Sep 02, 2014
7 Elul 5774
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 should have received them by post. They are also available to download below.
**** Seating forms are now overdue. If you have not yet replied please do so immediately. ****
To download the seating form please click here, Seating Form.
Memorial Prayer – Yizkor
Please complete and return the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) form by Sunday 28 September. To download the form, please click here, Memorial Prayer Form.
Four Species – Arba Minim
To purchase the Four Species (Arba Minim) via the Shul, please place your order by clicking HERE.
Price is the same as last year £32 per set. Closing date for orders is Sunday 14 September.
Succot Communal Lunch
There will be a communal lunch in the Succah on the second day of Succot, Friday 10 October.
Prices: Adults 12+ £23.50, Adults 70 + £13.50, Children aged 5 – 11 £13.50, Children under 5 free.
Advance booking essential, no later than Wednesday 1 October please. To book 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 Security Letter and Security Form. Thank you.
*** LAST CALL FOR Personal Rosh Hashana Greetings 5775 in SHamas ***
CLOSES Sunday 31st August
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.
To enter your details online, please click HERE or call the office on 020 7722 1807.
Join Rabbi Eli at 6.20pm on Shabbat afternoon for the last session of this summer's Bet Hamedrash programme.
Update from the Board of Deputies on Tackling AntisemitismSeptember 01, 2014
With the significant increase in antisemitic incidents since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, the Board of Deputies has been working closely with the CST and other organisations to ensure the community is protected, and to tackle offenders. In the past week:
- The Board has written to the Home Secretary to seek a meeting and updating her on the most recent incidents.
- Chief Executive, Gillian Merron has liaised with officials in the Department of Communities and Local Government over the action necessary to promote community cohesion, following the Minister’s meeting with CST.
- The Board has sought to liaise with the London Jewish Forum to ensure that the Mayor’s office (which has oversight of the work of the Met Police) is ensuring that incidents are handled properly. The Board is also seeking to work with Assembly members to press this case.
- We have continued to liaise, through the CST, with the police and prosecution service to ensure that all necessary action is taken to protect the community from anti-semitic attacks
- We have spoken with many of the retailers being targeted by anti-Israel protesters, to ensure kosher products remain on sale and neither customers nor shopworkers face intimidation.
- Meetings and conversations have also been held with interfaith colleagues to identify ways of working together to promote community cohesion.
- Meanwhile, the Board’s honorary officers and senior staff have maintained their high presence in the media with interviews and comment in the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and elsewhere, as well as supporting pro-Israel pro-peace rallies and events in Brighton and Manchester.
Shabbat UK - 24/25 October 2014August 28, 2014
Together with communities across the UK, our Shul will be actively participating in the international Shabbat Project which was so successfully pioneered in South Africa. It will take place around the world on 24/25 October 2014. To feel the energy of this unique project please take a moment to watch an extremely informative and gripping movie clip by clicking HERE.
To get this special Shabbat off to a sensational start in our own South Hampstead Synagogue community, we are launching an ‘open your home for Friday night dinner’ campaign. We are looking for dinner hosts who will open their homes on Friday night 24 October and invite other members of our Shul who live in neighbouring streets. Hosts will open their homes to all fellow South Hampstead members regardless of whether these neighbours are friends or not yet friends. We hope that there will be clusters of homes across the breadth of our Shul membership which will all celebrate Shabbat together. If you would like to be a host for this important occasion please email Cara Blitz at email@example.com.
Other exciting events to be announced shortly will be held at the Shul during the day of Shabbat the 25 October.
There will also be a London wide challah bake on Thursday evening the 23 October which will take place at Brent Cross Shopping centre. Women and girls from South Hampstead Synagogue will have the opportunity to attend as a group.
Further details to follow.
Please diarise the date – Shabbat UK…what will you do?
And you shall do to him as he conspired to do to his brother” – taken from this week’s portion, this verse relates to the punishment given to witnesses who give false testimony against another Jewish person.
The Mishna in Makkot tells us that in a case where witnesses testified that someone committed an act punishable by capital punishment and were later discredited, the witnesses are not liable to the penalty, in this case death, unless the accused had already been convicted by their testimony before they had been discredited.