School shuls boost El­stree and Mill Hill

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY JAY GRENBY

BOREHAMWOODANDEl­streeUnited is us­ing the newly-opened syn­a­gogue at Yavneh Col­lege for weekly Fri­day night and oc­ca­sional Shab­bat morn­ing ser­vices for a satel­lite minyan. The move fol­lows the sign­ing of an agree­ment be­tween the US and the school.

It is a fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the Fri­day night minyan launched 18 months ago to serve mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion who live on the south­ern side of its catch­ment area. Held in pri­vate homes, the ser­vices at­tracted a core con­gre­ga­tion of two dozen.

Syn­a­gogue min­is­ter Rabbi Naf­tali Brawer led the first ser­vice at Yavneh and will con­tinue to of­fi­ci­ate on an oc­ca­sional ba­sis. “There is no doubt,” he said, “that the area is home to an in­creas­ing num­ber of our con­gre­gants, es­pe­cially those with young fam­i­lies. I be­lieve many more of them will be drawn to join the ser­vices, not only by the con­ve­nience but also by the beauty of the Yavneh shul.”

The shul, which will be for­mally con­se­crated later this year, was also used for ad­di­tional Bore­ham­wood Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kip­pur ser­vices.

In Mill Hill, mean­while, the lo­cal United con­gre­ga­tion took over the premises of the Mathilda Marks Kennedy School to ac­com­mo­date 200 mem­bers at ex­tra over­flow ser­vices dur­ing the fes­ti­vals.

The con­gre­ga­tion now to­tals around 2,000 and the num­ber is ris­ing. Seat­ing prob­lems should ease once the pro­jected £3.5 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the shul is com­pleted. But as the 12month build­ing pro­gramme has yet to start, many mem­bers may still find them­selves in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for the 2009 fes­ti­vals.

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