Congregation of Jacob - Picture: Stuart Burns
warden David Brandes said: "We hope that tonight's event
will ensure that more people will cross the threshold to come
daven with what is a very special and welcoming community."
leaders hope the event will attract young Jews moving back
to the East End to attend the shul, which is undergoing renovation.
of the East End's last remaining synagogues held a service
this week to mark its centenary.
than 150 people, including Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, gathered
at the Congregation of Jacob Synagogue in Stepney on Monday
for a special Mincha service and reception.
attending were representatives of other faith communities,
including the Bishop of Stepney, the Rev Stephen Oliver, and
Manir Uddin Ahmed, deputy mayor of Tower Hamlets.
at the event, the Chief Rabbi, who grew up near the shul,
said "I commend all of you, not for just keeping it going,
but for keeping it strong and keeping the flame alight. For
me, coming here is like coming home, because most of my early
childhood was spent in Commercial Road."