What Does Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue Have To Offer YOU?

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Welcome to our shul.

Sukkat Shalom R. S. is now over 30 years of age and is a continuously growing community in Wanstead London E11 1UL.

...but above all friendship
Regular Services

Lunch & Learn on Shabbat
Friday Night Chavurahs
Bridge Play
Text Study Classes & Hebrew Classes for Adults & Beginners
Cheder Classes & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tuition
An Effective Council of Trustees
A really Great Rabbi
A Great Place to Marry

Join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/52808691567/

Tel:020 8530 3345

Combating Anti Semitism

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CST has just published a guide to combating antisemitism online in response to requests from members of the community.

Here’s the link:

http://www.thecst.org.uk/docs/Combating%20Antisemitism%20on%20Social%20M...

It is also now on the CST website, at ‘Publications’.

Please pass this link on.

President’s Rosh Hashanah message 5775 – a tale of two elections

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At the time of writing this piece Israel is under continuous rocket attack and there is no prospect of a cease fire. I hope and pray that by the time this is read the situation will have settled. I am writing to you with what will be my final Rosh Hashanah address, as my term as President comes to a mandatory end in May next year. Being President has given me many pleasing moments and enormous pride. I am delighted that the Board has made so much progress so that we now have a first rate team led by a first rate CEO, Gillian Merron, and soon hopefully will be housed in first rate up to date
premises. Our discussions with the JLC for a unified organisation of the community continue but, whether on its own or as a part of a wider organisation, the Board has a bright future.

None of what we achieve would be possible without our dedicated Deputies, from across the UK – I thank them for their hard work: they represent their constituencies and are vital to the functioning of UK Jewry. Needless to say, the Board exists on money from individuals in the community - half of which comes from the Communal Levy: still, less than half of synagogue members pay the relatively small sum of £25 a year to support our work. I think that the message here will support the fact that we are deserving of that contribution.

We are helping to counter BDS, witnessed by our close work with the Methodist Church leadership which led to a oratorium around BDS activity;

We are protecting Jewish education through our lobbying ministers, such as the right to teach Ivrit as a first language;

We are promoting Judaism through our revamped Jewish Living Experience exhibitions and Tours, in which thousands of non- Jewish children learn about our faith every year;

Lisa Barnett marries Jason Stegall in Dallas USA

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Lisa Barnett and Jason Ryan Stegall were married on 21st June 2014 in Dallas Texas USA. It was a small ceremony and Lisa's friend who is an ordained minister carried out the ceremony.

The family plan a celebration in the UK in 2015.

Lisa Barnett was Bat Mitzvah at Sukkat Shalom on the 15th April 1989 at the Quaker Hall in Leytonstone.

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Rosh Hashanah Message from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism

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Let's start at the end.

Hashkivenu Adonai Eloheinu L'Shalom. Cause us, Source of Life and Peace to let this year be one of peace and reconciliation in which we in Britain and also Israelis and Israel’s neighbours wake up to peace and lie down to peace. V'ha'amideynu Malkeynu l'chaim. Enable us to get ourselves up and to carry on, appreciating the fullness of life. U'fros aleynu sukkat shelomeycha. And may You envelop us with the security of peace.

The next Chavurah Supper & Service will be held as shown below:-

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Chavurah Supper & Service Friday 5th September 2014 from 7.00pm


A Chavurah Supper & Service will be held on Friday 5th September 2014 from 7.00pm. Why not come along and bring some food to share. These evenings are always enjoyable and very sociable.........So....why not give it a try ?????

Why not come along and join us for a very enjoyable and social evening. Bring some food to share (no meat please)

Also on Friday 3rd October 2014 7.00pm.

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Simona & Simon Walters married at Sukkat Shalom

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Simona & Simon Walters were married at Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue today Sunday 3rd August 2014

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Josh Emdon & Nicola Jackson

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Nicola Jackson @ Joshua Emdon married at Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue on Sunday 27th July 2014

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Sderot Young Leaders Program (SYL)

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Sderot Young Leaders Program (SYL)

Introduction

The Sderot Young Leaders Program (SYL) was formed in 2008 at the initiative of some local young people in Sderot, Southern Israel, and some local adult volunteers. Its objectives were to provide the local children with a youth club, training and personal development facilities which were nonexistent at that time in Sderot.

In 2008 Sderot was on the front line of Hamas terror, it being situated 100 meters from the border with Gaza. Bomb shelters were situated in all public places including the schools and the lead time from hearing the air raid warning (code red) to finding a bomb shelter was less than 2 minutes. This led to a terrible situation for the youth of Sderot both in terms of youth facilities which were nonexistent and wide spread mental illness and anxiety from the relentless rocket attacks from Gaza. In addition Sderot was one of the poorest cities in Israel. In short, they were the forgotten city of Israel. Something needed to be done to help the young people have somewhere to meet, improve their education standards, give them new skills and leadership training so that they could improve their lives permanently whilst giving back something to the community.

