David Jacobs (second from left) stepped down as chairman of the JHSE’s executive committee after six years. At an emotional council meeting, the president (first left) expressed the view of the society that David has always been more of a friend than a colleague. Under his leadership, the society had been modernised and secured a financial security that augers well for its future.
Prof. Philip Alexander then made a presentation to David on behalf of the council, executive and membership.
Once the applause had died down, David thanked the society for a “wonderful” set of synagogue constitutions.
“They are important additions to my collection of synagogue memorabilia and ephemera. Your gift covers a number of areas of my interest; South Manchester where I was a born, the Machzikey Hadass and Shomre Shabboss Shool, my Museum of the Jewish East End, the Jubilee Service for West London Synagogue (the founding community of the Movement to which my family have been associated for 125 years) and the Western Synagogue Burial Society with which – through my being a governor of the Jewish Joint Burial Society – I am closely associated. These constitutions give me important insights into so many aspects of synagogue governance.”
“It has been a great pleasure working with you all during my period as Chair. I could not have done the work without your support and consideration.”
Gabriel Herman was unanimously elected as chairman. David presented him with a hammer and gavel. Gabriel hopes that it will be used as much as it was under David’s tenure!