Jul 23, 2016
17 Tammuz 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.
All the relevant forms for High Holyday bookings have been emailed and those without email will be receiving them by post. It would be much appreciated if you would kindly complete and return the seating request form by Friday 29 July. To download the seating letter explaining the options and prices for non- members, please click HERE. To download the form to be returned, please click HERE.
Memorial Prayer – Yizkor
Please complete and return the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) form by Friday 29 July. To download the form, please click HERE.
Please pay your part in helping to keep the community safe, throughout the year and especially over the High Holydays. Please read the letter from the Security leaders and volunteer your services whenever possible by returning the form. To download them please click HERE and HERE.
Personal Rosh Hashana Greetings 5777 in SHamas
Include your names or a personalised greeting on the Shana Tova greetings page in the Rosh Hashana edition of the SHamas South Hampstead magazine and wish the entire community a Happy New Year in one fell swoop ! Donation of £10 for names only, £25 for a personalised greeting. Bookings close on Tuesday 30 August. To enter your greeting, please click HERE.
Sukkot Communal Lunch and Arba Minim purchase details will follow nearer the time.
Two men saddled their own donkeys despite having servants. Both men embarked on their journeys accompanied by two servants. Both men were given a command by God and had it taken back by an angel. Both men carried out the word of God. And yet their stories are so different… Abraham and Bilam.
Bilam, the protagonist of this week’s sedra is pretty unique. He is a prophet, not Jewish, and is called upon by the nation Moav to go and curse the Jewish people. Abraham was also a prophet, but the similarities of character end there. He was the patriarch of the Jews and the founder of monotheism. It is therefore surprising to see so many similarities between the narrative of Bilam journeying to curse the Jews and Abraham on the way to sacrifice his son, Isaac.