I was born a true Cockney, but grew up in Canada. I returned to the UK in 1967 to study Optometry at UMIST, where I met my wife, and so stayed in the UK. I spent forty years as an optometrist and at the same time studied for my M.B.Sc. We joined Menorah in 1978 on moving to Manchester. I joined the synagogue Council in 1980 and apart from having a couple of years off, I have been on the Board ever since. My wife & I began the cheder PTA/Social Committee in 1981 & I was synagogue Chair in the early nineties. I retired from work in 2009 and now have time to enjoy children and grandchildren and being Chair of the synagogue again.