The opening words of today’s Sidra ‘Lech Lecha’ – meaning ‘Go forth’ signal our forefather Avram’s journey and the beginnings of Jewish history.
Honorary Officer – Stuart Lewis
Stuart Lewis is one of the Honorary Officers at the Central Synagogue. South African born, he and his wife Cheryl, emigrated to the United Kingdom in April 1977, becoming members of Dunstan Road Synagogue (Golders Green), having attended a Rosh Hashanah service and being inspired by the sermon of the young, enthusiastic Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks.
“I have worked in the travel industry for most of my adult life; being at Peltours, (the Israel travel specialist) for a newly arrived couple in the United Kingdom, provided the platform and gateway into the Jewish community. Our lives, outside of work, centre around family and communal activities, both within the Jewish and wider community.
In 1986 my father-in-law, the late Stanley Lewis and his wife, Zea, settled in London. Stanley’s first port of call, was Central Synagogue, where he applied for membership. Soon thereafter, we followed suit, as did all the other members of our family.
Two of our children, David and Lisa celebrated their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs here, whilst both Cheryl’s sisters, Renee and Wendy, were married at Central. (Our older daughter, Romy, was Bat Mitzvahed at South Hampstead shul).
In 1990 Stanley joined the Board of Management, thereafter, becoming an Honorary Officer, serving between 1992 and 1996.
I am both humbled and proud to be following in his footsteps, as a Warden of Central, which, with its history and tradition, remains one of the great Synagogues of the world.”