|The shul counts amongst its numbers a former
Mayor of Bury, the Chairman of Manchester City Council, professionals
of many disciplines, war veterans, entrepreneurs, and many other
remarkable and interesting people.
Singer was appointed to his current post in
1985. The whole Singer family, including the Rebbetzen,
Daphna, and their five children have all, over the
years, contributed significantly to the life of
the shul and the community in general.
in London he studied for semicha at the Kollel in Beersheva, Israel.
Rabbi Singer quips: "four of my children were born in Beersheva and my
youngest, Mendy, in Jericho." - actually he was born in
Fairfield Hospital, Bury which happens to be, somewhat ironically, in
an area known as "Jericho."
When asked about his experiences in Israel,
Rabbi Singer replied "I spent a lot of time in prison."
Pause for effect. "Making visits to inmates," he
adds. He also made many visits to army camps to
help soldiers have access to tefillin and provide
general spiritual support.
Rabbi Singer leads a very busy life
as Jewish chaplain for the Bury General Hospital
and as a member of the educational committee
of Bury & Whitefield Primary School where
he is a frequent visitor.
Rabbi Singer is also a teacher and
when not at Bury shul, he can be found in
front of a classroom in Broughton Park. He
also contributes as a 'partner' to the Seed
programme at the shul.
rich baritone voice has been a feature of most of our Shabbas and Yom
Tov services for over 30 years. On the 10th August 2013, coinciding
with his birthday, our beloved Chazan "retired" from regular duty and
will now take it easy although we will hear from him for Kabbolas
Shabbos and on special occasions. A great buffet kiddush was held
in his honour on that day.
Chazan Modi Spitzer
in 2012 and is now part of the regular team. Modi is from
Prestwich and is married with one
son. Modi davens for the shul approximately one in two
Shabbosim and also on Chagim and Yomim Tovim. As of August 2013,
Modi shares his duties with our latest addition to the team - Rabbi Yanky Prijs. Rabbi
Prijs hails from Whitefield and has been a part of our Yom Tov team for
a number of years. Rabbi Prijs has now obtained a more permanent
position at the United Synagogue on Meade Hill Road but we are
delighted he will continue to daven for us when he can. Between Chazan
Spitzer, Rabbi Prijs, assistance from Rabbi Singer and other guest chazzanim, our Shul has a great team!
retired on the 17th September 2014 after 25 years of service as our
co-administrator and we thank her for many years of hard work,
commitment and support. Merle was formerly a member of the shul
and was active on the Ladies Guild and all aspects of shul life. Her
husband, Steve, is a past president.
Our administrator Michael Rappaport continues to serve in the office.