The Jewish Chronicle

Club opens in Liverpool

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A SUNDAY evening youth club for the secondary school age group has been set up at Liverpool Reform Synagogue.

Open to young people from across the Jewish spectrum, it will fill a gap in local offerings.

Organisers point out that although there is provision for teenagers in the city — particular­ly through a strong JLGB presence — a youth club has been lacking.

Activities include sports, arts, cookery, movie nights and film and media editing.

The club is staffed by trained education and youth workers and a team of volunteers. The Movement for Reform Judaism has helped with funding.

In a recent feature on Merseyside Jewry, the Reform shul’s Zara Ross told the JC: “We are filling up the school [King David].” In contrast to other Liverpool synagogues, the Reform has a high ratio of children — nearly 100 from 130 member families.

FORMER EDGWARE Masorti minister Rabbi Jeremy Collick has died, aged 61, after being admitted to hospital just four days before he and his wife Cindy were due to make aliyah.

He had struggled with ill health for some years, telling the JC he was “devastated” when it forced his retirement in 2014 after more than 30 years in the pulpit. But Mrs Collick said it had been a shock when her husband was diagnosed with stage-four liver cancer in January, shortly before their planned relocation to Israel, where they maintained a flat in Ashkelon.

After serving at Edgware and District Reform Synagogue and Brighton Reform, Rabbi Collick switched to Masorti in 2000. He joined the congregati­on at a difficult time following the split that led to the breakaway Kol Nefesh Synagogue. But he was able to consolidat­e the Edgware shul.

Rabbi Collick left communitie­s “bigger than when he started”, said Joel, the elder of his two sons, who lives in Jerusalem. His father’s main motivation had been to “bring joy, comfort and God into people’s lives. ‘Privilege’ was the word he used.”

Rabbi Collick was an active campaigner for Soviet Jewry and during the Yom Kippur War of 1973 volunteere­d in Israel to help with the orange harvest.

He maintained a keen interest in Jewish history, his son added. “If he had gone back in time, he would have chosen to spend it just before the destructio­n of the Second Temple at the time of the emergence of the rabbis. That was his favourite period.”

Paying tribute, a Masorti official said he had been “a much loved and respected leader who served his community with passion and distinctio­n”.

Masorti’s senior rabbi, Jonathan Wittenberg, said that “Rabbi Collick radiated irresistib­le warmth. He had a deep love of traditiona­l Judaism and was profoundly connected to Israel. Through the many years he was unwell, he showed a plucky and persistent courage, often expressed, sometimes wickedly, in his brave sense of humour.”

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