Life after Lucy: Gila Margolin

by Catherine Palmer on 19 February 2015


This is turning out to be a year in which to be more conscious than ever of the need for peace. Since 1999, after some years of teaching Hebrew to a variety of students, my life has been completely bound up with working for Peace and Reconciliation.

Being a Jewish woman who became a Catholic during my studies at Lucy Cavendish, my first instinct was to try to facilitate reconciliation between Jews and Christians, through music and friendship. Living in Cambridge where the Guildhall used to be a Synagogue, I invited the Mayor and some of his successors, liaising with the Jewish community here, to the Synagogue in Thompson’s Lane, built in 1937 and not far from the mediaeval Jewish quarter between the Round Church and the Guildhall.

In December 2004 I wrote a Foundational Statement for a Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation, ecumenical, in that it reaches out to ‘the known inhabited world.’  (cf. the original Greek word); building Bridges of Peace,  between people of different faiths and men and women ‘because of our common humanity.’

Living in the Arbury (an estate just north of the river Cam) I feel I benefit enormously from both town and gown. I also feel privileged that what I have learned from my various periods of study and from my rich life experience I am now able to put to good use and pass on, in some way, to others.

Gila Margolin

1988 Hebrew Studies