Coun­cil switches fes­ti­val from Shab­bat

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JAY GRENBY

BORE­HAM­WOOD TOWN Coun­cil has voted to move Fam­i­lies Day — a high­light of the an­nual two-week civic fes­ti­val — from a Satur­day to Sun­day “to al­low fam­i­lies from the Jewish com­mu­nity to en­joy the day, as many ob­serve the Sab­bath on the Satur­day”.

As a trial, Fam­i­lies Day will this year be held on Sun­day, July 1. The free event in­cludes a fun­fair for chil­dren and fundrais­ing stalls from lo­cal char­i­ties.

Re­spond­ing to crit­ics of the deci- sion, Bore­ham­wood’s Jewish Mayor, Coun­cil­lor San­dra Parnell, main­tained that the change would ben­e­fit all com­mu­ni­ties. With many more ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place over the week­end, fes­ti­val-go­ers would get “two days of fun in­stead of one”.

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