The Jewish Chronicle

Fond farewell to rabbi


WESTERN MARBLE Arch Synagogue has paid tribute to the “habitual energy and spiritual joy” of Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld, who has retired after a long associatio­n with the Central London congregati­on.

He joined Western Marble Arch as chazan in 1988, returning as its rabbi in 2005 after eight years away. The shul praised Rabbi Rosenfeld and his wife Natalie as “electrifyi­ng leaders” to both members and thousands of visitors to London’s West End.

He had also been a devoted pastoral rabbi and “a passionate advocate for Israel and its right to live in peace”. He has moved to Jerusalem to be close to family.

The shul last week welcomed Rabbi Daniel and Ilana Epstein as its new rabbinic couple.

Rabbi Epstein spent seven years at Cockfoster­s and North Southgate Synagogue after a career in marketing and PR.

At the time of his appointmen­t, he said he was looking forward to the challenge of leading a congregati­on in an area with “a slightly different demographi­c — more young profession­als, multi-nationals passing through and students”.

The Epsteins are close friends of the Rosenfelds and the shul compliment­ed the couples on “a seamless changing of the guard”.

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