Why spend cash on trip abroad for rebbetzens?

THE Chief Rabbi’s wife, Valerie Mirvis, led a trip to Rome with a number of community rebbetzens, as the Jewish Telegraph reported last week.

It enables them to go back to their communities with increased learning and knowledge.

While I do not have a problem with this, surely such gatherings should take place within the UK at much less expense.

Previous occasions have resulted in the Chief Rabbi going to Israel with colleagues . . . and now this trip to Rome.

I would suggest that although these trips have been funded by the Chief Rabbi’s Office, and are presumably fully or partly sponsored, a better use of communal funds would have been to use this money within schools or to fund youth workers at synagogues.

Philip Mendelson,
16 Rochford Avenue,

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