Watford's Jewish community celebrates Rabbi’s ten years’ service
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Thursday 22nd June 2017

This year, Watford Synagogue is celebrating ten years’ service by Rabbi Ephraim Levine and his wife Rochel. The community marked the occasion with a special Kiddush following the Sabbath service.

Rabbi Levine was born in Lambeth, South London where he lived until the age of six when the family moved to Forest Gate. After attending grammar school and completing his rabbinical training, he was minister of West Ham Synagogue for four years until it closed as the Jewish population in the area declined.

Rabbi Levine was working for the Kashrut division of the London Beth Din when the opportunity to lead the Watford community came up in 2006. At the time, the couple, who married in 2002, had been living in Edgware for two years. Their eldest son was then a toddler and Rochel, a teacher, was heavily pregnant with their second. Today the couple are the proud parents of four boys.

The Levines were attracted by the opportunity to provide spiritual leadership to the growing Watford community but recall undertaking their first journey to Watford from Edgware with some trepidation. Expecting to get lost, they allowed an hour for the fifteen-minute trip and arrived extremely early, much to the surprise of the synagogue’s security guards.

Rabbi Levine was presented with a crystal decanter to mark the milestone and promptly remarked, "Let the whiskey flow!"

For more information on any aspect of Watford Synagogue please email secretary@watfordsynagogue.org.uk or call 01923 222 755.