Rabbi is a boon

I TRAVELLED to Allerton in Liverpool on April 11 from Manchester for the inauguration ceremony of Rabbi Natan Fagleman. The ceremony took place at the Allerton Synagogue and was attended by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

In his speech, Rabbi Mirvis was especially praiseworthy in how Rabbi Natan could be down-to-earth and caring at a personal level with all those he met.

This was as well as being able to speak at a communal level to the wider congregation in promulgating the many attributes necessary to explain our religion and also Yidishkeit.

Whenever I have met Rabbi Natan, I have not only been impressed with his friendliness and charisma, but have also seen these qualities displayed by the rest of his family.

These include his wife Avital and his four children — Baruch, Penina, Michal and baby Rifka.

The ceremony was well-attended and very enjoyable. Rabbi Natan spoke and, as usual, came across as the very caring person that he is.

His nine-year-old son Baruch led the congregation in singing the psalm Ein Keilohenu.

Before the family moved to Allerton, Baruch — when he was seven or eight — led the congregation in Sale Shul, south Manchester, in singing Anim Zemirot at the end of the Shabbat service.

Howard Gardner,
Greater Manchester.

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