A Star Studded Weekend at Kenton United Synagogue

Kenton members were treated to a wonderful weekend commencing with a Choral Shabbat led by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler and Robert Brody. The choir which had been co-ordinated and conducted by David Druce of the London Cantorial Singers consisted of some Kenton members together with other choir members that had walked from Belmont and Edgware. The Choral Service is part of the European Cantors’ Association U.K. wide Festival ‘From Our Lips’ which is being held in various Synagogues, which commenced in January and continuing into April spearheaded by Geraldine Auerbach MBE.

Following the Service Rabbi Shisler spoke on the loss of historical nusach in our daily and Yomtov Services.

On Sunday morning the Ladies Guild held their annual AGM preceded by refreshments. Following the meeting there was a delicious meal which had been organised by the Ladies Guild Team together with a motivational speaker retired Commander Sue Williams QPM. Around sixty people attended the event. Sue had over 40 years policing experience with the Metropolitan Police and was awarded the Queens Police Medal in 2017. She had experience both as a uniform and detective officer and served on 9 London Boroughs as well as central postings on the Central Drugs Squad, SE Regional Crime Squad and Race & Violent Crime Task Force, also completing a secondment to the King’s Cross Partnership as a project manager where she was responsible for regenerating the King’s Cross area in preparation for the Eurostar.

As Commander for Hackney and Tower Hamlets, Sue had responsibility for the policing the two Boroughs and developing partnerships with both statutory and voluntary organisations and implemented the new BCU model for Hackney and Tower Hamlets that put frontline policing at the heart of policing London. She was promoted to Commander for Head of Profession Safeguarding in 2019 and took on the Head of Profession for Criminal Justice where she led on prosecutions and detention of suspects across London and engaged senior stakeholders responsible for criminal justice to ensure that adequate plans were in place during the COVID pandemic and was an experienced hostage and crisis negotiator helping vulnerable people in crisis situations.

Members were impressed by the fact that as a Jewish woman Sue had risen through the ranks overcoming difficulties to reach such a high position in the Police Service.

By Rachelle Goldberg

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