Boris en­joys a Hill start with Charedi vot­ers.. .

London’s Mayor sam­pled cholent and showed off some limited snooker skills dur­ing elec­tion cam­paign vis­its to two ma­jor Jewish com­mu­ni­ties on the same day

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY SI­MON ROCKER

THE KOSHER takeaways and bread shops of Stam­ford Hill were do­ing a brisk trade as lo­cals got their last taste of pre-pe­sach bread when Boris John­son ar­rived for his walk­a­bout.

His flaxen dome was as prom­i­nent among the grow­ing en­tourage of Charedi black hats and kip­pot as the moon in the night sky.

First port of call was Jewish Care’s Brenner Com­mu­nity Cen­tre where, in his most sonorous Churchillian tones, the Mayor promised his au­di­ence of OAPS that he would re­view the 73 bus route and there would be “no nar­row­ing of the Seven Sis­ters Road”.

But he was left in no doubt by a feisty Celia Kos­min­sky that the cap­i­tal’s se­nior cit­i­zenry would be keep­ing an eye on his poli­cies. “I want your sup­port for us, never mind our sup­port for you,” she said. “There’s a lot of us and we in­tend to stay around for a long, long time.”

There was no time to sam­ple the mar­ble cake be­fore he was whisked off to the new Lubav­itch chil­dren’s cen­tre.

Al­ready be­hind the clock, his min­ders were in de­spair as he was press­ganged down­stairs for an un­sched­uled pho­to­graph in the nurs­ery.

“I will re­turn,” he boomed as he was taken across the road to meet Rabbi Dovid Frand, pres­i­dent of the Union of Ortho­dox He­brew Con­gre­ga­tions, and other strictly Ortho­dox dig­ni­taries.

“You are knock­ing on an open door here,” for­mer Hack­ney Mayor and Con­ser­va­tive stal­wart Joe Loben­stein as­sured him. “There is a lot of sup­port for you from the lo­cal Jewish com­mu­nity.”

Af­ter quick calls at Grodzin­ski’s and Charles Led­sham op­ti­cians, where he was pre­sented with a pair of sun­glasses, he tem­po­rar­ily left the kosher track for a stop at the Pol­ish deli. Sim­che Stein­berger, one of the Charedi coun­cil­lors and leader of Hack­ney’s Con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion, is noted for his help for the lo­cal Pol­ish com­mu­nity and some­times runs a surgery at the deli.

With lo­cal Greater London Assem­bly can­di­date Naomi New­stead look­ing af­ter the Mayor’s gift bag of Pol­ish sausages, it was back to kashrut at Maxie and Ephraim Gold­stein’s take­away. Hav­ing or­dered a hot dog, a poly­styrene bowl of stew was placed be­fore him. “It’s the hors d’oeu­vres,” he was told. “It’s called cholent.”

“Thank you for the de­li­cious chew­lent,” Mr John­son de­clared. “I’m sorry I haven’t got time to eat the hot dog. I will carry it out with me like the Olympic flame.”

Then it was on to his wait­ing cam­paign bus to ferry him to a Jewish gym, his final des­ti­na­tion. “It’s dou­ble-parked”, a pey­oted passer-by noted ap­prov­ingly.

PHOTO: BLAKE-EZRA COLE

Tak­ing their cue: Boris John­son finds a sup­port­ive au­di­ence by the com­mu­nity cen­tre snooker ta­ble

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