The Installation of Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth took place at St John’s Wood United Synagogue, London on Sunday 1 September 2013, 26th Elul 5773
As a mishpachologist, I like to make connections!
The Ein Keloheinu sung at the installation was composed by my dad’s cousin, Zvi Talmon (Monsohn) a”h who passed away last December, in Israel. Dr. Talmon was the conductor of the Hechal Shlomo Choir and a long time congregant in that Synagogue. His compositions are known worldwide and his books are well known in the world of Jewish Liturgical Music.
With Cantors Naftali Hershtik, Moshe Stern and Elli Jaffe, Dr. Talmon started a school that teaches and preserves the tradition of the Cantorial arts. The school operated out of the Hechal Shlomo for three years, before moving to Tel Aviv in 1987.
Rabbi Dovid Freilich of Perth, Australia represented the Commonwealth rabbis at Chief Rabbi Mirvis’s installation.
Here, Rabbi Freilich is in unusual surrounds – one month ago, officiating at a wedding on Wolf island off Vancouver Island, BC in Canada.
Rabbi Freilich handles each simcha very differently – on this occasion, making most of the environment and enjoying his role as Chief Rabbi of this small island in Canada.
Talking about Chief Rabbis, this is then Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks with me and Rabbi Phillip Heilbrunn in Melbourne in 2012
We dress far more casually, Downunder!
The full video of Rabbi Mirvis’s installation can be viewed here.
Shana Tova to all my friends.