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					Mosaic
 Magazine of the
 New West End Synagogue



 Rosh Hashanah 5769 / 2008




                             
Contents                                                                                                                        From the Desk
                                                                                                                                of the Editor
                                                                                                                                The Hebrew word “Kippur” means to wipe off or to clean. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement,
     02      Contents & Welcome from the editor                       22      Nightingale                                       is a day when we wipe the slate clean and start again from scratch, starting anew.

                                                                                                                                It is with this in mind, you will have hopefully noticed a new and exciting look to Mosaic,

     04      Events, Social & Personal                                23      Invisible Men
                                                                                                                                the New West End Magazine. It is hoped that this new look will demonstrate that we are
                                                                                                                                a young, ‘go-ahead’ and friendly Shul with lots going on.


     05      NWES Social Club                                         24      Israel - An Alternative History
                                                                                                                                It is not the only thing at the New West End though that has been destroyed rebuilt from scratch
                                                                                                                                – the Guild has most generously organised the refurbishment of the Bride’s Room. This will
                                                                                                                                make a New West End wedding even more beautiful than it already is.

     06      Message from Rabbi Shisler                               25      Airways to G-D                                    Our Rabbi’s teach us that a couple’s wedding day is, for them, like Yom Kippur. In many
                                                                                                                                communities, the Bride and Groom have a custom of fasting on this day, from dawn until the
                                                                                                                                wedding ceremony is completed. Fasting before the wedding means forgiveness for all deeds,

     07      Chief Rabbi’s Rosh Hashanah Message                      26      Getting Ready for a Function
                                                                                                                                starting life afresh, like Yom Kippur. In the Mincha service on the day of the wedding,
                                                                                                                                the Groom says the Amida of Erev Yom Kippur.


     08      The thoughts of Chairman Melvyn Lux                      28      Favourite Traditional Rosh Hashana Recipes
                                                                                                                                Here at the New West End we have approximately forty weddings a year. Although any
                                                                                                                                wedding here cannot be anything but memorable, the Service is always enhanced when it is
                                                                                                                                accompanied by our choir. In our “choral special” you can read about not only our Shabbat
                                                                                                                                regulars, but also those who come just for weddings.
     09      Meet the Chatanim                                        29      Winter Blues, What Winter Blues?
                                                                                                                                In this issue we also focus on our other two bridegrooms, John Harris and Victor Wasserman,
                                                                                                                                this year’s Chatan Torah and Chatan Bereishit. We find out a little bit about them and their

     0     Jeremy Jacobs, The New Chief Executive                    30      News from the Office
                                                                                                                                family, where they come from and their thoughts about the New West End.

            of the World Synagogue                                                                                              I hope that you enjoy the new look of the magazine and, together with my wife, Shana wish

                                                                      3     The Book (Club) Report
                                                                                                                                you a Shana Tova U’metukah – a happy, sweet, and peaceful New Year.

     2   The NWES Israel Trip May 2008                                                                                         Eli Ballon

                                                                      32      Yom Tov Guide 5769
     4     Life as a Chorister
                                                                      34      Hagim Timetable 5769-2009
     6     Childrens Page
                                                                      35      New Year Greetings 5769 / 2008
     8     Bayswater and the New West End Synagogue during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cover photograph:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Jean (nee Rosen) and Manny SANETT
            World War Two. Part Four – The most frightening period.                                                                                                                                                                1st September 1954



     Minister Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler                                  Representatives on the
                                                                      Council of the United Synagogue
     Chazan Jeremy Lawson                                             Dorothea Josem, Jonathan Matheson

     Chairman Melvyn Lux                                              Representative at the
                                                                      Board of Deputies of British Jews
     Vice Chairman Gaby Morris                                        Dori Schmetterling

     Wardens Alan Gainsford, Martin Lewin                             Administrator Rachel Cohen

     Financial Representative Jeff Hammerschlag                       Beadle Eli Ballon

     Board of Management                                              Choirmaster Elliot Burman
     Harvey Katz                       Sandra Blackman
     Jonathan Matheson                 Natalie Cutler                 Office hours          Monday–Thursday 10.00 am–4.00 pm
     Frank Miller                      Dorothea Josem                                       Friday & Sunday 10.00 am–12 noon
     Howard Morris                     Susan Katz
     Stephen Peters                    Rachel Magrill                 Telephone             020 7229 2631
     Michael Sharron                   Lynn Meltzer                   Fax                   020 7229 2355
     Jonathan Skry                     Toni Nagel                     Email                 nwes@newwestend.org.uk
     Michael Talalay                   Valerie Richman                Website               www.newwestend.org.uk
     Trevor Toube                      Angela Skry

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Events, Social & Personal                                                                                         New West End
                                                                                                                  Synagogue Social Club
                Mazel Tov to all who were                            We offer a very warm welcome                 Come along to our club on the first Wednesday of each month and receive a very warm welcome.
                married at the New West End                          to the following new Members                 We are always delighted to see you!
                over the last few months:                            of the Synagogue:                            Lunch is served at about 1.15pm and frequently includes homemade soup, hot burekas, freshly
                Deborah Silver and Barrie Morgan                     Mrs. Lynn Brown                              made sandwiches and excellent homemade desserts.
                Danielle Green and Joel Benson                       Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Calton
                Eve Kimerling and Julian Harris                      Miss Brenda Daniels                          We generally have either a speaker or music. Among recent entertainments we have had:
                Francine Shisler and Sammy Daniel                    Mr. Joel Hyams
                Katie Godfrey and Nicky Jason                        Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Lando                  • Beverley Jane Stewart with an exhibition of her paintings of Shul architecture
                Sarah Benton and Joshua Luks                         Mr. Ricky Shapshak
                Gemma Golan and Paul Bloom                           Mr. and Mrs. John Ziegler                    • Harry Lyons talking about his life as a wandering musician
                Danielle Yershon and Ryan Kissin
                Suzanne Wilson and Damian Tash                                                                    • Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler - an afternoon of magic, music and mirth
                Jacqueline Hoffman and Benjamin Swabe
                Kim Anders and Jonni Milich                                                                       • Otto Deutsch, memories of pre-war Vienna
                Natasha Grayson and Michael Rosen
                Laura Harris and Michael Carlton                                                                  • Trevor Toube explaining the science of delicious cooking.
                Natalie Cowan and Lee Josephs
                Julie Tamir and Jonathan Gilbert                                                                  DO NOT MISS - Excellent singer Mark Rosen on Wednesday, 5th November
                Ruth Joseph and David Joseph
                Sonya Yadin and James Saidman                                                                     Many, many thanks to our brilliant Hosts and Hostesses - Bob, Debbie, Dorit, Natalie, Rene,
                                                                                                                  Ruth, Trevor and Valerie. We all enjoy working at the club and the pleasure of seeing new
                                                                                                                  and old friends each month.
                Mazel Tov to
                Susanna and Jonathan Paisner on the birth of a son                                                For further information please phone Patricia on 0207 229 9661.
                Judith and Harold Paisner on the birth of a grandson
                Caryl and John Harris on the birth of a grandson                                                  Raffle Presents
                Jeff Margolis on his 70th birthday
                Zac Skry on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah                                                       Do you have any presents that you could donate to our raffle? These help finance our food and
                Maxine and Michael Margolis on the occasion of their son’s wedding                                entertainment as well as giving pleasure to members. Please contact Patricia - 0207 229 9661
                Joseph Djanogly on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah
                Frederic and Marla Simkin on the birth of twin sons
                Arnold and Franka Simkin on the birth of twin grandsons


                We extend our condolences to:
                Miss Rachel Cohen, our Administrator, on the loss of her sister
                Mrs. Dianne Bloom on the loss of her mother
                Mr. Jeff Margolis on the loss of his brother
                Mrs. Louise Mirwitch on the loss of her mother
                Mrs. Judith Paisner on the loss of her mother
                May the Almighty comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem

                We regret to announce the following deaths:
                Mrs Chinita Abrahams-Curiel


                We will remember them
                We have introduced the practice of reciting Memorial Prayers to recognise the generosity of
                those who have left legacies to the Synagogue in their Wills, and who will be permanently
                acknowledged in our Yizkor Book.

                We are extremely grateful to those congregants who have made bequests, which enable us to
                maintain and preserve our beautiful Synagogue together with its activities.

                If you would like to make provision in your Will for the future benefit of the Synagogue please
                contact the office.


                The Board of Management along with the members, as well as visitors to the NWE, wish to
                thank all those who have sponsored Kiddushim over recent months. The Kiddushim provide
                a time to make new friends and catch up with old ones.

                We would like to thank you all!

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Message from Rabbi Shisler                                                                                          Chief Rabbi’s Rosh
                                                                                                                    Hashanah Message 5769
               It is very noticeable how many people have abandoned the second day of Rosh Hashanah,                As I write these words, the world–not just the Jewish world–is facing a period of turbulence
               so I have decided to use my message this year to give some background to its origins in the          and uncertainty. The international political situation is hard to read; the economic situation
               hope that a better understanding will encourage more of our members to observe it with us.           harder still. We face recession; no one knows whether this will deepen into depression.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ‘the joy of the
                                                                                                                    ‘These are the times’, said Paine, ‘that try men’s (and women’s) souls’.
               Although the Torah mandates only the 1st Tishri as Yom Tov, the second day of Rosh Hashanah
               was established by our Prophets in ancient times, and has been observed throughout the entire        Wrestling with this challenge, I found my mind going back to a Rosh Hashanah long ago,
               Jewish world ever since.                                                                             in the mid fifth century BCE. The Babylonian exile was over. Many Jews had returned.

