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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 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.
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