Photo of Shul by Catherine Yass (2000)

Hebrew - Congregation of Jacob
The Congregation of Jacob Synagogue
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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For Me: You Rock

"is a remarkable survival...
and is all the more exceptional
for continuing in use
as a synagogue"

English Heritage

This motley crew is the delightful congregation at my local synagogue
in Stepney! It is the `Congregation of Jacob Synagogue' Purim party -
Purim commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. The VITAL SPARK is David Brandes who lives for keeping this tiny community going - his energy in firing everyone up is tireless. He glows with the pride that it is owned and managed by members of the community. That's me coming out of the room at the back after sneaking a 'Hamentasch Cookie that my sister bought for everyone after the service. Hamen is the baddie, so whenever his name is mentioned, everyone stamps there feet, and shakes their 'groggers' which is a rattleyou can see one on the lady in the wheelchair's lap. Eating Hamentaschen symbolises eliminating wicked opinions as they are supposed to be his ears! It is likely that this congregation, which consisted of first generation immigrants from Lithuania, Russia and Poland, Orthodox Jews from small shtetls (villages) such as Stetziver, Kalisz and Vikaviskis, met in the front room of the founder's family house on Commercial Road, around 1903.

Purim 2005

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