               The Jewish calendar is a luni-solar one, that is, it depends on the moon as well as the sun.
               The months are determined by the length of time it takes the moon to encircle the earth,
                                                                                                                    The Second Temple had been rebuilt. Yet there was no miraculous transformation in the
                                                                                                                    situation of Jews. They continued to face enemies without and divisions within. Outmarriage
                                                                                                                    was high. A significant part of the population was deeply assimilated. Half could not even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lord is your
               which is approximately 29½ days - and the seasons by the sun. In Temple times, the beginning
               of each month was announced only after two witnesses came to the Temple to testify that they
               had actually seen the crescent of the new moon. If after 29 days there were no credible
                                                                                                                    speak Hebrew (Neh. 13: 24).

                                                                                                                    That Israel survived at all at this time was due to two remarkable leaders the statesman-diplomat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             strength’
               witnesses, the 30th day was declared as Rosh Chodesh, making the month a full month                  Nehemiah and the scholar-teacher Ezra. They realised that something radical had to be done to
               (as opposed to a defective 29-day month). After the new month had been declared, messengers          give the nation the strength to endure: not military or political but spiritual. The people needed
               would be sent out to inform the various Jewish communities whether the previous month had            a clear identity, a framework of values, a set of beliefs, a way of life. The national imperative was,
               been a 29 or 30 day month.                                                                           in short, a return to Torah and a renewal of the covenant between the Jewish people and God.

               Rosh Hashanah presented a special problem because, not only is the 1st Tishri Rosh Chodesh,          On Rosh Hashanah they gathered the people before the Water Gate in Jerusalem. Ezra read
               it’s also Yom Tov.                                                                                   the Torah to them. Educators were placed throughout the crowd to explain what was being
                                                                                                                    said. The people, realising how far they had drifted from their mission, began to weep. It was
               On the evening following the 29th day of Elul, (the day before Rosh Hashanah), the court in the      then that Nehemiah said words that, for me, contain one of the secrets of Jewish survival. He
               Temple would sanctify the day as the first of Tishri based on the possibility that witnesses might   said: “This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep ... Go and enjoy choice
               come that day and testify that they had seen the new moon, confirming that Rosh Hashanah             food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred
               was indeed on that day. If the witnesses did appear, then that day had been Rosh Hashanah            to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8: 9-10). Let those
               and following day, 2nd Tishri, would be an ordinary day. However, if witnesses did not appear,       words echo in the mind: “the joy of the Lord is your strength”.
               then the following day would be Rosh Hashanah and it would turn out that the previous day,
               although it had been sanctified as such, hadn’t been Yom Tov at all!                                 Jews never lost the capacity to rejoice, at times of poverty and oppression, they celebrated
                                                                                                                    Shabbat and the festivals as if they were royalty. They studied, like aristocrats of the mind.
               Since this was clearly a very unsatisfactory situation, to ensure that people would not treat the    They celebrated weddings as if they had no care in the world. I sensed that same resilience in
               first day lightly, thinking that it might not be Rosh Hashanah, the early Prophets ordained that     Israel throughout the difficult years of suicide bombings, Katyushas and Kassams. The strength
               Rosh Hashanah should be celebrated as a two day holiday - with the prohibition of work,              of the Jewish people is that we never allowed our enemies to rob of us of our ability to laugh,
               the sounding of the shofar, and the appropriate festival prayers being observed on both days.        and celebrate, and say Lechaim, and sing. Nehemiah, the shrewd statesman, was right.
                                                                                                                    “The joy of the Lord is your strength”.
               An indication of the ancient character of these two days, even in the Holy Land, is found in the
               special prayers that were composed for the second day only, and also in the fact that a different    It is not easy to rejoice in hard times. It calls for real disciplines of body and mind. It needs
               Torah reading, and Haftarah is mandated for each day. So we know that the Jewish New Year            habits of gratitude, rituals of giving thanks, sacred times when we stop thinking of what we
               has, since time immemorial, been celebrated as a two day festival, even in Israel, as it continues   lack and instead focus on what we have. It means celebrating family and home and children,
               to be to this day.                                                                                   love and friends and community. That is what Judaism trains us to do. Half its rituals are
                                                                                                                    about celebrating and sanctifying life. Rosh Hashanah is a sustained prayer for life.
               This two-day celebration of Rosh Hashanah is referred to as Yoma Arichta - one long day, which
               means that the forty-eight hour observance of Rosh Hashanah is considered one extended day.          There have been civilisations that worshipped power, wealth, art, science, victory in war,
               Even so, each day is sanctified in itself. Regarding preparation, however, they are considered to    dominance over others, privilege, hierarchy superiority. Judaism found joy in life itself: life in
               be two separate days so you may not prepare food on the first day for the second.                    love, life ill community, life in the birth of a child, the life that flows through the generations
                                                                                                                    as we honour the past and cherish the future. Jews knew that you could lose all else and still
               In every corner of the world Jews celebrate our New Year for two days. This is a tradition that      celebrate life.
               has been hallowed by time and is a way in which we identify with our co-religionists, wherever
               they may live. I hope you can now see that people who have the notion that they’re identifying       In life we find G-d. His is the breath we breathe, the call we hear, the forgiveness we feel,
               with Israel when they don’t come to shul on the second day of Rosh Hashanah are seriously            the strength we need. No other religion has so focused on and sanctified the blessing of being.
               misguided. The reality is that if you want to identify with Israel, then you should be coming        This sustained our people in the past. May it sustain us in the coming year. May G-d bless us
               to shul then.                                                                                        all with life, and health, and peace.

               Anne and I look forward to the great pleasure of seeing you all over the forthcoming Yom Tov         Bebirkat ketivah vechatimah torah lekha ulekhol Yisrael
               days, and we pray that you and all your family will be granted a wonderful healthy, happy and
               peaceful 5769.                                                                                       Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
                                                                                                                    Rosh Hashanah 5769
               Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler




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The Thoughts of Chairman Melvyn Lux                                                                                 Meet the Chatanim
Rosh Hashanah 2008
               The World will remember the year 2008 for a number of notable events. Amongst these we had           Our two Chatanim and their wives chat to           Benjamin – just 6 weeks. JH. Sarah the           the shul which was a big wrench for me as I
               the first Chinese modern Olympic Games, Russia flexed it’s muscles with its incursion into           Eli Ballon about themselves and their lives.       youngest girl is a graphic designer like us      was barmitzphad there and had been involved
               Georgia, there was Obama mania in the USA and probably most important to Jews worldwide                                                                 – but so far no wedding bells – too busy         with Chelsea all my life.
               we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel.                                                                       travelling the world.
                                                                                                                    John Harris _ Chatan Torah Caryl (née                                                               5. What do you like about Nwe – list...
               In addition you will have noticed the format of our shul Magazine Mosaic has been modernised.        Harris) Married – 17 March 1964 Offspring          8. Do they have a view about their religion?     elaborate?
               This is carrying on the desire of the New West End Community to keep up to date.                     – Selene, Sofie and Sarah. Profession(s) - JH      JH. Selene went to Solomon Woolfson so she       Eliane and I were over-awed by the beauty,
                                                                                                                    – International Graphic Design Consultant          had a great start to Judaism. Sofie and Adam’s   friendliness, and exceptional quality of the
               May I take this opportunity on behalf of us all of thanking Caryl and John Harris for their          (Retired) -CH Advertising & Graphic Designer       children attend the NW Jewish School in          services. Where else can you experience such
               professional design input and our Editor Eli Ballon for his guidelines and all who have offered      -MD of Design Consultancy (UN-Retired!)            Manchester – Sarah runs a Jewish girl-guide      a beautiful choral concert every Saturday
               their thoughts and most especially written contributions for this exciting 21st Century look.                                                           group in Stanmore where I ran a Jewish scout     morning? Not to mention the spiritually
                                                                                                                    EB - 1Q. Were you born into a big family?          troop for more than 30 years. CH. The girls      uplifting service. We were most impressed
               In the last 12 months we have had a number of visitors to the New West End, some of whom             JH. No I have one elder brother and Caryl’s        have a strong feeling of who they are - and      with the Rabbi and his lovely wife and he is
               have since become members.                                                                           elder sister married him!! Makes life nice and     children seem to be a very important part of     a superb educator.
                                                                                                                    easy. CH I have an older sister and brother.       the New West End.
               All of these people made similar comments to us about how great the New West End Synagogue                                                                                                               6. Let’s go back to you family – what do your
               is, which in essence is: The friendliness of the whole congregation. A most beautiful and            2. Did you have a very religious upbringing?                                                        daughters do for a living/interests?
               inspiring building. Fantastic music. A variety of events and activities. An especially welcoming     JH. Well my father was quite religious and I                                                        All the girls went to the French Lycée here in
               spirit for all children whether of the community, or just visiting. For the first time in his life   always enjoyed going to shul and studying.                                                          Kensington. Karen studied at the Sorbonne
               one person said he actually felt “at home” in a Shul. I would like to thank each of you who          Caryl’s parents were less religious but similar                                                     and is a French lawyer and English solicitor.
               contributes to making this happen.                                                                   to our family so we fitted together very well.                                                      Babette went to Central St Martins and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        graduated in jewellery design and now runs
               Naturally the Board of Management and I have been delighted to hear these comments. I know           3. How did you meet?                                                                                her own company winning design awards
               the whole community wants the NWES to be great and that is why everyone helps in every way.          JH. At Edgware Maccabi Club when Caryl                                                              for her brilliant work. Candy was at King’s
                                                                                                                    was 14 years old and I was 16.                                                                      College and is now a marketing manager
               We have a lot to thank our Rabbi and Rebbetsin who when asked at their first Board of                                                                                                                    with a medical company in Sydney.
               Management meeting “how do we increase our membership? They said you don’t. You first                4. When did you first meet the Wasserman
               make the members feel part of the Community”. We have followed their advice. This spirit             Family?
               has also increased our membership.                                                                   CH. I think it was because I had started a
                                                                                                                    crèche at Chelsea Shul but its such a long
               We all owe a debt of gratitude to many of those who have previously served on the Board of           time ago – its hard to remember. JH. Victor,       Victor Wasserman _ Chatan
               Management, or are currently serving, the generous donations from our members and non                Eliane, Caryl and I were all on the Board of       Berashith – Eliane (née Salanic) Married –
               members, to maintain the artefacts and the beautiful interior of the building. Because of these,     Management at Chelsea shul and we shared           14 November 1965 Offspring – Karen,
               we have managed to obtain Grade I listing, which applies to only two shuls in London, Bevis          the responsibility of keeping the shul             Babette and Candy Profession(s) - VW.
               Marks Synagogue and the New West End.                                                                thriving and vital.                                Personnel Director (Retired)

               To add light to our lustre we had a visit from H.E. the Israeli Ambassador Ron Prossor on a          5. We know you were firm supporters of             EB - 1Q. Were you born into a big family?
               Shabbat morning in July. We celebrated with a communal lunch and afterwards he spoke and             Chelsea United Synagogue? Before then              VW. Not really I had one brother and
               fielded questions from the audience for over an hour. Before the lunch he spoke to the Rabbi         – what shul were you a part of?                    one sister and Eliane has two sisters and
               and to the Chazan saying how much he enjoyed the Service and the music and mixed with                JH. It was when we were looking for the            one brother.
               the members generally chatting and making all who met him feel he was a “regular guy”.               new London home and we wanted to be


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Where else can
                                                                                                                    near a shul. Before that we were members           2. Did you have a very religious upbringing?
               The joint Cheder Prize Day ended the first year of the joining of the cheders of NWES and of         of Edgware United Synagogue – we were              VW. Eliane came from a very religious
               Holland Park Shul. This union is very successful and by uniting we have enabled more children        married there and so too were our siblings         background. But both our parents and grand
               to get together and support a full complement of teachers. In addition we now have a class           Toni (Caryl’s sister) to Peter.                    parents had deeply religious backgrounds
               covering GCSE Hebrew.

               The NWES along with the Zionist Federation organised a mission to visit Israel during the
                                                                                                                    6. What do you like about NWE –
                                                                                                                    list...elaborate?
                                                                                                                                                                       and were always involved in community
                                                                                                                                                                       work both in their places of birth in Europe
                                                                                                                                                                       and also here. Like most refugees from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        you experience
               celebratory week. It was fantastic! We met a number of important people including:

               The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and senior members of the Knesset. Deputy Editor of the
                                                                                                                    CH. One Shabbat John finally agreed to
                                                                                                                    try it instead of Chelsea and that was it.
                                                                                                                    The friendliness and the welcome were
                                                                                                                                                                       Russia, Germany and the Baltics their
                                                                                                                                                                       struggle to safety is a story in itself.         such a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        beautiful
               Jerusalem Post. A Colonel of the Intelligence Corps. The British Ambassador and many others.         overwhelming. JH. We both love the                 3. How did you meet?
                                                                                                                    services, the musicality of the whole shul         We met at a Boxing Day party in London – two
               We went to ceremonies, memorial services, a tour of the Intelligence Corps HQ and a number           and of course – is there a more beautiful one      months later I was invited to her lovely home
               of modern museums paying tribute to founders of the State like Herzl and Menachem Begin.             in all of London? Every Shabbat it is a real       in the South of France and I knew she was the
               We met visitors from across the world as far afield as Australia, Chile, South Africa and the USA.

               By the time this magazine is published we will be at the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur period.
                                                                                                                    treat to sit and enjoy every aspect of the shul.

                                                                                                                    7. Let’s go back to you family – what do your
                                                                                                                                                                       girl for me. I proposed and was accepted we
                                                                                                                                                                       were married in Central Synagogue in ‘65.        choral concert
               A time to contemplate, repent and revitalise ourselves and give Tzedaka to those less fortunate
               than ourselves.
                                                                                                                    daughters do for a living/interests?
                                                                                                                    JH. Selene is married to Martin both are heads
                                                                                                                    of schools and have two sons, Harry (9) and
                                                                                                                                                                       4. When did you first meet the Harris Family?
                                                                                                                                                                       John and I were Chelsea Board Members
                                                                                                                                                                       and we campaigned to get a Cheder started
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        every Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        morning?’
               Denise and I wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year and well over the Fast.             Freddy (5). CH. Sofie is a physiotherapist -       because of our six young daughters and
                                                                                                                    married to Adam, a Consultant Neurologist,         from that point on we more or less took over
               Melvyn Lux                                                                                           and they have Louis (5) Saskia (2) and             running the shul. We both decided to leave

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Jeremy Jacobs, the new
Chief Executive Of The United Synagogue
As many of you will know, I have had              life, and showing a mature responsibility          during my previous work for the organisation.     to balance the need to manage the                Of course we want to have communities of
the great honour to have been offered the         towards their community, has been humbling.        I hope my passion also showed through, and        unexpected with a focus on moving                like minded people; of course we want there
prestigious position as Chief Executive of the    I remember clearly the Shabbatonim in              shortly after the interview I was asked for a     the organisation forward.                        to be kosher food available; of course we want
United Synagogue, which I will be taking up       Israel, where, annually, over 200 gap year         second interview with four other Trustees and                                                      to be buried in a Jewish cemetery; of course     So, quite a task ahead of me! But I am
around the Yom Tovim time.                        participants, from various United Synagogue        a Human Resources professional.                   The Chief Executive is responsible for and       we need a proper Religious Court to settle       passionate about the United Synagogue
                                                  backgrounds, and different levels of religious                                                       leads the professional team of the United        certain matters; of course we need world-class   and my Vision, and I hope I will play some
My family has been fully involved with the        observance, come together to share an              For the second interview I was asked to make      Synagogue and works in tandem with the           Jewish education; but these are all aspects      small role in ensuring the organisation
United Synagogue since its inception in           experience which enhances their commitment         a formal presentation to the panel on, guess      elected President and Trustees”.                 of the same goal – TO DEVELOP JEWISH             delivers quality and relevant services to our
the 1870’s. My great-great-grandfather was        to their Jewish identity. How could I not be       what, my vision for the United Synagogue,         More specifically it requires:                   IDENTITY. As a father, and, Hashem willing,      membership, enabling our community to
Warden of the Hambro Synagogue during             inspired by their commitment and enthusiasm        and my proposed strategy to achieve that                                                           a future grandfather, there is nothing more      grow and to assist in the development of
the period when the five main Synagogues          towards their home communities?                    vision. Well, I had already done most of that     The setting and implementation of strategy,      important to me than ensuring my family both     Jewish identity.
of London joined together to create what was                                                         work, but the additional effort in formalising    Servicing Communities, Jewish Religious,         retains their Jewish identity and increases it
effectively a self-help organisation dedicated    Which is where I was, back in May 2008. The        the power point presentation was a very           Infrastructure provision, Management             as much as possible. That will include their
to developing communal facilities for the         post of Chief Executive had been filled very       worthwhile process for me. In this process        of Internal relationships and Personnel,         being involved in Jewish communal, social        Jeremy Jacobs
growing London Jewish community, and              ably on a caretaker basis by Stuart Taylor since   I had to firm up the practical elements of the    Responsibility for Communications and            and religious life and an up front and proud     Chief Executive Designate
he also served on the United Synagogue            the middle of 2007 and I knew this period          strategy, ensuring that by the time I gave the    External relationships, Reporting all of the     commitment to Israel. That is what the United    United Synagogue
Council and Chief Rabbinate Council. As           was reaching its end. Having discussed the         presentation, I was confident and polished.       above to the Trustees and ensuring proper        Synagogue is really all about and my vision
time progressed the US developed an ethos of      possibility of applying with both Stuart, and                                                        Governance mechanism is in place                 is that we create the opportunities for all of   July 2008
pooling resources to assist new and growing       Simon Hochhauser the current President of the      The three hour process, which also                                                                 British Jewry to grow in a religious and
communities as well as enabling declining         United Synagogue, I decided to make a formal       included further discussion on specific topics,   As you can see, the role is complex and          Jewish communal sense.
communities to downsize with dignity              application and was offered a first interview.     was arduous but exhilarating. The end result      comprehensive, but what is most interesting

My family’s involvement continued with my
great-grandfather serving for over thirty years
                                                  You might be interested in the process
                                                  I went through before I was finally offered
                                                                                                     of course was a telephone call asking me
                                                                                                     whether I wanted to go through the final
                                                                                                     process. I was to meet with an independent
                                                                                                                                                       is the prominence of the strategy concept,
                                                                                                                                                       and it therefore gives me an opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                       fulfil my vision for the United Synagogue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        United family of welcoming communities
                                                                                                                                                                                                        – But how can we develop Jewish identity?
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Through our communities, because that is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘I realised that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         everything
as Warden of the Hambro Synagogue and             the position. I knew the interviews would          Employment specialist who would delve             I have of course already alluded to this, but,   where Jewish life really exists. Notice some
then Warden and Financial Representative of       be rigorous, having been on the interview          deeper into my personality.                       in brief, my Vision is as follows:               key words even here: we must be a united
the Stoke Newington Synagogue around the          panel for the previous two appointments,                                                                                                              community, working towards the same
turn of the century. My grandfather served as     but dealing with it from the other side was        Having got this far, and having increased         That the United Synagogue enables all            goal, and sharing facilities, ideas, resources
a United Synagogue Council representative
for the Dunstan Road Synagogue during the
1920’s and with my father being a very active
                                                  a different ballgame altogether.

