Harlow synagogue helps to Raze the Roof

Entertainment / Mon 2nd Aug 2021 at 09:10am

A PERFORMING arts group for people with and without disabilities and learning difficulties, which has performed for Harlow Jewish Community, is using a £749 donation to organise small focused outings for its members.  

Razed Roof has played an important role in Harlow synagogue’s Holocaust Memorial Day events in recent years. The group provides theatre skills training and opportunities for performing publicly.  Building social skills and confidence is an integral part of the work.

The donation comes from the synagogue’s annual appeal based around the central festival of Yom Kippur.

Its artistic director Annette Lidster said: “In the light of the difficult last 18 months we’ve decided that the best use of Harlow synagogue’s generous donation will be to arrange meetings and outings of small groups of our students. 

“It’s been tougher for some due to additional challenges such as bereavements and long periods of isolation. Some haven’t been out for 15 months and don’t have or can’t use technology. 

“Anxiety about elderly, vulnerable parents has compounded all other anxieties; so to help with this, we’re organising small focused outings.

“The aim is to encourage our students to re-engage in social activities in a safe supported way and to re-build confidence. Working in smaller groups allows each participant to have support targeted to their particular needs.”

Synagogue chairman Alan Cohen said: “It’s extremely gratifying to hear that our appeal will be helping Razed Roof to start going out and about again, building their confidence and enjoying themselves. Their moving performances have added a valued extra dimension to our HMD events and we look forward to seeing them again in the coming months.”

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