone who has such a strong vision for our future.”


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