It was an honour to take part in a Shabbat Service tonight at South West Essex Reform Synagogue.

It was particularly special to visit during Chanukah.

I shared my reflections with members of Ilford’s Jewish community about growing up here and my experiences of many years of interfaith dialogue; a dialogue that makes our community in Ilford so rich.

I reflected on the Torah text in Genesis 41-42 and related it to the modern day challenges we face in politics, especially over the next few weeks in Parliament.

Shabbat Shalom. Happy Chanukah