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Edg­ware

MORE THAN 450 peo­ple at­tended Edg­ware Syn­a­gogue’s farewell to its re­tir­ing min­is­ter of 26 years, Rabbi Ben­jamin Rabinowitz (pic­tured right), writes Jay Grenby. Among those pay­ing trib­ute to the min­is­ter and his wife Daliah were Eliah Megh­nagi, a mem­ber of the United Syn­a­gogue con­gre­ga­tion; the Lon­don Beth Din’s Dayan Me­nachem Gal­ley; and the lo­cal MP, Andrew Dis­more. There were also pre­sen­ta­tions by Si­mon Schaf­fer on be­half of the Coun­cil of Chris­tians and Jews, Michael Schwartz on be­half of the Mon­day Night Shiur, and David Oliver on be­half of the con­gre­ga­tion. THE NEW Bore­ham­wood and El­stree Ma­sorti com­mu­nity in Hert­ford­shire held its first Kab­balat Shab­bat ser­vice.

Led by Harold Elias, it at­tracted 25 peo­ple to Allum Lane Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, with a sep­a­rate ses­sion for chil­dren.

Ser­vices are now planned at three­week in­ter­vals, with the next on Fe­bru­ary 2. The com­mu­nity is plan­ning to hold a Purim party on March 4, at Clore Shalom School in Shen­ley, with chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and guest speaker Rabbi Jeremy Gor­don.

Shul chair­man Philip Norman de­scribed it as a lovely oc­ca­sion, “but of mixed emo­tions: we were happy our rabbi is to ful­fil his am­bi­tion to make aliyah but sad that his de­par­ture meant leav­ing be­hind him so many good friends in Edg­ware.”

Bel­size Square

BEL­SIZE SQUARE Syn­a­gogue in North-West Lon­don can­celled its cheder for the funeral of the con­gre­ga­tion’s chair­man, Thomas Tausz, who has died of can­cer, aged 59.

South­gate

THE COCK­FOS­TERS Learn­ing Cen­tre, the Cock­fos­ters and North South­gate Syn­a­gogue ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme, launched its spring ses­sion with Ray Hill, a one-time lead­ing fig­ure in Bri­tish far-right move­ments. Around 100 peo­ple heard shul chair­man Jon Bar­ron quiz Mr Hill about his ex­pe­ri­ences with ex­trem­ist move­ments. The next CLC in­ter­view is on Jan­uary 29, with Sir Ni­cholas Win­ton, who saved 669 Jewish chil­dren from the Holo­caust.

Young pupils en­joy the new early learn­ing cen­tre which opened at Si­mon Marks Pri­mary School in Hack­ney, East Lon­don, at the end of last week. Pic­tured with Tahlia Deaner, Lulu Rose and Riki Wil­liams are the school’s chair of gov­er­nors, Jo-Ann My­ers (sec­ond right), and the project’s spon­sors, Rita and Stan­ley Davis

Rabbi Ben­jamin Rabinowitz, with his wife Daliah (far right), son, daugh­ters and grand­daugh­ter, at his farewell party

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