Lubavitch enjoys Celtic net gain

Rabbi Mendel Jacobs with Rami Gerson at the Lubavitch Shul in the Park

Rabbi Mendel Jacobs with Rami Gerson at the Lubavitch Shul in the Park

Celtic’s new Israeli signing Rami Gershon is a net gain for Lubavitch Scotland.

The 24-year-old defender, who is on loan to the Glasgow club from Standard Liege, lays tefillin every day and “tries to go to synagogue when I can and when training allows”. He took up an offer from Lubavitch Scotland outreach director Rabbi Mendel Jacobs to attend morning prayers last week.

“He had an aliyah and put on tefillin,” Rabbi Jacobs said. “I am going to be his chaplain while he is in Glasgow and will be inviting him for a Friday night dinner.”

The Rishon LeZion-born player has also been invited to visit other congregations in the city. Although becoming accustomed to the cold of a European winter, he said he could “never get used to the rain”.

Last updated: 11:45am, February 11 2013