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Notts Liberals ties to Shoah bring tears

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A Nottingham civic leader wept when seeing a rescued sefer Torah at a 50th anniversary celebration of the city’s Liberal congregation.

Nottinghamshire County Council chair Pauline Allan was “moved to tears when the Ark opened and I saw the scrolls and how they represent the survival of the Jewish people after the Holocaust”.

Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie was keen to learn more about the scrolls, particularly the one from Austerlitz, which had been hidden from the Nazis. Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood, Nottinghamshire Chief Constable Chris Eyre and Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich were among other guests.

Shul chair Dr Peter Gordon said: “This has been a very significant day in the life of NLS. It has been our pleasure to share our joyful occasion with the wider community.”

NLS started life with small gatherings in supporters’ homes. It has grown to a congregation of several hundred, currently led by Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich, with a purpose-built building in Sherwood. It prides itself on taking “an open-minded approach to Judaism through education, practice and prayer”.

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