Will the U.K.’s Next Chief Rabbi be American?

from The Times of Israel:

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik courted for post of British chief rabbi

A young rabbi who is considered one of the brightest in America is being head-hunted for the post of British chief rabbi, The Times of Israel has learned.

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and associate rabbi at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious synagogues, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun. He is also the great-nephew of Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik, known as “the Rav,” who was the leader of American Modern Orthodoxy until his death in 1993.

“He is expected in London within a few days,” said a source close to the selection process. “My sense is that’s who they want.”

Another source, a senior British community leader, said that Rabbi Soloveichik had the behind-the-scenes backing of the current chief rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks.