Bushey United Synagogue walks in the footsteps of historic East End Jewry on Shabbaton
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Thursday 5th December 2019

Bushey United Synagogue members convened the historic East End of London for a unique Shabbaton. Rabbi Elchonon and Rebbetzin Jacqueline Feldman led the almost seventy-strong delegation on a walk in the footsteps of what was formerly one of London’s most vibrant Jewish communities.

The inspirational Shabbaton programme began with mincha and candle-lighting at the group’s home base, the Leonardo Royal London City Hotel, before departing on a tour of the area local to Bevis Marks Synagogue, the UK’s oldest synagogue in use, for a talk followed by an uplifting Kabbalat Shabbat service and delicious Shabbat meal.

The following day saw the group take in the Grade II listed Sandy’s Row Synagogue, London’s oldest surviving Ashkenazi synagogue to participate in a special Bar mitzvah service with the local congregation. A communal lunch was then followed by a walking tour of famous East End Jewish landmarks led by Bushey members and in-house East End aficionados Dennis Davis and David Collins.

A highlight for many participants was the rousing Havdalah ceremony, which saw the group link arms for an inspiring rendition of the prayer to mark the end of Shabbat.

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, Rabbi of Bushey United Synagogue, said: “Bushey has done the East End, but you know what they say - you can take the community out of the East End but you can’t take the East End out of the community.  It was a truly uplifting experience. Having shared a magical Shabbat in the company of old friends, the entire Bushey community now eagerly awaits a return visit by our new friends at Sandy’s Row!”