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

Tel:020 8530 3345

Synagogue Council 2014/15

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SSRS Council 2014

Position Member

Chair of Council Rachel Savage

Vice Chair Vacant

Hon. Treasurer Mitzi Kalinsky

Ass Hon. Treasurer Jeff Soraff

Hon. Secretary Angela Jacobs

Senior Warden Melvin Pedro

Chair of Education Sue Rosner

Head of Security Vacant

Chair of House Simon Sugarman

Council Positions

Reeva Godson
Steve Wynne
Andrew Lewis
Sidney Kirsh
Jeff Lustig
Dee Slade
Karen Watch

Songs from the Musicals

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Songs from the  Musicals Evening by

“Performance”

On Sunday 2nd November at 7.00pm "Performance" a group of 12 friends who have been singing together for about 10 years produced the most exhilarating evening of music in the synagogue. Most of the singers have performed together in countless pantomimes and musical productions. They now mainly provide entertainment at fundraising events, weddings and parties.  Their repertoire included songs from films, West End shows, both past and present including Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. They also sang a melody of Beatles hits. All monies raised on the evening will go to synagogue general projects.

The evening was organised by Angela Jacobs and Steve Wynne with help from a a few synagogue members and we raised about £750.00 for synagogue projects

The Wedding of Tracy Green to Paul Jacobs

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Tracy & Paul were married at Sukkat Shalom on Sunday 21st September.

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Rabbi Sheila Shulman

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Rabbi Sheila Shulman was originally from Brooklyn and had lived in Britain for more than 30 years. She gained semicha following a career in academia and publishing. Soon after, in 1990, she and a group of lesbian feminists began to work towards founding a synagogue. Sixteen years later, Beit Klal Yisrael is a warm, energetic and very individual community.

Sheila was a student rabbi at Sukkat Shalom (Buckhurst Hill Reform Synagogue) during the late 1980's.

Sheila died on Saturday 26th October aged 78 years old

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

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Next Chavurah Supper on Friday 5th December 2014


A Chavurah Supper & Service will be held on 2nd January 2015 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)

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Bar Mitzvah

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David Zavoronkova

David was Bar Mitzvah at Sukkat Shalom on Saturday 18th October 2014 (24th Tishri 5775)

David gave a very interesting Drasha and read Parsha Genesis in a very able manner. He also selected a very interesting study passage.

He was supported by friends and family. Simona Walters his mother and Simon his stepfather provided a superb lunch for all who attended the service.

A hearty congratulations to all.

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Newly Refurbished Front Doors of the Synagogue

Adult Education

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Access to Judaism Wednesday evenings
Hebrew Lessons Wednesday evenings
Text Study Tuesday evenings
Lunch & Learn on the 3rd Saturday in the month

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From Rabbi Becker October 2014

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Ulterior Motives.

A member of a Haredi community went to his Rabbi with a problem. Rabbi he said I need to travel to Hong Kong on business but the only plane that will get me there on time leaves on Shabbat. Is there any way that I can be permitted to take the plane? Of course not replied the Rabbi. But Rabbi said the man, surely if I buckle the belt the whole way I can be considered to be wearing the plane.

People are often thought of as being rational creatures. For myself, I feel that we are more rationalising than reasoning. When our greed or lust or vanity or any other aspect of the Yetzer HaRah lead us to desire an action, we use our powers of reason (surely an aspect of the Yetzer Tov) to justify our actions at least to ourselves if not to others. In so doing we pervert the Yetzer Tov and make it the servant of the Yetzer HaRah. How often when faced with a rule

that we don’t want to follow do we first look for a way to avoid the rule and if that fails we look for a justification to break it.

I write this during the month of Elul and no doubt you now expect me to say that at this time of the year we must put this normal behaviour aside and for once in the year be honest with ourselves. But I am not going to do this. It seems too trite to me. Indeed this would also be an example of using the Yetzer Tov to create evil. If we emphasis repentance during the penitential season we risk making the season itself a means of avoiding repentance the rest of the year and even worse we turn repentance as a weapon against itself. After all, if all we have to do is be seen to be sorry for what we do it can be providing us with a get out of jail free card for our actions.

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Liberal and Reform together launch alliance for Progressive Judaism

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Liberal Judaism (LJ) and the Movement for Reform Judaism (MRJ) have today announced that they are to create an alliance between their two movements. Together already accounting for nearly a third of synagogue-affiliated Jews with 82 communities, the UK's two Progressive movements are seeking to capitalise on the 30% growth in those identifying themselves as sharing their values, according to the recent JPR studies of Jewish communal attitudes.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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BOD - Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission

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"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:

https://engage.number10.gov.uk/contact-the-holocaust-commission/
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