Yom Rishon, 23 AdarI 5781
Sunday, 7 March 2021
Mattuck book launch is huge success

Liberal Judaism chairman Lucian J Hudson and president Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein attended the launch of the new biography of Rabbi Dr Israel Mattuck, the man who launched Liberal Judaism as a national and international force during the first half of the last century.

Held at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) in St John’s Wood, North West London, on Wednesday September 10, the event was attended by around a hundred guests from across the Jewish community.

Israel Isidor Mattuck: Architect of Liberal Judaism was written by LJS member Pam Fox. She was interviewed on stage by Professor Geoffrey Alderman, Jewish historian and regular contributor to The Jewish Chronicle, who said he was “absolutely enthralled” by the book.

A video of the event can be viewed at http://youtu.be/NuPvNXAj-3g

Lucian said: “It was a great occasion, a thoughtful and probing interview, and rightly highlighted that Pam's book is a very significant contribution to understanding Liberal Judaism.”

Pam added: “The event couldn't gone better from my point of view. It was very rewarding to see so many people there, and from across the Jewish community. A number of people in the audience knew Rabbi Mattuck and spoke about their memories of him.

“I was moved by the warm comments of Professor Alderman and those of people who told me that they hadn't previously been particularly interested in Mattuck, but as a result of the interview wanted to read about this fascinating sounding man.”

Israel Isidor Mattuck: Architect of Liberal Judaism is published by Vallentine Mitchell