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Waves were made when Blackpool Reform attracted nearly 80 participants to its first northern Reform communities Shabbat.

The Shabbat service was led by student rabbi Kath Vardi. It was followed by a shared lunch and a study session and discussion led by Ms Vardi.

Spirits weren't dampened when an incoming tide meant a planned havdallah on the beach was relocated to Blackpool's promenade. Seven-year-old Ariella Glatherine from Leeds Sinai Synagogue said: " We didn't go on the beach because the tide was in. Everyone sang havdallah. I loved it." A tour of the Blackpool Illuminations was followed by a fish and chip supper. More than 30 children were entertained with RSY-Netzer activities which included a sleepover in the synagogue.

Northern communities development worker Sarita Robinson said: 'It's the first time we've had such an event in Blackpool, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Everyone had a great time. Many thanks to Blackpool Reform for its hospitality and to our youth leaders for their energy."

Other Reform members to travel to Blackpool were from Hull, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Southport.

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