The Jewish community of Berkshire enjoyed a barbecue on Lag BaOmer last Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the community’s existence.
“Our community started up by accident,” comments Rabbi Zvi Solomons. “I injured my knee and could not walk to shul for Shabbat. My daughter Ora was due to celebrate becoming Bat Mitzvah on Shavuot, and my wife was frantic when I had to go into hospital for an operation.”
“I phoned the ward, and told them that he would have to stay until Tuesday if he wasn’t out on the Friday,” adds Rebbetzin Shira Solomons. “We had a lovely service in our garden.”
Since then Rabbi and Rebbetzin Solomons have been able to maintain Jewish continuity in Reading, with a Cheder operating from their home, and regular services.
“Our home is always full of people, and we enjoy having services here,” observes Rabbi Zvi, “ and we have found several young people and students in the area who enjoy the informality of our services.”
“It has been a blessing in disguise,” reflects Shira. “Without the injury we had no reason to hold services at the house. Now we have regular minyanim, and between that and our web presence we get frequent inquiries about living in Reading.
Rabbi Zvi and Rebbetzin Shira provide hospitality in Reading to every Jew who needs it, and are frequent visitors to the local hospitals.
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