100 people crammed into the Kehillas Ya'akov shul on the Commercial
Road in Stepney on Sunday for a very special afternoon with
Lady Jakobovits. It was one of many events marking the European
Day of Jewish Heritage and Culture. Kehillas Ya'akov, one
of the last four shuls still open in London's East End, is
undergoing a renaissance as younger Jews move back into the
area and help the established elder residence of the East
End to keep the one-hundred-year-old shul alive.
Jacobovits was in conversation with Ruth Franks of Stanmore,
former Chair of
Synagogue Women, whose grandfather was the former secretary
of Kehillas Ya'akov and whose father Jack Wolkind, former
Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets was Bar Mitzvah at the shul.
discussion was interlaced with some of Lady J's favourite
songs, Sheyiboneh Beys Hamikdosh, Esoh Eynai and Oseh Sholem
Bimromov, sung by Jewish East End Celebration Society member
Barry Davis. The event, was one of hundreds across 26 countries
in Europe all who joined together to mark the day which was
co-ordinated by B'nai B'rith Europe and the European Council
of Jewish Communities.