Shul van­dals are the chil­dren of mem­bers

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JAY GRENBY EL­STREE

CON­GRE­GANTS’ CHIL­DREN VAN­DALISED Bore­ham­wood and El­stree Syn­a­gogue’s play area over Yom Kip­pur, the shul has claimed. Yet an email ap­peal for the cul­prits to come for­ward and con­trib­ute to the cost of re­pairs has to date met with a zero re­sponse.

Honorary of­fi­cers stud­ied the CCTV tapes in an un­avail­ing bid to name and shame. “We saw a lot of chil­dren play­ing in an area where they should not have been on yom­tov, but un­for- tu­nately, we were un­able to iden­tify any par­tic­u­lar child re­spon­si­ble for the con­sid­er­able dam­age to the play equip­ment or the bro­ken en­try gate,” Bore­ham­wood chair An­thony Arnold said.

“Sadly this means that the shul will have to bear the roughly £500 cost of the re­pairs — not a vast sum, but it comes at a time when we are looking to save ev­ery penny to make our fi­nances add up.”

He hopes that the email, which went out to just over half the com­mu­nity, will at least im­press on con­gre­gants that the play area is strictly off lim­its on Shab­bat and fes­ti­vals.

It is also in­tended to re­mind par­ents of their re­spon­si­bil­ity for the be­hav­iour of their chil­dren on syn­a­gogue premises.

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