The Rabbike Sefer Torah Visits Finsbury Park US
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Thursday 16th July 2015

Over the weekend of Shabbat 11th July and Sunday 12th July 2015, Finsbury Park Synagogue hosted the Rabbike Sefer Torah, which is dedicated to the memory of children who perished of the Holocaust. The Sefer, which is making a journey around many of the synagogues in London and the northern Home Counties is the property of the Rabbike Charitable Trust; a Trust that has Rabbi Geoffrey Hyman of Ilford United Synagogue, as its founder and chairman.  Rabbi Hyman set up the Trust to ‘fund youth potential’ after his mammoth fund-raising effort in his charity bike ride from John O’ Groats to Land’s End two years ago following the discovery of the Sefer in poor condition in the vaults of the United Synagogue.

The Rabbike Sefer Torah in pride of place in the Finsbury Park Ark

Over the two days there were nearly 150 people who attended our morning services, with specially invited guests attending.  On Shabbat (11th July), these included Rabbi Dr. Tully Lowenthal, who delivered an excellent Drosha, Councillor Sade Etti - the Speaker of Hackney Council and Father Clive Lee of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church.  Councillor Etti and Father Lee, who had never before attended a service in a synagogue, were impressed with the atmosphere at our synagogue and commented on the warmth and togetherness of the congregation - that we were one big family.  On Sunday (12th July), local councillor Jon Burke attended our Shacharit Service.

During our Shabbat Service we read Parshat Pinchas from the Rabbike Sefer and recited ‘El Male Rachamim’ in memory of the million children who lost their lives in the Holocaust. This prayer was also said during our Sunday morning Shacharit Service.

Ian Ephraim
(Honorary Officer)