With the recent vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, the Jewish community has felt the consequences of the vote very harshly. Sharon Goodman, board member of Baruch Hamalka synagogue in West Hampshire, while waking up at the exact time she wakes up every morning, and drinking the exact tea she drinks every morning, along with the exact breakfast she eats every morning, was furious. “Everything is completely different. Everyone is now a Nazi.”
Other Jewish Community leaders also expressed concern. Rabbi Jeffrey Miller of Congregation Baruch Hamalka the Second has concern for the Jewish community as well. “While we will be having services exactly as how we’ve been having them for the past one hundred years, and our members will be continuing to donate in essentially the same ways they always have, things will clearly be very different. “ Asked if there have been any program changes due to the Brexit vote, the answer was that the schedule for the upcoming year would have no changes whatsoever.
Many were also concerned that the Brexit vote would send shockwaves financially, thus effecting many Jewish charitable institutions. Ellen Reed, Vice Chair of Ochel Hamalka, an organization that distributes food to less fortunate Jews who live outside the Golders Green area had this to say. “Here I was, dropping off my kids like I always do, and just going through my daily routine like I always do, and I just couldn’t get out of my mind how different things felt. It’s just all so horrible. I mean, it really hurt my feelings that I voted for something and we lost.”
While markets did drop following the vote, historically all evidence shows that they tend to stabilize over time. Representing Barclays PLC, financial analyst William Henry Thomas Phillip Nigel David Steven Michael Whitmore the Third, Earl of Yorkshire, first cousin to the Duke of Hamshiretown tried to ease tensions. “Seeing as how it will be at least two years before anything actually takes effect, over time… I’m sorry it’s four o’clock and I must excuse myself for tea. Terribly sorry.”
When contacted after tea, Whitmore felt that in relation to the Jewish community, few things would change, but that knowing many Jewish colleagues he works with, he felt it seemed only rational to panic and be depressed if one voted to stay in the EU. Whitmore also wanted to clarify that he is not Jewish even though one of his middle names is David.
Only time will tell if the Brexit vote will end up being a positive for England, but for now, the Jewish community will have to endure the horrifying changes by doing what they have always done, the same daily routines they go through constantly. Things will clearly be very different form here on out.