Reform Judaism senior rabbi Laura Jenna Klausner led Southport Reform Synagogue’s 70th anniversary service, assisted by former rabbis of the congregation Norman Zalud and Amanda Golby.
Also among the guests was Charles Hardy, the shul’s first bar mitzvah boy in 1949, and the three most recent celebrants.
The shul has 81 adult members and 16 student/child members, reported its treasurer, Tony Kletz.
“The community is surprisingly vibrant for its size. There are a couple of young families.
“There have been three bar/bat mitzvahs over the last past year and there are two children commencing cheder lessons this autumn.“
Members are drawn from areas including Crosby, Blackburn, Wigan and Preston – and as far north as Barrow in Furness.
Although the community does not have a rabbi, “we have the benefit of visits from student rabbis studying at Leo Baeck to college” Mr Kletz added.