Rabbi Jonathan Sacks 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
COVENTRY, UK – So who are the other candidates to replace UK Chief Rabbi
Jonathan Sacks? Several names have emerged and the playing field is relatively
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The frontrunner, according to sources in the community, is Rabbi
Harvey Belovski, an Oxford grad who heads Golders Green Synagogue.
a 3 to 1 chance, observers reckoned. Second, so far, is Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of
Finchley. His candidacy is being pushed by former United Synagogue president
Israeli Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger, whose name was recently
raised in the Israeli media, stands “no chance,” according to sources. But Rabbi
Michael Malchior, the former Israeli minister, does.
Guttentag of the Whitefield suburb of Manchester was a very strong contender
until he “destroyed himself.” His “big tent” initiative, an attempt to get Anglo
Jewry together to talk about Israel, turned into “a little teepee” after he
excluded the Reform movement and then cozied up with groups on the far left in a
bid to make amends, according to sources.
Rabbi Warren Goldstein, South
Africa’s chief rabbi, is also on the list, though Limmud goers dislike him for
his allegedly anti-Limmud position.
Ironically, the only successor to
Sacks might be Sacks himself.
“There’s already some talk of a
five-more-years campaign because there is no obvious candidate to replace him,”
said one source.