Melava Malka at Potters Bar US
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Thursday 5th February 2015

Over 60 people attended Potters Bar & Brookmans Park United Synagogue's recent Melava Malka which welcomed the Chief Rabbi as Guest of Honour.  

As is traditional in the PB&BP community, the event was fairly informal and a warm, friendly atmosphere pervaded the evening.  The evening commenced with a reception, during which the Chief Rabbi mingled with members of the community. This was followed by a buffet supper.

Impressively, the entire evening was catered for by Potters Bar's Rabbi, Adam Hill. As the Chief Rabbi noted in his speech, it is rare to have a Rabbi who not only cares for the soul of his congregants but also their physical well-being.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis spoke to the community about 'Seventy Days  for Seventy Years' and about combatting the evil around us by doing mitzvot, not only within the Jewish Community but also in the wider world too.  His warmth and the way he was able to lighten his message with stories and humour, ensured his talk was well received.

The community presented the Chief Rabbi with a book of last letters written by concentration camp victims. He, in turn, presented a book, on behalf of the community, to a girl who had recently celebrated her Bat Mitzvah.

It is fair to say that everyone left with, as one attendee put it, "A warm feeling and a full tummy."