Brilliant bagels and nonchalant knitting at Chigwell Synagogue

From left: Lawrence. Ackerman, Lindsey Baron, Helena Rosenberg, Marcel Lautenberg, Valerie Sykes

From left: Lawrence. Ackerman, Lindsey Baron, Helena Rosenberg, Marcel Lautenberg, Valerie Sykes - Credit: Archant

Knitting and nattering filled one synagogue in Chigwell where women made squares for blankets to be shipped overseas.

Helena Rosenberg

Helena Rosenberg - Credit: Archant

The third annual Big Bagel Brunch for World Jewish Relief was held in the Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue, Limes Farm.

More than £1,500 was donated to help the charity’s Founding Futures programme which helps educate women.

Paul Stein, from World Jewish Relief, said: “The programme uses vocational training to empower women to make a real difference to their lives and gain a brighter future.”

Tens of boxes of clothes were donated and sorted as well as some delicious bagels eaten.


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Sonara Ziles, who lent her knitting needles to the cause, said: “Together we have already knitted over 200 blankets, and the response from the community has been absolutely brilliant.”

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