Mid­lands 40th bash

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

A THIS is Your Life evening, an­chored by Sky Sports pun­dit Jonny Gould, was held to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of Rabbi Shmuel Arkush, and his wife Leah, set­ting up Lubav­itch in the Mid­lands.

Mr Gould, an ex-Brum­mie, high­lighted how the couple es­tab­lished a Lubav­itch pres­ence in “a scep­ti­cal Mid­lands” in 1975.

Also in the 160-strong au­di­ence were Board of Deputies pres­i­dent Jonathan Arkush and Chabad’s Rabbi Arye Sufrin.

Mr Arkush, Rabbi Arkush’s cousin, de­scribed the rabbi’s teenage years as a To­rah stu­dent who went on to es­tab­lish, with his wife, a Lubav­itch Cen­tre in Birm­ing­ham pro­vid­ing re­li­gious learn­ing, af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties and coun­selling pro­grammes.

The fi­nal guest, Tova Mordechai, had trav­elled from Tz­fat in Is­rael to give her ac­count of how the Arkushes had helped her “re­dis­cover her Jewish roots and to live her dream as a Jewish grand­mother in Is­rael af­ter a ca­reer as a Chris­tian min­is­ter”.

Rabbi Arkush ex­pressed his thanks “to the many supporters and friends for the years of sup­port for Lubav­itch in the Mid­lands and its out­reach”.

The event, held at Cen­tral Syn­a­gogue, in­cluded a vi­o­lin per­for­mance of Chabad nig­gu­nim by the shul’s Rabbi Lior Kaminet­sky.

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