Ja­cobi has a Lib­eral 90th

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

LIB­ERAL SYN­A­GOGUES across the coun­try have cel­e­brated the 90th birth­day of Rabbi Harry Ja­cobi with spe­cial ser­vices and kid­dushim.

The long-serv­ing min­is­ter de­liv­ered a ser­mon at the Shab­bat ser­vice at the Lib­eral Jewish Syn­a­gogue, St John’s Wood, which was taken by his chil­dren, rab­bis Mar­garet Ja­cobi (Birm­ing­ham Pro­gres­sive) and Richard Ja­cobi (Wood­ford Lib­eral), along with se­nior LJS rabbi Alexan­dra Wright.

He was vis­i­bly moved at the end of the ser­vice when his young Rabbi Ja­cobi with chil­dren Mar­garet and Richard grand­daugh­ter, Tali, pre­sented him with a Festschrift (book of hon­our), fea­tur­ing con­tri­bu­tions from lead­ing Pro­gres­sive rab­bis and thinkers.

Rabbi Ja­cobi said af­ter­wards that he was “over­whelmed with grat­i­tude” for the gift. I can’t thank ev­ery­one at Lib­eral Ju­daism enough. When look­ing back, I am re­minded of the Book of Es­ther [chap­ter 9, verse 22] and that with God’s help, I’ve gone ‘ f r o m s o r - row to joy and from mourni n g t o a g o o d day’.”

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