‘Less pre­pared’ rabbi blames it on his kids

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

CHABAD’S RABBI Odom Brand­man sees sim­i­lar­i­ties to run­ning a com­mu­nity and run­ning a marathon.“Both can be ex­tremely chal­leng­ing and both have their ups and downs.”

Sun­day was the sec­ond Lon­don Marathon for the self-styled “run­ning rabbi” who pre­sides over the fast-grow­ing Chabad Buck­hurst Hill, serv­ing the Es­sex and north-east Lon­don com­mu­nity.

His time of five hours 18 min­utes was slower than for his pre­vi­ous marathon in 2011, which he at­trib­uted to be­ing “less pre­pared. Last time around I only had two chil­dren — now I have seven! I just wanted to try and raise as much money as I could.”

Cheered on by fam­ily and friends, he earned more than £8,000 for his shul and com­mu­nity cen­tre.

“At one point, a com­peti­tor urged me on by say­ing: ‘Rabbi, you can’t be beaten by an athe­ist!’

“In the same way it takes a lot of help and sup­port to run a com­mu­nity, it also takes loads of sup­port from fam­ily, friends and oth­ers to com­plete a marathon. It is great to have now com­pleted two of them.”

Rabbi Brand­man at the fin­ish

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