By Isabel Janner, May 7, 2009
Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue in London’s East End has held its first Shabbat service in 18 months as it fights for its future.
The 110-year-old shul has been under threat of closure because of the dwindling local Jewish population.
But president Raymond Singer was heartened by the attendance of 20 men and eight women at the weekend service.
“There are four other shuls in the East End, all fighting for a congregation, and it is survival of the fittest,” Mr Singer said.