A SMALL community with an enormous heart was the tribute paid to Solihull’s Jewish community when the Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Lady Elaine Sacks visited last Sunday.
Originally planned to mark the beginning of the 50th Anniversary of the Solihull & District Hebrew Congregation and the 20th Year of Rabbi Pink’s ministry to the community, the visit was brought forward by a year due to the Chief Rabbi’s impending retirement in 2013.
On arrival, Lord and Lady Sacks were greeted by Solihull’s Rabbi Yehuda Pink and Mrs Dinie Pink, the President of Solihull Shul, Stanley Fisher and his wife Evelyn and the chairman Jon Gouldman.
This was the Chief Rabbi’s third visit to Solihull and he remarked on how both the size of the community and the activities and facilities of the community centre have expanded each time.
The Chief Rabbi’s message was that Judaism is a religion which Jews practice together and described synagogues as places where the young and the old come together, where joys are doubled and griefs are halved.
A vote of thanks was given by Synagogue President Stanley Fisher who presented the Chief Rabbi with a newly published Index of the Talmud.