Friday, 4 February 2011

No Shul is an Island - Yom Masorti 6th March.



I love Yom Masorti. I mean I love being part of New London, but there is something very special about these occasional opportunities to come together across the Movement, especially as the Movement is growing so rapidly. Since the last Yom Masorti Glasgow, Stoke Newington and Bournemouth have all formally joined the team. St Albans and Hatch End have appointed new Rabbis and the British Rabbinic team has been strengthened other terrific educators Rabbis and teachers.


But more than a chance to see one another these days are a chance to understand more about what it means to be an ‘our kind’ of Jew. At the upcoming Yom Masorti, on 6th March there will be opportunities to develop prayer-leading skills and think about how to create better and stronger Synagogue communities, but also opportunities to study not only traditional Rabbinic texts, but also engage in some of the most important issues of our age both as Jews and ‘world citizens.’ I’m particularly delighted that Rabbi Levi Lauer will be joining us, from Israel and Maurice Glassman will be sharing his insights into Civil Society, insights that have taken him into the heart of Downing Street, Millbank and have just recentl resulted in his being enobled.


There’s lots to celebrate, lots to think through and a wonderful day’s learning to be had. Unless you have a very good excuse (and I know there is an important Shul wedding on that afternoon), I can’t think of a more special way to celebrate what it means to be part of a thriving dynamic coalition of like-minded British Jews.


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Shabbat shalom,



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