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Mill Hill East Jewish Community - turning a dream into reality
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Thursday 25th May 2017

Last weekend, over 200 people participated in Mill Hill East Jewish Community’s first Spring Shabbaton, which included an enjoyable Friday night service and tasty dinner, with entertainment from comedienne Rachel Creeger. Shabbat morning saw an enlightened service followed by a scrumptious kiddish, joined by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The Shabbaton comes almost a year after founders Avi Gillis and Josh Kleiman, together with the United Synagogue, held an open meeting to discuss the potential of a community in the area. Since then the community has continued to grow, holding exciting events such as their Winter Wonderland.  

Talking about the success of the event, Avi Gillis said: “It was a fantastic Shabbat morning and wonderful to see so many people attend. From start to finish, the weekend was superbly organised and everyone came together to show real teamwork in order to hold such an impressive weekend. The committee and I would like to thank everyone that made this happen and for everyone’s continued support.

Reflecting on the success of the community in its inaugural year, Josh Kleiman commented: “We have received an overwhelming response from the community during the past year. It’s the people that make a community and we could never have envisioned that our dream would turn into a wonderful reality with such amazing people.”

The event was held at the Canada Villa youth centre run by Barnet Council, which has shown continued support and are eager to partner on this grassroots, cross-communal venture.

Mill Hill East will follow the success of this event with a number of exciting events over the next couple of months including a Shavuot Cheesecake Masterclass with renowned Italian Chef, Silvia Nacamulli, a talk from leading educator Rabbi Dr Rafi Zarum entitled “Shaken & Stirred: A Jewish reading of James Bond” on Sunday 18 June, as well as a Spring Supper Quiz on Sunday 18 July.