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First Passover Shop in Essex

Thursday, 12 March, 2009 - 10:17 am

A Passover shop has opened in Essex which is the first of its kind in the area.

The volunteer-run Passover Shop, sponsored by the Chabad centre in Ilford, is the first to cater for the East London and Essex communities. Some 15,000 Jews in the Ilford and Essex area will have the opportunity to benefit from a conveniently located shop from which to purchase a full range of reasonably priced kosher for Passover products.

"There are no other kosher shops in the area and people usually have to spend time travelling across London to Golders Green, Hendon or Edgware to do their Pesach shopping," says Rabbi Odom Brandman, director of Chabad of Buckhurst Hill.

With a full range of kosher for Passover products at competitive prices, Rabbi Brandman expects the shop will not only attract Jews from the surrounding area. He anticipates Jews coming from as far afield as Westcliff and Southend, some 60 miles away, where there is a sizeable Jewish community.

The Passover Shop is the first project of its kind in the area and is "quite an experiment" according to Brian Mitchell, the local treasurer of Chabad who is heading the operation.

The idea came about after a local shop closed providing the opportunity for a short-term 3 month lease. "We have also managed to establish good contacts with kosher food suppliers, many of whom are located near by," adds Mr. Mitchell.

The shop, which will be open until 10pm Sunday to Thursday, is conveniently located across the road from the Chabad house in the heart of Ilford, close to all other amenitites. In addition, customers will benefit from online ordering, delivery and pick up services, as well as free car parking after 6pm.

More information can be found at the Pesach Shop in Essex website.

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