Giving Agudas housing a good name

A £2.6 million social housing project in Temple Fortune has been named after a murdered British yeshivah student who always tried to help people in need.

Shmuel Eliyahu Mett was stabbed to death in Jerusalem in 2005 on his way home from the Kotel. The murder was carried out by a Hamas supporter in revenge for the throwing of a pig’s head into a Jaffa mosque.

At last week’s opening of Shmuel House and Elijah House — which will provide affordable housing for 13 Orthodox families — Shmuel’s father Dr Percy Mett said the site, off Princes Park Avenue, had particular resonance as Shmuel passed it every day on the way to synagogue.

Building work on the Agudas Israel Housing Association project took a year and residents of the three- and four-bedroom flats have been moving in over the past few weeks. It is the association’s first project in the area.

Agudas Israel chief executive Ita Symons said: “We’re thrilled to be here in north-west London. It couldn’t be in a more lovely spot.”

Last updated: 10:45am, October 14 2013