RABBI ZAL­MAN S.LENT

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DUBLIN HE­BREW CON­GRE­GA­TION

RABBI LENT is the com­mu­nal rabbi of Dublin’s Ortho­dox con­gre­ga­tion and is also di­rec­tor of ChabadLubav­itch of Ire­land. He joined DHC, known lo­cally as Terenure Shul in 2000, first as youth rabbi, then as com­mu­nal rabbi. Born in Manch­ester, he at­tended Manch­ester Gram­mar School and then stud­ied at yeshivah in Mon­treal, New York and Melbourne, where he was or­dained in Ma­chon Lesmicha in 1996. Tell us about your fam­ily My wife, Rifky, and I have four chil­dren, aged three to eight. With a house full of young kids, there is never a dull mo­ment. It is only a short drive to the sea and the moun­tains, in­clud­ing the famed Wick­low Way, as well as the parks and play­grounds. Phoenix Park is ac­tu­ally the big­gest ur­ban park in Europe, so no short­age of places to take the kids. Rifky and I both teach in the Jewish school here so early morn­ings are lively. Tell us about a typ­i­cal week A daily minyan, classes by the Chief Rabbi of Ire­land or my­self on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day nights and chavruta pro­gramme on Thurs­day. Fri­day nights in shul are qui­eter; Shab­bat morn­ing is the main minyan — it must be the Kid­dush! Sun­days there is a restau­rant at the shul which is open for lunch, and BBYO runs a youth group in the evening. On Wed­nes­days there is an Over-55s Club. We or­gan­ise many com­mu­nal events, es­pe­cially fam­ily events. We have some great projects lined up, and plans for a monthly com­mu­nal din­ner, as there is no full-time kosher restau­rant here yet. Tell us about your role at the syn­a­gogue Our chal­lenge is to bring the new peo­ple who have ar­rived in the com­mu­nity as a re­sult of the eco­nomic boom in Ire­land into the shul, not just to so­cial events. We have set up a Hil­lel House-type fa­cil­ity for stu­dents and young pro­fes­sion­als and that has pro­vided young peo­ple for our youth to meet and so­cialise with. What do you do on your time off I like pho­tog­ra­phy and creative writ­ing and have projects and books I would love to do. Right now, if I send a fam­ily photo to rel­a­tives and leave a note on the fridge, I am do­ing well. A char­ity close to my heart is the Is­raeli Ter­ror Vic­tims Project, and a high­light was when we brought a group over for a hol­i­day. Nom­i­nate a rabbi: com­mu­nity@thejc.com

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