Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis gave an illuminating address to launch a series of public lectures at Shenley United Jewish Community.
Addressing over 100 people at the shul’s new facility, which opened for the High Holidays, Chief Rabbi Mirvis spoke about building UK Jewish communities in the 21st Century.
Shul chairman, Josh Simons, introduced the inaugural talk as part of Shenley’s adult education programme.
“The Chief Rabbi’s speech was enthusiastically received,” said Mr Simons.
“Everyone enjoyed his messages, anecdotes and jokes, it was a really uplifting experience welcoming him to Shenley.”
Chief Rabbi Mirvis participated in a question and answer session on various topics following his address.
“The Chief Rabbi explained the importance of building a strong Jewish community, Torah learning and growth,” said Shenley minister Rabbi Alan Garber.
“There were many words of wisdom and will take on his message to focus on our members.”
Rabbi Garber added, “We are one of the fastest-growing United Synagogue communities and are now blessed to have our own shul.
“Our focus is on continuing to build a community spirit and our fantastic education programme organised by Annie Keen is a great example of what we are trying to achieve.”
Shenley’s Ladies Guild organised refreshments to conclude the evening.
Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz presents the next talk on medical ethics in November.
Future speakers also include JFS head teacher Rachel Fink, Leonie Lewis MBE, Oliver Dowden MP and Rabbi Daniel Rowe Director of Aish UK.