United and Re­form’s joint event

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY JAY GRENBY

MEM­BERS OF Radlett’s United and Re­form syn­a­gogues seized on an op­por­tu­nity to set re­li­gious dif­fer­ences aside as they en­joyed a joint Yom Atz­maut cel­e­bra­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Al­though the third oc­ca­sion that the con­gre­ga­tions have got to­gether for Is­rael’s birth­day, it was the first time that they had used the cross-commu- nal Clore Shalom Pri­mary in Shen­ley as the venue.

The joint steer­ing com­mit­tee, headed by Radlett United’s Anne In­gram and Radlett and Bushey Re­form’s Ruth Leveson, were keen to make it “a real com­mu­nity event”, with all food and en­ter­tain­ment sourced from guests.

Radlett United min­is­ter Rabbi Ariel Abel and his Re­form coun­ter­part Rabbi Paul Freed­man were among the 185 rev­ellers who joined in the pro­gramme of mu­sic and read­ings, pre­ceded by a Yom Hazikaron ser­vice led by young Is­raelis visit­ing un­der the UJIA’s Magic Mo­ments pro­gramme.

Rabbi Freed­man told the JC: “Rabbi Abel and I were keen for our com­mu­ni­ties to cel­e­brate Is­rael 60 to­gether, and the en­thu­si­as­tic or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee ben­e­fited from a good mix of creative and ded­i­cated mem­bers.”

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