Local Jewish Community Celebrates Purim at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Group plc held its annual a celebration for the Jewish festival of Purim, complete with buffet lunch and live music, in the East Wintergarden on 4 March.

The 400-strong gathering included members of Jewish community groups from around London, including members of the East London Orthodox Synagogues Association, who mingled with employees of Canary Wharf-based businesses.

There was a wide range of ages and backgrounds represented, including elderly guests from Stepney Day Centre who arrived in buses hired by Canary Wharf Group and students from Hendon’s Tiferes High School in fancy dress.

Danny Seliger, Associate Director – Administration for Canary Wharf Management Limited, said,

“It was a great occasion. Canary Wharf Group likes to be able to bring people from different ages and walks of life together. We are in the midst of a very ethnically diverse area, and it is great to be able to celebrate this diversity in a range of different ways.”

Purim, one of the most cheerful festivals in the Jewish calendar, is told in the Book of Esther which is read from a scroll called a Megillah. The one day festival begins on Thursday evening, 20th March. 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, sending gifts of food, known as Mishloach Manot and sending gifts to poor people.