Ealing cashes in to support of refugee housing project


In support of a project to turn part of South London Liberal Synagogue into a home for a refugee family, Ealing Liberal members raised almost £5,500 from a fun day.

Activities included a bake-off, bridge lessons, children’s board games and a table tennis tournament.

A silent auction was the biggest fundraiser, with a signed Gareth Bale football shirt, a £1,000 shopping spree and holidays in the UK and aboard among the lots. Local MP Stephen Pound successfully bid for West End theatre tickets.

Ealing’s Rabbi Janet Burden said the South London project, Abraham’s Tent, “is so inspiring that we wanted to do as much as possible to raise funds for it.

“The fun day also showed the strength of our community. It was organised jointly by one of our newer and younger members, Emma Nicolet, and synagogue stalwart Linda Fraser. Together they put on a super event that brought in lots of people of all ages.”

More than £30,000 towards the £50,000 required has now been raised. Once the target is reached, the former  caretaker’s flat at the shul will be refurbished to accommodate a family of Syrian refugees. South London is liaising closely with Lambeth Council on the project.

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