Chief Rabbi Helps Pinner Synagogue Celebrate 75 Years
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Thursday 23rd June 2016

More than 200 people, including dignitaries from across the local and Jewish communities, came together at Pinner Synagogue this week, for a gala dinner in celebration of its 75th anniversary. 

The event, attended by the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, was the culmination of six months of planning and saw guests enjoy a three-course meal, hear an inspirational keynote speech from Rabbi Mirvis and be entertained by renowned Jewish musical quartet bOYbershop. 

Also on the guest list was former Pinner Synagogue Rabbi Yaakov Grunewald and his wife Shevi, Madam Mayor Cllr Rekha Shah and Consort Mr Navin Shah, Chief Superintendant Ovens, President of the United Synagogue Stephen Pack with his wife Cheryl and US Chief Executive Dr Steven Wilson with his wife Suzannah. 

Addressing the captive audience, Rabbi Mirvis - who fixed a mezuzah to the new doorpost of the shul as part of the formalities - said: "This is an incredible event at a historic moment for the community in Pinner. It is a privilege for me to be attending the 75th anniversary of the founding of the shul. 

"You have so much activity and creativity here. You never stop growing, developing and thriving. You are a forward looking community; a marvelous community. Pinner, take those wings and fly. The Promised Land lies ahead."

The evening, described by one participant Rebbekah Gershuny as "full of warmth and community spirit at its best" is one of a number of celebrations this calendar year, created to mark this important milestone in the community’s history.

Having first established itself in the 14th century village of Pinner in 1940, the current building on Cecil Park was consecrated in 1981 and the Pinner Jewish community continues to boast a flourishing and vibrant membership.

Pinner Synagogue Chairman Brian Eisenberg is proud of all his community has achieved in the last 75 years. “I find it thrilling to be in the Chair at this auspicious and unique time and able to look back on a wonderful, positive, inspiring history in which we have grown in size and in stature and have proven ourselves to be a warm and inviting community where everyone is welcomed," he said. "We now look with great excitement towards our centenary based on a solid foundation, with known challenges, but the 'Pinner-can-do' attitude to our advantage."

This sentiment is echoed by Rabbi Danny Bergson, who joined Pinner six years ago. "Pinner has always managed to pull together to create wonderful moments throughout its history," he said. "The 75th Gala Dinner was such a moment; an opportunity to celebrate communal achievements and most importantly inspire and motivate us for the future."

Event co-organiser Sue Murray is equally buoyed by the evening. "This was a real team effort, inspired by our desire to appropriately mark this important occasion in our community and we are delighted that so many people came together to celebrate with us." she said. "Here we have a very special Jewish community of which I am so proud to be a part and I would like to take this opportunity not only to thank those who helped to organise this gala dinner but to everyone who plays a part in making Pinner what it is today."