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The minister of Finchley United Synagogue for the past 16 years and former Chief Rabbi of Ireland was confirmed as the successor to Lord Sacks at a meeting on Monday night.
The recommendation of Rabbi Mirvis was made by an eight-strong panel before being endorsed unanimously by a larger consultative group as part of a process launched more than a year ago. A popular figure among the rabbinate and his synagogue’s membership, he been among the leading UK contenders from the start and fellow US rabbis publicly called for him to be immediately appointed just two weeks ago.
Lord Sacks is due to step down next September after 22 years in the role.
The appointment has already been widely welcomed inside and outide the US. Laura Janner-Klausner, Rabbi of the Movement for Reform Judaism, said: “I welcome the appointment of Rabbi Mirvis as another powerful voice for British Jewry. I look forward to working closely with him as a partner on areas of common interests to the Jewish and wider community.”Mirvis named new Chief Rabbi by TJ Reporter