On Saturday I was delighted to attend Bromley Reform Synagogue’s Golden Jubilee civic service to celebrate its fifty year history in the London Borough of Bromley.
During this time, the Synagogue has served Bromley’s active and valued Jewish community tremendously well, and it was good to meet with Rabbi Jason Holtz, Joanna Koenigsberg, Synagogue Chair, and the entire congregation to mark this special occasion. Also in attendance was the Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley, and Chief Superintendent Chris Hafford, Bromley Borough Commander.
Rabbi Holtz’s sermon focussed on the importance of tolerance and diversity in our communities, and the idea of a shared humanity, despite our differences, ran as an underlying theme throughout the service. It goes without saying that this is a particularly pertinent message in light of the Charlie Hebdo attacks at the beginning of the month, and, more recently, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz which was marked around the world yesterday.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rabbi Holtz and everyone at Bromley Reform Synagogue for their kind invite to a wonderful service. Saturday’s sermon can be accessed through the link below.