Office of the Chief Rabbi

Leicester: Young Retired Tour to Jewish London

Event

Members of Leicester, among them infrequent shul-goers, were able to forge new relationships and strengthen their connection to their community on a day trip to London that included a historical tour around the formerly Jewish East End, tales of Viennese Jewish refugees and a stop-off at a kosher restaurant in Golders Green. Participants spoke of a sense of warmth and inclusivity throughout the day.

Objectives

To provide a novel experience within which participants could bond
To enable attendees to connect with a larger Jewish community and their heritage

Evaluation from Rabbi Pink

‘It created a tremendous community feeling. One of unity and purpose. It has continued to cement and strengthen the awareness that we may be small, but we can still hit above our weight, which is why we have a vibrant Jewish community here in Leicester, with new faces coming on the scene. The take up was high, thank you for making this possible.’

Participant Feedback:

  • Great day out with members of the community we rarely see. Very interesting film and talk.
  • Bevis Marks shul was fascinating and the guide was very knowledgeable and humorous. I have always wanted to visit this shul, having heard so much about it. Golders Green, is Golders Green! Who wouldn’t want to go there!
  • We’d just like to say a huge thank you to you for subsidising this wonderful day for us. It was just lovely and we’ll be talking about it and sharing photos for a very long time.
  • These kind of trips for a small but vibrant provincial community are vital to help develop the community by involving people who might not join in other religious activities.

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