Chief Rabbi set to return to Harrogate shul

HARROGATE Hebrew Congregation is planning a year of celebration to recognise its centenary, with the highlight being a return visit from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

Last year, in front of a congregation of 150, Rabbi Mirvis spoke of the achievements of the modest, traditional shul in succeeding and prospering at a time of difficulty for many smaller provincial synagogues.

HHC is one of the few to have increased its year-on-year membership.

Mike Devere, marketing and membership secretary, explained that it was down to a number of issues, due mainly to “a hard-working, enthusiastic executive” led by Philip Morris.

He also praised its inclusive membership and strong financial base going back decades, which originated under the patronage of Sir Montague Burton, allowing the shul to hold fees at the lowest levels for the past five years.

And with its newly-created Friends of Harrogate, aimed mainly for non-halachic partners, the way ahead is for a modern, independent, forward-thinking but traditional Orthodox congregation while upholding its reputation as The Welcoming Shul.

On Shabbat, the shul will hold its annual Holocaust service, an event attended by a number of dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant.

The service is open to all visitors.

For a complimentary pamphlet on Harrogate Synagogue, its aims and membership information, email mdevere@talktalk.net with name and address details.

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