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Chief Rabbi Visits Manchester

Last updated: 2003-02-19

The Chief Rabbi, Professor Jonathan Sacks visited the Manchester Jewish community on Sunday 16 February.

During the day the Chief Rabbi visited the new student centre at Wilbraham Road Shul, where he had lunch and chatted with the students. After lunch the Chief Rabbi addressed over 75 Manchester Jewish students on interacting with other people at university and expressed his concerns about antisemitism on campus.

Later on in the afternoon, the Chief Rabbi addressed over 125 young leadership participants at the Bridgewater Hall, followed with a question and answer session organised by the UJIA Manchester Fuzion Group.

Leah Kutner, President of Manchester Jewish Students said:
"It was an honour to have the Chief Rabbi with us, and to know that our efforts in tackling the anti-Israel sentiment on campus are recognised by the wider community."

Adam Clyne, Chairman of the Fuzion Group said:
"Manchester's young Jewish community was deeply honoured for the Chief Rabbi to take the time out of his busy schedule to address us. His continued passion for Israel and Judaism was both motivating and inspirational for all who attended and we hope he will be able to do a similar event in the future."

Commenting on his visit to Manchester, the Chief Rabbi said:
"It is always a pleasure to visit to Manchester. On this occasion it was particularly inspiring to have met with so many dedicated young people. Their commitment to communal involvement was clear and rewarding to see. I was particularly impressed by the energy with which our students are defending Israel's cause in an increasingly hostile environment."

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