Dou­ble vi­sion safe­guards north east chap­laincy role

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY FAGA SPEKER

A UNIQUE part­ner­ship will al­low Jewish stu­dents in the north east of Eng­land to ben­e­fit from the ser­vices of a chap­lain for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Rabbi Aaron Lipsey will com­bine his role at New­cas­tle’s United He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion with work for the Univer­sity Jewish Chap­laincy to cover cam­puses in New­cas­tle, Durham, Sun­der­land and Teesside.

Lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers, work­ing with the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil of North East Jewry and UJC, helped se­cure the deal that will see Rabbi Lipsey funded to cover both jobs.

The re­gion had briefly been with­out chap­laincy cover fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of pre­de­ces­sor Rabbi Mati Kos and his fam­ily to Manch­ester.

Stu­dents have al­ready ben­e­fit­ted from Rabbi Lipsey’s as­sis­tance, as well as re­ceiv­ing a warm wel­come from his wife, Miriam.

New­cas­tle Jsoc’s Tamma Carel said: “Rabbi and Reb­bet­zin Lipsey’s open­ness and wel­com­ing at­ti­tude has been greatly ap­pre­ci­ated among stu­dents.

“The ben­e­fit of the pas­toral and prac­ti­cal sup­port pro­vided by the chap­lain to a small, de­vel­op­ing Jsoc like New­cas­tle has been hugely s i gnifi c a nt and the ef­fect has helped cre­ate a strong sense of com­mu­nity within the Jsoc which has helped the so­ci­ety grow and strengthen.”

The so­ci­ety was short­listed for the “De­vel­op­ing Jsoc” award at last month’s UJS awards.

Ms Carel said: “We would not have been nom­i­nated this year if we hadn’t had the sup­port of the Lipseys.”

Rabbi Lipsey said he was de­lighted to take on the new role.

“We have re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the ex­tra dy­namic and dif­fer­ent chal­lenges that chap­laincy brings to our communal life. The stu­dents are al­ways wel­come in our home and we love hav­ing them around.” He said stu­dents could come to him for ad­vice and as­sis­tance re­gard­less of their level of re­li­gious ob­ser­vance.

U J C p l a n s t o re­turn to a ded­i­cated full-time chap­lain’s role in the fu­ture.

PHOTO: JOHN SAD­LIK

Rabbi Aaron Lipsey and his wife Miriam

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