New Chabad of Shoreditch in the heart of the East End of London hosts Wandering Jews for first Shabbat dinner

Thursday, 6 May, 2010 - 12:12 pm

Chabad of Shoreditch, East End of London, opened its doors a few months ago with a centre on Shoreditch High Street, in the heart of what is considered the most trendy area of London, serving local residents, working professionals and students.


The new centre hosts weekly lunch time classes on Judaism on a variety of stimulating topics, an informal Kosher cafe and an impressive Jewish art exhibition ‘Kosherface’ on traditional Jewish life round the world by award winning photographer Oxford alumnus Frederic Aranda.


We are delighted to announce that Chabad of Shoreditch is currently moving to the next stage of development and will be hosting periodical Shabbat dinners at the new centre. The first Friday night Shabbat dinner will be co-hosted this Friday night by Chabad of Shoreditch and grass-roots Jewish organisation ‘Wandering Jews’ where 40 people are anticipated to attend a delicious Shabbat dinner at the Chabad of Shoreditch Centre in the heart of the East End.


There are also plans to launch a monthly breakfast for young professionals with a guest speaker.


This historic project - the establishment of Chabad-Lubavitch in the East End - has attracted enormous interest from local residents and young professionals, and within a few weeks of being launched, had 120 people expressing interest signing up to be informed about its programmes.


Rabbi Eli Brackman, director of Chabad of Oxford and chairman of Chabad on campus UK, who is spearheading the Shoreditch project, said ‘there has been much speculation about the return of Jewish life in the East End and from the outpour of local support and interest for this project, it has been proven that there is a lot to be said for this’. He added, ‘Chabad is well suited to bring this together’.


One businessman who runs a large accountancy firm around the corner from the Centre said he had ‘been in Shoreditch for ten years and this is the first time he has somewhere to visit for a Kosher lunch and a class’ on Judaism.


The Chabad of Shoreditch centre, which is still in its early stages of development, has been made possible due a generous grant from Richard Hatter and the Telford family in memory of their grandfather Mr. Henry Lipton OBM, whose 1st anniversary since his passing was marked this week. The project is also supported generously by David Slager and Paul Marks & Co Chartered Accountants.


For more info, please email Daniel Lowe at [email protected].

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