By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, chairman of the United Synagogue’s Rabbinical Council, make his first apperance at Limmud UK, the large annual unaffiliated winter conference of Jewish learning.
His appearance suggested a thaw in the boycott of the event by United Synagogue rabbis, 15 years after he pulled out at the instigation of the London Beth Din, which disapproved of Orthodox rabbis sharing an educational program with non-Orthodox rabbis, the Jewish Chronicle noted.
“(I) ventured into the unknown and survived,” said Schochet, a Chabad Shliach and Rabbi of the Mill Hill synagogue in Edgware.
“You have 2,000 Jews thirsting for knowledge, it is a shame that some look to deny them the opportunity,” he said.
“I met so many members from my own synagogue and from other United Synagogues, as well as members from steibls in Golders Green.
“One thing that struck me was the large number of the younger generation who attend. There is an incredible opportunity to study, to learn, to explore, to discover.”
In an article about the conference, The Forward also noted, “Though Britain’s Orthodox umbrella group, the United Synagogue, often frowns upon members taking part, Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, a frontrunner for the soon-to-be-vacant post of Chief Rabbi, attended Limmud this year and spoke.”
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