Finch­ley shul hosts Eid So­ma­lis

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

MEM­BERS OF the So­mali Bra­vanese Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion, whose cen­tre was burnt down in an ar­son at­tack last year, en­joyed a kosher-catered Eid cel­e­bra­tion at Finch­ley Sy­n­a­gogue.

Since the at­tack, tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for the Bra­vanese group has been ar­ranged by Bar­net Cit­i­zens, an al­liance of lo­cal schools, shuls, youth groups and com­mu­nity cen­tres. Ra­madan was marked at Finch­ley Re­form Sy­n­a­gogue.

The Eid cel­e­bra­tion was ar­ranged by Cit­i­zens UK and spon­sored by Church of Eng­land fund Near Neigh­bours. North Lon­don Cit­i­zens ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber An­drew Ja­cobs said it was “a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of what can hap­pen when com­mu­ni­ties are or­gan­ised to work to­gether for the com­mon good”.

Finch­ley Sy­n­a­gogue mem­ber and Holo­caust sur­vivor Philip Stock­man wel­comed the guests. “Their build­ing was burnt down in a hate at­tack,” he said. “Who more than the Jewish com­mu­nity should un­der­stand this? Who more than the Jewish com­mu­nity should host them af­ter such a thing?”

The Bra­vanese group’s chair­man, Abubakar Ali, said “a big thank-you to Kin­loss United Sy­n­a­gogue, Cit­i­zens UK and Near Neigh­bours. We hope our cen­tre will be re­built to al­low us to host Kin­loss in a show of our ap­pre­ci­a­tion.”

Bri­tish Am­bas­sador to Is­rael Matthew Gould met 250 Bri­tish youth move­ment mem­bers on UJIA tours, brief­ing them on the Gaza con­flict. “You have a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity to learn about Is­rael,” he said. “Keep an open mind, ask ques­tions and see the com­plex­i­ties”

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