Office of the Chief Rabbi

Borehamwood & Elstree: Simchat Torah Fairground-Style

Event

A Simchat Torah party to end all Simchat Torah parties, BES’ novel fairground-style celebration brought the community together in honour of their Chatanim and Neshot Chayil to enjoy funfair stalls such as darts and coconut shyes and classic funfair food like gourmet burgers and hotdogs, as well as some exciting cocktails. All sections of the community were engaged and the atmosphere resembled a buzzing simcha, leaving everyone who attended in high spirits and with a greater sense of togetherness.

Objectives

To honour the Chatanim and Neshot Chayil
To run a Simchat Beit Hashoeva giving people an opportunity to celebrate Succot as a community
To bring the adults of the community together for a fun informal evening

Evaluation from Simon Mitchell

‘We succeeded in bringing in lots of people who wouldn’t normally attend a shul event to celebrate with our honourees. From the feedback received many will come back and attend other events and programs. It was described as the best shul event one very longstanding member had ever attended. Huge thanks as ever to the CRE – without you we would not be able to run the events we do.’

Participant Feedback:

  • It was a great evening with friends and people I didn’t know as well
  • From this I have gained a closer affiliation to the shul, a greater sense of community and an appreciation for our Chatanim and Neshot Chayil
  • Thanks to the CRE for supporting this event – it was good fun