Rabbi Schulman – Standing up to and defeating challenges to be installed as Master of his Lodge
Despite adversity of a progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Rabbi Gideon Schulman achieved the magnificent personal challenge of being installed as the Worshipful Master of London’s Lodge of Attainment.
Freemasons’ from across London including many senior brethren came together to honour and support Rabbi Gideon in his moment of personal achievement and triumph at the installation ceremony which took place at London’s Freemasons Hall.
In a joint toast to Rabbi Gideon, past master Worshipful Brother, Darren Conway said “The late Christopher Reeve once said a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure despite overwhelming obstacles, Gideon …. You are a Hero!!! The portion we read last Saturday in the synagogue, was the first book of the Torah – Bereshit – Genesis…. The beginning. You Worshipful Master are now at the beginning of a new part of your masonic career, and I hope you enjoy your year as Master of this Lodge”.
Dr. Spencer Conway added “I have known Gideon since University days and could see from the very beginning his openness to Freemasonry and his genuine desire for knowledge. He had Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation treatment in Mexico for his multiple sclerosis and despite the progression of his condition he has increased awareness of Multiple Sclerosis within Freemasonry and the general community. His pursuit for truth is important for him, Masonic or otherwise. He has delved into the intricacies of the Torah stretching his knowledge to become a Rabbi involving learning, understanding and applying areas of Jewish law, followed by multiple journeys to Israel to be tested on his knowledge. We are delighted and proud to see him installed into the Chair of King Solomon”.
In his response Rabbi Gideon said “You have both been such good friends to me, so supportive with my challenges. I don’t believe in problems, only challenges. We all have our challenges, and we address them in our own way some succumb, others stand up to them and face them head on, or at least in a tactical way. I am no champion or role model, but I endeavour to do the latter. I’ve always seen MS as a diversion in the road to what I want to achieve, and although it may take longer, with the love and support of my friends I know I can achieve anything, I am proud to be a Freemason and I am PROUD and HONOURED to be Master of Lodge of Attainment,”
One of Brother Gideon charities in his year will be the – JAMI – mental health service for the Jewish Community Established in 1989, they support 2,000 people each year. Jami’s focus is on recovery; moving from lack of control and autonomy to becoming an active member of the wider community, taking responsibility and having control over one’s life. To assist people on their journey, from enabling them to become an expert in their own self-care to supporting them, where appropriate, back into employment.