In a full synagogue sanctuary, 7 Rabbis, local Christian, Muslim & Hare Krishna leaders, the mayor of Hertsmere, councillors and invited police joined Radlett Reform members and friends to celebrate the induction of Rabbi David-Yehuda Stern to Radlett’s clergy team.
Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, Dean and Director of Jewish Studies at Leo Baeck College, gave the address. He said he felt that this appointment was a good shidduch (match), describing Rabbi David-Yehuda as a mensch, someone who you could trust and who embodied the virtue of the topic of his rabbinic dissertation – kindness at every level.
The special service was created and led by the community’s Senior Rabbi, Paul Freedman and included the synagogue choir. It was followed by a delicious tea of sandwiches and cakes.
Already affectionately known across the community as Rabbi DY, Rabbi David-Yehuda said
“I am honoured, excited and humbled to be joining Radlett Reform. The kindness that emanates from its members is truly inspiring – the community is one based on generosity and I continue to be impressed at the many ways people support one another. As the most recent census shows, more and more Jews are living in Hertfordshire and this provides us with a tremendous opportunity to nurture Jewish engagement and community. I am excited to work alongside Rabbi Paul Freedman, the Synagogue team, and wider community to build on Radlett Reform’s already strong foundation. “