Solidarity for Aish
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-06-23
Following the recent anti-semitic arson attack on the Aish centre in north London, a communal solidarity gathering will take place from 6.30pm on Wednesday outside its building.
The Hendon-based organisation sustained extensive damage to its building last Friday night which resulted in destruction of its offices as well as desecration of Torah scrolls and other holy books. The attack came a day after South Tottenham synagogue was also set on light.
A number of Jewish leaders including Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks and Lord Janner will be taking part in the one hour gathering.
As well as Jewish leaders coming, local and national government officials will attend.
In a statement, Rabbi Naftali Schiff, executive director of Aish said: "Please come and show your support as we stand together proudly as a community, united in our abhorrence at the cowardly and evil acts perpetrated against us all at this place this weekend- united in our defiance and determined to rise only the taller, only the prouder, only the more resolute as a result."
The Aish building is used by local young adults for religious as well as cultural events and serves as an outreach centre for the pioneering organisation.
Police are appealing to witnesses and anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.