On Friday evening, 410 members of the congregation filled the Kinloss Suite to capacity for a Shabbat Dinner organised by Kadimah Kinloss (the Synagogue’s equivalent of a Ladies Guild). The Guest Speaker was the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who enthralled his audience with an entertaining presentation of the critical issues facing Londoners today. The Mayor congratulated the congregation on its efforts in lobbying for a safer pedestrian crossing at the Henlys Corner junction, which resulted in the recently completed improvement works.
Left to Right: John Mendelsohn, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Boris Johnson, Stephen Pack
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Senior Rabbi of Finchley Synagogue, said, “The Shabbat dinner was an outstanding success. The atmosphere was electric and it had the feeling of a large family simcha. We were particularly delighted to celebrate the opening of the improved Henlys Corner junction on our doorstep. The Shabbat-only automated pedestrian crossing that has been installed by Transport for London allows members of our community to get to Synagogue without fear of being knocked down.”
Also present were Maureen Lipman, Cllr Brian Coleman, Member of the London Assembly and Mr Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green. Jon Mendelsohn, Chairman of the Finchley Synagogue, praised Mr Freer for his continuous support for the Jewish community and the State of Israel. In his response, Mr Freer spoke about his admiration for achievements of the Finchley Synagogue and thanked Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for being an ongoing resource of knowledge and inspiration for him.
Front row: Front row: Nicola Mendelsohn, John Mendelsohn, Mike Freer, Rabbi Mirvis, Boris Johnson, Stephen Pack
The congregation was honoured to welcome the President of the United Synagogue, Stephen Pack and his wife, Cheryl, who spent Shabbat with the community. The President brought greetings from the United Synagogue to the memorable Friday evening event. On Shabbat morning, many hundreds came together to hear him speak about his exciting vision for the future of the United Synagogue, which was followed by a very informative Q and A. On this, his first visit to the community, the President made a deep impression on its congregants. A special Kiddush was held in the Kinloss Suite in honour of Stephen and Cheryl Pack, following which Stephen was the Guest Speaker at the Kinloss Shabbat Luncheon Club, attended by 100 members of the community.
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