Why Jewish Families Move to Canvey Island – great to be by the seaside
How Canvey Island is welcoming ultra-Orthodox Jewish families moving out of London.
“I’ve never experienced a non-Jewish community so welcoming, so open-hearted and so friendly” – find out why ultra-Orthodox Jewish families are so impressed with the Essex seaside.
Europe’s largest ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has lived in Stamford Hill, London, since the late 1800s. But with rents soaring, they are on the move.
This film follows the Hasidic community as some of them embark on their biggest exodus since World War II. They have chosen the most unexpected place, Canvey Island. It is on the River Thames estuary, one of the five most pro-Brexit wards in Britain.
In 2013 the island was voted the most English place in Britain. The ultra-Orthodox Hasid spend most of their time in prayer. They study the 613 commandments of their holy book, the Torah. Renowned as a tight-knit and insular community. For the first time in decades they are looking to put down roots in the new ‘promised Island’.
Both the Hasid and the Canvey Islanders are aware of the challenges of integration. Let alone finding reliable deliveries of ultra kosher food.
Chris Fenwick, a lifelong Canvey Islander, pub landlord and manager of the rock and roll band Dr Feelgood. Mr Fenwick has devised a plan to integrate everyone. He is inviting his new neighbours to a gig in his pub. He takes the Hasidic children on a guided tour of the Island. And with the help of Reverend David Tudor and the next mayor of Canvey, Barry Campagna, hopes to bring both sides together during a meal at his pub. Will it work? Will they stay? Watch the video for the story behind the move.
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