On Saturday 12th October, Arnie Oskin and I visited Exeter Synagogue for a traditional service. Although I have lived in the south west for 30 years I am astonished to admit that I had never previously visited this beautiful synagogue. Arnie, an American currently living and working in Cornwall for the last year, was able to direct me straight to Synagogue Place in Exeter. Here we were greeted with enthusiasm by Frank Gent who also took the service. Gradually the little synagogue hall filled and the service began at 10.30am. Frank explained everything very carefully so that we all knew which page to follow. Everyone felt as if he or she was being addressed personally. It was a most memorable service. As visitors Arnie and I were both called up to perform various functions and I had the pleasure and honour of reading the Haftorah, a particularly beautiful poem from the book of Isiah.
After the service there was a light lunch upstairs.
We hope that visitors from Devon will visit our services if they are ever down this way. In the meantime I would recommend that if you have the opportunity that you pay a visit to Exeter Synagogue. You can check the Exeter Synagogue website for details of dates when services are held.