Radlett makes plans to fill rab­bini­cal gap

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JAY GRENBY

RADLETT SY­N­A­GOGUE has in­terim mea­sures in place to fill the min­is­te­rial void left by the de­par­ture of Rabbi An­thony Dee, who has re­turned to Is­rael with his wife, Lucy, and young fam­ily af­ter just over three years in the post.

The cou­ple were UK born and ed­u­cated but had lived in Is­rael for a num­ber of years be­fore com­ing back in 2008, when Rabbi Dee was ap­pointed as­sis­tant min­is­ter at Hendon Sy­n­a­gogue. Their de­par­ture date from Radlett was in­flu­enced by the ed­u­ca­tional needs of their chil­dren.

While the search for a suc­ces­sor pro­gresses, for­mer Radlett res­i­dent and United Sy­n­a­gogue pres­i­dent Elkan Levy will visit from Is­rael to help out with the High Holy-Day ser­vices.

A Fri­day night din­ner at­tended by 270 peo­ple was among a num­ber of farewell events for Rabbi Dee, who re­flected: “Radlett is a com­mu­nity full of frum­mers, many of whom don’t know it yet. We have been in­spired by the tremen­dous love, warmth and de­sire to be in­volved across the whole com­mu­nity.

“Radlett will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in our hearts.”

Con­gre­ga­tion chair Alex Pomer­ance hoped that the Dees would make a fly­ing visit next year for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new sy­n­a­gogue build­ing, hav­ing been “so in­volved in the plan­ning”.

As for the rabbi’s re­place­ment, a num­ber of ap­pli­cants had been se­lected for in­ter­view. “We hope we can move for­ward quickly, although we are not an­tic­i­pat­ing that any­one will be in the post un­til Pe­sach at the ear­li­est.”

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