Mar 29, 2015
9 Nisan 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 permission 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.
Moira Benigson - the ground floor reception area
Debbie Hatchwell and Cara Blitz - the kitchen and function hall
Ashley Donoff - the various IT aspects of the new building
Rabbi Eli - the youth floor - Babyish, children's services, Cheder and SHY
Nicola Rosenfelder on the new Shul - the prayer hall
Discussions are progressing on 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.
Pesach 5775 - 2015March 26, 2015
Rabbi Shlomo's Annual Pesach Appeal
Each year before Pesach Rabbi Shlomo collects donations to enable the less well-off in London to purchase food and clothes for Yom Tov. The funds are distributed to needy families by volunteers on an anonymous basis. The support makes a huge difference to those families at a financially difficult time of the year.
Please send your donations to the Shul office marked “Pesach Appeal”. Cheques should be made payable to SHS. Please show your generosity as you have in previous years.
N.B. This is separate to the Jewish Care Appeal that all United Synagogues make at Pesach
You may bring your utensils for ‘kashering’ at the Shul from 8pm to 10pm on Sunday 29 March. Only one-piece completely metal utensils (excluding Teflon) can be ‘kashered’ at this session. Please ensure that any utensils that you wish to ‘kasher’ are clean and have not been used for 24 hours prior to the ‘kashering’.
Sale of Chametz
Chametz may be sold in-person on Sunday 29 March in the Shul, from 10.00 am - 12.00pm or by returning the form by email, post or fax (020 7586 3459) to the Shul office before 5pm on Wednesday 1st April. We cannot guarantee to process forms received after this time so please return your form as soon as possible. The sooner the better from a Halachic and office perspective! To download the form, please click HERE.
These will be displayed in the right hand column nearer the time but for advance information, the full timetable can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
Communal 2nd Night Seder
Join us for the community second night Seder on Motzei Shabbat 4th April following the Mincha and Ma’ariv services which commence at 7.15pm.
Cost: Adults and children over 12, £50; Couple £75; Family of 2 adults + children £100.
To book, please click HERE.
Emptying Seat Boxes
With the approach of Pesach, please remember that it is each member's responsibility to clear their Shul boxes of any chometz. At the same time we would ask that you return to the bookshelves any Shul Chumashim and Siddurim. Over the next few weeks it is planned to check all boxes.
Annual General Meeting - Save the date 18 MayMarch 26, 2015
The Annual General Meeting will take place at 8pm on Monday 18 May.
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: email@example.com or Karen Goodkind: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Book Now ! Israel Fund Committee Supper Quiz 30 AprilMarch 26, 2015
South Hampstead 2015 Supper Quiz on Thursday 30 April 2015 in the shul hall at 7.45pm to raise money both for the new shul and the Israel Fund.
Tickets £40 per head, 8 to a table.
Advance booking essential, to book click HERE.
Young Professionals Second Night Seder, 4 AprilMarch 26, 2015
Join our family for a friendly and relaxed Second night Seder on Saturday night 4 April 2015
The seder will be interactive and engaging with succinct explanations in English, inspiring reading and all your favourite Pesach songs in a cosy "home from home" environment.
Don't be on your own or go without - let us be your family and friends for the second Seder.
Delicious Seder meal with outstanding cuisine included as standard!
When: Second night Seder Saturday night 4 April 2015
Time: Services at 7:15pm followed by the Seder
Cost: Members £25 Non Members £35
Location: South Hampstead Synagogue
Pre-booking essential. To book click HERE.
We look forward to hosting you!
Rabbi and Rebbetzen Shlomo Odze and family
Shabbaton Weekend Away 2015, 24 - 26 AprilMarch 26, 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 services performed in the Temple fall under two general categories: the "inner services" in the Temple proper (the heichal), and the "outer services" in the Temple courtyard (the azarah). On the individual level, this translates into the two basic domains of human endeavour: (a) a person's inner development, and (b), the more external areas of his life - his involvements with his fellows and the world about him.