                                                  Even before I started the process, having
                                                                                                     my passion and commitment to succeed,
                                                                                                     I willingly accepted the challenge. As the day
                                                                                                     arrived, it began to dawn on me that this final
                                                                                                                                                       British Jews, as defined by Halachah, to
                                                                                                                                                       develop their Jewish identity, through our
                                                                                                                                                       united family of welcoming communities
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and personnel wherever possible. Different
                                                                                                                                                                                                        communities within the United Synagogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                        may sometimes have differences of opinions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I had done
United Synagogue Council member for Dollis
Hill, my brother Financial Representative
for Pinner, and my sister and brother-in-law
                                                  read the person specification and job
                                                  description, I realised I had to give very
                                                  serious thought to my overall vision and
                                                                                                     process would be very challenging. I was not
                                                                                                     disappointed. The four hour interview, which
                                                                                                     included psychometric testing and probing
                                                                                                                                                       and quality central services

                                                                                                                                                       This is very similar to the existing Vision of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        but ultimately we must be united, because
                                                                                                                                                                                                        we are a family sharing the same goals,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        aiming for the same objectives. To do that,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         before for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         organisation
taking a prominent role at Belmont, it was        strategy for the organisation. I started to        questioning, was arduous but enlightening.        the United Synagogue, but it perhaps has         all our communities must work tirelessly
only natural I continued the family tradition.    put pen to paper, and very soon realised                                                             more emphasis on action rather than reaction.    to be welcoming to all their members and
                                                  how passionately I believed in the ethos and       As you will have gathered, the outcome            There are a number of key words in the           visitors alike. We must always realise that
Having spent many years on Belmont’s Board        principles of the United Synagogue. I am           was a success for me. Having gone to Israel,      Vision which I want to highlight:                we are serving our membership, and that
of Management and Finance Committee I then
became Financial Representative and then
Warden of the community.
                                                  sure many of you will empathise with this
                                                  process. As you start to think about something
                                                  seriously you develop a passion that has lain
                                                                                                     whilst celebrating at a Simchah, I received a
                                                                                                     telephone call from the President offering me
                                                                                                     the position. I accepted with alacrity, full of
                                                                                                                                                       All British Jews – the United Synagogue has
                                                                                                                                                       always tended to focus on the London area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        service concept applies at both central and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        local level. My goal is to encourage and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        enable communities to increase membership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         was leading
In 1996 I ran for the position of Treasurer
of the United Synagogue, and served two
                                                  dormant, and I realised that everything I had
                                                  done before for the organisation was leading
                                                  me to this new challenge.
                                                                                                     anticipation and humility.

                                                                                                     Here I was, one of a long line of the Jacobs
                                                                                                                                                       With changing demographics, and many
                                                                                                                                                       young people moving into the London area,
                                                                                                                                                       TRIBE has found a need to start focussing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        by providing the warm and welcoming
                                                                                                                                                                                                        atmosphere people want, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                        providing a wide range of facilities and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         me to this new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         challenge’
terms finally relinquishing the post of                                                              family, committed to the organisation,            its efforts more widely, and we have found       services, with the ultimate goal of
Senior Treasurer in 2002. However this was        My final strategy document filled me with a        finally being given the opportunity of            willingness, indeed passion, amongst             developing Jewish identity.
not the end of my involvement. It was with        sense of commitment and drive. The need to         fulfilling the dream of accepting what            regional communities to participate in our
great excitement that I accepted the post         nurture and develop warm and welcoming             many regard as the most senior full-time          Vision. That is something I want to develop      Quality central services – this was one of
of Chairman of the newly created Young            communities, grounded in Halachah, devoted         professional position in British Jewry,           as we go forward.                                the original goals of the United Synagogue,
Peoples Programme of the United Synagogue.        to developing Jewish identity, is without          with a chance to really make a positive                                                            and nothing has really changed. Pooling of
I helped forge the strategy and brand that        doubt a mitzvah and a necessity. What better       difference to the lives of all Jews in Britain!   Defined by Halachah – let us be up front         resources and strength in numbers enables
is now TRIBE and have been Chairman               challenge could I hope for at this stage of my                                                       and proud. We are a religious organisation,      a community to provide facilities that are
ever since, seeing the fledgling organisation     professional life?                                 What does the position involve? The job           working within the bounds of Orthodox            financially and physically impossible when
growing into the largest Jewish organisation                                                         description gives some flavour of the scope of    Judaism, and we should say so. Of course         there are too few members. However, one
catering for young people in the country,         The first interview was conducted by two           the position. Not only would I be responsible     others will disagree, and we must respect        aspect of my vision is perhaps more focussed.
with over 12,000 members.                         current Trustees and a Human Resources             for around 700 employees who are working          their views, but similarly they should respect   I am determined to ensure the facilities we
                                                  consultant. It was a rigorous interview,           tirelessly for the community, but I would also    ours. Dialogue is vital, and I aim to continue   provide are efficient, relevant, and steeped
The experience of being Chairman of               focused on problem solving and personality         have stewardship of assets approaching £100m,     that to the best of my ability, but as far as    in the concept of SERVICE to the community.
TRIBE has been a most exhilarating one,           profiling. It was a very thorough two hour         and income of around £20m per annum.              our organisation is concerned, we have           We must never forget, whether it be within
and this has played no small part in whetting     process, and one which, despite being                                                                restrictions which we must comply with.          the centre or at local level, the needs of our
my appetite to play an even greater role in       apprehensive beforehand, was actually very         In particular it confirms that “The role                                                           members, and we must do this with the
British Jewry. Working with a dedicated           enjoyable. My past experiences put me in           is challenging and complex requiring a            Develop Jewish identity – here is the heart      express intention of developing their
group of professionals, and seeing hundreds,      a position of strength as for the most part,       sophisticated ability to work with a range of     of the vision! Why do we have such an            Jewish identity.
if not thousands, of kids, engaging in Jewish     all the problems raised I had come across          diverse interest groups and stakeholders and      organisation as the United Synagogue?

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The NWES Israel Trip May 2008
Henry Magrill



                   Twenty-one NWES members gathered in the Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv on Sunday 4th May for our             On the Wednesday morning we drove first to the Machal Memorial in the Jerusalem hills for the
                   third Israel Mission, led by Rabbi and Mrs Shisler. The previous trips in 2004 and 2006 had been     Yom Hazikaron ceremony. Machal was the name given to the overseas volunteers who came to
                   hugely successful and enjoyable and the 2008 event was to prove equally popular.                     Israel in 1948 to fight alongside the Israelis in the War of Independence. Many died, and all their
                                                                                                                        names were read out during the ceremony, including twenty-two from the United Kingdom.
                   Breakfast on the Monday morning found the overnight arrivals semi-compos-mentis - some had           At 11am the air-raid sirens sounded throughout the country to signal the two-minute silence -
                   had only a couple of hours sleep after their night flights whereas the majority had already had      a very moving moment.


‘...we were
                   two days in the sun to recover from the journey.
                                                                                                                        We were accompanied that morning by Colonel Olivier Rafowicz who briefed us on the security
                   The formal proceedings started with a briefing in the hotel from our guide Mina Glatzer, but         fence and took us to see parts of it in and around Jerusalem and overlooking Bethlehem from
                   the tour got off to an unfortunate start because the coach was caught up in a huge traffic jam on    Gilo, a neighbourhood which had come under sustained fire from the Palestinian territories

struck by the      the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway following an earlier accident so we eventually left the hotel 1½
                   hours late. This meant that our scheduled meeting at the Foreign Ministry had to be cancelled
                   and instead we went straight to the Knesset where we met with two MKs - Yoel Hasson of the
                                                                                                                        before the construction of the barrier. In the afternoon we had a short tour of the Old City
                                                                                                                        culminating in a visit to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, adjacent to the Southern Wall of
                                                                                                                        the Temple Mount, which houses in the Davidson Centre a three-dimensional “walk-through”

many areas         Kadima Party and Colette Avital of the Labour Party. Each of them spent about an hour with us
                   briefing us on the political and security situations in which Israel finds itself and answering
                   questions. Naturally there were differences of opinion between the two politicians but we were
                                                                                                                        computer reconstruction of the Second Temple.

                                                                                                                        Dinner that evening was at a restaurant in the new North Tel Aviv port which has been


in which they
                   struck by the many areas in which they were in broad agreement, especially in relation to the        transformed from a run-down group of disused warehouses into a smart shopping, eating
                   potential threat to the region from Iran.                                                            and tourist area within fifteen minutes walking distance from our hotel.

                   We then drove to the new Yad Vashem complex where, after lunch in the cafeteria, we were             Thursday was Yom Ha’Atzmaut - Independence Day - and we were taken to the Army

were in broad      guided through the exhibition by Asher Cailingold, a veteran of the ex-British community in
                   Israel. As was to be expected, the visit was both impressive and moving and the new facility
                   is architecturally striking, being built through a hill so that, on exiting, the visitor sees a
                                                                                                                        Intelligence School at Glilot, just north of Tel Aviv. We spent a fascinating morning seeing
                                                                                                                        everything from captured military hardware to satellite imaging equipment and pilotless
                                                                                                                        information-gathering aircraft. There was also a full size replica of a Hezbollah camp in South

agreement,         breathtaking panorama of the Jerusalem hills.

