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Rabbinic interns get taste of life within The US family
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Friday 14th October 2016

Over the High Holy Days eight Rabbinic students and their wives, who are currently studying in Yeshivot in Israel and America, were given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of life as a United Synagogue Rabbinic couple.

This successful venture which is part of The US Community Division’s Rabbinic Internship Programme in liaison with Tribe, has seen more than a dozen interns taking up positions within The US family over the past number of years.

During the two week programme, the intern couples spent the  Yomim Noraim in various United Synagogue communities including, Barnet, Woodford Forest, Pinner and Ilford where they led services, delivered shiurim and held fascinating question and answer sessions.

Rabbinic Interns with Chief Rabbi Mirvis (centre)

Built into the itinerary were meetings with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and key leaders of the United Synagogue, including with the United Synagogue President Stephen Pack. These meetings allowed the couples to develop an understanding of the United Synagogue and its role within the UK Jewish community. The course also provided insights into some of The US’s current initiatives with presentations from Tribe and the US Living & Learning team as well as visits to JFS and to the US burial grounds at Bushey.

David Kaplan, US Director of Community Services, said: “This initiative has been greatly successful at unearthing rabbinic gems and allowing them to grow and progress in their careers with The US. This year’s group have been enthusiastic, engaging and inspiring and I hope many of them will join the US family when the opportunity arises.”

Ilford Intern, Rabbi Mark Weingarten, said:  “I'm very grateful to the United Synagogue for the opportunity to give shiurim in different synagogues as well as to participate in the internship programme that explored the many facets and institutions of British Jewry. It was a wonderful experience that enabled me to learn from and contribute to historic and new communities.

Rabbi & Rebbetzen Heimann, Pinner Interns, added: “Our time at The US Internship has inspired us to make a difference. We had a wonderful, inspiring and informative stay here in London and felt so well looked after by the entire team at The US.”