Bushey Synagogue’s closed doors no barrier to helping the community
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Wednesday 1st April 2020

Alongside all other synagogues in the country, Bushey shul has been forced to close its doors - but that hasn’t stopped the community helping those most in need. 

More than 200 volunteers have been working flat out to help. They are contacting every one of the two thousand members of the synagogue - an incredibly time consuming feat - prioritising the elderly to ensure they are getting what they need. 

They have been coordinating food distribution with local kosher butchers and delis as well as pharmacies so the vulnerable and anyone self-isolating get important supplies every day.

One member of Bushey’s Jewish community, who didn’t want to be named, said “the volunteers provided me a lifeline, picking up my important prescription and bringing me the day to day goods I can normally get myself. I can’t thank Bushey Synagogue enough for their care and support they’ve provided.”

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman said, “It’s at times like these we remember how truly special our community is. With Pesach coming up, we know people are usually spending time with extended family and friends. While this isn’t possible this year, we want to make sure everyone still feels as connected as possible to their families and that, of course, they have everything they need.”

Alongside the support for members, Bushey synagogue has also set up “B Online”, a  programme of online content from daily shacharit services led by Rabbi Elchonon, through to daily ‘lunch and learn’ sessions and a wide range of afternoon and evening talks, including cookery demonstrations, a virtual challah bake and tips for preparing for Passover. The youth directors of the community have been using Zoom and Facebook Live to provide programmes for the younger members of the community too. 

Bushey Synagogue Chairman Jonathan Kalms said, “Our mantra here in Bushey is “Together We Create Community” and if ever there was a time to prove that these are more than just words, it’s now. We have been pulling together to ensure that everyone gets the help they need, big or small.”