This year, for the first time, Beth Shalom participated in Open Cambridge, an annual festival of history and culture which celebrates all that is best about our iconic city. During the Open Cambridge festival, buildings that are not usually open to the public invite visitors to come and explore traditions and histories.
Beth Shalom opened its doors on Sunday 10 September from 12 noon until 5 p.m and welcomed around a hundred visitors, including some of our neighbours who told us that although they walk past our synagogue daily, they never got a chance to step inside.
Our volunteers offered three tours of the synagogue which were very well attended. Visitors learned about the ancient art of writing Torah scrolls and were invited to try their hand at writing Hebrew letters with reeds, parchment, papyrus and quills.
The visit included an exhibition about Jewish life, festivals and traditions with a series of informative boards kindly lent to us by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Guests were treated to traditional home baked Jewish cakes and pastries as well as refreshments. Our thanks to all those who came to visit us, we hope that you enjoyed your time at Beth Shalom as much as we enjoyed hosting you!