Bank of England erects sukkah for first time in 324-year existence

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Bank of England erects sukkah for first time in 324-year existence

Sukkah put up on first floor balcony of the Bank's Threadneedle Street headquarters allowing Jewish workers to celebrate the festival

The Bank of England erected a sukkah for its Jewish workers for the first time in its centuries-long history.

The sukkah, a ceremonial hut in which Jews consume their meals for one week each year on the holiday of Sukkot, was inaugurated this week, marking the first such installation in the bank’s 324 years of existence.

Members of the bank’s maintenance team helped its Jewish Network erect the tabernacle on a first-floor balcony, which was open to the sky, at its headquarters in Threadneedle Street.

On Wednesday, Jewish Network members welcomed colleagues to a lunchtime talk about the festival’s significance led by Miriam Lorie of the Jewish Leadership Council.

The bank was opened in 1694, 38 years after the resettlement of Jews in England.

Sukkot ends on Tuesday.

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