Hertsmere civic award jointly honours shul and mosque leaders

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Hertsmere civic award jointly honours shul and mosque leaders

Chairs of Borehamwood United shul and Borehamwood mosque recognised for positive community leadership post 7 October

A civic awards ceremony in Hertfordshire has recognised the communal unity efforts of the leaders of a synagogue and mosque.

Among 10 awards given by The Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Chris Myers, to members of the community this week, was one for both Joshua Moont and Amir Choudhury, for their work in maintaining positive community relations.

Moont is chair of Borehamwood United synagogue, whilst Choudhury is chair of the Borehamwood Islamic Society.

Hertsmere Borough council leader Jeremy Newmark said: “I nominated Josh and Amir jointly for this Civic award because since the Hamas attacks in southern Israel on the 7 October, it’s been a testing, trying and challenging time for community relations across the country and in our borough.”

Josh Moontz.

Fellow nominator, Councillor Christian Gray said: “They’ve both displayed exemplary community leadership in a time of crisis that’s been difficult here in Hertsmere.”

Co-winner Amir Choudhury said: “What happened in Gaza and Israel is far away but it’s definitely affected here because there’s a huge Jewish community here but there is also a Muslim community and some of them are Palestinian.”

Co-winner Joshua Moont said: “There was a big shock from the community about what happened on October 7th. Quite soon after we started vigils in Borehamwood every Friday morning but also to feel the support of the community. And it was really powerful seeing the community come together.”

Amir Choudhury

Mayor Myers said:  “I feel truly privileged to have presented these awards to the wonderful unsung heroes of Hertsmere.

“I am taken aback by the selflessness and generosity these individuals and groups display in their day to day lives. By going the extra mile, they inspire everyone around them and are so deserving of this award. I would like to thank them all for their positive contribution to our borough.”

Nominations for the awards were invited in January 2024 and the winners were selected by a panel of judges.

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