US Marriage Authorisation #usa


Richard Gilbert
 

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In this instance US is not referring to the United States but the United Synagogue.

The United Synagogue is the largest group of synagogues in the United Kingdom. It was 150 years old last year. It is headed by the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis and has 66 modern orthodox synagogues under its umbrella, which for the U.K. makes it the largest Jewish synagogue body.

Marriage Authorisations were introduced and are still used today to confirm that a person is halachically Jewish thereby enabling them to marry in one of the United Synagogue’s synagogues.

Until 1966 these authorisations were issued for virtually all orthodox marriages within the United Kingdom irrespective of which body of orthodox synagogues was marrying the couple. In 1966 the Federation of Synagogues took over responsibility for marriages under its auspices.

It is testament to the system that it has been robust enough to serve Anglo Jewry for well over 140 years.

Richard Gilbert
Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire

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