Nov 24, 2014
2 Kislev 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.
A huge thank you to the whole community, both Shul and Cheder, for another amazing day of volunteering & social action!
With a new drop off area in the Car Park for the Collectathon, our marshals ensured easy traffic flows and the team of shleppers were at the ready to help unload all the donated items. We were most honoured to be visited by The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mervis and then The Mayor of Camden Councillor Lazzaro Pietragnoli who both were invited to help sort the mountain of donated goods! Both our honoured guests praised the incredible engagement of our community in Mitzvah Day and for all we were doing to support those in need.
Our Marshalling & schlepping team was bolstered this year by three members of one of our neighbouring churches, the 7th Day Adventists Church, led by Pastor Felix McPherson, and all three of them were incredibly enthusiastic in helping. They felt blessed to be involved with our Mitzvah Day activities and were delighted as they had never been inside the shul before.
Thank you to everyone from Shul and Cheder for the enormous volume of donations going to the many homeless charities including the New Horizon Youth Centre for homeless youth, Doorstep London, St Mary's Winter Shelter, the Holy Trinity Church Winter Shelter, JAMI, WJR, and the British Heart Foundation.
The Mayor followed us to the “Bake & Drop off” at to the Church of St Mary to support their Winter Shelter for Camden’s homeless. Rabbi Shlomo and a wonderful contingent from our community delivered a whole store-cupboard full of home cooked cakes, biscuits, soups, as wells as clothes and toiletries to the Winter Shelter. The Reverend Marjorie Brown gave us an moving insight into the volunteering that St Mary’s community members do to support the homeless throughout the winter months from November to March offering a home cooked meal and a place to sleep on Monday evenings. Thanks to our contributions this week will be a hearty meal!
South Hampstead Synagogue Mitzvah Day shopping activities were incredibly supported by volunteers at all our active and overflowing stalls - inviting local shoppers to donate extra items for the local homeless:
1) Tesco England's Lane - with a particular thanks to Cllr Leila Roy
2) Waitrose Finchley Rd - with a particular thanks to SHY!
3) Superdrug on Finchley Road
4) MD Shopping in Hampstead - with a particular thanks to Cheder!
Thanks to Sue and our other drivers, we were supporting Camden’s homeless, including New Horizon Youth Centre, St Mary's Church Winter Shelter, Holy Trinity Church Winter Shelter, Doorstep London charity and others!
The Ajex parade was well supported by South Hampstead members, honouring those Jewish armed service men and women who lost their lives to safeguard our freedom.
The Cheder activities were all run extremely successfully, with the Otto Schiff visit brining sunshine and joy to the residents with both singing and baking! Our South Hampstead Choir together with other members of our community led a wonderful musical sing-a-long a the Sage home in Golders Green.
A special thanks to the 150 volunteers, all the drivers, shleppers, bakers, shopping stallers, sorters, baggers, singers, marshallers, as well as to Peter and Hyman for the amazing photos, and the SH MD coordinators, Daniela, Ruth, Marcelle, Denise, Lana, Laura, Lisa, Loretta, Rabbi Eli, and the whole Cheder team! ….to see pictures of everyone hard at work please click on the links below!
Many of you were taken by the fact that we have homeless so close to our community and asking whether we can do more. One option is to run a “Mini Shopping” outside Tesco & Waitrose in January or February for the Homeless Shelters run by the local churches. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take part.
Thank you to everyone once again for an amazing communal day of action!
SHKoyach - The UJIA Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Club has its next session on Tuesday 9 December from 6-8pm.
Future dates are: 13 January, 10 February, 3 March, 21 April, 19 May and 16 June.
Sessions are held monthly in the SHY room and are for boys and girls in School Year 7.
Each meeting includes a session facilitated by UJIA about the Ethiopian Bar / Bat Mitzvah journey and also a session led by the South Hampstead Youth leaders on becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Shica - (South Hampstead International Cruising Association)November 20, 2014
Save the date – Our next SHICA sailing trip will be Sunday 31 May to Sunday 7 June 2015.
No sailing experience is necessary for this fantastic holiday, which will be our 14th trip. Sun, sea, great company, communal Friday night and Shabbat are the norm, combined with the thrill of sailing the beautiful Ionian islands in comfortable, well-equipped sailing boats.
Not to be missed! You need to do one of these before you die. Or I do.
We are over half full already, so get on it NOW.
Enquiries to: email@example.com
Save The Dates : Forthcoming adult education evening sessionsNovember 20, 2014
22 December 2014: Maureen Kendler
Maureen, teaching fellow at LSJS, never fails to deliver excellent, engaging ‘Once in a New Moon’ seminars. Her topic is “The Chutzpah of Rizpah”: how a little-known and forgotten woman in the Book of Samuel defies the elements and the law, stages a vigil, campaigns for justice and wins her battle, and so much more. Despite its tragedy, a story to inspire. Dinner 7:30 pm, seminar at 8.15 pm.
7 January 2015: Gila Fine
Gila Fine is the Editor in Chief of Maggid Books (Jerusalem), and a gifted teacher of talmudic narrative. Superlatives follow every session she teaches and she is much in demand whenever she is in London. We are delighted that she will be teaching at South Hampstead. Not to be missed.
Watch this space for booking details.
Parshat Toldot begins full of hope and promise, yet ends replete with tragedy.
It begins with extraordinary marital harmony and after many years of fervently praying for a child, Isaac and Rebecca are blessed with twins. Yet by the end there is familial chaos, deceit, assimilation and calls for murder.
This week we have also witnessed a place of harmony descend into chaos. The Har Nof massacre has shocked us all.