In June, the government announced that they would be reopening places of worship on July 2, meaning Bushey United Synagogue could reopen their doors to members of the public.
After being closed for other three months, Rabbi Elchonon Feldman was delighted to be able to welcome some familiar faces.
Speaking to BusheyNews, he said: “We were delighted to reopen at the start of July, and have luckily been blessed with good weather so we have been able to do most of the services outside, which is the right way to do things at the moment.
“I think the initial reaction from visitors was a sense of sadness that everything looked different and that we weren’t able to communicate in the way we normally would, but after that initial reaction passed, I think everyone was delighted to be back and the feedback has been really positive.”
Despite reopening, the online platform that had been set up during the lockdown will keep going and it still has a lot of benefits.
Rabbi Feldman added: “A vast majority of our membership only come two or three times a year to the synagogue, but the online platform has allowed us to reach out to them when we normally couldn’t.
“Flexibility is the word we are trying to work with, and I think that’s the best thing to do moving forward.”