Friday 27 March  

It is with deep sadness that I write to tell you that our dear Rabbi Neil Kraft has passed away. After 17 years in our community, he was more than just our rabbi – he was a teacher, mentor, friend and neighbour to so many of us. He will be so sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Susannah and his sons, Eli and Oscar.

Whilst I know the first instinct of many of you will be to pick up the phone to call Susannah, I’m afraid I have to ask you not to do that. She will know we are thinking of them, and I ask you, on her behalf, to respect the family’s wish to spend this time quietly on their own.

I shall be in touch as soon as I can with the funeral arrangements which will be broadcast on Zoom. Hopefully we can come together soon as a community to share our anecdotes and thoughts about Neil. In the meantime, we will all say a prayer in our hearts – may the memory of this righteous man be for a blessing. Zecher Tzaddik Livrachah.

Janet Brand, EHRS Chairman