                   We dined at a restaurant in Jerusalem (various tasty morsels on skewers, accompanied of
                                                                                                                        Lebanon and a mock-up of one of the tunnels used to smuggle people and weapons across
                                                                                                                        the Gaza-Egypt border. These tunnels are quite unlike the image one has from The Great
                                                                                                                        Escape film - they are easily big enough to drive a truck through!


especially in
                   course by Israeli salads and pita) and then returned to Tel Aviv for the night.
                                                                                                                        Our next stop was the JNF picnic and barbecue in the Nes Harim Forest in the Jerusalem hills
                   Tuesday 6th May provided some of the major highlights of the trip. We returned to Jerusalem          (where one has to say that the food did not compare favourably with that produced by our own
                   (this time the coach was on time!) and at the Jewish Agency building we met with Steve Linde,        ex-South African team of experts at the Shul barbecue in July!).

relation to the    Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post. In a highly entertaining and informative one-hour
                   discussion he gave us a third viewpoint on Israel’s internal politics (rather more bluntly than
                   the politicians the previous day!) and external security threats where once again Iran figured
                                                                                                                        On the final morning of the trip we were honoured by a visit to the hotel by the British
                                                                                                                        Ambassador, H. E. Tom Phillips CMG. He stayed with us for nearly an hour and gave us a

potential threat   prominently. Steve promised to visit us at the NWE next time he is in London to bring us further
                   up to date with developments and you would all do well to watch out for this event and make
                   a point of attending - you will not be disappointed!
                                                                                                                        somewhat off-the-record briefing on his view of the Middle East situation. Without breaking
                                                                                                                        any confidences, he too regarded Iran as the most serious threat to stability in the region and
                                                                                                                        he also made many flattering comments about Israel’s development over the many years that


to the region
                                                                                                                        have elapsed since he was first sent there as a relatively junior diplomat.
                   After lunch in Cafe Joe in Keren Hayesod Street - highly recommended - we drove to Mount
                   Herzl for a visit to the Herzl Museum where we were joined by Eli and Shana Ballon who were          Our last outing was a short tour of the old city of Jaffa which is continually developing as an
                   on holiday in Jerusalem. The museum traces Herzl’s early ideas on a Jewish state through to the      arts-and-crafts centre and also a brief stop at the Independence Museum in downtown Tel Aviv.

from Iran’         Zionist Congresses of the 1890s and 1900s through a series of cleverly thought out dioramas and
                   films. We then moved on to the Menachem Begin Museum which uses photographs, recordings
                   and similar displays to record his life both before and after the founding of the State of Israel.
                                                                                                                        This trip differed from the previous two in that we spent much more time being briefed by very
                                                                                                                        highly qualified and experienced people on the political and security situation. On earlier visits
                                                                                                                        we were taken to units helping, for example, disabled children or disadvantaged families. As one
                   We dined in the restaurant at the Museum and then drove to the Old City of Jerusalem for the         of the people who has been on all three trips I can say that we now have a much more complete
                   official state ceremony for Memorial Day - Yom Hazikaron - at the Western Wall, attended by          insight into what makes Israel unique and what we can do to spread the message in the face of so
                   President Shimon Peres who together with a war widow lit the memorial flame for Israel’s             much adverse comment in this country.
                   fallen soldiers.




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Life of a Chorister
By Gary Fine



                  My Grandfather, Naphtali Halter, was a chazzan in Lodz, Poland at the age of 15 years.              New West End Choir
                  After arriving in Liverpool in 1907 with my Mother, who was 12 years old, he took up the post
                  of chazzan at the Princes Road Synagogue before moving to the East End of London where he           The New West End Synagogue has had a              Jack Ferro A barrister by profession, he began     Elliot Berman (with an e) - Although the
                  became well known as a mohel, shochet and cantor of the Cannon Street Road Synagogue for            choir from its inception in 1879. Its most        singing with the New West End choir in 2005,       newest recruit to the choir, he felt that it was
                  more than 40 years.                                                                                 distinguished choirmaster was D.M. Davis,         and performs regularly with the choir and          inevitable that he would sing at the NWES.
                                                                                                                      whose photograph and Code of Conduct hang         also the Neimah Singers. A lyrical tenor, he       Having been involved in Jewish choirs for
                  When I was a child my Grandfather tried to teach me to write music but had to admit defeat,         in the Golda Cohen Room. He conducted for         has a keen interest in chazanut and liturgical     several years, he was often confused with
                  as I was completely unable to understand the basic rudiments of note positioning and value.         no less that 50 years, during which time he       music, and has often led the Shabbat service       NWE’s illustrious choir master! Elliot sings
                  However when he taught me my bar mitzvah he realised that I had a pleasant singing voice            co-compiled Kol Rinah: The Voice of Prayer        at the NWES. He has performed with some            with the London Jewish Male Choir and is its
                  but suggested that I should not seriously think of using it until it had broken.                    and Praise, but is far better known as the        of the world’s leading chazanim, in the UK         current treasurer. He is also a member of Mill
                                                                                                                      “Blue Book”, which contains the                   and abroad.                                        Hill Amateur Operatic Society and Impact
                  At the age of 17 I joined the choir of Golders Green Synagogue in Dunstan Road as a trainee         core-collection of Nusach Anglia choral                                                              Theatre Company.
                  baritone. The choirmaster was David Levine and one of the basses was Stanley Warren. My             pieces. It is still used in Anglo-Jewish          Trevor Toube has sung in choirs in South
                  apprenticeship lasted about one year after which Queen Elizabeth invited me to join her army.       communities over one hundred years later.         Africa, California, Cambridge, and London          Stuart Dashwood has been a member of the
                                                                                                                      Paul Lessman , choirmaster, was in the choir

‘I led the boys
                                                                                                                                                                        over a period of nearly six decades. He is         NWES choir since 1995. He has sung with
                  Two years later in 1956, after retiring from National Service, I returned to Golders Green and      from 1948 until his retirement in 1992. Paul      also a composer. By profession, he is a            The Jewish Male Voice Choir and the London
                  my mothers cooking to find that I was welcome to return to the choir as an unpaid trainee but       was succeeded by Elliot Burman who has            mostly retired academic, specialising in           Cantorial Singers, currently he spends most
                  I declined as I considered that my apprenticeship had ended two years earlier.                      been choirmaster since 1993.                      organic chemistry.                                 of his time singing for various operatic

in the high       Some friends persuaded me to attend a rehearsal of the Zemel Choir where I was auditioned by
                  Dudley Cohen, the founder and musical director. To my delight and amazement I was accepted
                                                                                                                      The New West End can boast the only
                                                                                                                      full-time professional synagogue choir in the
                                                                                                                                                                        Stanley Blum loves to sing everything from
                                                                                                                                                                        L’Dor Va’Dor to Al Jolson. A pharmacist by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and musical societies throughout London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           including the Brent Opera, whom he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           considers his “home”.


holydays
                  but, as this was a mixed choir, I had to retrain as a tenor. Once again Stanley Warren was in the   London area. They officiate at all Shabbat and    trade, he wanted to leave his profession for
                  Bass section.                                                                                       Yom Tov Services held in the Shul, Weddings       the stage. He recently made his second CD          Melvyn Miller has over 45 years experience
                                                                                                                      and any special Services, at all times with the   and is in the final ten of the Star Now Search     of singing with various Jewish Choral
                  After a short while I joined the choir of Finchley Synagogue in Kinloss Gardens, under the baton    aim of making the Service more beautiful in

services at the
                                                                                                                                                                        for a Star.                                        Societies and Synagogue choirs around the
                  of Lionel Leigh, where I sang with a bass named Stanley Warren!! I led the boys in the high         praise of Hashem.                                                                                    country including the Zimriyah Choral
                  holydays services at the Odeon cinema in Temple Fortune. One of the boys was 7 year old Lionel                                                        Jeff Jacobs first sang in public aged 4 at         Society of Birmingham, the Glasgow Jewish
                  (now Rabbi) Rosenfeld whose father was chazzan of the Shul.When the choir disbanded I was           Rev. Brian Segal became choirmaster of            Jewish retirement homes with his two               Choral Society, the Zemel Choir and presently

Odeon cinema      asked to sing in the Dennington Park Road, Hampstead Synagogue choir.

                  I met my future wife, Rita, who was a soprano, in the Zemel Choir. She was also a chorister in
                                                                                                                      Edgware United Synagogue in 1973, having
                                                                                                                      joined their choir as a ten year old. After a
                                                                                                                      period of tuition at Jews’ College under the
                                                                                                                                                                        brothers. He then sang tenor in the South
                                                                                                                                                                        West Essex Reform Synagogue junior choir,
                                                                                                                                                                        and bass in the adult choir.. Jeff joined the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sings with the London Cantorial Singers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           He is also a member of Edgware United
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Synagogue Choir and occasional member


in Temple
                  the Hampstead Synagogue where we were married in 1963 and sang together for almost 30 years         aegis of Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler he became         London Jewish Male Choir in 1993, and              of the NWES choir.
                  with Chazzan Charles Lowy. Hampstead was the last United Synagogue to have a mixed choir            Chazan at Ilford Federation Synagogue until       toured Israel, Holland, and Gibraltar -
                  but no Stanley Warren.                                                                              1984. Brian spent 23 happy years as Chazan of     he is the choir secretary. In 1995 he joined the   Alex Knapp graduated from Cambridge
                                                                                                                      Palmers Green United Synagogue, serving the

