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