West London Synagogue spent £138,000 in the wake of bullying allegations
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West London Synagogue spent £138,000 in the wake of bullying allegations

An unnamed group of 'very generous benefactors' contributed £113,000 to cover the costs of appointing 'professional advisers'

Rabbi David Mitchell
Rabbi David Mitchell

West London Synagogue has spent £138,000 in the wake of bullying allegations levelled against its co-senior rabbi, David Mitchell.

Of the total sum, which was spent on appointing “professional advisers”, £113,000 came from “very generous benefactors”, who were not named in a report published ahead of its annual general meeting last week.

The synagogue will “only be required to bear £25,000 of these costs”, the report says.

Rabbi David Mitchell, who denies all the allegations against him, was accused of bullying and inappropriate behaviour by former members of staff.

He took up his senior role at the synagogue on 1 April after agreeing to take time away following the claims, which dated back to 2016.

Sir Michael Burton, a former High Court Judge and president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, led an investigation which found “no grounds” to the claims.

West London Synagogue was contacted for comment.
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