More than 40 past and present members of the Synagogue, travelling from as far away as Devon and Spain came together to celebrate 50 years of the community. A special service was held at Clophill Village Hall, to mark the golden jubilee and all welcome back our newly-repaired Torah scroll. Guests included the Bishop of Bedford Richard Atkinson, the Mayor and Mayoress of Luton and Liberal Judaism's senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich.
Highlights of the event included a passionate address from Gillian Merron - who spoke about her journey from being a Labour MP to becoming chief executive of the Board of Deputies - and a presentation of gifts by Natu Solanki, the vice-chair of the Luton Council of Faiths, to BPS chair David Young (pictured above)
The service, was followed by a large lunch. Surplus food was then taken to the Bedford Night Shelter, a charity BPS regularly supports. Vice chair Naomi Fellerman said: "Over the last 50 years BPS has developed from a handful of people into a thriving and welcoming community. We are looking forward to a bright future with young families recently moving into the area.
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Are you Jewish or do you have Jewish parents or grandparents? Perhaps you were brought up in a Jewish environment and would like to renew your acquaintance with Judaism. If you're new to the area, we are a small and friendly Liberal conmmunity with a traditional approach to services. Everybody is made welcome and we hold services both in Luton and Bedford.