Brighton build­ing to a 50th

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY YAEL BREUER

HOVE MP Peter Kyle was among the guests as Brighton and Hove Re­form Syn­a­gogue cel­e­brated 50 years in its Palmeira Av­enue premises with a spe­cial ser­vice and kid­dush. The 120 con­gre­gants also in­cluded for­mer MP Ivor Caplin and Ge­of­frey Marx, chair of Re­form Ju­daism.

An an­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tured ar­chive doc­u­ments such as a 1966 pe­ti­tion in sup­port of the build­ing of the syn­a­gogue af­ter the lo­cal coun­cil had rejected the ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion.

Rabbi An­drea Za­nardo noted af­ter­wards that the shul “is the largest in Sus­sex, has the high­est num­ber of cheder stu­dents and the low­est av­er­age age of mem­bers.

“There must be some­thing good in our brand, a well bal­anced marriage of ha­lachah with moder­nity. We proudly stand on the more tra­di­tional side of the Re­form move­ment and make our voice heard at na­tional and lo­cal level.”

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