Fortune’
                                                                                                                                                                        NWES choir and has sung in shul on Shabbat         with MA, MusB and PhD degrees in music.
                  We then moved to the New London Synagogue where we sang for 13 years.                               community and expanding his knowledge.            and Yom Tov ever since. Jeff’s hobbies include     He has also been awarded Hon ARAM, LRAM
                                                                                                                      Since 2006, Brian has been the wedding            opera, comedy and walking.                         and ARCM diplomas. Alex teaches privately
                  Rita and I had set up home in Stanmore and became members of Kenton Synagogue where our             Chazan of the NWES. He was extremely                                                                 and at university (most recently as Joe Loss
                  son Clifford was Bar mitzvah and daughter Natalie was Bat Chayil under the tutelage of Rabbi        pleased to be given this honour at what has       Stanley Warren first heard a Shul choir            Lecturer in Jewish Music at SOAS).
                  Eddie Jackson and the then chazzan Geoffrey Shisler.                                                been his favourite London synagogue.              singing a Sefirat Ha Omer Service aged 10          A composer, arranger, broadcaster and
                                                                                                                                                                        at Philpot Street Synagogue in 1936 and was        consultant Alex has performed as
                  For the past 10 years I have been singing at the New West End Synagogue in Bayswater, which         Elliot Burman has led the New West End            thrilled. He joined Duke’s Place choir for         accompanist (piano/organ) on several
                  has the last full time synagogue choir in London, and with The London Cantorial Singers and         choir since 1993. His family discovered his       a short time and after demob took singing          recordings of Jewish music, as well as at
                  Stanley Warren.                                                                                     musical talent at a very early age. He has sung   lessons. He sang in the Sadler’s Wells chorus      numerous concerts accompanying Chazanim
                                                                                                                      in classical concert choirs including at a Prom   until Professor Herbert Cesari said “Not for       Adler, Hainovitz, Helfgott, Herstik, Malovany,
                  You may be asking yourself why anyone would want to devote so many years to an activity.            Concert, as well as with Zemel, the London        you; you’re a soloist”. Stanley has sung in the    Miller, Müller, Schulhoff, Stern, and Weinbach.
                  To me and the majority of choristers this is not just a hobby but, to use a well worn phrase,       Jewish Male Choir and the London Cantorial        Golders Green Shul choir, Kinloss Gardens,
                  it’s a way of life.                                                                                 Singers; he has acted as deputy-conductor in      Finchley and Hendon Shuls.,Stanley was
                                                                                                                      the latter two. A semi-retired school teacher,    enticed to the NWES and has remained for
                                                                                                                      his other interests include the history of        the past ten years.
                                                                                                                      transport and collecting phonecard, stamps
                                                                                                                      and coins.




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Childrens pages


                                                                                                                                 A Story About The Meaning Of The Shofar

                                    Kids
                                    If you are ready for some
                                                                                                                                 Once upon a time a boy from a small village came to a city for the first time. In the middle of the
                                                                                                                                 night he was woken by the loud beating of drums. When he asked what it was, the people told
                                                                                                                                 him that when a fire breaks out, people beat their drums and, after a short while, the fire is gone!



                                    Fun         then come to
                                                                                                                                 When the boy returned home to his village, he told his neighbours about the wonderful system
                                                                                                                                 they had in the city for putting out fires. The people in the village were very excited and ordered
                                                                                                                                 drums for each household! The next time a fire broke out, everyone in the village beat their


                                    Club Sameach
                                                                                                                                 drums but the fire continued to burn and many of their houses burnt down. A visitor, who was
                                                                                                                                 there from the city, saw what happened and was told that they thought the beating of the drums
                                                                                                                                 would help extinguish the fires so the visitor explained:
                                    to play, to pray and for plenty of
                                                                                                                                 “Did you really think you could put out the fire by beating drums? We beat the drums in the city

                                    Surprises!                                                                                   to sound an alarm and wake other people for them to help and go to the well for water to put out
                                                                                                                                 the fire. It’s the water from the well that extinguishes the fire, not the beating of the drums!”.




Dip The Apple In The Honey
to the tune of Clementine
                                    At New West End we welcome
                                    people of all ages!
                                    Our children’s club, Club Sameach, has
                                                                                      Can you
                                                                                      unscramble
Dip the apple in the honey
Make a bracha loud and clear        separate activities on Shabbat and Chaggim
‘Shana Tova Umetuka’                for children under 5 and for those over
May you have a sweet new year       5… teenage volunteers are also more than                                                     Hearing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah is a kind of ‘beating the drums’ alarm for us, warning us

Mummy, Daddy, Sister, Brother
Sit around the table now
                                    welcome.
                                    We’d love to meet you anytime but please
                                    make a special effort to join us over the Yomim
                                                                                      these letters                              to improve our behaviour in the year ahead!


Dip the apple in the honey
If you’d like, I’ll show you how!
                                    Tovim. Our Sunday morning Cheder caters for
                                    children from 4 yrs old and attracts families
                                    from as far away as Windsor and Wimbledon!
                                                                                      to find words
                                    Do come to see for yourselves…
                                                                                      linked to this
Rosh Hashanah is here!
                                                                                      time of year?
                                    If you’d like further information about any of
to the tune of Happy Birthday!      our activities for youngsters at New West End,
                                    please send an e-mail to:
Rosh Hashanah                       kids@newwestend.org.uk
is here,
it’s the time
of the year;
                                                                                               SHLACHIT
we all say
                                    Club Sameach Schedule:                                       PLEAP
‘Good Yom Tov’ and
‘Happy New Year’!
                                    Rosh Hashanah
                                                                                                NOEHY
                                    (both days) 11.30am – 12.30pm                                KETAI
                                    Yom Kippur
                                    12–1pm                                              answers: apple, honey, tashlich, tekia
                                    Sukkot
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Bayswater and The New West End Synagogue
During World War Two
Geoffrey L. Green             ‘London will never be conquered and will never fail, and that her renown, triumphing over           representatives attended for special prayers to the victims of Nazi atrocities in Poland.
                              every ordeal, will long shine among men’ Closing sentence of a Statement on the ‘Flying Bomb’       Reverend Ephraim Levine took part at Kensington Town Hall in April 1943 of ‘Support for the
Part Four.                    made by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons 6 July 1944.                                      oppressed peoples’- ‘He spoke as one of the persecuted people, and was glad of the opportunity
The Most Frightening Period                                                                                                       to give audible expression of thanks to the men of the Churches represented at the meeting.
                              The German Air Force diverted to the Eastern Front after the invasion of Russia on 22 June          The voices that had been most articulate against oppression were the voices of the Christian
                              1941 which meant the heavy night bombing of London ceased. For the citizens, a kind of lull         Church. This form of persecution is an attack against all religion - not only the Jews. Christianity
                              pervaded, the opportunity of a night’s sleep, and some normality slowly returned, set against       is intimately bound up with Judaism. We want practical help as well as sympathy, and we must
                              an austere background. At the New West End Synagogue services were held in the Board Road           open up Palestine, the traditional home of the Jews’
                              (now the Golda Cohen Room) on weekdays during the winter months, and in the Synagogue at
                              other times, attendances were satisfactory. To show his appreciation of the Jewish efforts in the   The income of £8,135 in 1944 was the largest in the history of the New West End Synagogue,
                              ARP Services the Mayor and Council of Paddington visited the Synagogue on Sabbath 4 October         as against £7,305 the previous year. Membership continued to increase with thirty gentlemen
                              1941. Reverend Ephraim Levine had completed 25 years of service to the Synagogue and now his        awaiting seats, and only sixteen vacant seats for the ladies. At a Board Meeting on the 20 January
                              four sons and son-in-law were in the Army. The United Synagogue agreed to extend the retiring       1944 sanction was given to train Mr Harris as a successor to Reverend Isaac Goldston at a salary


‘London will
                              age of Reverend Isaac Goldston for a year, where he taught ten children in the Hebrew Classes,      of no more than £200 per annum for the post of Secretary. Many of the marriages solemnised at
                              two of my friends, Geoffrey Gross and Peter Bird were Bar Mitzvah.                                  the Synagogue were not members, which on occasions resulted in men entering the Synagogue
                                                                                                                                  without proper headgear (kippot were not allowed) and indulging themselves by smoking in the
                              It was getting near my turn. In the spring of 1942 my Aunt and Uncle returned to London from        vestibule. The United Synagogue had already pointed out the danger of increased ceremonies

never be                      Oxford, and I had a final change of school. St Clement Danes Grammar School in Ducane Road,
                              Hammersmith, on the number seven bus route from Westbourne Grove. I dropped down a Year,
                              and not only that, Reverend Goldston contacted Father and gently broke the news I was far from
                                                                                                                                  at public halls, if the use of the Synagogue was refused or discouraged. Reverend Goldston
                                                                                                                                  proposed a large notice in the Vestibule. The Ladies Committee had been revived with monthly
                                                                                                                                  meetings and energetically led by Mrs Franklin. Contact Ascot Hostel, a Jewish home for


conquered                     ready for my Bar Mitzvah. A simple seven line portion was re- found for me on Sabbath second
                              day Shavuot, and so started a crash course in the Secretary’s Office. I do not know who had
                              a harder time of it poor Reverend Goldston, or me. On walking to St Petersburgh Mews most
                                                                                                                                  children orphaned or otherwise directly affected by the war. Concern was expressed to urgently
                                                                                                                                  pass to the United Synagogue that the Matron of the London County Council Lindsey Hostel
                                                                                                                                  for Unmarried mothers and their Babies was anxious for Jewish girls to start being visited by a


and will never
                              evenings, I passed the bomb site in Bark Place (now the Herbert Samuel Hall) where a large brick    Jewish Minister. The far sighted start to organising a Social Centre, where young Jewish men and
                              built emergency water supply water tank had been built. Came the day I was so nervous, no           women could meet, once a month on a Sunday afternoon for social and educational activities.
                              confidence whatsoever, the memory of the Priestly Blessing from Reverend Levine addressing          Importantly to be housed on Synagogue Premises, where the rooms on the first floor were most
                              me in seat number 32, in the front row traditional place for all Bar Mitzvah boys. No Kiddush,      suitable, requesting a power point and use of the piano. Concern over cleanliness of the Toilets by

fail, and that                home for lunch with the family, including mother’s parents present to witness their youngest
                              grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. The possible threat of the Air Raid sirens was ever present, but did
                              not stop my having a few friends for tea
                                                                                                                                  employing regular cleaners instead of casual workers, and pressing for amendment of the United
                                                                                                                                  Synagogue Act of 1870 by granting the franchise to lady seat holders.