At this time, a small group of friends in London became aware of this situation and decided to take some action to help the program leaders. This took the form of fundraising for two specific purposes: to start a youth club and to arrange a holiday for some of the Sderot youth at Jewish Boys and Girls Brigade’s summer camp in the UK.
Progress to date
From an initial intake of 8 young people in 2008 it now has over 80 people enrolled on its various activities this year.
Activities of SYL

Isabel Levicki Receiving her Jack Petchey Certificate

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Isabel Levicki receiving her Jack Petchey certificate at the Shul Tea in July 2014

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Afternoon Tea at the Synagogue 20th July 2014

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“Afternoon Tea at the Synagogue” Sunday July 20th

Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue 1 Victory Road Wanstead E11 1UL

This was an opportunity to come along to the shul and meet friends, colleagues, members, Council members and Rabbi Becker. Tea, Coffee, pop, nice food, fun and treats for the children will be available.

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Songs from the Musicals

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Songs from the  Musicals Evening by

“Performance”

Sunday 2nd November at 7.00pm

Ticket Price is £10.00 for adults & £7.00 for children under 12 years old.

Please contact Frank Godson on 07545349999 or at admin@sukkatshalom.me.uk

Venue

Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue 1 Victory Road Hermon Hill Wanstead London E11 1UL

"Performance" is a group of 12 friends who have been singing together for about 10 years. 

Prior to this most of them performed together in countless pantomimes and musical productions. 

They now mainly provide entertainment at fundraising events, weddings and parties. 

Their repertoire includes songs from films, West End shows, past and present including Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.

All monies raised will go to synagogue general projects

Newsletter - Shema

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The Shema is the Sukkat Shalom Bi-monthly Newsletter

The synagogue produces a magazine called Shema. It is full of interesting articles and current topics. In future the Shema along with our Calendar of services and events will be distributed 4 times a year.

If you would like to receive a copy or advertise in its pages please contact the Administrator on 020 8530 3345 (answerphone) or by email admin@sukkatshalom.me.uk

From Our Rabbi June 2014

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After a pogrom three Jews from the Pale decided that the time had come to leave and build new lives elsewhere. Berel said, “I am going to build a new life in America, the only problem is that they will probably call me Buck instead of Berel. Cherel said “I’ll go with you even though they will probably call me Chuck.” Schmerel said, “I think that I better go to England instead.”

As my first grandchild is due in August there has been much talk in my house about names. It is interesting how each name creates a different picture in our minds about the baby and the adult that the child will hopefully one day become. There are the obvious and not so obvious hazards to be avoided (one girl’s name being considered was Orla, but my daughter decided that should the child go to Israel having a name that is pronounced the same as the word for foreskin wouldn't be such a good idea).

A boy’s name being considered is Solomon which can be shortened to Sol, Solly, and Solo. Each of these versions of the same name seems to me to indicate a completely different personality. This is not as fanciful a notion as may seem to be the case. The names we use and the way people react to them can do much to shape how we are seen by others and ourselves.

Do you attend Synagogue, Shul or Beit Knesset? (As long as you attend I really don’t care which term you use) What does each name say about the emotional bond that you have with the community? Do you prefer Beit Knesset, Beit Midrash or Beit Tefillah (House of Assembly, House of Study and House of Prayer respectively)? What does it say about what you value? When you use these names is it the building that you think of or the community that uses it?

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Wedding of Craig Leibman & Joanna Lambert

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Craig Leibman & Joanna Lambert were married under the auspices of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue at the Royal Chace Hotel in Enfield Middx. The wedding took place on Sunday 22nd June 2014

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From Our Rabbi April 2014

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get to the other side.

Why did the bigamist cross the aisle?

To get to the other bride.

Almost every society has formal, ritualised (whether religious or not) ways of recognising adult members who have entered into legally binding, long term, committed relationships. In English we call these marriages. I am always surprised at the vehemence with which people assert that their form of marriage is definitive, unchanging and ordained by God. This despite the clear evidence that what constitutes a marriage undergoes a vast multitude of changes across societies and across time within societies.

I had intended to give examples of this at this point but to do so adequately would require a booklet so large that it would have to be delivered via a forklift.

I am sure that everyone reading this will know that British law is undergoing a change which will extend marriage and its associated legal conditions to people who wish to establish and affirm such relationships with members of their own gender and that religious institutions (with the exception of the COE) will be permitted but not compelled to perform such ceremonies. I would love to discuss the merits of this in great detail but the tome required to do the topic justice would be so heavy that I am afraid that even a forklift would break down under the weight of the argument.
Nonetheless it is worth letting people know how this will/may affect our congregation.

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Quiz Supper on Sunday June 8th at 7.00pm

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On Sunday 8th of June the synagogue held a General Knowledge Quiz in the shul. The Quiz was organised by Stephen Silver, Mitzi Kalinsky, Reeva & Frank Godson with Colin Joseph as the quiz master.

Many thanks to those members that helped set up in the morning and clear up after the quiz finished.

