Attending this event

Rabbi William Wolff

RABBI WILLIAM WOLFF is nearly 90 and perhaps the most unconventional rabbi in the world. As the State Rabbi of North-East Germany, he looks after the Jewish communities in Schwerin and Rostock, but still lives in a bungalow near Henley-on-Thames.

Hester Abrams

HESTER ABRAMS’ German and Russian took her to central Europe as a Reuters correspondent in the late 1980s. A former Director of Jewish Book Week, she is now developing plans at the United Synagogue to conserve Willesden Cemetery and connect more people with the story of Jews in Britain.

Films screening at this event

Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God

original title
Rabbi Wolff - Ein Gentleman vor dem Herrn
Britta Wauer
95 min

Having started his career as a rabbi at 70, William Wolff, now nearly 90, is not your average man. Born into an Orthodox family in Berlin, Wolff moved to England with his parents at the age of 12. He was a successful political correspondent before deciding on pursuing his dream of becoming a rabbi, a decision that brought him back to his homeland. This heartwarming documentary introduces us to the fascinating and delightful Wolff as he travels back and forth between his home in Henley-on-Thames and north-eastern Germany where he serves as a State Rabbi.