Melave Malka with the Chief Rabbi

08-Mar-2014 - 5:00pm

Bushey held a Melave Malkah on Sat evening in honour of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis' first visit to since his induction

Bushey Synagogue held a Melave Malkah on Saturday evening in honour of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ first visit to Bushey Shul since his induction. Attending the festivities were the Hertsmere MP, Mr James Clappison; Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Paul Morris OBE; Rabbi Salasnik and Rabbi Richards; Bushey Synagogue Chairman Mr Stephen Roston; and their spouses. It was a very special occasion with more than 220 people attending.

Formalities were opened by Stephen Roston who welcomed the Chief Rabbi.

After a delightful meal with music provided by warden Bension Morris, Chief Rabbi Mirvis entertained the audience with an amusing, yet deeply meaningful talk on the theme of connectivity, Jewish unity and community building.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis said that we need to be proud of our Jewish identity. We need to identify what we have in common across the broader Jewish community to build and strengthen it. But we also need to recognise that there are differences. Knowing when to stand together and where to highlight differences is a challenge. While the environment has an impact on us, having a strong sense of our Jewish identity is the secret to the continuity of the Jewish people. It is important to stand up with pride, showing our commitment to our Orthodox values and customs.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis closed with the thought that we should join him on a journey where we are proud to be a ‘little Frummer” each year.

Rabbi Salasnik thanked Chief Rabbi Mirvis, ending a delightful evening.

Simon Shapiro