Office of the Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbi dances Sefer Torah through the streets of Cambridge

The Chief Rabbi delighted the Cambridge community by undertaking to dance through the streets with a new Sefer Torah before its installation in the Thompson’s Lane synagogue.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis dances with a new Sefer Torah

The Chief Rabbi parades a new Torah scroll through the streets of Cambridge, to be housed in the Thompson’s Lane Synagogue.

The historic Hachnasat Torah was followed by a reception attended by MP’s and academics, and from here Chief Rabbi Mirvis proceeded to a lunch with Jewish students where he participated in a Q & A. Students availed of the opportunity to ascertain the Chief Rabbi’s opinion on the future of the Jewish community, the criteria for effective Jewish leadership and how to respond to anti-Semitism. He deemed the interactive session “a pleasure.”

He also honoured an invitation from Ed Kessler, founder and director of the Woolf Institute, to partake in an interfaith dialogue that drew attendees from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim staff and student bodies. Reflecting on the day’s proceedings, he commended “the local Jewish community and the J-Soc [for uniting]…to stage an impressive array of educational and social activities.”

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