Neighbors complain about noise from London Kabbalah Centre sukkah

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Neighbors of the London Kabbalah Centre complained about excessive noise coming from its sukkah during the recent holiday.

In a formal complaint filed with the Westminster City Council, a neighbor said there was 36 hours of prayers, clapping and chanting between Friday evening and the middle of Sunday morning, the Evening Standard reported.

One neighbor told the newspaper that she left messages about the noise on the center’s answering machine on Friday and Saturday, and tweeted to someone involved with the center.

“As far as I’m concerned, you can’t do that in your backyard in the middle of London and without warning your neighbors. People live there and they know that,” she told the newspaper. “I appreciate that living in central London there are disadvantages, and some of that I’m prepared to live with – but just not this.”


More than 1,000 people use the center each week. Last year, the  Westminster City Council authorized the construction of a large extension to the house.

Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow participate in events at the center.

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