Thanks for Manx visit

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

NEW YORK rab­bis Men­del Yaf­fee and Shi­mon Kiv­man in­cluded the Isle of Man in a Bri­tish out­reach tour.

The 26-year-olds met more than 30 mem­bers of the 200-strong com­mu­nity in shops, homes and an open meet­ing in a ho­tel. The visit was part of an emis­sary tour to Lan­cashire, Wales and the Lake Dis­trict, for which they took along mezu­zot, re­li­gious books and kosher cakes.

“Peo­ple in other places hes­i­tated but in the Isle of Man they were ex­cited to meet us,” Rabbi Siv­man said. “A cab driver in­vited us to his house to meet his 80-year-old mother. Some­one had the first chance to put on tefillin.”

Manx res­i­dent Jonathan Gol­low, 51, wel­comed “some in­put on the spir­i­tual side of life. One of the rab­bis was par­tic­u­larly good with his Jewish jokes.”

The visit was or­gan­ised by South Manch­ester Chabad’s Rabbi Dovid Jaffe.

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