I can’t express to you how chuffed I was to be honoured so dearly on Erev Rosh HaShannah. It was totally unexpected and such a special accolade. Harvey’s words were very kind. Giving me the most perfect wine tasting cup with Zot Ha Torah , couldn’t have been more thoughtful showed the lengths you all went to give me just the right gift to thank me. It is such a precious memento of a happy time. I am very grateful to all those in our family of Kehillat Kernow who contributed to this and feel very humbled by their appreciation.
What a satisfaction it was to be able to do something so important to our community and the Sefer Torah will be a treasure for all of us in the community to honour and to appreciate for many many years to come. I am so thankful to have been a part of that and it surely would not have happened without all your support and also the input of Elkan Levy and David Jacobs. What wonderful things can be accomplished when good people get together for a common cause.
Thank you for all your hard work, caring and devotion to each of us personally as well as our precious Kehillat Kernow.
In a few days time members of Kehillat Kernow will be celebrating the beginning of another new year. For many of us involved in Jewish activities here in Cornwall it has been an eventful year, the culmination of which has been the amazing events surrounding the presentation of an ancient Torah Scroll to our community. This scroll will take pride of place at our High Holy Day services and will be present as, once again, we reflect on both the past and the future.
It is my hope that many of our members, both old and new, will help us celebrate the occasion in the exciting new venue at Roseliddon.
May I take this opportunity to wish everyone who visits this site a very Happy New Year and I also wish all of you well over the fast (if you are able) on Yom Kippur.
At this time we say farewell to Jacqueline Rickett who is hoping to move to Leamington Spa. We wish her well and send her thanks for her work as our social and communications representative. We are fortunate that Jeremy Jacobson has stepped into the breach and has agreed to take over these duties with immediate effect.
On 12th June, at Penmount, Dor Kemmyn held a special outdoor service from 3pm until 4.30pm in order for the faith groups within Dor Kemmyn, to personally thank the members of those groups which helped so many communities during the terrible winter storms that many areas (especially the coastal ones) had experienced. There were representatives from the police, coastguard, fire, ambulance, medical and the Faith Response team. Several people spoke about their personal experiences during those storms. The event, which was organised by Rev. Andrew Yates and Rita Stevens, was opened by Lady Mary Holborow who is the first patron of the Cornwall Faith Forum.
Each of the seven faith groups present gave a prayer or reading to honour those men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others during times of crisis.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon for the event and everyone present appreciated the occasion and I felt honoured to represent Kehillat Kernow at this event.
I have also recently completed my occasional piece for the West Briton which will appear in due course under the title of God in the 21st Century, although for some reason my work only seems to be published in the Truro edition.
Following our lovely Torah Scroll Ceremony (brilliantly organised by our treasurer – who celebrated his birthday this very week) we have had some excellent publicity in a number of newspapers (across the world even!!) though, rather disappointingly, the Jewish Chronicle did manage to get quite a number of facts wrong, which we hope may be corrected in due course if any attention is paid to the letter that a member of the community immediately sent to the Editor.
We have lots to look forward to in the coming months including a new and exciting venue for our Rosh Hashanna services.
Carter Speedy took hand held footage of the Rededication Ceremony on 28th May 2014. I’ve uploaded a copy of the video to YouTube.
You can also view this on YouTube.
The BBC Spotlight in Cornwall very kindly allowed us to share their report on the rededication ceremony on 28th May.
You can also view this on YouTube.