Sutton US Vote to Appoint New Rabbi
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Tuesday 14th July 2015

Last Sunday, Sutton & District United Synagogue, which serves outer South-West London and Surrey, voted to appoint Rabbi Shmuli Sagal as its new minister.  Sutton US has been seeking a rabbi since Rabbi Meir Lev made aliyah to Israel in March 2015.

Rabbi Sagal will take up his new role next month.  He studied at Yeshiva University in New York, earning a BA in History and graduating Cum Laude and with a prize in Talmud.  He also holds an MA in Jewish History, and spent the past year in Jerusalem with his wife Tali, who is studying medicine at Barts and the London College of Medicine and Dentistry.  Growing up in North West London, they both attended Hasmonean High School.

Sutton members were impressed by the energy and vision of the Sagals, and their ideas to expand engagement in the areas of communal activity and education.

Rabbi & Mrs Sagal

Rabbi Sagal commented: “Tali and I feel deeply privileged to be associated with Sutton and District United Synagogue. We have been genuinely touched by the warmth and sincerity of the community in the short time we have come to know them. It is with a sense of profound humility that we assume this leadership role and look forward to working with the dedicated lay-leadership to enhance Jewish life in this area of South London."

Talking about the appointment Sutton US Chair, Paul Sarfaty, said: “The Sutton Community warmly welcomes this appointment.  We have a history of eminent rabbonim who began their ministerial careers with us.  Rabbi Sagal’s enthusiasm and eloquence, coupled with the support of his wife Tali, will bring a new dimension for our members, and for those looking to settle in Sutton and the surrounding areas”.