Pul­pit cri­sis is solved by mem­bers

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY JAY GRENBY

KINGSTON UNITED Syn­a­gogue con­gre­gants came to the res­cue af­ter the shul faced a Yom Kip­pur min­is­te­rial cri­sis.

The shul needed to fill the gap be­tween the de­par­ture of Rabbi David Ma­son for the Muswell Hill pul­pit at the end of Au­gust and the ar­rival of his suc­ces­sor, Rabbi Michael Rosen­field, in time for Suc­cot.

With this in mind, the Kingston board had ar­ranged a stand-in from Is­rael for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kip­pur.

Moshe Freed­man — a great-nephew of the late Rev Les­lie Hard­man — was a pop­u­lar choice, hav­ing grown up in Kingston where he had reg­u­larly led ser­vices. He has been study­ing for semichah in Jerusalem.

Rosh Hashanah went well, but Mr Freed­man had be­gun to lose his voice by Yom Kip­pur. “He gal­lantly en­deav­oured to lead the Kol Nidre ser­vice, be­com­ing hoarser and hoarser as the evening wore on, but by the time the morn­ing ser­vice was due to be­gin, he was un­able to daven at all,” a Kingston spokesper­son said.

“For­tu­nately, a num­ber of mem­bers came to the com­mu­nity’s res­cue, and be­tween them, man­aged to learn both the ser­vices and the lehn­ing at ex­tremely short no­tice.”

War­den Alan Lyons paid trib­ute to Adam Nakar, Joshua Freed­man and Sa­muel Green for help­ing to fill the breach.

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