Mattot deals with three subjects. The first discusses the making of vows. We learn of the gravity and sanctity of the spoken word. We are urged to treat the…
Jewish London starts here!
When I first came to London for my semester abroad, I was nervous about the Jewish community. I knew there was a very large Jewish contingent in both Golders Green and Hendon, but I didn’t know about the status of central London. My first venture into Central synagogue was during weekday services. I tried to quietly sit in the back of the Shul; however, I had to continuously renounce my hermitage to respond to the constant friendly engagement. I was quickly given an honor, followed by warm handshakes from the vast majority of congregants. At breakfast, I was urged sit down at the table, and a plate of food was professionally assembled for me. By the end of my 40-minute stint, I felt completely accepted and comfortable.
I knew that the weekday Minyan goers were a great group of people, but I recognized that most of them did not live in the surrounding area, and was nervous for Shabbat. My anxiety was quickly dispelled as soon as I got to shul. I met an entirely new group of people, and was invited out for both dinner and lunch. Dinner was a unique experience in the basement of the Shul, comprised of Jewish students living in the area. There I met 30 or so Brits who all lived in Central London, and were in different universities around the area.
Overall, Central London is definitely a viable and enjoyable atmosphere for a Jewish student.