still have a vibrant community and are open on Shabbas
and Yom Tovim for services. We have always had a minyan,
even though we regularly receive requests from the neighbouring
shuls to assist them to form a minyan.
We celebrated our centenary during 2003 and were honoured
by the presence of the Chief Rabbi who said "I'm
glad to be home" which is what the Congregation
of Jacob Synagogue is now. We have done our utmost to
stem the rain from coming through, replaced the rotten
flooring with concrete, installed new carpets and painted
the interior. We had to call a halt to the ladies gallery
due to modern local building and fire regulations. This
vast undertaking we have accepted only by contacting
the heirs of many of our founders, whose nameplates
adorn the bima, aron kodesh and walls. We invite them
to visit our shul occasionally, especially as we have
our open day on Sunday 5th September and soon approaching
the Yomim Neroim.
have now been informed of a well kept secret, one of
our stalwarts whose mother passed away recently, has
with his 2 brothers, donated embroidered curtains to
cover the Ark together with table coverings for the
bima and Sefer Torah. These works of art were specially
crafted in Israel and installed by the brothers. Everyone
is overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness and generosity.
forward to seeing you soon and wishing you a Shona Tova
and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Chief Rabbi - Dr Jonathan Sacks
Photo by the East London Advertiser