Answering SOS: Save Our Seder

A roving rabbi came to the rescue of Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community when it faced the prospect of being without a minister to conduct its first communal Seder. After Rabbi Miri Lawrence was taken ill on the morning of the event, founding member Allison Hyman sent out an SOS to Liberal Judaism’s London headquarters, where staff frantically rang around seeking a replacement.

Fortunately for the fledgeling community, Rabbi James Baaden — formerly of South London Liberal Synagogue but currently studying in Oxford — was able to fill the breach, arriving at the venue only a few minutes late.

He found 61 guests, including 16 children, seated in noisy expectation. “I just about fell on the poor rabbi,” Ms Hyman reported. “I was so pleased to see him.”

It’s been a busy time for the Gloucestershire community, which celebrates its first birthday on May 1. A ceremony was held on Sunday to consecrate its burial ground.

    Last updated: 1:00pm, April 23 2009