Min­is­ter adapts to For­est life

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

THE INAU­GU­RAL rabbi of one of east-Lon­don’s largest con­gre­ga­tions says he feels “very wel­comed” by the com­mu­nity.

For­merly min­is­ter of Liver­pool’s Child­wall shul, Rabbi Mordechai Wol­len­berg took charge at Wood­ford For­est United Syn­a­gogue — cre­ated by the merger of Wanstead and Wood­ford Syn­a­gogue and Waltham For­est He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion — be­fore the fes­ti­vals.

Rabbi Wol­len­berg said that he and his fam­ily had been made to feel at home.

“There’s a for­ward-think­ing lead­er­ship. They’re pre­pared to try new things. It’s a very nice shul and we had a very good crowd over Yomtov. It’s child-friendly, too.”

Over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kip­pur, at­ten­dances peaked at more than half the syn­a­gogue’s 1,200 mem­bers. “We had a full house and even had to open up parts of the shul they haven’t since the merger.”

The Wol­len­bergs are liv­ing above the shul.

Although this has meant a fair num­ber of early morn­ing visi­tors, the set-up “works for us, be­cause we’re in the thick of things”.

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