Yom Sheini, 18 Av 5779
Monday, 19 August 2019
A first and last for Wessex

1st September 2015

Members of Wessex Liberal Jewish Community (WLJC) celebrated the congregation’s first ever barmitzvah – as Rabbi Rene Pfertzel conducted his last service. 

Barmitzvah boy Sam Hammond-Laing was supported by his proud parents and grandparents in a moving ceremony.

Sam chanted his portion to perfection, before being presented with a special Kiddush cup and plate. The plate was inscribed with his name and barmitzvah date in English and Hebrew, made by the potter and community member Rosemarie James.

WLJC said a fond farewell to Rabbi Rene, who is taking up a position at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London.

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