Pin­ner Libs re­flect di­ver­sity

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JAY GRENBY

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.”

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