Westminster Synagogue were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Rabbonim and many other distinguished guests to their community for the induction of Rabbi Benji Stanley on Sunday, 18th March. Rabbi Benji takes up his post at Westminster following the retirement of Rabbi Dr Thomas Salamon, who, having led the community over the past 20 years, will become Emeritus Rabbi later this year.
The service, led by Rabbi Leah Jordan, featured members offering aspirations for Rabbi Benji and the community as well as an address by Dr Laliv Clenman, Senior Lecturer at Leo Baeck College. A particularly moving part of the service was Rabbi Thomas handing over the Czech Scroll from Horažďovice to Rabbi Benji, officially inducting him as the fourth Rabbi of Westminster Synagogue. This scroll is from the Memorial Scrolls Trust, was rescued from the Second World War and is used to continue the message of hope, continuity and resilience.
The service honoured the three former rabbis of Westminster Synagogue, Rabbi Reinhart, Rabbi Friedlander and Rabbi Salamon, whilst celebrating the future that Rabbi Benji will bring. At the heart of the service were the community’s members, who have now created a buzzing community of more than 500 families in the middle of London and who will continue to be, in partnership with Rabbi Benji and the professional team the engine of Westminster Synagogue.
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