RE­MEM­BER SIN­GLES

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

Could Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks be miss­ing the point about the im­por­tance of fam­ily in his pre-Rosh Hashanah broad­cast? No one would ar­gue about the cen­tral­ity of looking af­ter our chil­dren and, as a Jewish mother, this has been the most pro­found ex­pe­ri­ence of my life. But as I ap­proach the High Holy Days without any im­me­di­ate fam­ily around me, I won­der who is looking af­ter peo­ple who are alone?

To his credit, the Chief Rabbi con­cedes the stresses of mod­ern liv­ing and the frag­men­ta­tion of fam­ily life. But un­less action is taken we will con­tinue to have gen­er­a­tions of sin­gle peo­ple go­ing to shul and feel­ing alone, not al­ways hav­ing a sense of be­long­ing.

Per­haps the big­gest chal­lenge to our com­mu­nity is find­ing more ways of be­ing in­clu­sive so that every­one can par­tic­i­pate in fam­ily life, re­gard­less of their sit­u­a­tion. I am blessed with good friends in the com­mu­nity who have been kind and, thank­fully, I will not be spending the High Holy-Days alone. But I am acutely aware that this may not be the case for many oth­ers. Sue Levy Bushey Heath, Herts

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