Soloveichik up for Britains chief rabbi

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik is among three U.S. rabbis being considered to become Britain’s chief rabbi.

Soloveichik, director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University as well as associate rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York, is expected in London in a few days for meetings with British Jewish leaders, the Times of Israel reported.

He is great-nephew of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik, the longtime leader of American Modern Orthodoxy until his death in 1993.

In addition to Soloveichik, other rabbis rumored under consideration include Emory University law school professor Michael Broyde; Daniel Beller, a British rabbi who moved to Israel 15 years ago; and Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center in New York, according to the Times of Israel.

The main two candidates in England are widely assumed to be Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, a former chief rabbi of Ireland, and Rabbi Harvey Belovsk of London, the report added.

The current chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, is scheduled to step down in September 2013. — jta