EASTEN­DERS GO WEST FOR A SHUL WED­DING

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

A North-West Lon­don syn­a­gogue be­came a tem­po­rary EastEn­ders set this week, as film crews ar­rived to shoot a scene there for the BBC drama.

Cast, crew and a host of ex­tras from the show were based at Hen­don United Syn­a­gogue on Mon­day to shoot scenes un­der the chup­pah.

But a spokes­woman for the BBC was tightlipped when asked which of Al­bert Square’s res­i­dents would be get­ting hitched.

She would only re­veal that the mar­riage in­volves a non-Jewish char­ac­ter re­turn­ing to the show.

It is thought Ja­nine Butcher, played by Char­lie Brooks, may be the kal­lah. She is due to re­turn to the show fol­low­ing a five-year ab­sence. Her last ma­jor sto­ry­line saw her push her hus­band, Barry, off a cliff.

The United Syn­a­gogue said the Raleigh Close shul had been cho­sen be­cause writ­ers of the soap wanted the wed­ding to take place in an Or­tho­dox build­ing with a tra­di­tional ap­pear­ance.

Any pos­si­bil­ity of Rabbi Mordechai Gins­bury ap­pear­ing on screen to con­duct pro­ceed­ings seems slim, how­ever, given the bride’s ob­vi­ous lack of Jewish cre­den­tials.

The scenes will be screened later this year.

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

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