British MP supports Boteach as next UK chief rabbi

MP Louise Mensch joins support for popular author, but some say Boteach less likely to be chief rabbi than “Baroness Neuberger.”

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
January 13, 2012 14:37
2 minute read.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Rabbi Shmuely Boteach 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A British lawmaker has come out in support of popular author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach as the next chief rabbi of the UK.

MP Louise Mensch on Friday said the popular author – who also writes a column for The Jerusalem Post - would be a good match to fill the position after Rabbi Jonathan Sacks steps down in September. The Conservative parliamentarian who represents Corby wrote in a letter that the New Jersey native would be a good pick because of his uncompromising attitude towards anti-Semitism.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Magician endorses Boteach as UK chief rabbi

“[Boteach] would be a strong challenge to the virulent bias against Israel, and the at times anti-Semitic minimizing of Jewish suffering from terror attacks, that is perhaps the strongest challenge to the UK's Jewish community today,” wrote Mensch. “His passion for the faith is both manifest and contagious, and whoever is chosen as Chief Rabbi I cannot help but feel that Rabbi Boteach's candidacy would add immensely to a vibrant debate within the UK as to the challenges and opportunities faced by British Judaism.”

Mensch first met Boteach years ago when she became the first non-Jew to join L’Chaim, a student society set up by Boteach at Oxford where he was a Chabad emissary. While Mensch is not Jewish (she is married to Jewish music agent Peter Mensch) she said her time at university and friendship with Boteach left her with a love of the religion and its culture.

Besides Boteach, several other replacements for Sacks have been mentioned over the past few weeks including Rabbi Warren Goldstein, chief rabbi of South Africa; Rabbi Michael Melchior of Israel, and rabbis Ephraim Mirvis and Harvey Belovski of London, to name a few.

Last week Israeli-British illusionist Uri Geller sent a letter to The Jerusalem Post in which he came out in support of his friend Boteach. 



Simon Rocker of The Jewish Chronicle, the UK’s venerable Jewish newspaper, responded to Geller’s endorsement by writing that “the United Synagogue, I feel, would rather pick Baroness Neuberger as Chief than bring back Shmuley.”

Related Content

Joan Rivers
August 28, 2014
Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery

By JPOST.COM STAFF