Mar 05, 2015
14 AdarI 5775
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.
Now that planning for the new Shul has been received, the first task is to finalise the internal design of the building. Large scale models have been made of each floor and members of the community have been asked to head consultation teams for each floor and for the function of the building as follows:
Shul layout: Simon Hochauser, Nicola Rosenfelder, Simon Lew
Hall and kitchens: Debbie Hatchwell and Cara Blitz and Joy Cohen
Entrance floor: Moira Benigson
Youth Floor: Rabbi Eli Levin.
There will be an opportunity for all members to attend presentations of the group outcomes and to contribute their views at an ‘open house' on Sunday 22 March, between 11.30am and 4.30pm in the Shul.
In the meantime if any member would like to be involved in the group consultation process please speak to the team leaders for the various floors.
Discussions are progressing in regards to suitable alternative accommodation, although it is unlikely that we will move out of the current building until the first quarter of 2016.
We shall try to give regular updates in SHmaltz.
The next UJIA Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Club is on Tuesday 21 April from 6-8pm.
Please note that the venue for meetings will alternate between South Hampstead and St. John's Wood Synagogue, 37/41 Grove End Road, St. John's Wood, London NW8 9NG
The next meeting will be at: St John's Wood
The dates for forthcoming clubs are:
19 May SH
16 June SH
12 July SJW
Please contact Marcelle Glantz: firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Goodkind: email@example.com if you would like more information. Each month includes a session facilitated by UJIA about the Ethiopian Bar / Bat Mitzvah journey and also a session led by Youth leaders on becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Sessions are held monthly for boys and girls in School Year 7.
United Friday Night Dinner - 20 March at Marble ArchMarch 05, 2015
Join hundreds of young Jewish professionals for what is now widely recognised as a highlight in the Friday night dinners calendar...
United Friday Night
Join Hampstead, Marble Arch, South Hampstead, YJN, and Young US at the Grand Ballroom at The Montcalm on 20 March 2015 for another spectacular United Friday Night Dinner.
Ages 21 - 39.
7.00pm - 'Carlebach' style Friday night service
7.30pm - Kiddush & Cocktails
Tickets: £20 for TCM and US Members £25 for Non US Members.
To book, click HERE.
**Early Bird Promo** Book your tickets before Tuesday 10 March and recieve a £5 discount!
Shabbaton Weekend Away 2015March 05, 2015
Date & Venue: We are delighted to launch our South Hampstead Shabbaton week-end away 2015. It will take place from Friday afternoon 24 April until Sunday morning 26 April (ending after breakfast). Following the tremendous success of our Windsor 2013 week-end we are moving on to a venue with enhanced facilities, the Horwood House Hotel in Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes). For more information on the hotel please see www.horwoodhouse.co.uk.
Purpose: The primary purpose of the Shabbaton is to bring members of our Shul community together in a unique way. A special residential getaway strengthens existing friendships, creates new ones and deeply rouses community spirit. Children and youth carry these positive Jewish community experiences with them well into the future!
Exclusivity: Several other synagogues have caught on to the Shabbaton vibe and on this occasion the Hadley Wood Synagogue community will be sharing the hotel premises with us. This will create the huge advantage of our communities having enough combined guests to demand pretty much exclusive use of the entire hotel space and facilities without other guests on-site. There are two separate function areas and each shul will be running its own shul service, Shabbat meals and activities without interference from the other. There will essentially be two separate Shabbaton events going on at the same venue. Of course, there will be the chance to mingle with and link into programming with Hadley Wood should we want to do so.
Guest scholars in residence: The Chief Rabbi and Valerie Mirvis will also attend the event, spending some of their time with Hadley Wood and some of it with us. They have proven themselves to be an easy going and personable Chief Rabbi and Rebbetzin and we look forward to making sure that we show the way on how to enjoy Shabbat in South Hampstead style. Their participation in part of our week-end programme will add a valuable dimension to our activities and discussions.
Booking & Prices: Thanks to grants from the Office of the Chief Rabbi and Tribe, we have been able to bring down the prices from our last Shabbaton and hope that you will encourage your friends to join you in booking a.s.a.p. Places are limited because the hotel has a fixed number of rooms and there are two communities using the space. Please note the prices below and also note that from 1 March there will be an additional £50 booking fee. Nomi Goldberg at the United Synagogue will very kindly be handling our bookings and logistics. She is a master of her art and will do anything she can to help with your booking requirements. Please book directly with Nomi at NGoldberg@theus.org.uk.
Prices for Shabbaton 2015 including two nights, full board and on-site facilities (swimming pool, games room etc)
2 Adults (one room) £299
Family of 3 (one room) £349
Family of 4 (one room) £399
Family of 4 (two rooms) £439
Family of 5 (two rooms) £499
Family of 6 (two rooms) £549
N.B. There will be an additional £50 booking fee.
The Jewish people have now experienced several extraordinary moments. They have witnessed ten plagues in Egypt, the splitting of the sea, revelation at Sinai, and are working towards building a tabernacle. They now just await the climax of this journey into nationhood: Moses will ascend Mount Sinai and return forty days later with the tablets of the covenant.
The people waited in anticipation for the fortieth day. When they miscalculated they thought it was the fortieth day and Moses had not returned. They began to panic.....