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Wimbledon Synagogue celebrates platinum anniversary

Wimbledon Synagogue celebrates platinum anniversary
Top: Wimbledon Synagogue President Julian Samuels. Middle: Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Rabbi Tony Hammond. Bottom: John Sessions. All photos Dr Simon Joseph

Two hundred guests gathered at the Courtside Restaurant of Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in early February to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of The Wimbledon Synagogue. They were entertained by actor and comedian John Sessions and were delighted to welcome also Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism.

Synagogue President Julian Samuels said: “The community is the envy of many a synagogue south of the River Thames with the finest Jewish nursery in London (Apples and Honey), one of the largest chedarim (religion school) in British Reform Judaism and the most extensive adult education programme. We are particularly honoured that Her Majesty the Queen sent a message of congratulations on this occasion”.

Funds raised at the event will benefit the synagogue and the Woodlands School in Leatherhead for children with severe learning difficulties, very complex needs or autism.

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