Does a unicorn feature in the ShabbatUK Parasha? St Albans Synagogue Members Discuss Over a Communal Lunch
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Thursday 7th March 2019

Communal meals were the centrepiece of Shabbat UK 2019 celebrations at St Albans Synagogue. Following a lively Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday night, members enjoyed a four-course traditional Friday night dinner, complete with egg and onion starter, chicken soup, roast chicken and apple strudel to follow. Next day, a largely different set of members participated in the Shabbat morning service, sitting down afterwards to another festive meal of sushi, cold meats, schnitzel and kugel, with a selection of desserts to follow.   

Highlight of the occasion was a question and answer session, when St Albans minister Rabbi Daniel Sturgess invited members to quiz him on any aspect of Judaism. The questions came thick and fast, ranging from ‘why did you become a rabbi?’ through ‘is the animal whose skin is used for the mishkan, as described in the week’s parsha, a unicorn?’ to ‘how do we know that G-d exists?’ 

Earlier in the week, men, women and children came together to for another communal Challah Make under the guidance of Rebbetzin Alli Sturgess.

The events were funded with the aid of a grant from the Chief Rabbi’s Centre for Community Excellence.


Ready, steady, dough…..St Albans Synagogue members all set for their Shabbat UK Challah make


By Jay Grenby