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The building work on the Synagogue has begun. From the pavement you can see original brickwork that for many years was hidden behind the fire escape. The rest of the work is shielded by makeshift fencing. There is rubble. There is scaffolding. For those of you who wondered how we would manage without the schoolrooms, remember that this is the Leicester Hebrew Congregation. Every problem has a solution.
On the very first Shabbat without the schoolrooms, old friends of the community had asked if they could host a big Kiddush. Ralph and Linda (nee Cheyette) Alon (Oakfield) were visiting from Israel. For many of the community it was the first time in over forty years that we had met. There was much discussion as to the location of the planned Kiddush and we feared it might not happen, but happen it did. The Rabbi and Rivkie kindly hosted an amazing Kiddush enjoyed by all, not least Ralph and Linda who very much appreciated the warm welcome they received after so many years’ absence.
Rabbi and Mrs Shmuli Pink joined us in August 2001. Rabbi Shmuli was born in Manchester where he was first educated up to university entrance. He then pursued rabbinical studies at Yeshivot in Israel, South Africa and in New York where he gained Semicha in 1998. Following his marriage to Rivkie (nee Weinbaum) in 1998, he undertook postgraduate rabbinical studies in New York for a further year.
Apart from his early rabbinical experience in England, South Africa, the USA, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Rabbi Pink brings a wide experience as a university counselor at Oxford University and Director of Religious Programmes in Calgary, Alberta.
He is fluent in English, Hebrew and Yiddish.
Rabbi Pink is the visiting Chaplain to local hospitals and prisons and is always available to speak to anyone and can be contacted on 0116 270 6622.