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United Synagogue says a sad farewell to Rabbi Shaw
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Wednesday 1st July 2015

After 15 years as the Community Development Rabbi for Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue and 13 years working with the United Synagogue’s central office team, Rabbi Andrew Shaw will be leaving to join Mizrachi UK as their CEO. 

Since Rabbi Shaw joined the United Synagogue in 2000, he has been an integral member of the organisation with his transformative local community work, as the founding father of Tribe and as the creator of the 60 Days and 70 Days projects. Rabbi Shaw is currently the Director of the education-focussed Living & Learning Department of the United Synagogue, a department he was instrumental in creating. 

Although the United Synagogue is sorry to see Rabbi Shaw leave, his move to the religious Zionist organisation, represents a natural progression of his work. As Rabbi Shaw explains, his move will not mark the end of his working relationship with The US: “I am of course sad to be leaving the United Synagogue, however joining Mizrachi UK is the perfect next step. The experience I have gained working at The US will be invaluable in promoting Mizrachi UK’s centrist orthodox outlook and its message of a commitment to the people and state of Israel. This is something that I know resonates strongly with United Synagogue members and I look forward to a vibrant Mizrachi UK working closely with The US as we continue to shape the future of the UK Jewish community.” 

US President Stephen Pack said: “Rabbi Shaw’s contribution to the development of the US has been immense. It has been an enormous pleasure to work with Rabbi Shaw on so many ground-breaking projects and although we are sorry to see him go we wish him the best of luck on his role as CEO of Mizrachi UK and look forward to continuing to work with him.”