Anne Roland

The Jewish Chronicle - - Obituaries -

Avi­TAL And vi­brant mem­ber of meno­rah Syn­a­gogue, the Cheshire re­form Con­gre­ga­tion, Anne michelle roland was in­volved in prac­ti­cally ev­ery as­pect of syn­a­gogue life.

From the Sun­day morn­ing bagel club to the rit­ual and prac­tices com­mit­tee, shul re­build­ing steer­ing com­mit­tee, care com­mit­tee, choir and ev­ery so­cial ac­tiv­ity, she could be counted on.

She served an out­stand­ing term as chair­man from 2003-2005, bring­ing to­tal com­mit­ment to ev­ery as­pect of the con­gre­ga­tion’s life.

She met her hus­band, Ge­off, at a Kol nidre ser­vice in 1977 at a Con­ser­va­tive syn­a­gogue in Wash­ing­ton dC, where they both hap­pened to be on hol­i­day.

Lon­don-born Ge­off roland went back to work as an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer for Bri­tish rail in Leeds. Anne Schaf­fer, as she was, re­turned to her bank job in van­cou­ver. They cor­re­sponded and Anne left for eng­land the next year. They got en­gaged, mar­ried and moved to manch­ester for Ge­off’s new job.

Their ever-open home hosted meet­ings and ex­tended Shab­bat and fes­ti­val hos­pi­tal­ity to all. Her ta­ble al­ways had room for ex­tra guests.

Anne and her sis­ter, Joan, grew up in a Jewish fam­ily com­mit­ted to serv­ing oth­ers. Anne not only in­her­ited this tra­di­tion but sur­passed it.

She brought peo­ple to shul who would not oth­er­wise be able to get there, de­liv­ered flow­ers to the sick and in­firm be­fore Yom­tov, and re­minded the rabbi of any­one who might need a call or word of sup­port. With a for­mi­da­ble mem­ory, she knew ev­ery mem- ber of meno­rah and of­ten their ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber by heart.

She also served as gov­er­nor of Spring­field Pri­mary School in Sale for sev­eral years and as a mar­riage sec­re­tary.

For many in the con­gre­ga­tion, their last mem­ory of Anne is at the sum­mer fair in aid of the new shul build­ing. As usual, she was at the fundrais­ing fore­front — refuse to buy raf­fle tick­ets at your peril!

She died trag­i­cally in a car ac­ci­dent just two days later. Her ab­sence from the new shul, com­pleted just a few weeks af­ter her death —a dream that she did so much to turn into re­al­ity — is heart­break­ing.

Anne brought soul and en­ergy to the con­gre­ga­tion and, above all, a lib­er­al­ism con­so­nant with her firmly held be­lief in the value of ev­ery hu­man be­ing. She brought love and pas­sion to ev­ery­thing she did.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Ge­off; daugh­ter, naomi; and son, Jonathan.

Anne Roland: vi­tal shul mem­ber

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