her renown,                   About the time of the third anniversary of the war came the decisive battle of El Alamein.
                              Germany’s advance was threatening Stalingrad, and looking grim for the Russians, with
                                                                                                                                  A startling reminder just a month later - the air raid sirens sounded during the night of 18-19
                                                                                                                                  February 1944, the heaviest raid by 120 aircraft since the London Blitz. Incendiaries caused fires
                                                                                                                                  in Moscow Road, Queensborough and Inverness Terrace. A high explosive in the centre of the


triumphing over
                              anguished cries from them for a ‘second front’. However, the naval defeat of the Japanese at        road opposite 18 and 19 Bark Place demolished four small houses with blast damaging the whole
                              Midway Island and the stemming of their advance through the jungles of Burma was better             of the east side beyond repair. Irvine Court, Porchester Terrace received a direct hit killing three.
                              news from the Far East. Everyone began to feel we would win the war, but it would be a long         On Sunday 20 February numerous incendiaries caused fires for two hours between 10 pm. and
                              and heart-breaking time, rationing got more severe, our clothes were getting drab, queuing for      midnight in Palace Court, Ossington Street and worse of all fires in the United Dairies building

every ordeal,                 everything particularly the cinemas. Wartime conditions made inroads into religious life, one
                              example when the Board of Shechita cut the salaries of shochetim and shomerim because less
                              kosher meat was being slaughtered. Although kosher supplies absorbed only one per cent of
                                                                                                                                  at the corner of St Petersburgh Place and Moscow Road, opposite the Greek Church. The horses
                                                                                                                                  from the stables in Chapel Side were led away to safety. The Great Western Railway Royal Hotel,
                                                                                                                                  Paddington Station had the top floor severely damaged by incendiaries. All went suddenly quiet


will long shine               home-killed meat, there was no government guarantee that Jews would receive their full ration.
                              Five pounds of matzoth was allotted to each Jewish person at Passover.
                                                                                                                                  again, the Little Blitz was over.

                                                                                                                                  On the 19 February 1944 England played Scotland at Wembley winning 6-3 with 80,000 in the


among men’
                              The iron railings to the dwarf brick wall fronting Orme Lane were given up for scrap to help        crowd. Before the game, and during half-time, I was in the Massed Drum and Bugle Bands
                              the war-effort. Not all was despondency, ironically membership substantially increased as the       of the London Sea Cadets, counter-marching on the famous ground. The wizardry of Stanley
                              drift back to London gathered momentum with services well attended. Central Synagogue,              Mathews on the right wing giving the Scottish full-back a torrid time until he brought Stanley
                              Great Portland Street had been bombed and Western Marble Arch Synagogue was not to be built         down by the shirt in utter frustration. Both got up, and shook hands. On reaching 14 years of age
                              until after the war, which meant St. Petersburgh Place became pre-eminent. Striking was the         the youth were expected to volunteer in the Cadet Movement. With two of my friends, living
                              numbers of allied servicemen, particularly from the United States who had a number of hostels       opposite, we joined The Royal Borough of Kensington Sea Cadet Corps at 19, Chepstow Villas
                              in the Bayswater Road at Lancaster Gate, opposite Kensington Gardens. During the High Holy          W 11. The band being taught by Max Abrams. Drills, rudimentary seamanship and navigation,
                              Days the New West End Synagogue was filled to overflowing. On United States Thanksgiving            visiting Portsmouth Naval Barracks and a submarine re-fitting in the Dockyard. In August 1943
                              Day a service was held in the Synagogue, conducted by the U.S. Chaplain, Judah Naditch who          I stayed with an Aunt in Liverpool going aboard her son’s ship, the aircraft-carrier Furious, then
                              also gave the address, later being broadcast to the United States. The Lord Mayor and Lady          re-fitting in Gladstone Docks. At school the Playing Fields were dug up for allotments and I was
                              Mayoress of London were present with the Chief Rabbi. For Dutch Jews our Synagogue saw              so pleased to bring home in my cycle bag vegetables for Mum.
                              the celebrations for Queen Wilhelmina’s birthday, and Polish Army Officers with Government




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                  News of the long awaited Normandy Landings were announced on 6 June 1944 but for                       Other incidents included, with fewer casualties, on The Abbey Grounds Hornton Street where
                  Londoners the elation was short lived. Just a week later I was with two friends on the corner of       the Library and Town Hall now stand; and severe damage to Kensington Palace Mansions on
                  Needham Road and Westbourne Grove we saw streaking across the sky over towards Shepherds               the corner of De Vere Gardens where 350 Gibraltarian evacuees were sheltering - 3 killed and
                  Bush in the west one of our fighters on the tail of what appeared to be a small German aircraft        16 injured.
                  belching fire. Soon out of sight then an explosion. Another raider downed so we thought.


‘Huge crowds
                                                                                                                         Then like a ‘Bolt from the Blue’ two massive explosions were heard over most of London on 8
                  In fact what we had witnessed the first day of attacks by Pilotless Planes over London on              September at 6.40 pm - the first of the expected long range V2 rockets fell at Chiswick, killing
                  Thursday 15 June Hitler’s Vengeance Weapons had started. The Doodlebugs as these V1s became            three and injuring another ten. Sixteen seconds later a second near Epping without casualties.
                  known were mid-wing monoplanes having a wing span of over 17 feet and an overall length of             Plummeting on London from a height of up to 60 miles, with a range of just over 200 miles

gathered in the   about 25 feet carrying a war head of about 1,800 pounds. Propelled by a pulse jet engine, a top
                  speed of 410 mph, navigated automatically by a gyroscopic unit, flying at an average height of
                  3000 to 4000 feet. Launched from an inclined 150 feet long ramp from sites in Northern France
                                                                                                                         loaded with about 1650 pounds of explosives these ballistic missiles caused huge craters.
                                                                                                                         There was no defensive answer except to find and bomb the rocket launching area near The
                                                                                                                         Hague. Meanwhile we anxiously watched for news of our advancing front into Holland,

West End and      and Holland with a range of 150 miles, later extended to 250 miles. The engine cut out, automatic
                  flaps opened, causing the missile to go into a shallow glide for 15 seconds, an impact fuse
                  causing a blast wave of up to 400 yards. Day and night the Doodlebugs came over London
                                                                                                                         which had unfortunately been held up at Arnheim.

                                                                                                                         At a New West End Synagogue Board Meeting on the 12 September discussion centred on the


at Buckingham
                  each one sounding like a dozen motor cycles, without silencers, struggling up a hill.                  current bombing emergency on the High Holyday Services starting five days later. Resulting
                                                                                                                         in no Children’s Services being held; provision for an Overflow Service left in abeyance; free
                  I heard the beastly things approaching getting louder and louder ‘Quick Mum get downstairs             seats provided for members of H.M. and Allied Forces; approval of Mr. Emanuel Adler (very
                  I shouted - jumped a flight of 8 stairs in one go - down to our basement shelter. It passed over,      satisfactory the previous year) to be engaged as Ba’al Shacharit and Ba’al Tokeah at an agreed

Palace whilst     silence, a massive explosion, the house shook.

                  It was pointless for the RAF fighters to shoot down the V1s over London, but rather in the open
                                                                                                                         increased remuneration of £30; with all Services held in the Synagogue. Other matters included
                                                                                                                         requirement of additional Minyan men; the un-authorised printing of a ‘New West End
                                                                                                                         Synagogue Bulletin’; finally a Grant to the Beadle Mr Roth of £15 was approved in appreciation

Searchlights      sea. The static AA guns reinforced with 363 heavy and 522 light guns formed a gun belt on the
                  Downs 30 miles from the Kent and Sussex coasts, behind which a massed Balloon Barrage.
                  Although radar had improved, it was decided to move the guns to the coast with the fighters
                                                                                                                         of his untiring devotion to the interest of the Synagogue during the bombing emergency.

