Earlier this year the trustees set up a Rabbinic Recruitment working party (RRWP) delegated to take control of the process of recruiting a Rabbi.

You may remember that earlier this year, the Leeds Jewish Representative Council organised some seminars for the community in conjunction with JCORE, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality.

Sinai Bookclub has been running for many years and since lockdown we meet every second Tuesday of the month on Zoom at 7.00 PM.

Contributions to the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) entitle families to a payment of up to £3,600 towards the funeral costs.

As you know the Board has entrusted us with the sacred task of recruiting our next spiritual leader. Upon reaching the closing date on 31 May we are delighted to be able to share with you that we have received a strong application for the post of rabbi for Sinai synagogue.

So this slot at the AGM has been billed as an update, a chance for me to tell you about all the “stuff” I’ve been doing in my role in Community Outreach, the activities I’ve helped organise, the events I’ve hosted, the members I’ve brought in as volunteers…..but I don’t actually want to talk to you about any of that!

The current position of the Rabbinic recruitment working party (abbreviated as RRWP) is that the advertisement for the Rabbinic post has been published with a closing date of 31st May. For budgetary reasons we are currently searching for a Rabbi who is already eligible to work in the UK.

I was appointed last April by the then outgoing Board to act as a temporary part time education coordinator from April to till the end of the year, expanding on the role of B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator I had been doing as a volunteer since Gwynneth’s retirement.

Members and visitors may wish to note that the Sinai Office will be closed next week, from Mon 30 May to Friday 3 June, as Heidi will be on leave, however we will be monitoring any urgent emails during that time.

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