Pinner Community Café
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Thursday 26th September 2019

The recently opened Community Café at Pinner shul has been welcoming people both young and old on Thursday mornings. Café styled furnishings – chequered tablecloths and tiny posies of flowers has created a warm and friendly atmosphere where the community can meet and relax with a freshly percolated cup of coffee, tea or juice to their taste and of course a little bit of cake to nosh.
Daily newspapers are provided to keep up with the current news of the day. There is a book exchange enabling attendees to borrow and swap books and recommend their favourites to others. Of course, it’s also an opportunity to chat and catch up with friends, both young and old. There is a small play area for young babies/toddlers so Mums can bring their young ones and have some adult conversation. .We also offer to order your weekly Challahs from us to pick up the following week.

We want the café to be a place where anyone in the community can come and relax, make new friends and reconnect with old friends. If you have time on your hands, fancy some company or just need to escape the frenzy of everyday life, even if it is just for half an hour please pop in for a chat and a coffee any Thursday morning between 10.00am and 12.30pm.

Please see some reaction we've had so far below. We look forward to meeting you.

Judith Moore said: "We are blessed with lots of lovely cafes in Pinner, but this one is truly the most are guaranteed to find someone to chat with or a baby to play with! Such a great atmosphere, always service with a smile and it’s great walking into shul and smelling fresh roasted coffee!"

Caroline Spector said: "This is such a wonderful event to set up for the Community. A lot of thought and effort has gone into this and all members who attend briefly or for the whole two and a half hours really appreciate it. Being really shy I find it hard in kiddish to chat to and get to know people as it is always so nice and busy. I have found the new pop up cafe to be absolutely delightful and enjoy every minute of it.

As you walk in to the Synagogue foyer laid out beautifully in the front entrance is a table set up with lots of new books or read books to exchange and to the right of that are tables and chairs with a stand behind with lots of cakes and tea and coffee so all can sit down and chat. All for a small donation.

It is really welcoming, not only by the organisers but all who attend. It is wonderful to see new people pop in each week, to see those you met the previous week again and to generally just be with people who enjoy other’s company. Word is slowly spreading and other members who you chat to about it are interested in popping in for a coffee and chat. All ages attend, which is delightful to see. It was wonderful seeing our new Rebbetzen with her young son happily chatting to a group sitting around a table.

I love the fact that there are books to exchange, read the daily papers, try crosswords and at the same time have a drink and biscuit and meet and chat to others in an informal way, slowly getting to know each other. If you want to read quietly at the table whilst having a drink with others that is also just fine.

We can purchase cholla of various sizes for Shabbat on a regular basis for a small donation and collect it at the pop in cafe each week. Since this wonderful event has started members now come and say hello and I now feel comfortable walking up to them. I have found this is a delightfully stress free way to get to know my community. We even stop now in the street to say hello.

I hope it goes from strength to strength."

by Zara Spilka