Montefiore medical centre opens
A NEW MEDICAL centre in Ramsgate, Kent, has been dedicated to the memory of one of the Kent town’s most famous residents, Sir Moses Montefiore.
The building was formally opened last week by Simon Sebag Montefiore, the London-based historian and author, who is a great-great nephew of Sir Moses. It is situated on the former estate of the Victorian philanthropist, near to his synagogue and mausoleum.
“It’s a wonderful centre,” said Mr Sebag Montefiore, himself the son of a doctor. “A medical centre is appropriate for Moses Montefiore because he built hospitals all over the world.”
A Chasidic businessman from North London, Samuel Berger, recently bought adjacent land, on which he hopes to re-build the Torah college founded by Sir Moses 150 years ago. Commenting on the ambition, Mr Sebag Montefiore said he thought that “the family would be thrilled.”
Simon Sebag Montefiore at the opening of the Ramsgate Centre