Photo of Shul by Catherine Yass (2000)

Hebrew - Congregation of Jacob
The Congregation of Jacob Synagogue
incorporating
cheva yisroel
Chevra Yisroel & Bicur Cholim & Stetziver Synagogue
351-353 Commercial Road, London, E1 2PS
Tel: 020 7790 2874
- Fax: 0871 661 6774
Over 100 years of service to our community - Founded 5663-1903
Using modern technology to bring old tradition to your home

Photo (Left): Catherine Yass (2000) - Image (Right): Shul Pinkas (1903)

Image by Shul Pinkas (1903) Beis Hay

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Gerald BrandesA message from our Chairman
- Gerald Brandes

 

Having recently reached my half century I vividly remember the changing face of East End Jewry. Gone are the fifty or more shuls when I was a boy as there are now only 3. Many years ago you could gain access to any shul - day or night, but today they are locked with security. Rabbis were in abundance, now we have none. Those shuls had large families to support them, now they have none. We have reversed that trend as we now have a Reverend and a Rabbi.

You were always assured of a minyan in those days but now we have to plan to ensure we retain our minyan on Friday night and Shabbas morning. With your help, we will be increasing the minyan and our community.

  The average age of the community has considerably reduced from 70 to 50 and recently celebrated a bris in the shul, so further reducing the average age. We have many plans to encourage the involvement of younger people within the shul.

The atmosphere in our shul is very friendly and visitors are made very welcome. We try to help people who have a limited knowledge of Hebrew. Mourners needing help reciting kaddish are tactfully assisted so they feel involved in the service. During our services, page numbers are announced so it is easier to follow a service. There are many people available to help you within our shul.

Last year we celebrated our centenary with the guest of honour the Chief Rabbi. This was an extremely pleasant and successful event which gave our East End community a tremendous boost.

 


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