Office of the Chief Rabbi

The Great Get Together comes to Muswell Hill

Event

One year on from the tragic passing of MP Jo Cox, communities across the UK joined together for ‘The Great Get Together’ – a nationwide celebration of shared values spearheaded by the Jo Cox Foundation. Following a call to action by the Chief Rabbi, Muswell Hill Synagogue immediately began planning an ‘Open House’-style Shabbat morning that invited local neighbours into the Shul for tours and laid on a special street Kiddush for them to enjoy with members. It showed itself to be an exemplary model for interfaith programming.

Evaluation from Community Director Eli Gaventa:

“It was a very successful event and we will definitely be running it again next year! We wanted to foster community cohesion within Muswell Hill so we opened the Shul to around 20-30 local neighbours who all mingled, chatted and got to know members of the community. We demystified the synagogue for the local community, having Shul members lead them on tours.”

Participant Feedback:

  • “A unique and special event where members of the wider local community were welcomed to the Shul for lunch with the community.”
  • “It was a wonderful event and made me hugely proud to be part of such a welcoming community. A brilliant idea bringing everyone together. We were all still talking about it in the evening.”
  • “Really lovely and important for our community. The rabbi made everyone feel welcome and there was an inclusive and fun vibe which in these days of bad news was much needed. Thank you to CCE for supporting this important event.”
  • “A real achievement with a wonderful friendly atmosphere. You could see that interested local neighbours thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A great speech from the Rabbi, plenty of delicious food and Pimm’s helped too!”