New Hackney walkway renamed in memory of Rabbi Avrohom Pinter

The late Charedi leader built bridges between Stamford Hill and the wider world


Paying tribute to a popular leader: the new Rabbi Avrohom Pinter Path in Hackney

A new walkway was dedicated in Hackney on Sunday to the memory of one of the Strictly Orthodox community’s best known figures, Rabbi Avrohom Pinter.

The former Labour councillor and principal of the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School, who for many years acted as the ambassador of Stamford Hill to the wider Jewish community and beyond, died in April 2020 in the first wave of the Covid pandemic.

The newly unveiled Rabbi Avrohom Pinter Path leads to the council’s new Quartet/Tower Court development, a complex of 132 new homes which was designed to accommodate the needs of Charedi families.

The block includes Shabbat lifts, balconies staggered so that succot can be build beneath the open sky and bedrooms spacious enough to fit more than one bed.

Foreign Secretary David Lammy, who is MP for local Tottenham, Lords Levy and Glasman, Hackney Mayor Caroline Woodley, Haringey Council leader Peray Ahmet and Rabbi Binyomin Stern, president of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, were among those who attended the inauguration.

Lord Levy recalled Rabbi Pinter as one of the most outstanding Jewish leaders of his day.

Rabbi Pinter’s son, Rabbi Chaim, who has succeeded him as principal of Yesodey Hatorah, reflected on his father’s legacy of inclusion, wisdom and compassion. His father’s doors were open to everyone and at all times, he said.

Three benches and a sundial were dedicated along with the new path, as the verse from Proverbs was cited: “"The ways of the Torah are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace,"

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