What Does Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue Have To Offer YOU?


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

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Should you be interested in joining our community or are a school wishing to visit the synagogue please contact our Administrator by email at admin@sukkatshalom.me.uk

Sderot Young Leaders Program (SYL)


Sderot Young Leaders Program (SYL)


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


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


Afternoon Tea at the Synagogue 20th July 2014


“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.


Songs from the Musicals


Songs from the  Musicals Evening by


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


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


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


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?


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


Chavurah Supper & Service Friday 1st August 2014 from 7.00pm

A Chavurah Supper & Service will be held on Friday 1st August 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 5th September 2014 7.00pm.


Wedding of Craig Leibman & Joanna Lambert


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


From Our Rabbi April 2014


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.


Quiz Supper on Sunday June 8th at 7.00pm


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.


Lunch & Learn


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.


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


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


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


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.


Security Awareness Training


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

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).


Seder in the Synagogue April 2014


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


A message for Pesach from MRJ Chair Robert Weiner.

Jewish World Keywords: 

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.

BOD - Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission


"The Holocaust is unique in man's inhumanity to man and it stands alone as the darkest hour of human history."

So states the Prime Minster's Holocaust Commission website, set up to investigate what measures should be taken to ensure Britain has a permanent and fitting memorial to the Holocaust.

Our responsibility is to make sure that the *Jewish voice**,* specifically, is heard. We need to ensure that the Holocaust remains, once all the survivors are long gone, embedded in British society appropriately commemorated and with its lessons continuing to be learned. Specifically as Jews, we may want to raise: education, types of commemoration, restitution, location of lost graves, legacy.... and this is our chance. This is a once in a lifetime chance to feed the Jewish voice on Holocaust into government.

Finally, the Commission provides an opportunity for us to think more about our own focus on the Holocaust and how we want to move forward as a Jewish community, with the legacy.

*What are we asking you to do now?*

Send the submission document on the link below to *everyone you know* and encourage people to send it in to the Cabinet Office as directed.

Attend the open meeting (approx 16-25 year olds) to be held at JW3 in north London on *Wednesday 23rd April*, to
express their views.

If you need help, please contact me or Andie, our project manager. We apologise if you receive this information more than once - we are trying to reach as many people as possible. *Note the closing date for submissions is Friday 30th May 2014.*

*This is the link:


Eileen Sheppard's Doctorate


Many people in the local community have asked me about my research. I have managed to keep it quiet until Frank got to know that I have been awarded my PhD, and requested a piece for the newsletter.

Rachel Savage on the Board of Deputies


The Board of Deputies of British Jews exists to represent the Jews of the United Kingdom. It consists of Deputies – nearly 300 at last count – elected by “constituencies” for a three-year term (known as a triennium). Most of the constituencies are synagogues, but an increasing number represent other communal bodies such as Jewish charities, the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) and the various movements (for example the Movement for Reform Judaism has a number of Deputies).

I was elected as Sukkat Shalom’s Deputy for the 2012-15 triennium.

Structure of the Board

The Wedding of Howard Cohen & Melanie Markham


Howard Cohen & Melanie Markham were married at Sukkat Shalom on Sunday 2nd March.


The Wedding of Julie Harris to Mark Finch


The wedding took place last weekend of Julie Harris to Mark Finch was a fabulous occasion and all went well. The ceremony was at The New London Masorti Synagogue Abbey Road NW London and the party was held at The Barbican.
Julie married Mark Finch from Hampstead. They shared a gap year in Israel 8 years ago and have been together ever since.
We all remember Julie as one of our Bat Mitzvah girls and an assistant at the Cheder.
We would like to wish Clive & Ruth Harris many congratulations.


"Jewish London" by Rachel Kolsky & Roslyn Rawson


A new guidebook to Jewish London, co-authored by Rachel Kolsky and Roslyn Rawson, will be published shortly and in the bookshops from 1st March. Sukkat Shalom is featured in the Jewish London Further Afield section, complete with full colour photos and details of our wonderful shul.

They particularly wanted to mention the heritage of the building and have included an image of Beverley-Jane Stewart's gorgeous painting of the synagogue at the Tottenham Home and Hospital so that readers can see the paneling in both its original and current setting.

The page for our feature looks quite stunning. Let me tell you a little bit more about the book. It has 224 pages containing all anyone would need to know about Jewish London. They have included where to tour, stay, eat, shop and pray.

They are hopeing it is written in a lively and fresh fashion with over 200 colour photographs, art works and archive images together with detailed maps and practical advice such as travel information and opening hours. Special features include eight easy to follow self-guided walking tours, restaurant reviews of over 40 eateries for all budgets and tastes, information on 44 synagogues of all denominations and sections dedicated to the Jewish Museum, Holocaust memorials, Jewish art and artists, Judaica, films and literature, Jewish cemeteries, major historical personalities such as the Rothschilds and Disraeli and day trips out of London.

The authors have arranged a series of 'Meet the Authors' presentations and some of you might like to attend.


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