What a weekend recently! We set off to London to attend Clive Lewis’s wedding at the Houses of Parliament. I was very nervous but it all went well.
The ceremony was in the unbelievable12th century chapel in the depths of the building, an exquisite, beautiful piece of history.
What brought reality back into the story was the beautiful, simple service, led by the Speaker of the House’s Chaplain, the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin. Originally from the West Indies, she reduced the ornate surroundings to an ordinary room. She was warm, personal and somehow with the simplicity of her words she made it all so ordinary and yet at the same time very special.
Both Stuart and I said afterwards that the Service reminded us of our services at the Old Meeting House where we have our monthly Shabbat services. It was very much about the people.
Those present experienced that feeling of simple community and the sense of sharing, something we are very used to at the NLJC. And what a lovely, moving Bat Mitzvah service we had at the Old Meeting House in Norwich, with the family and our community.
Annie Henriques, Chair NLJC