Pinner Libs reflect diversity
NORTHWOOD AND Pinner Liberal Synagogue’s annual civic service “truly reflected the diversity in the local community”, said the congregation’s minister Rabbi Aaron Goldstein.
Among the 250 guests were the Deputy Lieutenant for Hillingdon, four mayors or chairs of local authorities, two MPs, many local councillors, and representatives from local churches and Hindu, Sikh and Zoroastrian temples, as well as families brought to the UK under the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, to whom Rabbi Goldstein offered a special welcome.
Some of these had also been among the guests at a Mitzvah Day tea for over 80 local refugees and befriended families of congregants.
As a result, they are now being introduced to local Muslims by Jews to participate in Sadaqa Day, the Muslim equivalent of Mitzvah Day.
Rabbi Goldstein said: “As with Mitzvah Day, our civic services are not oneoffs in the year; what is vital is our ongoing engagement with the local community, continually improving society for all.”