Lights go out on Brom­ley seder

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY JAY GRENBY

A MOD­ERN-DAY plague left Brom­ley Re­form con­gre­gants in the dark on Sun­day when they should have been en­joy­ing their an­nual seder.

The com­mu­nity’s High­land Road shul was hit by a power cut. Told that sup­plies might not be re­stored un­til late in the evening, or­gan­is­ers al­ready at the syn­a­gogue were faced with a dilemma.

But with 100 eggs still to be hard­boiled and the same num­ber of salmon and salad din­ners await­ing prepa- ra­tion — never mind the prospect of shiv­er­ing through the Hag­gadah read­ing — they opted to post­pone.

“It was an ab­so­lute night­mare,” said the syn­a­gogue’s Judi Sh­ef­frin. “For­tu­nately, we were able to or­gan­ise a mass phone-around, and man­aged to catch most of the par­tic­i­pants ei­ther en route or be­fore they’d left home. Even so, about 20 peo­ple, in­clud­ing some of our old and in­firm mem­bers be­ing brought in by vol­un­teers, ar­rived at the shul be­fore hear­ing the news.”

The seder was even­tu­ally held on Mon­day evening.

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