This month’s Letter from the Chair is being written in a Premier Inn near Chelmsford! The constant sound of traﬃc on the A12 provides a wearisome backdrop which is a far cry from the magniﬁcent bustle and buzz that we shared at the Chanukah Fayre last weekend. It was a joy to be there and to see the NLJC banner proudly and prominently displayed.
I do not tire of saying how fortunate we are in NLJC to have so many people who give generously of their time and energy to promote our community and the values that we hold dear as progressive Jews. There is no doubt we all owe Sarah Boosey our sincere gratitude for determinedly ensuring that the Fayre went ahead – this has been a long time in the planning. Sarah won’t mind me saying that she has the delightful and enviable knack of being persuasive and being able to cajole gently. As a result, so many members of our community volunteered their time and participated. Thank you so much Sarah. This wouldn’t have happened without you.
Thank you too to all those who helped out on the day; manned stalls; donated items for sale; prepared food; schmoozed passers-by etc. It was also well attended – the Forum is a prime location, and because it was right at the start of December, there was a steady stream of shoppers and visitors. Thank you to everybody who visited our stalls to spend money or time with friends. And if you would still like to get your hands on some of Sarah’s freshly-pressed apple juice, you know who to talk to!
And after the Chanukah Fayre, we look forward to the festival itself in a couple of weeks. I’m delighted that, once again, we will celebrate this together with our friends at the NHC.
Finally, on Saturday we celebrate Gershon’s installation as Rabbi of our community. I must say, I ﬁnd the word ‘installation’ amusing in this context. Without seeking to be too irreverent, it puts me in mind of a work of modern art. Please don’t be oﬀended Gershon! Rabbi Danny Rich, a long-standing friend of NLJC, will lead the service with Gershon, and I know we can look forward to a memorable occasion. It will be followed by a celebratory kiddush. Please bring something to share, and I look forward to seeing you there.
Best wishes to you all.