5 years ago it was usual, when entering the Congregation
of Jacob Synagogue, to be met with a welcome smile by
the members present, although the floor of the shul
was littered with buckets to collect the rain.
then, we have acquired a new look, and have had something
to look forward to. It was our centenary celebration
which was upper most in our thoughts. One hundred years
ago, our founders decided that in the vibrant East End
of London where there were more shuls than cinemas or
restaurants, our shul would be independent. Many of
the local shuls were constituent shuls of various organisations
but they were sold.
have kept our independence and retained our connection
with the original burial societies.
and after the last war, due to bombing of the East End,
many of the members whose relatives were among the original
founders of the shul had moved away, and their families
have been brought up elsewhere.
has been left to the few staunch members still living
locally to continue to keep the name of our synagogue,
the Congregation of Jacob, alive.
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