Tributes to Manch­ester min­is­ter


BURY SOUTH MP Ivan Lewis was among over 220 fam­ily, friends and con­gre­gants at a tes­ti­mo­nial din­ner for the Rev Les­lie Ols­berg in ad­vance of his re­tire­ment as min­is­ter of Manch­ester’s Heaton Park Syn­a­gogue.

Rev Ols­berg will re­tire on May 10, his 86th birth­day, af­ter 35 years’ ser­vice. Pay­ing trib­ute, Mr Lewis said: “He has been there for ev­ery sec­tion of our com­mu­nity. He was my bar­mitz­vah teacher and in­spired gen­er­a­tions with his be­lief that ev­ery child is spe­cial, re­gard­less of their level of ob­ser­vance.”

An­other speaker was Eric Wil­son, ex­head of the Manch­ester Jewish Gram­mar and King David Ju­nior schools. He re­called meet­ing Rev Ols­berg in 1961 at a job in­ter­view at Manch­ester Jewish Gram­mar, where the min­is­ter was hon­orary sec­re­tary. Mr Wil­son was not im­pressed by the school but Rev Ols­berg con­vinced him to take the job and they be­came friends.

Rev Ols­berg later be­came chap­lain to King David Schools and the tes­ti­mo­nial event fea­tured en­ter­tain­ment from the King David choirs.

Some of the pro­ceeds from the evening will be used to es­tab­lish a char­ity in his name which will pri­mar­ily sup­port Jewish ed­u­ca­tion.

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