Rabbi Elbaz

The following is an extract from an interview with Shalom and Rachel.  I could have made several posts out of this fantastic interview, focusing on Shalom’s energetic and often quite hysterical retelling's of his time in School and University studying to be a Doctor, or Rachel’s equally charismatic stories of her teenage years hanging out with friends in the Club and at school.  Instead, I have decided to focus on Rachel’s memories of her father, the late Rabbi Elbaz who served the community from 1956 to 1965 and who, by all accounts, was a wonderful man and Rabbi.

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Weddings!

This week I wanted to write about weddings, mostly because I have so many photos of brides in fabulous dresses that I really wanted to share!  It’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s January, and to be honest – I think everyone can enjoy a good old fashioned romance and a gorgeous handmade wedding dress! 

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Jews From Arab Lands

This post, in conjunction with the World Jewish Congress, is a little bit different.  November 30th has been designated by the Knesset as a day to commemorate the lost communities of almost one million Jews that hail from the Middle East and North Africa.  This post will bring together some accounts from members of the Jewish Community in Sudan who left Sudan more out of necessity than choice.

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