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New US community becomes a full member
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Thursday 22nd March 2018

On Monday night, the United Synagogue Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of Mill Hill East Jewish Community (MHE) joining The US as a full member synagogue.  This marks a significant moment for the organisation as Mill Hill East is the first of its ‘Communities of Potential’ to do so. 

The Communities of Potential project was set up following the Strategic Review, which was undertaken in 2015, to seek out areas of Jewish growth or renewal and to work with local partners to invest and develop new communities.  

 In early 2016, the Communities of Potential Board identified Mill Hill East & Millbrook Park as an area of Jewish growth. Following an open evening attended by 80 people, the fledgling Mill Hill East Jewish Community was formed and held its first Friday night service in September 2016. In that time it has grown to a community holding Shabbat services fortnightly that attract on average of 70 people. Since its inception it has held educational, social and family events and actively participated in Shabbat UK and in Mitzvah Day in the local community. 

Speaking about the success of the community, co-founders Josh Kleiman and Avi Gillis commented: “Having watched Mill Hill East develop over the last couple of years, we are delighted to become a full member of the United Synagogue. We will continue to work with them to ensure that we fulfil our aim of building a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community in the area and providing a rich Jewish life - religiously, educationally and culturally - for all of our members.” 

Jo Grose, Head of Strategic Implementation said: We would like to thank the community volunteers,  for their vision, energy and commitment and for working with us to reach this point. We look forward to our continued relationship with Mill Hill East as the community goes from strength to strength.”