The Bank of England erected a sukkah for its Jewish workers for the first time in its centuries-long history.
The sukkah, a ceremonial hut in which Jews consume their meals for one week each year on the holiday of Sukkot, was inaugurated this week, marking the first such installation in the bank’s 324 years of existence.
Members of the bank’s maintenance team helped its Jewish Network erect the tabernacle on a first-floor balcony, which was open to the sky, at its headquarters in Threadneedle Street.
On Wednesday, Jewish Network members welcomed colleagues to a lunchtime talk about the festival’s significance led by Miriam Lorie of the Jewish Leadership Council.
The bank was opened in 1694, 38 years after the resettlement of Jews in England.
Sukkot ends on Tuesday.
Members of the Bank’s Jewish Network and other staff in the Bank’s first sukkah. Our guest speaker Miriam Lorie discussed the meaning of Sukkot, commemorating the time the Israelites spent wandering in the desert between escaping slavery in Egypt and entering the Promised Land. pic.twitter.com/yuXEjR6Zkr
— Bank of England (@bankofengland) September 27, 2018