Rabbi and Rebbetzen Portnoy appointed at Hendon United Synagogue
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Wednesday 24th July 2019

Hendon United Synagogue is delighted to announce that Rabbi Zvi and Rebbetzen Orly Portnoy have been appointed as the community’s new Associate Rabbinic couple. The Portnoys will take up the post in September and will work for the shul on Shabbat, Chagim and one other day per week.

Rabbi and Rebbetzen Portnoy have spent the last 6 years at Loughton Federation Synagogue. Prior to that, Rabbi Zvi studied in Jerusalem for several years including Yeshivat Midrash Shmuel, Mir and the Jerusalem Kollel. He holds a BSc in Psychology & Counselling, and a Master’s degree in Jewish Education. He is also a trainee Psychotherapist at Tavistock NHS Trust. Rebbetzen Orly studied at Midreshet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY), following which she went on to study Mathematics at Manchester University. She teaches GCSE and A-level maths at Hasmonean Boys’ School and tutors privately.

Rabbi Zvi and Rebbetzen Orly said: “'We are delighted to be embarking on this new journey with Hendon United Synagogue, a wonderful community recognised across Anglo-Jewry for its warmth and inclusivity as well as excellent religious, educational and social events.”

Rabbi Ginsbury, Senior Rabbi of Hendon United Synagogue, said: “I am delighted that we will shortly be welcoming Rabbi Zvi Portnoy and his wife, Rebbetzen Orly, as our new Associate Rabbi and Rebbetzen at Hendon United Synagogue. My wife and I very much look forward to working with them. They are a really high calibre, warm, intelligent, dynamic, caring and learned couple who will, please God, take our community yet further forward as one of Anglo-Jewry’s most dynamic forces in the promotion of traditional Jewish values and practices in a compelling, modern and relevant way.”

Avi Friedmann, Vice Chair of Hendon United Synagogue, said: “We are delighted with Rabbi and Rebbetzen Portnoy’s appointment. We know they will bring so much to their roles and continue the good work done by their predecessors, Rabbi and Rebbetzen Binstock. This is an exciting time for our shul and we’re very much looking forward to early Autumn when they will join us.”


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