Reaching out to Charedim

By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, December 11, 2008

One hundred Charedi community members responded to an outreach exercise by Haringey Council on Sunday.

The council staged an open day at South Tottenham Synagogue, with a crèche facility and traditional kosher brunch, to give Charedim the chance to meet councillors, voice concerns and obtain information about a range of local services and benefits.

Project manager Sara Leviten said: “The Charedi community are very hard to access. They don’t necessarily know how to reach the council.” But Haringey was making progress in getting through to the strictly Orthodox.

Among those at Sunday’s event — held as part of an “access to services” series — was Shmuel Davidsohn, executive director of the Chaverim youth group. He welcomed the opportunity for community members “to speak openly to the agencies and to get to know the council. It shows that Haringey is trying hard to do what they can”.

Last updated: 10:21am, December 11 2008