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Norfolk is proving broad in its appeal in Norwich

The JC
30th July 2015

During his first two years in Norwich, Alan Joseph drove back to Edgware every fortnight so his son could continue his barmitzvah tuition. Five years on, his daughter is studying for her batmitzvah with the Norwich Liberal Jewish Community rabbi.

Mr Joseph had been a regular at Edgware and District Reform Synagogue, having met his wife, Debbie, at the EDRS youth club. But in 2010 the couple decided they needed a "change of pace" and a change of career for Mr Joseph, whose job then involved a lot of time away from the family.

"It was important that wherever we moved had a Jewish community," the 42-year-old recalls. But it was a big transition to go from a major Jewish area to a community with a membership shy of four dozen where a Shabbat service is a monthly event.

The Josephs were impressed by the "group of dedicated people committed to the community", and have embraced the increased demands of small community life. Mr Joseph is in charge of security, and his children Ollie and Amy are involved in the Liberal youth group LJY Netzer. Their rabbi, Leah Jordan, is seconded from Liberal Judaism and although she generally only visits once a month, she provides weekly batmitzvah lessons to Amy via Skype. Read more