Cut brings a hot profit
The cuts hit home for Sukkat Shalom Reform's Rabbi Larry Becker, who had his beard shaved off at its summer tea party in aid of the Wanstead congregation's heating fund.
Sukkat Shalom meets in a 170-year-old listed building - formerly the Wanstead Hospital Chapel - and there have been problems with the heating system.
Some 125 members and their families attended the event, at which Jack Petchey awards were presented to three Sukkat Shalom cheder pupils. Nearly £1,000 was raised for heating improvements.