Anniversary Day Reports

The NLS 50th Anniversary Day of Celebration was a fantastic success. Continue reading for a report of both the anniversary services and anniversary party. Report by Robert Hall.

NLS 50th Anniversary Special Service

On Saturday 13th June Nottingham Liberal Synagogue came together for its 50th anniversary service. The packed synagogue hall was full of faces old and new as we celebrated another memorable day in a very memorable year. A wonderful service was led by our own Rabbi Tanya giving us an insightful look at the week’s parashah and the sermon was read by our guest and former student rabbi Baroness Dame Julia Neuberger. She spoke movingly about the plight of modern refugees to our country and compared and contrasted it with our own experience of being refugees over the last two millennia.

At the end of the service both rabbis in unison unveiled our new commemorative stained glass windows, created by artists Stella Chadwick and Deb Mawby, representing night and day and they are a beautiful piece of work adding colour and depth to our shul. A very tasty and fulsome Kiddush provided by the guild ended the morning service with time for everyone to renew friendships old and new and even the endless pouring rain could not dampen the mood of another excellent day in the life of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue.

NLS 50th Anniversary Party

In the evening of June 13th members of NLS decamped en masse to the wilderness of Radcliffe on Trent (apologies to Norman and Ronne) for our 50th anniversary party. Grange Hall had been magnificently decorated by a team of willing helpers in the afternoon. A special thank you has to go to Allyson who put in an inordinate amount of time and effort to make our NLS Family Party such a success. The meal was excellent and this was followed by our cabaret, a kletzmer band called Naimi who had us on our feet immediately with a great selection of songs and even the Rabbi’s PA joined in, although Natalie may never walk again (sorry Natalie).

To see so many families with their children enjoying themselves was a delight and our youngsters were a credit to their parents. Our MC Norman excelled himself as only Norman can in this situation and David reprised his version of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah to the delight of all concerned. There was still time for John to end our evening with some disco classics (Bay City Rollers excluded) and I think it is safe to say a wonderful time was had by all. In fact, one of our most respected members (who is not easily impressed) was quoted as saying that this was the best social event ever in the history of NLS! Praise indeed and a night to remember.