This week, Blake was delighted to photograph another event for our close friends at the S&P Sephardi Community, hosted in the home of Rabbi Joseph Dweck. This was the launch of the Patron’s Circle, looking to continue the incredible growth of this inspiring community and secure its long term future.
Originally founded as The Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation of London – was founded in 1657 as a consequence of the famous petition to Cromwell in 1656. Rabbi Menasseh ben Israel from Amsterdam and six Jews living in London (ostensibly as Catholics) sought permission from the Lord Protector to worship freely and to acquire land for a cemetery. In response, they received a verbal guarantee and Jews were able to profess their faith openly for the first time since their expulsion by Edward I in 1290. The first Synagogue, in a rented building in Creechurch Lane in the City of London, was replaced half a century later by the magnificent Synagogue of Bevis Marks, which was opened in 1701 and has been in regular use to this day.
Even since we started working with the S&P Sephardi Community, we have seen tremendous growth with regards to community activities, led by an incredible Rabbinic team and committed Board, with a group of amazing professionals running the organisation.
Here are a few of our favourite images from an intimate evening…