Jun 25, 2016
19 Sivan 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.
I have been asked by many members about the delay in starting the building works and I would like to give a quick update for our members to clarify a note that appeared on our website a few weeks ago.
There are 3 key factors that have created the delay as follows –
1. Following the extensive community consultation in 2015, the detailed internal design work has been done to enable us to build in all the suggestions and ideas of our members into the final internal design, enabling us to achieve a building that will be at the heart of our own precious local community for the generations to come.
2. The delay in Camden Council finalising the planning permission and section 106 agreement. The section 106 agreement has also required us to finalise various details of the construction and operational management of the building in cooperation with our neighbours as part of what is called the Community Working Group (CWG). We apologise that one of our communications was felt to imply that the recent delays were caused by consultations with our neighbours and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our neighbours, who have in recent months fully cooperated with us and continue to work with us in completing this very complicated stage in the pre-building process.
3. Over the last 4 years since we first conceived the building plans, building costs have escalated and the cost of the project has grown substantially. As a result, a period of value engineering of the design and specification has been gone through and we are now out to tender with contractors for the various aspects and building packages of the project. It is envisaged that we will be in a position to sign contracts with the contractors in August or September this year.
The subsequent delays mean that we would not be in a position to start the building works till September and with the High Holidays and Succot being mid-week in October, we feel that we should delay the start until after Succot at the end of October 2016. This is now the planned date for the commencement of work and we will be remaining in the Shul until then, with services in the Marriott over the High Holidays as last year.
I will be sending further updates as matters develop.
This Shabbat we are delighted to host as Scholar In Residence the internationally acclaimed Shimona Tzukernik, fondly known as 'The Kabbalah Coach.'
Shimona is considered one of the foremost female authorities on Kabbalah as it applies to daily life. She is renowned both for her vast knowledge and remarkable ability to make it relevant to each arena of life – be it career, relationships, health, education, creativity or spirituality and beyond. Through keynotes, coaching and her world-renowned program “The Method”, she delivers inspiration, insight and practical tools to help others live their wisest and truest life.
Shimona has addressed the United Nations Staff Recreation Council on “Kabbalah for Global Peace” and has been featured in media around the world – including a documentary by National Geographic and “Take Me to Your Mother” for NickMom TV. She is also a freelance writer and author for the Rohr JLI, a large network of Jewish adult education.
There will be two opportunities to hear Shimona over Shabbat:
1. Separately to the Shabbat morning service in the main Shul there will be an alternative meditation at 10.00am in the middle section of the Hall.
2. Seudah Shlishit for women at 5.30pm, at the home of Joanna Deller-Hatchwell.
Young US Friday Night Dinner - 8 July at The MontcalmJune 23, 2016
The next Young US Friday night dinner will be on 8 July at the Montcalm Hotel, hosted by Western Marble Arch, St John's Wood and South Hampstead Synagogues.
Shabbat Service at 7.15pm, Kiddush and cocktails at 8.00pm followed by dinner.
Guest speaker Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council.
Early bird price £20 members/ £25 non-members until 28th June 2016
Regular price £25 members / £30 non-members
Ages 21-39. To book, please click HERE.
For more info please contact Tamara Jacobson at email@example.com.
Daniel Cainer's "Jewish Chronicles" - Sunday 26 June at 8.00pmJune 24, 2016
We are delighted to present a special performance of Daniel Cainer's hit one-man show, "Jewish Chronicles" this 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.
Life is full of about - turns, aborted missions and change of plans. In Parshat Beha’alotcha we witness the beginning of one of the greatest change of plans in Jewish history.
Bnei Yisrael are almost ready to enter the Promised Land. Indeed this has been the focus for three weeks, since the beginning of Bamidbar. Now they have their travel plan and all systems seem set for the big move. The excitement is even evident in Moses, whose own emotions are rarely conveyed. Within two verses (10:29-32), Moses uses the Hebrew word ‘tov’ (good) five times, emphasising just how sweet things are soon going to be. The dream of the Promised Land is about to be fulfilled.
Yet suddenly the people started to ‘kvetch’.