MEDIA RELEASE

29 February 2012

Canary Wharf Celebrates Purim

The Jewish Festival of Purim will be celebrated in Canary Wharf on Thursday, 1 March, thanks to the efforts of Canary Wharf Group.

Over 400 people, including children in fancy dress, are expected at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf to enjoy a buffet lunch, live music, mincha and speeches. Residents from Stepney, Dennis, Brenner, Schonfeld Square, Sam Beckman and Nightingale House centres and homes will be in attendance, along with the East London Orthodox Synagogues Association and members of the Holocaust Survivors Centre. Canary Wharf Group is hiring two buses to transport and return elderly from Stepney Day Centre.

In addition to the event, Canary Wharf Group is sending gift packages of food to a range of members of the community groups, which will be distributed by schoolchildren.

Danny Seliger from Canary Wharf Group, said: “For many years Canary Wharf Group has put helping the community at the forefront of its activity. The Purim celebrations are one of the best examples of the community coming together at Canary Wharf. It is symbolic of our care for the community, and a lot of fun at the same time.”

Purim is told in the Book of Esther which is read from a scroll called a Megillah. It tells the story of an evil man called Haman who tried to destroy the Jews of the Persian Empire. Customs include eating Hamantaschen, small pastries filled with poppy seeds and sending gifts of food to those in need.

The Canary Wharf Purim celebration runs from 12noon to 2:30pm, on Thursday, 1 March at East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf.

ENDS

For further information and images, please contact:

Hamish McDougall, Canary Wharf Group
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7 418 2326 or +44 (0) 7779 888 075
Email: hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com

Images of the event will be made available on request.

Notes to Editor:

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers are found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow. CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

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