Rabbi honoured by university

RABBI ARIEL ABEL, of Liverpool’s Princes Road Synagogue, received a Communities Hero award from the University of Central Lancashire, where he is a graduate law student.

He received the award from the Preston-based university, after having completed 100 hours of voluntary work with causes registered with the university.

Rabbi Abel volunteered for the Personal Support Unit at Preston Crown Court, which advises those attending court without legal representation. He also volunteered at the Law Advice Clinic, Police Trainee Week and Wills Week at the university.

Rabbi Abel, who lives in Darwen, Lancashire, with his family when not in Liverpool or Preston, received a first class law degree two years ago and hopes to graduate from the university’s legal practice course at the end of this year.

He is also writing a thesis for his master’s law degree on the potential conflict arising while retaining a client undergoing Beth Din procedure and maintaining standards as a legal professional.

He said about his Communities Hero award: “The giver benefits more than the receiver. As a rabbi and law graduate student, the experience of helping people with their legal claims and needs has added greatly to my life experience.

“Now in my fourth year at the university, I am looking forward to establishing a service as a legal strategist, combining skills as a mediator and arbitrator, not only in the secular world, but principally as a rabbi in the Jewish world and as a clergyman across other faith communities.

“My pastoral vocation has been greatly enriched by my training in legal disciplines.”

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