Induction of Reverend Meir Lev as minister of Sutton & District Synagogue: 3rd April 2011

Some 150 people attended an inspiring service at Sutton and District Synagogue in Surrey to mark the induction as minister of Reverend Meir Lev by The Chief Rabbi. The choral afternoon service was conducted by Reverend Lev, accompanied by the Rinah Ensemble under the direction of Eliot Alderman.  Guests included the Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton Cllr Sheila Andrews, the President of the United Synagogue Dr Simon Hochhauser, Vice-President Mr Stephen Pack, Minister of State at the Dept. of Health and Member of Parliament for Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park Mr Paul Burstow, and the Leader of Sutton Council Cllr Sean Brennan, together with representatives from other synagogues in South London.
The Chief Rabbi commended Reverend Lev on becoming the latest in an impressive line of ministers who have occupied the pulpit at Sutton, and commented that it was not just the size of a community that marked out its importance to Anglo-Jewry.
Chairman of the synagogue Mr Paul Sarfaty referred to the description “a gem of a synagogue” which had been used by the late Chief Rabbi Sir Israel Brodie when he consecrated the building in 1964.  The Chief Rabbi then made presentations to Mr Tony Goldberg, Miss Adele Stern and Dr Isidore Crown who were honoured for their service to the Sutton community, and a vote of thanks was given by Mr David Perl.
Mr Sarfaty also commented “ Rev Lev brings to our community experience, learning, and a passion for chazanut which we are enjoying.  He and his wife Carol have already endeared themselves to us, and we wish them well as they begin life with us south of the Thames.”  Sutton and District Synagogue has some 150 members and serves the London Borough of Sutton and adjoining boroughs in north-east Surrey.
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