'Most pro-Israel church' gives home to synagogue


The tiny Masorti group in Bristol, which has been struggling to afford premises, has found a rent-free home courtesy of the “most pro-Israel church” in the city.

Led by retired lecturer Yaakov Martin, the group had been using a hired hall. But because of limited finances, it could only meet monthly.

Now thanks to the intervention of the River of Life Christian Centre, it has a regular meeting area for services, study and socials.

Mr Martin, 54, said the initiative came from the church. “They said they had lots of space. It’s our own space and they allow us to come to study the Torah.

“We were thinking of alternatives like one of our houses. That is fine for socials but not for services.

“It is just an example of how two groups can come together in a practical way and show co-operation.”

The church keeps a menorah, as well as a crucifix, in its main hall where Christian services are held.

David Roles, the pastor, said River of Life was “the most pro-Israel church in Bristol, if not the whole West Country.

“We can’t help loving the Jewish people. We recognise and respect them and we can work with them.”

Share via

Want more from the JC?

To continue reading, we just need a few details...

Want more from
the JC?

To continue reading, we just
need a few details...

Get the best news and views from across the Jewish world Get subscriber-only offers from our partners Subscribe to get access to our e-paper and archive