On Sunday 14 July, 50 international students participating in our 2018-19 Emerging International Leaders programme visited Kingston Liberal Synagogue, to learn more about the Jewish faith.
Rabbi Rene Pfertzel showed the students the Torah, the sacred book of Judaism, and spoke to them about Progressive Judaism and the importance of interfaith dialogue. Speaking to The Jewish News, he said, 'They were truly a group of inspirational and amazing young leaders. We had great conversations on many topics. I was truly impressed with the level of their questions and the depth of their interest'.
The students were taking part in their final study retreat as part of the Cumberland Lodge programme, looking at Freedom of Religion or Belief in Action.
María Celeste Alvarez, a participant from Colombia, who is currently studying a postgraduate degree at the University of Warwick, said, 'I’m so grateful to the synagogue for opening its doors to us as part of this remarkable visit. It was a message of love, tolerance, respect, hope and interfaith dialogue for us all'.