Rev. David Wolfson Memorial Lecture 2016

Ruislip Affiliated Synagogue was proud to announce that the 6th lecture in the series for Rev David Wolfson's Memorial Lecture would be given by Rabbi Councillor Alan Plancey on Wednesday 8th June 2016.

Among the distinguished audience was Rev David Wolfson's family - his daughter Michelle and son in law Michael together with their daughter Gina, and son Carl. Rev. Wolfson's son Geoff Wolfson and his family were in Israel celebrating the wedding of their daughter and unfortunately could not attend this event.

David Koten, Ruislip's FR thanked everyone for supporting this annual event and Rabbi Koten for introducing the lecturer Rabbi Plancey, whose credentials are manifold. Not only is he a councillor, but is also an advisor to Norwood and for Jewish Care, Chaplain to the Police and to Luton Airport, as well as being a member of the Edgware community. The title of his talk was "What we can learn from others" and Rabbi Plancey illustrated his talk with a series of different stories which evoked much audience participation.

As with all good stories there was a clearly defined moral at the end of each gem delivered in Rabbi Plancey's inimitable style. The first pointed out the need to show appreciation, and to learn to appreciate what we have, and what others offer to us. He said we should let go our sorrows and count our blessings. Other parables illustrated the need to have an acceptance of what has been and what we have. In other words - inner satisfaction. He mentioned that we are living today in a throwaway age - life is cheap. Our nachus should be the family and we should keep nothing for special occasions as everything is a special occasion. That struck a personal chord with me as I was reminded that many years ago we inherited silver from an aunt - my husband wanted to keep it for a special occasion, and I duly put it in a cupboard. A couple of weeks later we had a burglary and everything was taken!

Peace, faith, love and hope were all explored in his witty, depreciating fashion, captivating his audience who were held spellbound by his fluency and wit. In common with many of his listeners I especially liked his comment that we are never too old or too young to learn and the resonance of the phrase - he feels he is a recycled teenager.

He concluded with the hope that the community would go from strength to strength building on the bricks that Rev. Wolfson had initiated. Hugh Davies, Warden of the Synagogue thanked Rabbi Plancey most sincerely for his talk which was an inspiration to us all, and presented him with a donation for his chosen charity.

Angela Feuer