Yom Shlishi, 16 Iyyar 5779
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Stevenage celebrates five years

Guests including Rabbis Harry Jacobi and Lisa Barrett enjoyed a special anniversary luncheon on Sunday, as Stevenage Liberal Synagogue (SLS) turned five.

The lunch, at the Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage, saw guests toast a community that began in 2010 as North Herts Liberal Jewish Community.

Liberal Judaism officer Ed Herman spoke at the event, congratulating the community on their growth and stating Liberal Judaism’s commitment to assisting new congregations.

He said: "The diversity and energy of Liberal Judaism's communities, large and small, are part of what makes our movement so dynamic. Stevenage Liberal Synagogue is flourishing, with an active and passionate council and membership.

“The community's presence is keenly felt at Liberal Judaism events and student rabbis invariably receive a warm welcome. I look forward to many more anniversaries in the future."

SLS chair Gillian Wolfe thanked Ed and Liberal Judaism, before paying tribute to the community’s hard-working council and thanking members for their help and support at every service and event.

Gillian then cut a special anniversary cake, made by one of the members, to tumultuous singing and applause. She concluded: “Together we go forward for the next five years and more.”

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L-R: Ed Herman, Yael Shotts, Rabbi Harry Jacobi, Gillian Wolfe, Terry Wolfe, Rabbi Lisa Barrett and Linda Paice.