Brady Mac­cabi club clo­sure leaves Ma­sorti shul high and dry

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

ONE OF the coun­try’s old­est Jewish youth clubs is set to close next month, leav­ing com­mu­nity groups and a Ma­sorti syn­a­gogue tem­po­rar­ily home­less.

Staff at the Brady Mac­cabi cen­tre in Edg­ware, north west Lon­don, were told only last week that the build­ing would close on Fe­bru­ary 27.

Two ad­min­is­tra­tors and two youth de­vel­op­ment work­ers may lose their jobs, and events sched­uled for March are likely to be can­celled.

Brady Mac­cabi was set up more than 100 years ago, and moved to its cur­rent premises in 1979.

It is home to more than a dozen foot­ball teams and its fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a dance stu­dio, bas­ket­ball courts, com­puter room and the­atre. It also hosts so­cial events for chil­dren up to the age of 14.

The Kol Ne­fesh Ma­sorti (KNM) com­mu­nity holds weekly Shab­bat ser­vices at the cen­tre.

KNM con­vener Mike Fen­ster said: “We have been hold­ing ser­vices in Brady Mac­cabi’s build­ing for al­most nine years. We were told by Brady in a tele­phone call on Mon­day that we would have to be out by Fe­bru­ary 27 and that a let­ter would fol­low.

“We are both sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed at the lack of no­tice and ab­sence of any con­sul­ta­tion be­tween Brady and KNM. We don’t have an­other build­ing into which we can just move at a mo­ment’s no­tice”.

One par­ent whose chil­dren use the cen­tre said: “I un­der­stand that with the [fa­cil­i­ties of­fered by] Jewish schools, Jewish youth move­ments are dy­ing. But there are things the club still of­fers and yet it is be­ing pulled so quickly.”

Brady Mac­cabi’s se­nior cit­i­zens’ club meets two af­ter­noons a week and runs en­ter­tain­ment ses­sions and day trips. Jewish Care and the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Bri­gade reg­u­larly or­gan­ise events at the cen­tre.

Mac­cabi GB chair­man Stu­art Green­berg said: “Ob­vi­ously we are ter­ri­bly sad and it’s with re­gret we see the club clos­ing. Hope­fully when suit­able new premises are found in due course the club will re­open.”

He said it was not clear what would hap­pen to the Manor Park Cres­cent build­ing nor would he elab­o­rate on the rea­sons for the club’s clo­sure.

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