Southport rabbi dies

The Movement for Reform Judaism has paid tribute to the emeritus rabbi of Southport Reform Synagogue, Sidney Kay, who died on Sunday, aged 93.

After becoming a rabbi in 1976, he served Southport New Synagogue, as it then was, for eight years. In his emeritus role, he supported ministers who succeeded him and stepped into the breach when there was a pulpit vacancy.

He also contributed to local Jewish life through his work with the Jewish Convalescent and Aged Home, where he spent his final days, and the wider community through interfaith involvement.

Reform Judaism’s David Jacobs said: “Rabbi Kay’s work in raising the profile of Reform Judaism in Southport and the north-west is considerable and his contribution to the wider Reform movement is significant.

“For example, it was Rabbi Kay who in the early years of his rabbinate pioneered the use of his synagogue for a northern youth work weekend. It set a precedent for other communities
to follow.”

    Last updated: 11:45am, December 2 2013