From The Rabbi

Wimbledon Synagogue Hosts Inclusive Passover Seder, Promoting Unity and Education

Wimbledon – 26/04/2024 – The Wimbledon Synagogue fostered a spirit of community and understanding by hosting an open Passover Seder for 100 guests from diverse faiths and backgrounds across Southwest London.

Led by Rabbi Adrian Schell, the Seder offered a platform for education and shared experience. Rabbi Schell’s explanations illuminated the significance of passing down knowledge to future generations, emphasising the importance of unity and the pursuit of a world free from discrimination.

The evening underscored the shared goal of recognising human dignity and creating understanding between communities. It provided a space for hope and solidarity, with a particular focus on peace for Ukraine and the Middle East.

A Diverse Gathering

The Seder brought together a remarkable assemblage of guests, including Members of Parliament, representatives from the London Assembly and Local Councils, and individuals from across the political spectrum. Local faith communities were well-represented, with attendees from churches, Sikh, Baha’i, Hindu, and Muslim groups.

This inclusive event served as a powerful testament to the potential for interfaith dialogue and collaboration in building a more just and harmonious society.

“In a world increasingly divided by ideology and conflict, it’s vital to foster connection on a local level. This Seder reminds us that by working together and recognising the inherent dignity in each other, regardless of faith or background, we can truly change the course of the world.”

Rabbi Adrian Schell

“It was great to see so many people from different faith backgrounds together, while very much appreciating the conversations and explanations from your members, who were sitting near us. I have learned a lot by participating in a way in which no amount of reading about it would stay with me.  The food was delicious too!” 

Angela Rundle, Local Authority Officer for Wandsworth SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education

About Wimbledon Synagogue

The Wimbledon Synagogue is a flagship congregation of Progressive Judaism in South-West London, championing an inclusive community, designed to welcome individuals and families of various Jewish lifestyles, family structures and needs. Founded in 1949, the congregation is marking its 75th year in 2024. Located on the border between Merton and Wandsworth, the community is home to more than 800 members. The congregation is led by Rabbi Adrian M Schell, who joined the community in 2020.