Special events result in record turnout at Watford
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Thursday 19th May 2016

Watford shul’s ‘Friday Night Live!’ family-friendly service, the first in a series of events designed to encourage shul attendance and community participation, exceeded all expectations. More than sixty people (including around 25 children) filled the shul on Friday 6 May to enjoy a relaxed evening service led by one of three Hasmonean boys who joined the community for the occasion. 

This was followed by a Shabbat morning service and special Kiddush to mark the 90th birthday of community stalwart Renée Pearl. Such is the respect and affection for Renée that over 80 people turned up to celebrate the milestone. 

A delighted Ronnie Jacob, chairman of Watford shul, commented, “Watford is a close-knit community that enjoys the opportunity to come together and celebrate. Working with Rabbi and Rebbetzen Levine, we have put together a programme of events for all ages and it’s always great when they catch the imagination and are well-supported.” 

Rebbetzen Rochel Levine lighting the candles with younger members of the community

In another initiative, Rabbi and Rochel Levine are developing specialised Shabbaton events for particular groups within the community. The first such event – for recent post and pre-barmitzvah boys and their families - proved a hit. Around 40 took part, playing a game over lunch followed by a Dads vs Lads football match. Rabbi Levine explains, “Together with the Executive, we are creating exciting new ideas (and revamping some of the older ones) for all sections of the community to join in and celebrate being part of Watford shul.”

Please note: Photos are were taken before Shabbat