The food was a deli supper, time consuming to put together but less costly than some alternatives.

The quiz itself was put together by Colin and delivered by Mitzi. It was challenging and interesting. During the interval there was a bingo session.

80 people attended and I would like to thank them and the following people for putting tables together, Jeff & Deirdre
Soraff, Jean & Bernie Russell, Steve Wynne &
Angela Jacobs, Hazel & Barry Capal, Mitzi Kalinsky, Colin Joseph, Hazel Crego & Eddie Brower, Jill & Stephen Silver.

We raised a whopping £940.00 on the night.

The money will be going into our Heating Installation Fund.

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Lunch & Learn

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Lunch & Learn

After one Saturday service per month there is a Lunch & Learn session where we share morsels of food and knowledge in an informal environment. If you have young children and would like to attend the Torah Lunch please let the Rabbi know so that we can arrange for the children to be looked after by one of our Madrichim.

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Access to Judaism

Adult Education: 

Access to Judaism

Specially prepared for members and friends of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue and Woodford Liberal Synagogue by
Rabbis Larry Becker and Richard Jacobi.

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in this course. As course tutors, we aim to provide you with a programme and format that provides:

• All the essential education in Judaism needed by someone choosing to become Jewish.

• Stimulus and learning for those already Jewish who want to enrich their Judaism (by attending the whole course, or individual sessions).

Thought for the Day - 22/04/2014 - Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner

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Biblical themes tend to break out of their pages and firmly plant themselves in present-day reality. That happened this week. We’re reaching the close of Passover when Jews celebrate our liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. We’ve re-enacted our history by eating tasteless, unleavened bread and foods dipped in salt water to remember the poverty and the tears of the Israelite slaves. But it doesn’t take much to compress the time between past oppression and today’s news.

Just this weekend two Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue in the Ukrainian city of Nikolayev. There were no physical casualties but confidence within the Jewish community has been discernibly knocked because although Jews have lived in the Ukraine for over a thousand years, nearly a million were murdered there during the Holocaust. Fear makes a telegraphic connection between today and recent reality.
A few days before the firebombing in Nikolayev, a leaflet was handed out at a synagogue in Eastern Ukraine, telling Jews over the age of 16 to register themselves and pay a special tax - or leave. Ukraine’s Prime Minister responded immediately and called for those who handed out the leaflets to be brought to justice.

News of this leaflet went viral in cyberspace and kicked off a barely dormant trepidation virus in Jewish communities throughout the world. These leaflets are now widely believed to be fraudulent, designed to portray the pro-Russian forces as anti-Semitic. Sadly, they are as evocative as they are provocative.

B,Nei Mitzvah Since the Synagogue was Founded

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B,Nei Mitzvah Since the Synagogue was Founded

1. Martin Dighton was the first Bar Mitzvah on the 24th April 1982. A mobile ark used during the service. Prayer books books and a Yud were borrowed from South West Essex Reform Synagogue and a scroll was borrowed from the Settlement Synagogue in Stepney Green. The service took place at Bedford House in Buckhurst Hill Essex

On reaching 21 Years of Age

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Membership Important Notice

Children of members are covered by their parent’s membership up to the age of 21 years. After this age, they must become members in their own right or they will not be covered for burial or receive High Holyday tickets.

The synagogue offers a special rate for 21-25 year olds which is £84.00 per annum. This rate will remain low until the young member is working and able to pay a little more.

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Security Awareness Training

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Security Awareness Training

• Do you handle post, deliveries or manage visitors?
• Would you know how to deal with a threatening phone call?
• How would you deal with a suspicious person?
• What would you do in an emergency situation?

CST is offering a free half-day training course for any person
who works or volunteers within the Jewish community. This
includes; administrators, receptionists, office staff, caretakers,
site managers, lone workers, heads of department, chairmen and
rabbis.

CST is offering two dates in the North London area and they are:
1) Afternoon Session – Thursday 22nd May – 1.00pm to 5.00pm
2) Morning Session – Tuesday 17th June – 9.30am to 1.30pm

All training that CST provides is free and you may send as many
people as you like.

To book your place, please email training@thecst.org.uk or call the
training department on 0208 457 9999.
An email with the venue details will be sent to confirm your place(s).

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Seder in the Synagogue April 2014

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The Communal Seder in the synagogue was well attended this year with over 60 members and guests present.

As usual it was a very enjoyable evening with lovely food

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A message for Pesach from MRJ Chair Robert Weiner.

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We have celebrated many landmark events over the last six months. Firstly, the collaboration between Middlesex New, Harrow & Wembley Progressive (Liberal) and Hatch End (Masorti) Synagogues to create Mosaic, a new, joint community serving the outer reaches of North and West London. Mosaic will share many synagogal tasks whilst continuing to observe denominational differences via individual services and religious functions. Sinai Synagogue in Leeds are celebrating their 70th anniversary and Newcastle celebrated their 50th anniversary.

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