Big gains buoy small US con­gre­ga­tions

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

THE IN­AU­GU­RAL United Syn­a­gogue small com­mu­ni­ties con­fer­ence brought to­gether del­e­gates from 18 con­gre­ga­tions to dis­cuss com­mon is­sues and as­pi­ra­tions.

“One of the main themes to emerge from a very suc­cess­ful day was the need to en­er­gise com­mu­ni­ties and to at­tempt to make a dif­fer­ence,” said Sut­ton Syn­a­gogue’s Paul Sar­faty, who chaired the event with Shen­ley’s Phil Di­a­mond.

“It was en­cour­ag­ing that at the end of the day, many of the del­e­gates were ask­ing when the next event would take place.”

There were pro­duc­tive dis­cus­sions on in­creas­ing pro­vi­sion for Fri­day night fam­ily events at smaller US shuls.

In his key­note speech, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis gave ex­am­ples of com­mu­ni­ties in the UK and abroad which had been re­vived af­ter en­er­gis­ing the lo­cal pop­u­lace.

“It was truly in­spi­ra­tional speech,” Mr Sar­faty said. “It re­ally cap­tured the mood of the event.”

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