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Herts synagogues bring together top speakers for inspirational day

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A cluster of Hertfordshire synagogues pooled their creative ideas and enthusiasm for Jewish life to stage Encounters 18, an inspirational day that provided a range of Jewish learning opportunities and plenty of time for forming cross-communal bonds. Attendees travelled from communities including St Albans, Shenley, Luton, Potters Bar and Welwyn Garden City to hear from sought-after speakers such as Jewish writer-comedienne Rachel Creeger and Aish UK Executive Director, Rabbi Daniel Rowe. Also on the agenda were sessions on mental health, delivered by Jonny Benjamin MBE and JAMI’s Neil Laybourn, Israel and Jewish history. There was a warm and friendly atmosphere during the buffet lunch.

Evaluation from Event Organiser:

‘Encounters 18 inspired, educated and entertained the audience. Feedback was excellent, praising the outstanding speakers, and requesting further such occasions to be organised. The highlight of the day was the moving presentation by Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn, relating their story of ‘The Stranger on the Bridge’. Jewish Care, who kindly contributed to the day, provided additional advice and information packs.’

Participant Feedback:

  • ‘This was an outstanding programme. All sessions were excellent.’
  • ‘A chance to meet and talk with similar minded folk, opportunity to learn something new, opportunity to listen to good speakers.’
  • ‘This was a very good, value for money day, of the right duration and with good speakers at an excellent venue.’
  • ‘All were excellent. The diplomat gave a real insight into dealing with the media, Ilana gave a fascinating talk, Rachel was brilliant talking about her experience as a female Jewish stand-up and Jonny and Neil were inspirational.’