Why JW3 works

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - Of the 20 per cent

As one

(Non-Jews ac­count for one in five vis­its to JW3 — JC, Feb 24), might I be per­mit­ted to say that, as a fairly reg­u­lar at­ten­der these days, I do so en­joy the time I spend at the cen­tre.

Although my own (non-Jewish) Jewish jour­ney re­ally started in 1967 (what a year that turned out to be) my first visit to JW3 was in 2015 when I re­tired, en­rolled on a couple of his­tory cour­ses and be­came a mem­ber.

The cen­tre is a credit to all who help make the venue a suc­cess in host­ing a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties. The qual­ity of some of the lec­tur­ers is ex­cel­lent and two in par­tic­u­lar (at the risk of caus­ing un­in­tended em­bar­rass­ment) are Trudy Gold and Wil­liam Tyler.

As a bonus, af­ter the HMD event I man­aged to speak with Howard Ja­cob­son who had been one of my lec­tur­ers way back in 1980. He was of course very gra­cious but per­haps a lit­tle de­pressed to learn that one of his for­mer stu­dents was of re­tire­ment age!

I am of­ten frus­trated that Is­rael seems to have given up on PR but I hope JW3 will seize ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age the 20 per cent to in­crease and help more peo­ple to ap­pre­ci­ate the rich her­itage, tri­als and tribu­la­tions and not for­get­ting the hu­mour of the Jewish com­mu­nity. If I lived in Lon­don, JW3 could eas­ily be­come my sec­ond home. Wil­liam Philpott,

Daven­try, Northamp­ton­shire

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