A Rabbi is "thrilled" to take over the reigns of Loughton Synagogue.

From March 24 Rabbi Yanky Abrams will lead proceedings at the Borders Lane temple, where 200 families regularly meet for worship.

Originally from Manchester, Rabbi Abrams joins the synagogue with his wife Rochel and children Mushka and Yosef Yitzchok.

He has been assistant Rabbi at Woodford Forest United Synagogue for the past 18 months.

Mrs Abrams, who grew up in Montreal in Canada, already knows large parts of the town's Jewish community as she has been employed by Loughton Synagogue as the head teacher of their Cheder or Sunday school since September 2018.

Rabbi Abrams said: "Rochel and I are thrilled to be joining Loughton Community.

"Loughton Shul is known for its warmth and family-friendly atmosphere, it possesses the right tools and potential for growth and success.

"There are so many exciting things in store for the community. We feel so fortunate that our family are going to be part of such wonderful community.”

Loughton Synagogue was founded in 1947 and recently held a farewell tea for the departing Rabbi Portnoy and his family, which was attended by more than 120 of its members.

During the past year Loughton Synagogue members have also celebrated numerous family events including weddings, Bar Mitzvah’s and a number of births to community members.

The Abrams will join on March 1 when the community celebrates 'Shabbat UK' with a community Friday night dinner – a regular sell out event that has taken place over the last four Shabbat UK’s.

They will officially start full time three weeks later.

Gary Stern, chairman of the board of management said: “We are delighted that we have been able to find a Rabbi and Rebbetzen, whose enthusiasm for Judaism coupled with a friendly and approachable manner, to lead, inspire and enhance our community."