Ton-up Wat­ford started with JC ad

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JAY GRENBY

IT ALL started with an ad­ver­tise­ment in the JC in 1917 re­quest­ing “gentle­men re­sid­ing at Wat­ford and Bushey who are de­sirous to at­tend ser­vices on the Jewish High Fes­ti­vals to com­mu­ni­cate with Mr F J Moss, 8 Ye Cor­ner, Alden­ham Road, Bushey”.

Now Wat­ford Syn­a­gogue is mark­ing the cen­te­nary of a Jewish pres­ence in the town with a pro­gramme of events.

In the early years, the com­mu­nity was so small that in 1932, the half-adozen or so Jewish fam­i­lies cel­e­brat- ed the High Holy-Days at the home of a lo­cal den­tal sur­geon.

But the out­break of the Sec­ond World War brought an in­flux of 200 fam­i­lies, many mov­ing from north­west Lon­don to avoid an­tic­i­pated air raids.

The United Syn­a­gogue con­gre­ga­tion moved into its cur­rent home in Nas­cot Road in 1993 and its 200-plus fam­i­lies are led by Rabbi Ephraim Levine and co-chairs Sara Gar­nelas and Brian Levy.

Claim­ing to be “one of the friendli­est syn­a­gogues in Hert­ford­shire”, the com­mu­nity prides it­self on its re­laxed ap­proach and warm wel­come to vis­i­tors.

As well as weekly ser­vices, it hosts cubs, scouts and brownie packs, a pop­u­lar cheder and a flour­ish­ing over-60s club.

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