Rev David Rome, 25, is a fully qualified Chazan and leading soloist with the London Cantorial Singers. He has been the Chazan at Ilford Synagogue for 6 years, at the same time taking an honours degree in Humanities at UCL. He has also worked as Chazan at several other London synagogues. This will be his first post as a full-time Minister.
As a Chazan and singer Rev Rome has performed nationally and internationally. In 2008 he was invited to take part in the "Chanukah in Trafalgar Square" ceremony, where he performed to 5,000 people including the Mayor of London. He is also an accomplished pianist, with a wide repertoire ranging from jazz to cantorial music.
Synagogue Chairman Gerald Rose said, “We are delighted to have Rev Rome as our new spiritual leader in the knowledge that he has the full support of the whole community. I feel sure that this appointment will secure the future of the Orthodox Jewish community in South East London.”
Rev Rome’s appointment follows the retirement of the previous minister, Rev Dr Ze’ev Amit in November 2011. Synagogue Vice-Chairman, Carole Abrahams, said, “Rev Amit was a much-loved and respected minister who will be a hard act to follow, but I am confident that Rev Rome will bring a new vibrancy to the synagogue services and to the community.” Rev Amit’s contribution to the wider south London community was honoured in a Civic Reception by the Mayor of Lewisham in November 2011. He has been appointed Emeritus Minister of the synagogue.
Rev David Rome is the grandson of Rabbi Judah Rockman, z’l, who served the synagogue for more than 40 years until his retirement. Older members of the community have very fond memories of Rabbi Rockman and Mrs Rockman, and the community is delighted that “David is coming home”.
Rev Rome, speaking about his appointment, said “I am delighted that I will have the opportunity to contribute to the future of the Catford and Bromley community, which has always had a special place in my heart.”
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