Festival service in jail

February 12, 2009

Tu Bishvat was marked in Colding-ley prison, Surrey, on Monday by the planting of a cherry tree and a service for the four Jewish inmates.

The ceremony was conducted by Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich and student rabbi Elana Sondel.

Rabbi Rich had “noted with sadness that the expansion of the prison had necessitated the loss of a number of trees. I offered to celebrate Tu Bishvat by donating a tree and the governor readily agreed. The prison workshop will make a plaque acknowledging the donation.

“I reminded the Jewish inmates and staff who attended that as the tree can blossom in a prison, perhaps the men who are detained there will grow in self-understanding and commit themselves to lead a fruitful life on release.” Prison chaplain Rev Jo Honour was also at the ceremony.

Last updated: 9:58am, February 12 2009