Canary Wharf appoints first rabbi
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-11-12
Rabbi Moshe Freedman
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Canary Wharf's chaplaincy has appointed its first dedicated Jewish chaplain, who will serve workers and local residents in the east London area.
Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman, the community Rabbi of Northwood United Synagogue, will join a chaplaincy team already served by leaders from other faiths including Anglican and Roman Catholic priests - with a Muslim chaplain also due to be appointed next year.
His role will involve supporting the working population of Canary Wharf, both Jewish and not, from a base at One Canada Square as well as offering specific religious help for the local Jewish community and faith advice for companies.
"I very much look forward to working with the Canary Wharf community and my colleagues on the chaplaincy team," said Rabbi Freedman who is married to Ilana and has three children. "The aim is to support people of all faiths and none; whether it be helping them through changes or crises in life, answering spiritual questions, or simply meeting for a friendly chat."
Reverend Dr Fiona Stewart-Darling, Bishop’s Chaplain to Docklands welcomed Rabbi Freedman to the chaplaincy team and added: "It is crucially important for all the major faiths to work together, especially in a community as diverse as ours. As Canary Wharf continues to grow and evolve, it is vital that services such as spiritual and pastoral care grow and evolve too."