Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter No 15 October 2002 page 3
Bernard Bookey reports that a number of the gravestones in the Middlesbrough cemetery have been vandalised. David Simon estimates the cost of repairs at £50 to £75 per stone.
This is the list of graves needing repairs:
Harold Halson Leah Josephs Alexander Bortner Shire Michael Garbutt Carrie Rubin/Reubens Betsy Hoffman Annie Kleven Isaac Solomon David Smollen Bert Lazarus Sam Solomon Benjamin Goldstein Arnold Russell Brenda & Theodore Richardson Harry Smith Rosetta Fink Louis Freeman Rachel Rubin Alfred Gleitman
The following talk was given by David Simon recently on local radio:
Pause for Thought
A few days ago the local Interfaith Group met to discuss whether Interfaith services were constructive or destructive. I believe they are valuable bringing together in these troubled times people of goodwill and faith to try and overcome the forces of evil that threaten our fragile civilisation.
Recently two happenings made me think about other religions. First of all I was telephoned and invited to address college students on Judaism, but when the letter of confirmation came it asked me to speak on the principles of Islam. Whilst the Islamic faith derived from Judaism as did Christianity I was reluctant to do so . I phoned the college and read out the letter. There was a gasp at the other end and the error was corrected.
Last year I spoke to a primary school and received letters from seven-year old pupils. They wrote about parents siblings, pets holidays and so on. The jolliest letter was from Nicholas who wrote "I do hope you'll come back next year if you change to a different religion"
When you examine various religions you'll find much common ground in spiritual content Buddhism stresses the importance of compassion and respect for all living things. Slikhism emphasises the equality of human beings. It calls for belief in peace, justice and tolerance and as its founder said "God is not interested in different religious labels but in how we conduct ourselves". The B'hai faith teaches the need for service to others while seeking universal peace love and fellowship.
And what of Judaism? Well, God said "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" and gave us the ten commandments. So I struggle to follow him as did my ancestor's including my grandfather who arrived in Middlesbrough some 130 years ago.
And as to religions, I recall the conversation between the Chief Rabbi and the late Cardinal Hume. The Chief Rabbi said that the millennium celebration was a Christian one and not Jewish. The Cardinal replied "If it hadn’t been for you, there wouldn't be an us!" David Simon David Simon adds: I do these broadcasts because there is no-one else. You may like to know that I have now established the Stokesley Hebrew Congregation. I am the sole member and I have invited the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation and there are two Israelis coming – August 7, 2002