Life - 27th July 2003
Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks, recalled his days growing up in
the East End and the special place the area and its people had in
his heart when he visited the borough for a synagogue's centenery
150 congregants, members and friends attended the afternoon service at
the Congregation of Jacob Synagogue in Stepney, a short distance from
where Dr Sacks' grandparents ran a wine merchants, and he spent most of
his early childhood.
is undergoing a revival as younger Jews return to the area that was once
the cradle of the British Jewish community.
commended worshippers for keeping the synagogue going and building bridges
with other faith communities in Tower Hamlets.
from left, are the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Rev Stephen Oliver
with congregant Lawrence Zysman and the deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets
Cllr Manir Ahmed. (Photo courtsey of London Jewish News).