The S&P Sephardi Community has celebrated its move to new offices in Hendon, saying it “signifies a new era” for the organisation.
Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck and up to 50 guests held a Hanukkat HaBait (dedication of a new home) for their new offices in Brent Street on Monday.
S&P chief executive David Arden told board members, rabbis, Dayanim and supporters that the office move “signifies a new era in the long and distinguished history of the S&P Sephardi Community”.
He said: “This large, open space is befitting of a modern, forward thinking communal charity, providing a wonderful environment for the staff who are at the centre of everything that happens throughout the S&P.”
Rabbi Dweck said: “the Community is made up of many component parts, including congregations, the oldest Beth Din in the country, and the Kashrut Authority. Our offices are the engine room. Everything that happens to the Community happens in the office and all the day-to-day tasks require many levels of expertise.”
He added that S&P staff bring “not only expertise but heart as well, which is needed as we engage in the lives of people, their births, marriage, bar mitzvahs, deaths… We are holding lives in our hand”.
Dweck and the board paid particular thanks to Sabah Zubaida, the S&P President, for “the enormous amount of time and effort he has given to the Community”.