Kehillah couple walk Hadrian’s Wall to support community


15 October 2020 – 27 Tishri 5781
Omar Portillo and Robert Freudenthal

Kehillah North London members Omar Portillo and Robert Freudenthal have been walking the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall footpath to raise money for the Stoke Newington community.

The married couple embarked on the fundraiser to help Kehillah achieve its goals for the year ahead, which include building an inclusive programme of in-person and online services, events, education classes, youth activities and social justice work. They have already raised almost £2,000 through the walk.

Omar and Robert said: “Five years ago, when deciding to get married and continue to build a Jewish household, we searched for a Jewish community that reflected who we are individually and as a household – racially and ethnically diverse, LGBTQ-affirming, multi-national, progressive – and also challenged us to learn more and do more. We found such a community in Kehillah North London.”

Both are active within the community and Liberal Judaism nationally. Robert is Kehillah chair and a service leader. Omar co-leads on various projects – including the racial justice group, youth programming and digital presence – as well as heading up Liberal Judaism’s Action Group on Black Jews and Jews of Colour Inclusivity.

They added: “Our hope is that by building a stronger community it will uplift our members, and those around us, and help us work towards achieving a more just society that we all wish to see.”

To donate to the fundraiser, please click here.

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