Some Connections to Rabbi Mirvis’s Installation

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

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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 HershtikMoshe 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.

Relationship Chart Eli Moses Rabinowitz:Zvi  Talmon

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Rabbi Dovid Freilich of Perth, Australia represented  the Commonwealth rabbis at Chief Rabbi Mirvis’s installation.

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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.

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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.



0 Replies to “Some Connections to Rabbi Mirvis’s Installation”

  1. Dear Eli

    Thank you for letting me ‘follow’ you on all your travels around the world. I have been enjoying seeing places and people I would not otherwise have done.

    May you have a healthy new year of travelling, who knows where.  Lovely website.

    Kind regards



  2. Shana Tova and Thanks !
    Eli- I am most appreciative to be availed of your posts. Your travels, experiences and observations are fascinating stuff. I look forward to whatever comes next. My only South African connection is a tribe named Pogorelsky. There were (are) some of them in Cape Town and more numerously in Johannesburg. I am entering old age in Maryland, USA.
    Best Regards for a Good Year,

    Ted Hyman

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