Mitzvah Day: Show of faith in Elstree

By Jan Grenby, November 19, 2009

Three Hertsmere shuls were represented on Mitzvah Day at A Celebration of Faiths, the launch of the borough’s inaugural Interfaith Week.

The Liberal Synagogue Elstree’s Shul of Rock kicked-off the event at Borehamwood’s Village Hall before a crowd of several hundred including Hertsmere Mayor Councillor Rosemary Gilligan. The performance of Shul of Rock — a band of teenage musicians supplemented by minister Rabbi Pete Tobias on guitar — was markedly different to the church choirs that followed them.

Shenley United’s display featured apple and honey tastings as well as a shofar-blowing competition hosted by minister Rabbi Natan Levy.

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue chair Anthony Arnold and other congregants were kept busy answering questions on Judaism, its customs and festivals, many of them prompted by the shul’s display of Judaica.

The three shuls joined local Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Hare Krishna groups in contributing to a display of traditional religious foodstuffs.

Last updated: 4:53pm, November 19 2009