United Synagogue: We'll have to make 'a number of changes' following PM's new restrictions

US acknowledges upset to wedding couples and caterers and expresses dismay at the limit of six at stone-settings


United Synagogue chief executive Steven Wilson has said the organisation will need to make “a number of changes” following the new restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Tuesday, stressing: “We all must play our part to help reduce the spread of the virus."

Dr Wilson was pleased that places of worship can remain open and that “Yom Kippur services can go ahead as planned in our synagogues. Our lay leaders, together with our rabbinic and staff teams, have worked tirelessly over the last few months to prepare for the Yamim Noraim and we thank them once again for their dedication.” 

However, the further reduction on numbers at weddings to 15 “will make a difficult situation even more difficult. Many couples have already postponed their wedding once in the hope they would be able to get married in the winter."

He added that "our caterers and restaurateurs too have had a very challenging time over the summer and we know the Prime Minister's announcement will affect the livelihoods of the hundreds of people KLBD licensees employ. We empathise with our licensees in these extraordinarily difficult times.”

While the limit of 30 mourners at funerals was unchanged, “it is extremely disappointing that stone-settings – an integral part of the Jewish funeral process – are being restricted to six people,” Dr Wilson noted. “We will be engaging with government about this.”




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