Heart­break as mourn­ers un­able to say kad­dish


AN OR­THO­DOX sy­n­a­gogue in Leeds re­grets the lack of a minyan for a fu­neral pre­vented mourn­ers say­ing kad­dish.

Daniel Levy, for­mer rabbi at Leeds United He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, said: “This isn’t the first time this has hap­pened and it is be­com­ing all too fre­quent. It is a heart­break­ing sit­u­a­tion.”

Mal­colm Tay­lor, pres­i­dent of Leeds Etz Chaim Sy­n­a­gogue, the shul in­volved, said it was “very un­for­tu­nate” that de­spite the shul’s best ef­forts it was not pos­si­ble to se­cure a minyan to at­tend at the fu­neral on March 9.

“It is un­for­tu­nately not un­com­mon that be­reave­ments oc­cur where in­suf­fi­cient males are avail­able to make the minyan,” he said.

“On this oc­ca­sion it tran­spired that not all those who had un­der­taken to at­tend were in fact able to do so, and this did not be­come ap­par­ent un­til the time of the fu­neral.”

He added: “After con­sul­ta­tion with the be­reaved, the fu­neral was un­der­taken ac­cord­ing to ha­lachah. Pas­toral care was ex­tended to fam­ily mem­bers.”

The be­reaved son at­tended sy­n­a­gogue the fol­low­ing morn­ing for shacharis and could then re­cite kad­dish in mem­ory of his de­ceased mother.

Robert De­war, pres­i­dent of Leeds UHC, said: “It is des­per­ately up­set­ting for the fam­ily when they are un­able to say kad­dish. At UHC we do our ut­most to en­sure we get a minyan and, of course, we sup­port other syn­a­gogues where we can. Our thoughts go out to the fam­i­lies caught up in these dis­tress­ing cir­cum­stances.”

Lau­rence Saf­fer, pres­i­dent of Leeds Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil, said: “We are aware of this sad prob­lem. The in­abil­ity to some­times achieve a minyan is one of the rea­sons LJRC is fa­cil­i­tat­ing Shul Vi­tal­ity Day on March 26.

“All shuls in York­shire have been in­vited to join us and the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil to see how we can work bet­ter to­gether on a va­ri­ety of is­sues.”

There are around 10,000 Jews liv­ing in Leeds, mostly in the Moor­town, Al­wood­ley and Round­hay sub­urbs.

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