Perry Newton takes up position as Community Director
It was probably nearly thirty years ago, that I was sitting on the bimah with my children and Rabbi Larry Tabick playing his guitar.
Some years later I was pleased to then be able to help out at the services as one of the newly created assistant wardens. Over the years I have held positions as senior warden, council member, honorary secretary, vice chair, acting-chair and asst. honorary treasurer. Throughout this time I was significantly involved in many of the operational and administrative aspects of EDRS including the construction of our lovely new building. I have implemented many facilities to help us move forward with modern technology, ways to communicate and make everyone feel involved. I tried to retire from these activities but got drawn back as “honorary officer without portifolio” to take on many of those tasks that didn’t fit elsewhere.
Over the past eight years I have been Synagogue Manager at Sha’arei Tsedek:North London Reform Synagogue, in Whetstone. As a smaller organisation, this has enabled me to be involved and understand better the issues of many parts of the community and the challenges of the staff and volunteers. It has been a valuable experience and I am therefore able to bring real experience to the role of EDRS Community Director.
With acknowledgement to Russell Watson and the theme to “Enterprise”:
It's been a long road;
Gettin’ from there to here;
It's been a long time
But my time is finally here
....I’ve got faith...of the heart.
There will be new challenges that face us and, as we have heard, possibly some significant changes. It is my faith in our community as well as my heart and soul that I bring into this role. We are here to listen to you, which will ensure that we as members, employees, volunteers and friends grow together as a vibrant community. Please feel free to give me a call to drop in for a cup of coffee (or even tea) and a chat.
Perry Newton – Community Director