May 29, 2016
21 Iyyar 5776
South Hampstead Synagogue is a vibrant, growing modern orthodox Jewish community in metropolitan London with a reputation for warmth, humour, informality, innovation and a non-judgemental approach.
The Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 24 May.
To see the list of those elected to office please click HERE.
New Shul UpdateMay 27, 2016
As discussed at the AGM earlier this week, the building team are working hard on finalising the details for the work, such as choosing the most cost-effective sub-contractors, and confirming contracts with the providers of our temporary accommodation. The Section 106 agreement is now in place and so we have planning permission to proceed with the work. Therefore, although this is a little later than originally planned (due to the discussions with the neighbours to ensure the Section 106 met with their approval), we are nearly ready to start the work. There is still fundraising to be done to meet the shortfall, some of which is due to the higher building costs since the original quotes, but the majority of members have not yet been approached and we are hopeful that the outstanding money needed can be raised from our community.
As such, the start date for the project has been postponed by a few months and the earliest new start date would be late summer, shortly before the High Holy Days (Yamim Neroim) and Succot. Therefore, in order to avoid being outside our own building for an additional set of Yamim Neroim and to keep the additional costs of temporary weekday Shul accommodation down, the building work is now scheduled to start after Succot this year. This means we will be able to be in our current building for the Yamim Neroim (with the Marriott for the additional service) and Succot 2016, and then move straight into the Marriott for the weekly Shabbat services, rather than have to move temporarily to JW3 in the interim. We remain very grateful to JW3 for their unwavering support.
We hope to provide updates on a regular basis but please contact a member of the building team via the Shul office if you have any questions.
Join us for a traditional Friday Night Dinner with good food, wine and great company as standard and our special guest speaker, South Hampstead Scholar In Residence, Rabbi Shalom Hammer. See the Scholar In Residence notice above for Rabbi Hammers' biography.
South Hampstead are proud to be pioneers in providing dedicated events for the "30+" age group and we look forward to welcoming you at this dinner.
Date: 3 June 2016 Age: 30+ Service: 7:15pm followed by dinner at 7:45pm Location: South Hampstead Synagogue Price: Members £17.50, Non- members £22.50 To book please click HERE.
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Poland Trip 17 - 20 NovemberMay 26, 2016
We are planning a Shul trip to Poland, G-d willing from early morning Thursday 17 to late night Sunday 20 November 2016.
Our journey will start in the city of Lublin, famous for its once vibrant Jewish life, moving onto Majdanek concentration camp, then to the town of Lizensk and several other locations of note before spending a powerful Shabbat in the remarkable city of Kraków and ending with a visit to Auschwitz on Sunday.
The trip will be led by our South Hampstead Rabbinic team together with Tzvi Sperber, a hugely knowledgeable and inspirational guide who has led our recent Poland trips for teenagers. If you have children or friends of any age who have experienced Poland with Tzvi they will tell you that he is not to be missed!
This trip is for adults (age 18+) and will be a unique personal and community moment in time. We will focus not just on the camps but on the thriving Judaism that existed and in some cases is somewhat returning to the cities and villages of Poland. Spending Shabbat together will give us the opportunity to make this a truly community focused event. Full details being released in due course.
The price per person is likely to be in the region of £600 (hotels, food, Shabbat meals, guide, transport by private bus etc.) plus the cost of flights.
All currently available places have been reserved but we are trying to add more places. It is possible to join the waiting list by clicking HERE. A deposit of £50 will be required when confirmed.
Please note that there will be a lot of walking and fairly long bus journeys.
Rabbi Eli and Angela Jacobson
Daniel Cainer's "Jewish Chronicles" - 8.00pm Sunday 26 JuneMay 26, 2016
We are delighted to present a special performance of Daniel Cainer's hit one-man show, "Jewish Chronicles" on Sunday 26 June at 8.00pm.
Daniel tells moving and funny stories in song and is an Edinburgh Festival Award winner.
Tickets £15, to book please click HERE.
Making it count!
The number of the season is clearly the number 7.
In last week's parsha, Emor, we were given the mitzvah of counting the Omer, the days between Pesach and Shavuot. "And you shall count for yourselves …seven weeks… until the day after the seventh week you shall count fifty days…." (Leviticus 33:15,16).
In this week's parsha, Behar, we are commanded in the mitzvah of the sabbatical year. There is to be a 7 year cycle, and in the seventh year, the land should lie fallow. "You may sow your field for six years, and for six years you may prune your vineyard, and gather in its produce, but in the seventh year, the land shall have a complete rest a Sabbath to the Lord."
Clearly, there is a significant parallel between these two commandments of counting.