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The author, Phyllis Dorey, with two others in front of the closed ark on erev Rosh HaShanah in Lisbon, Portugal

Earlier this year, while I was diarising our summer cruise dates, I realised we would land in Lisbon the morning before Rosh HaShanah. I knew we had a Progressive/Reform k’hilah (community) there – Ohel Jakov – as I had had the pleasure of meeting some of the community members four years earlier.

I contacted their passionate leader and champion – Adriana de Souza – and arranged for us to join them for dinner and a service on erev Rosh HaShanah, in their proudly sacred space – a five-room apartment (up three flights of stairs, in an old building, hidden away in a suburb of Lisbon),...

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