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Friday, August 4, 2006

No, Virginia

NEWTON

‘‘We’re staying in Newton.’’

That’s the latest word from Charles Osborne, the former cantor of Temple Emanuel in Newton Centre, who had announced he was helping to launch a new local shul -- only to have it emerge later that he was also in negotiations with a temple in Virginia.

Osborne said last month he would become the spiritual leader of Adath Shir Rinah, which bills itself as ‘‘The Singing Shul’’ and is scheduled to begin holding services soon in leased space in Brookline or Newton.

But after reading Osborne’s statements, a leader of the Norfolk synagogue called the Globe to say that the cantor was in talks there as well.

Osborne confirmed to the Globe last week that he was in Norfolk, Va. for a second interview with Temple Beth El. He said he was trying to assure his financial security ‘‘as anyone in the market would.’’

On Wednesday night, however, Osborne consented to a verbal contract with Adath Shir Rinah. Ann Chalmer, the new temple’s coordinator, confirmed the deal and said at least 60 families have committed to joining.

-- Susan Chaityn Lebovits

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