Middlesex New, Hatch End Masorti and Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogues form new 'Mosaic' community

Rabbi Paul Arberman, Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton and Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith of the newly-formed Mosaic Jewish community

Rabbi Paul Arberman, Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton and Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith of the newly-formed Mosaic Jewish community

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A group of north London synagogues have voted to come together under a new name.

Members of Middlesex New, Hatch End Masorti and Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogues have formally united to create a single religious community.

Around 200 worshippers gathered last week to vote for the name Mosaic, which refers to both Moses and the art form made of small tiles, choosing the name over the term Kehila, which means community, at the group’s first general meeting.

Harry Grant was voted in as the new community’s first chairman.

Phil Austin, chairman of the group which helped bring the new community to fruition, said: “We are not simply tolerant of the life choices Jews make but welcome them. We are reaching out to those that cannot find a home in a single exclusive shul or even denomination, while at the same time extending our offer to existing members.”

The new community is planning events over coming weeks with a redesigned Purim service and an ‘open’ Seder.

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7:22am Sat 8 Mar 14

rabbitz says...

Why is this news? Can anyone explain the terms used as not being of the jewish faith it may as well be written in chinese.
Why is this news? Can anyone explain the terms used as not being of the jewish faith it may as well be written in chinese. rabbitz
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12:35pm Sat 8 Mar 14

laurie mac says...

How sad, Rabbitz displays the ignorance of the non-ethinic population of Harrow. There was once a large Jewish Community here, mostly left when the current wave of immigrants began to arrive. Probably someone can explain to me why the Sunni and Shi'a Muslims are so intent on killing each other ? Use Arabic if it would be difficult in Chinese. Would it be newsworthy if they suddenly united ? Fortunately for the Jews that will not happen. The Jewish people have not killed each other since the Ammonitish wars, long before the Quran, There is some disagreement over the interpretation of the :Laws on the Tablets of Stone which a Supreme Being dictated to Moses. There have been no suicide bombers despatched to Synagogues by Orthdox Jewish Priests on the promise of a aeat in Paradise. Now three synagogues have agreed to a combined form of service, that is still news for some Harrow Times readers. Education, Education Education, our 70% from overseas sources might yet form a Council, and agree a policy.
How sad, Rabbitz displays the ignorance of the non-ethinic population of Harrow. There was once a large Jewish Community here, mostly left when the current wave of immigrants began to arrive. Probably someone can explain to me why the Sunni and Shi'a Muslims are so intent on killing each other ? Use Arabic if it would be difficult in Chinese. Would it be newsworthy if they suddenly united ? Fortunately for the Jews that will not happen. The Jewish people have not killed each other since the Ammonitish wars, long before the Quran, There is some disagreement over the interpretation of the :Laws on the Tablets of Stone which a Supreme Being dictated to Moses. There have been no suicide bombers despatched to Synagogues by Orthdox Jewish Priests on the promise of a aeat in Paradise. Now three synagogues have agreed to a combined form of service, that is still news for some Harrow Times readers. Education, Education Education, our 70% from overseas sources might yet form a Council, and agree a policy. laurie mac
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