Since becoming the rabbi at St Annes shul in 2013 Rabbi Ephriam Guttentag and with his wife Malki have enjoyed great popularity amongst the congregation of 200 in the seaside resort. But now they are leaving to take up a new job in Hampstead Garden Suburb, who number up to 3,500.
Rabbi Guttentag says he has not taken the decision lightly. He was not seeking to move but has been head-hunted to be Community Rabbi in the north London congregation. “We will be sad to leave, as we have made some meaningful relationships in the St Annes community”, he says “The Executive and council, which I feel are my partners in leading the community, are a pleasure to work with and I will miss them deeply.”
Shul President Robert Pinkus is now leading the search for a new rabbi to lead the community.
“Ideally we will have someone in post for the start of this year’s Yom Tavim” said Mr Pinkus.