North­wood looks to a growth in num­bers

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY JAY GRENBY

NORTH­WOOD SYN­A­GOGUE is tak­ing a long, hard look at its fu­ture — and try­ing to en­sure it is a rosy one.

A com­mit­tee headed by board mem­ber David Davis has been ex­am­in­ing a num­ber of the is­sues which will im­pact on its long-term prospects.

Its ini­tial find­ings were out­lined to last Thurs­day’s AGM, where the 100 mem­bers present heard com­mit­tee mem­ber Stu­art Soloway speak op­ti­misti­cally about ex­pan­sion.

“We an­tic­i­pate that the Jewish com­mu­nity in the North­wood area will grow quite con­sid­er­ably over the next few years as more and more young Jewish cou­ples come to ap­pre­ci­ate the good value and ex­cel­lent trans­porta­tion links to be had in this leafy area, com­pared with other more es­tab­lished and ex­pen­sive Jewish ar­eas.”

Mr Soloway added that an­other po­ten­tially help­ful sign was that many flats un­der con­struc­tion lo­cally were at­tract­ing “empty-nesters” down­siz­ing their homes.

Also ex­plained to the AGM was a re­gional strat­egy ini­tia­tive, which would see the de­vel­op­ment of links with neigh­bour­ing United Syn­a­gogue con­gre­ga­tions — in­clud­ing Pin­ner, Ruis­lip and Wat­ford — to es­tab­lish lo­cal “Ortho­dox cen­tres of ex­cel­lence”. “Though th­ese are still early days, ev­ery­thing is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” said out­go­ing chair­man David F r e e d man, who hands over to Alan Tay­lor.

“We have some new faces on the board, our fi­nances are sound and we are mak­ing progress in our search to find a new min­is­ter.

“The con­tract of Rabbi Alan Plancey — who has been act­ing as our full-time min­is­ter since the de­par­ture of Rabbi Naf­tali Brawer last sum­mer — runs out at the end of the year, and we hope to have his suc­ces­sor in place by then.”

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