The Good Life Thrives in Surbiton
(Rabbi Samuel Landau’s induction was held at KSDS on 29 September 2014. This article originally appeared on the United Synagogue website)
During a ground breaking induction ceremony, Kingston, Surbiton & District’s new Rabbi Samuel Landau used a variety of gardening accessories, including a watering can, as well as conjuring tricks, to draw analogies between horticulture and Torah.
Referencing the 1970s TV sitcom, he said that by nurturing seeds, the community would continue to develop and grow like a mighty oak tree, concluding that “Here in Surbiton we live the Good Life”.
In a first for the community, this is a joint leadership role, with Rabbi Landau & his wife Shoshana sharing communal duties.
Paying tribute to the Rebbetzen’s contribution, Rabbi Landau accompanied by his brother Aaron on the guitar, sang “Eshet Chayil” to her during the ceremony.
In his welcome speech, Dr Martin Wolfson, the shul chairman spoke of Rabbi Landau as an inspirational leader and praised Shoshana’s new ideas, energy and enterprise.
Standing in for Chief Rabbi Mirvis who was unfortunately unwell, Dayan Gelley, the head of the London Beth Din, congratulated the community on their choice of this “dynamic, amazing young couple” under whose twin leadership the shul would go from strength to strength.
Around 200 members and guests attended, including United Synagogue President Stephen Pack and Councillor David Cunningham representing the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
Rabbi Landau recently obtained a First Class BSc in psychology at University College London and was nominated to the Dean’s List. In September he begins a doctorate in clinical psychology.
An album of photographs of Rabbi Landau’s induction is available via the Photo Gallery page.