Melave Malka at Ruislip Synagogue

As part of, or as a continuation of Ruislip Synagogue's 70th Anniversary celebration year, congregants were invited to a Melave Malka on Saturday 14 January at 7.30 pm. Incidentally, it was the coldest night we have experienced so far in 2017! Despite the inclement weather 40 plus guests enjoyed the warm welcome, food and entertainment by Chazan Eliot Alderman, accompanied by Samuel Davis on the keyboard.

Rabbi Stanley, acting as Master of Ceremony, thanked everyone for coming, and explained the meaning of Melave Malka. After introducing Chazan Eliot and Samuel Davis, he congratulated Samuel Davis on his attaining Grade 6 violin with merit, which was wonderful news.

Entertainer Chazan Eliot Alderman stems from Hendon, and his credentials are impressive. He is a man of many parts - to name but a few ... working as a choirmaster at Hendon, Mill Hill and Edgware Synagogues, involved with the boys choir at Hampstead Garden Suburb and working with the Gibraltar Jewish Community and choir. (When I go to Gibraltar PG later this year I hope to hear him in action!)

He chose for his selection on this occasion both Jewish and non Jewish items, and entertained the assembled throng with verve and musicality. He was also able to get the audience to participate both in joining in, and choosing what he should sing for his final numbers. A final treat was his rendering of a special Ladino song after the benching. Visiting with Chazan Eliot were his wife, Leah and delightful two and a half year old, daughter, Devorah.

As everyone knows all good things have to come to an end, and the evening concluded with a vote of thanks from the FR David Koten who expressed the wish 'when can we all do it again!' as well as thanking Samuel for being such a proficient accompanist and advocating Chazan Eliot for other functions, and hoping to see him again at Ruislip in the very near future.

Report by Angela Feuer