Rec­on­ciled in Lin­coln

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY CATHYFORMAN

THE UN­VEIL­ING of a plaque at Lin­coln Cathe­dral com­mem­o­rates the blood li­bel of 1255, when 18 Lin­coln Jews were hanged hav­ing been falsely ac­cused of the rit­ual mur­der of a lo­cal boy.

Kad­dish for the hanged Jews was also re­cited at a ser­vice at the shrine of Lit­tle Hugh, who was ven­er­ated as a saint. The word­ing on the plaque records that when the boy’s tomb was opened in 1791, the body bore no signs of mu­ti­la­tion.

The 200 peo­ple at the ser­vice were ad­dressed by Lib­eral Ju­daism chief ex­ec­u­tive Rabbi Danny Rich on “A Jewish view of Je­sus”.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble priv­i­lege to be at the ser­vice,” he said. “It is a trib­ute to the cathe­dral and to the lo­cal Jewish com­mu­nity that this type of event is now pos­si­ble.” Lin­coln Labour MP and Jewish com­mu­nity mem­ber Gil­lian Mer­ron was an­other con­gre­gant.

Dean of Lin­coln Rev­erend Philip Buckler said the plaque was “a sym­bol of changed at­ti­tudes and the re­jec­tion of false prej­u­dice”.

On the same day, JTrails — part of Spiro Ark — launched a Jewish her­itage trail of the cathe­dral area. JTrails’ di­rec­tor Mar­cus Roberts said it showed that “un­til prej­u­dice took over in the 13th cen­tury, Lin­coln Jews and Chris­tians were able to learn from each other”.

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