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New community supported by The US holds first service
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Thursday 8th September 2016

A new United Synagogue supported community in the Mill Hill East and Millbrook Park area, has held its first Friday night service including a Dvar Torah by Sara Neidle.  The service which was attended by 35 people was followed by a 'cocktails and canapes’ Kiddush. 

The grass-roots led community aims to become a hub of Jewish life for those in Mill Hill East. The Friday night gathering was the first service in a series of planned services and events and was attended by 35 people. 

There has been a lot of interest expressed in the fledgling community which was identified and is being supported by the US’ Communities of Potential Board. A local working group has been set-up to aid in the smooth running of this community.  Services will be hosted in people’s homes until more permanent accommodation is found. 

Speaking about the opening service, one of the founders, Avi Gillis, said: “Everyone involved in this project was so proud to see the realisation of all of our hard work this Shabbat. I can’t wait to get started and see the community develop and grow over the next few years.” 

Community Engagement Manager & Community Development Fund Manager at The United Synagogue, Yaacov Finn, said: “I’m delighted that this new community has become a reality. The United Synagogue is committed to developing existing communities as well as creating new ones where a need arises through our Communities of Potential team. I wish all at Mill Hill East every success for the future.”