Shul gets rabbi from Brazil
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2013-01-22
Rabbi Elimelech Vanzetta
St Albans United Synagogue has welcomed a new part time rabbi, Elimelech Vanzetta, to its community.
Rabbi Vanzetta, who is originally from Brazil, will join the Hertfordshire shul on a part-time basis along with his Chilean-born wife Rachel.
The synagogue's vice-chairperson Karen Appleby welcomed the appointment, saying the couple - who have four children - would bring a 'fresh perspective' to community life.
Rabbi Vanzetta added that he was "very impressed" with the community, and looked forward to having the chance to lead it.
"The opportunity for growth is there, however, what struck us the most is the high quality of the people we met, that is the real reason that caused us to go forth with our candidacy," he said of his decision to apply for the job.
"The members of the search committee spared no efforts in making us feel completely at home and totally welcome. St Albans received many applications from highly qualified candidates. We're humbled to have been chosen. We look forward to building, together, a bright future enabling the community to occupy the place it so rightfully deserves
within Anglo Jewry."
Rabbi Vanzetta studied at the London School Of Economics and previously worked as a press officer for the Brazilian Embassy and as an investment banker for Citibank.
His wife, who is fron the Chilean capital Santiago, is a teacher specialising in Judaic studies.