‘Pro-Is­rael church’ helps out Ma­sorti

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY BEN WEICH

THE TINY Ma­sorti group in Bris­tol, which has been strug­gling to af­ford premises, has found a rent-free home cour­tesy of the “most pro-Is­rael church” in the city.

Led by re­tired lec­turer Yaakov Martin, the group had been us­ing a hired hall. But be­cause of lim­ited fi­nances, it could only meet monthly.

Now thanks to the in­ter­ven­tion of the River of Life Chris­tian Cen­tre, it has a reg­u­lar meet­ing area for ser­vices, study and so­cials.

Mr Martin, 54, said the ini­tia­tive came from the church. “They said they had lots of space. It’s our own space and they al­low us to come to study the Torah.

“We were think­ing of al­ter­na­tives like one of our houses. That is fine for so­cials but not for ser­vices.

“It is just an ex­am­ple of how two groups can come to­gether in a prac­ti­cal way and show co-op­er­a­tion.”

The church keeps a meno­rah, as well as a cru­ci­fix, in its main hall where Chris­tian ser­vices are held.

David Roles, the pas­tor, said River of Life was “the most pro-Is­rael church in Bris­tol, if not the whole West Coun­try.

“We can’t help lov­ing the Jewish peo­ple. We recog­nise and re­spect them and we can work with them.”

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