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Rabbi Romain receives MBE

The following appeared in the New Year's Honours List published on 31 December 2003

MBE: Dr Jonathan Anidjar Romain.
For services to Community Relations. (Maidenhead, Berkshire)

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain - who is minister of Maidenhead Synagogue - has received the award for his pioneering work in the field of mixed-faith marriages in Britain, not just within the Jewish community but nationally and across all religious frontiers. 

At 49, he is one of the youngest rabbis to receive an award, and is only the 3rd Reform rabbi to be honoured after Lionel Blue and the late Hugo Gryn.

Dr Romain was one of the first religious leaders to appreciate the sharp growth in mixed-faith marriages in Britain in the 1980s, and to realise the severe problems such couples often experience: domestically in harmonising two different cultures, along with the difficulties they often encounter from their own families and communities, as well as the problems their children can face.

He has both helped couples resolve religious and cultural differences between each other or with their family, and educated ministers of all faiths to adopt a more sympathetic approach to them and recognise their spiritual and pastoral needs.
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