Northerners are linked in by Lib­eral ini­tia­tive

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

YORK HOSTED the first com­bined ser­vice of North­ern Jewish com­mu­ni­ties, and at­tracted 120 peo­ple from as far afield as Cum­bria, Northum­bria, Not­ting­ham, Durham and Manch­ester.

Danny Rich, Lib­eral Ju­daism’s se­nior rabbi, told them of the move­ment’s in­ten­tion to es­tab­lish a North­ern Com­mu­ni­ties Al­liance com­pris­ing Durham, Ed­in­burgh, Lan­cashire and Lakes, Lin­coln, Manch­ester and York.

He en­vi­sioned the Al­liance hold­ing events and con­fer­ences and shar­ing knowl­edge, skills and re­sources. There would be pro­fes­sional sup­port for fundrais­ing.

The ser­vice was led by Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich (Not­ting­ham), stu­dent min­is­ter Deb­o­rah Blausten (York) and Rabbi Robert Ash (Lan­cashire and Lakes).

Ben Rich, chair of the York com­mu­nity, said: “This was one of the largest Lib­eral Jewish gath­er­ings in the coun­try this week­end.

“What an amaz­ing thought that it took place in York, where less than three years ago there was no com­mu­nity.

“Be­cause of its in­clu­siv­ity and open­ness to all, Lib­eral Ju­daism is truly on the march in the north of Eng­land.”

Some of the 120 peo­ple at the York Shab­bat

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