Chabad tar­gets young Is­ling­ton pro­fes­sion­als

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JESSICA ELGOT ‘I keep get­ting new names of Jews liv­ing here’

CHABAD IS open­ing a house in Is­ling­ton with the aim of reach­ing the in­flux of young Jewish pro­fes­sion­als and fam­i­lies mov­ing to the area.

Rabbi Mendy Korer and his fam­ily will run the Canon­bury cen­tre, an ad­di­tion to cen­tral lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing War­ren Street, Chancery Lane and Shored­itch.

Orig­i­nally from Stam­ford Hill, Rabbi Korer has been an as­sis­tant min­is­ter at a Chabad in New Jer­sey.

He points out that his fam­ily “were not brought up re­li­gious but be­came Ortho­dox.

“I have many cousins and rel­a­tives who are still very sec­u­lar and so I’m very com­fort­able around peo­ple who aren’t re­li­gious.

“Is­ling­ton has no synagogue or Jewish life at all, but I keep get­ting new names of Jewish peo­ple who live here. It was a hole we felt needed to be plugged. The real ques­tion is why it took so long?”

Rabbi Korer will l i v e i n I s l i ngton with his Bel­gian wife Hadasa and their two young daugh­ters. “We will start in a few weeks with Shab­bat din­ners,” he said. “I want it to be a very re­laxed at­mos­phere. Later, we have plans to run classes and maybe ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies.”

Rabbi Mendy Korer, who will run the Canon­bury cen­tre, with his wife Hadasa and their two daugh­ters

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