Catford Synagogue Malave Malka Twin event
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Thursday 9th November 2017

Catford and Bromley United Synagogue celebrated the twin event of its 80th Anniversary and the centenary of the Balfour Declaration at a Melave Malka on 4th November 2017.

The guests in the packed Synagogue Hall, which included the local MP, members of Lewisham Council and visitors from other North London Synagogues, were provided with an enjoyable 3 course dinner. They were entertained by the London Cantorial Choir with guest Chazanim David Hilton and Rev David Rome.

The excellent and thought provoking lecture on the Balfour Declaration was given by Professor Michael Berkowitz of UCL.The Chairman Joe Burchell explained how the Synagogue was started in 1937 with 50 members and 20 children and now 80 years later it has a membership of 230 families, with a Cheder of over 30 children. 

The Synagogue joined the United Synagogue in 1938 as an Affiliate and Mr Burchell explained how proud he was that Catford has remained still in that category.

Marie Blumenfeld, 'Catford Synagogues First Lady' (96), spoke amusingly of being a member for all those years and how 'unique' Catford was, which all could appreciate on this wonderful  special night .