Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter No 28 January 2013 page 12 ( of 17)
[Ed note: These two articles by Gwen lamb appeared in North East Jewish Recorder, May 2012]
A Footnote to Pesach 2012
Each year Pesach seems to be ever more expensive for us but I was amazed and delighted at the very warm hospitality I was shown by Rabbi Lipsey and his dear wife Rebbetzen Miriam. Throughout Pesach many members of the kehillah (at least 25 or more sometimes!) sat at their table, as well as visitors from far and wide who were invited to join them and share in their celebration of true Yiddishkeit as it’s meant to be and especially at both Sedarim. I thoroughly enjoyed the very friendly atmosphere 7th day Pesach with a super lunch highlighted by eating real Shemurah handbakedMatzos from Montreal,Canada “Mi’Shaas Ketzirah” (i.e. from the timeof the milling of the wheat).
Other people were equally hospitable to many of us (without ShemurahMatzos-simply but perfectly adequate Rakusens-only there!!). It is sogratifying to see that no one seemed to be left out in this community andlong may this “chesed” (loving kindness) continue for many YomimTovim to come! Gwendoline Lamb North East Jewish Recorder
Meeting a delightful young guest!
Whilst enjoying one of my lunch invites over Pesach, I happened to sit next to a delightful young girl from Hampstead Garden Suburb who described her passion for raising money and helping the thousands of abandoned, verypoor and neglected Jewish children living on the streets of Odessa, Ukraine. It was very enlightening listening to her and I was most impressed with her work to raise awareness of the TIKVA (meaning hope in Ivrit) home in Odessa which turns so many Jewish children`s lives around. For those computer buffs, the website is www.tikvaodessa.org and you will see a wonderful short video of their work.
And just who was this delightful child? None other than Mr and Mrs. Summerfield`s granddaughter Lucy visiting for Pesach and how old was this young girl? merely 12 and so articulate!. Congratulations to the Summerfields and their son and daughter-inlaw for having such a beautiful, both ingashmiyus and ruchniyus, (Yiddish meaning in both body and spirit) grandchild a real credit to them all! Gwendoline Lamb North East Jewish Recorder