Larry Ross, 79, is a volunteer host once a week at the Jewish Museum:
“I retired at the age of 65, and I was never one to sit at home twiddling my thumbs. So when I saw this opportunity advertised in the Jewish Chronicle, I thought it could be fun. I have volunteered before, but this is the first volunteering job that I’ve very much enjoyed.
Sixty percent of our visitors are non-Jewish, and it’s very rewarding to be able to explain things that are otherwise a mystery, to tell people what it’s all about without anything sinister about the Jewish religion. For example, some people ask about the bells on top of the synagogue, if it’s to ward off evil spirits. It’s actually the opposite – it’s a very joyful sound and every Saturday all the children run after the Rabbi. It’s a very happy time.
I’ve learnt so much since I’ve been doing this, and as long as my brain is working alright then I will do it for as long as I can! I very much enjoy talking to all kinds of people and when they say thank you for a very interesting tour, well that’s what it’s all about.”