Monthly Archives: April 2010

Visit to Synagogue 27th April 2010

Visit to Synagogue

On 27th April 2010 members of the forum were invited to visit the Harrogate Synagogue where we were welcomed by Mr. Shrago and Mr. Morris who then gave most informative and enlightening talks on the Synagogue, the history of Judaism and its basis in the Bible and the Talmud. 

We were struck by the similarities but also by the many differences between the Jewish and Christian faiths. To give only one example; Christians have 10 Commandments to follow but Jews are bound by no less than 613 Commandments, some of which we found rather arcane but found others eminently sensible.

Members and friends were made to feel very welcome and we found the experience most enjoyable. Throughout the visit we experienced a warm feeling of goodwill and fellowship proving to us at least, that it is possible for people of different religions and faiths to live together in complete harmony.     

This is the last event for the forum in the 2009/10 season.

Next Season

Our 34th season will start with a bang on 5th October 2010 with a talk not to be missed.   My best wishes to all members for a healthy and enjoyable summer.  See you in October.                                      

George Mountford

Report 13th April 2010

Child of the Forties

The speaker this week was our programme secretary, John Taylor, who said that he would be happy to be known as a Northcountry man rather than a Yorkshire man, however throughout his talk, ‘A Child Of The Forties’, his admiration, pride and affection  for the City and people of Hull was unmistakable. 

John spoke of idyllic picnics by the river when a schoolboy and of ice cream whilst watching some of the greats of cricket, Hutton, Bowes etc. at the Hull ground.

Hull, the birthplace of many famous people including William Wilberforce with his anti-slavery bill and Andrew Marvell the metaphysical poet and parliamentarian, was heavily bombed during the blitz of the 1940s, 152,000 people were made homeless, Churchill praised the city but otherwise little is heard of the devastation caused at this time. This and possibly its isolated geographical position on the east coast may have given the people of Hull an unwarranted feeling of being forgotten about or of being overlooked.

George Mountford