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Left to right: Leon Silver of the Nelson Street Synagogue, fellow cleaner Natasha Bolter and Canary Wharf Councillor Maium Miah.

Muslims lend a hand – at local synagogue

IT IS FAIRLY common to read stories about Muslim communities coming together to support a good cause. It is not so common to find Muslim brothers and sisters helping out with the restoration of a local Synagogue.

Cllr Miah tackles the dusty pews.

Cllr Miah tackles the dusty pews.

However, that’s what Cllr Maium Miah was doing with some of his summer, together with a diverse selection of East Enders who wanted to see this little bit of East London’s heritage – the Nelson Street Synagogue – survive. The grime from East London’s streets had made its way inside this beautiful building. Cllr Miah and his co-workers rolled their sleeves up and applied the elbow grease to banish it.

At one point Cllr Miah was seen wielding a feather duster. We had to ask him: was he making spiders homeless? Cllr Miah admitted that the odd spider may have been moved on in the great clean up, but promised that, “no spiders were harmed in the cleaning of the synagogue.” He added, “If any of the spiders that we moved on need help finding alternative accommodation, I would be happy to refer them to a good web-site.”

Oh no! Look at how dirty this window's got! We'd better get on and clean it then!

Oh no! Look at how dirty this window’s got!
We’d better get on and clean it then!

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