                                                                                                                         Aimed at Central London and approaching from the east the V2s often fell short causing


weaved our
                  operating in the Channel. Time was crucial, but the huge logistical effort of shifting all the guns    destruction in East London and Essex. By the time the rocket sites were over-run on the 27
                  within one week to the coast showed immediate results. Until 1 September 1944 apparently 8000          March 1945, London had been hit by 517 rockets nearly 3000 killed and 6000 seriously wounded.
                  V1s were used until the German launching sites were destroyed by the advancing allied armies,          None fell on Bayswater but we heard some of the distant explosions.
                  of this number 2400 V1s fell on London, killing over 5,000 injuring and maiming many more.

own large Vs      There was considerable strain on moral, many using the Underground again as deep shelters,
                  others leaving London on packed trains, with a number of children evacuated for the third time.
                                                                                                                         We knew the war with Germany was ending with the eventual surrender coming on the 4 May
                                                                                                                         1945. Huge crowds gathered in the West End and at Buckingham Palace whilst Searchlights
                                                                                                                         weaved our own large Vs for Victory in the night sky. A visible reminder of those memorable

for Victory in    Bayswater was generally fortunate in that south-east London bore the brunt of the doodlebugs.
                  On Wednesday 28 June a doodlebug had cut its jet engine off coming down in the gap between
                  The Hammersmith Hospital and my school in Ducane Road, fortunately exploding at the back of
                                                                                                                         days 1939-1946 is the mortar filled holes at the top of the small dwarf wall in Orme Lane where
                                                                                                                         the iron railings for the war effort were removed.



the night sky’
                  our playing fields. On one occasion at School Assembly we stood silent for a minute as one of our      To see an appendix of places damaged, or the sources and bibliography, for this and the
                  pupils had been killed. A Jewish boy nick-named ‘Russia’ at school lived in the top floor of Ralph     previously published three parts, please set the author or magazine editor.
                  Court, Queensway, opposite Porchester Baths, asked me to come up on the roof. With binoculars
                  to the east we could see the ring of barrage balloons defending us. One incident certainly stands
                  out. I was going to visit my Aunt and Uncle now living in Finchley, and heard a Doodlebug
                  getting louder and louder. I was caught in the open - the noise was deafening - if it cut out that
                  would be that - fear got a hold - I dived behind a small front garden wall and lay flat - thankfully
                  for me it flew on, cut out, a massive explosion followed

                  On Tuesday 27 June rumour spread a V1 had hit Whiteleys in Queensway but in effect came
                  down with a colossal explosion on 136-140 Bayswater Road virtually alongside Queensway
                  Underground Station. Only about 500 feet from the New West End Synagogue, causing
                  considerable damage from 1, Orme Court to opposite the Park Gates, destroying a Convent and
                  the Coburg Hotel, severely damaging another, now The Hilton Park Hotel. Re-built as seven
                  new shops in a complex of flats as Caroline House on the Bayswater Road with road access to
                  Caroline Close at the rear. Just one person had been killed; our Synagogue had escaped with
                  minor blast damage. The very next day another V1 caused considerable damage and blast to 1-21
                  and 2-20 Leinster Gardens corner of Porchester Terrace and Leinster Place (abutting Cleveland
                  Square with damage at 35-56 Porchester Terrace. A V1 in Westbourne Square damaged the
                  Bayswater Synagogue

                  Seven Doodlebugs fell within the vicinity of Kensington High Street and Campden Hill.
                  The worst was on Lyons Tea Shop on the corner Earls Court Road and Kensington High Street on
                  Friday 28 July during the lunch hour for shoppers and store assistants - 30 killed and 184 injured.




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Nightingale                                                                                                              The Invisible Men
by Stuart Katz                                                                                                           By Rachel Cohen



                 As a trustee of Nightingale, the South London care home has a special place in my heart and I’m         You have heard of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the three musketeers, well even the New West End
                 incredibly proud to be a part of such a fantastic organisation. I was born in Nightingale Lane          Synagogue has its invisible men. You hardly ever see them and even if you do they are part of
                 opposite the care home and their gardens became my local playground some 60 years ago. Few              the furniture – unseen - however you do see the cleanliness and order in the synagogue. Who
                 things stand the test of time, but Nightingale has gone from strength to strength as the decades        are they, these invisible men? Between us they are Fabricio, Eder and Mark. “Who?” I hear you
                 have passed on.                                                                                         ask. Let me tell you something about these three characters that not only helped us receive a
                                                                                                                         Grade I Listing with English Heritage but also upkeep the synagogue in tip-top condition.
                 It is 100 years since the first residents moved into the Wandsworth site in early 1908. Nightingale

‘She had         continues to be unrivalled in their care and recently reached a new high when it was awarded
                 the highest ranking of 3 stars by the regulator, the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
                                                                                                                         Fabricio, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil spent ten years with the Mounted Police in São Paulo,
                                                                                                                         which in Brazil is called Regimento de Cavalaria, and together with his horse numero 556 (Al
                                                                                                                         Capone) was trained to preserve public order and control riots. During Fabricio’s career as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘You have
excellent                                                                                                                                                                                                                   heard of the
                 I have a very close affiliation to Nightingale, my mother a volunteer for 50 years and in her later     mounted policeman he was honoured to accompany the Brazilian hero, Formula One Triple
                 life became a resident for a further three years. She had excellent treatment and I am still very       world champion, the late Ayrton Senna, to his burial place in the famous Morumbi Cemiterio
                 much indebted to the wonderful care, love and affection she received. This made me mindful to           in São Paulo. Another big event was his participation in 1992 at the Carandiru Penitentiary in
                 do all I can to promote the home and the wonderful facility which is available the whole family.        São Paulo where a massacre took place, triggered by the inmates rioting. Luckily, Fabricio and

treatment        Some ten years ago, my wife Jacquie started to become a regular volunteer and her weekly events
                 now include a discussion group with the residents and tea parties where she brings our three
                                                                                                                         his horse were there to help, guarding the outside prison perimeter. In 2000 Fabricio was
                                                                                                                         invited to visit London by a family friend and has been here ever since, he met his Portuguese
                                                                                                                         wife Raquel and last year were blessed with a cute son Gabriel. I bet Fabricio will put him on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scarlet
and I am still   Labradors who are registered as PAT dogs (pets as therapy).

                 Today, it serves as both a home and community for those entering the later years of their lives.
                                                                                                                         a horse before long!!

                                                                                                                         Eder was born in São Paulo, Brazil and, after finishing his education, moved to Spain with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pimpernel
very much                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and the three
                 Nightingale boasts top facilities and cares for 250 residents, making it the largest care home of its   his family before finally came to Great Britain in 2002. Some of you may remember John who
                 kind in the UK. With residential care, advanced nursing facilities, a dedicated dementia unit and       worked here about four years ago; John is Eder’s brother, so we have kept it in the family!
                 short stay respite facilities, Nightingale caters for the entire spectrum of need for older members     Some of you may know that the name Eder is mentioned in the Chumash, (Genesis 35 Verse
                 of the Jewish community. For the families of residents, Nightingale offers the peace of mind they       21) “And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond Migdal-eder”. The New West End

indebted to      need and assurance that their loved ones are being looked after in comfort as well as being given
                 level of care according to individual needs.
                                                                                                                         Synagogue is the first Jewish place that Eder has ever worked for and when he went to Brazil
                                                                                                                         on holiday, he started to notice how many Jews and Jewish things there are in Brazil mainly
                                                                                                                         the kippot wearers on the streets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            musketeers,
the wonderful    Any visitor walking through the home will be genuinely surprised at what they Nightingale
                 has to offer. A buzzing café, a beautiful synagogue, a volunteer run shop, a full medical centre
                 on site, a popular hairdresser and beautician and a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere.
                                                                                                                         Actually Eder is our brave caretaker who climbs up to the roof (pictured) in order to lower the
                                                                                                                         chandelier for the changing of the bulbs. You could say that Fabricio and Eder now deal with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            well even the
care, love and                                                                                                                                                                                                              New West End
                                                                                                                         the “Changing of the Bulbs” rather than the Changing of the Guards!!
                 The staff realise the importance of keeping the residents minds as well their bodies active to
                 keep them healthy and place an enormous emphasis on creating an environment in which they               Mark was born in the East End of London where he still lives, with his family. Mark is a very
                 can channel their energies and interests into a variety of stimulating pursuits. With a monthly         talented cartoon artist, (see his Spidey) and enjoys creating his own characters especially with

affection she    book club run by Edwina Currie, a concert hall, a dedicated arts and crafts team and regular
                 trips out, including trips to the theatre, opera, ballet parks and the seaside, the residents are
                 encouraged to participate and spend time with their friends.
                                                                                                                         a horror theme. As a cartoon artist his drawings require precision and this is to the benefit of
                                                                                                                         the New West End Synagogue as Mark meticulously looks after the everyday maintenance of
                                                                                                                         the synagogue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Synagogue
received’        It doesn’t take the Commission for Social Care Inspection to prove what a wonderful
                 establishment Nightingale is – all you have to do is look around at the content, smiling residents.
                                                                                                                         I am looking forward to seeing the new cartoon images of the members that come in to contact
                                                                                                                         with Mark, maybe they will have fangs dripping with blood or will Mark be lenient – remember
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            has its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            invisible men’
                 We can only hope that Nightingale thrives in this fashion for another century and continues to          you have been warned! Maybe I should recruit Spiderman to change the bulbs as he does
                 provide a safe, secure and caring home for the older generations of our community.                      not need to harness up before climbing the walls to reach the chandelier, but Eder enjoys the
                                                                                                                         adrenalin rush that being on the roof gives!
                 If you would like to enquire about permanent or short stay residence at Nightingale,
                 would like to make a donation, or find out about volunteering opportunities please contact:             The caretakers send their best wishes for a Peaceful and Happy New Year.
                 LeonSmith@nightingalehouse.org.uk or 020 8673 3495.




022                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      023
Israel - An Alternative History                                                                                                     Airways to G-d
by Gaby and Howard Morris                                                                                                           by John Harris



                            It occurred to me during the NWES visit to Israel over the Independence Day celebrations,               If G–d is everywhere it stands to reason that-part if not all of him may be in the air. There is a
                            what would we be thinking now, what would our experience have been, had Israel not                      certain spirituality in the air–you cannot touch it but you can feel it.
                            been created? If Israel had been snuffed out in the War of Independence in 1948 how many


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Perhaps it is
                            experiences both joyous and tragic would have eluded us?                                                Perhaps it is no coincidence that the Hebrew word for air, wind and breath is similar to the
                                                                                                                                    Hebrew word for spirit – RUACH and the adjective for spiritual is RUCHANI. Also the Hebrew
                            I don’t think there would be a Palestinian state. Egypt’s march into Gaza would have succeeded          word for air is related and has links with the Hebrew word for spirit of life – NEFESH.
                            and no doubt it would have occupied a good bit of what is now southern Israel. Jordan having
                            occupied the West Bank would have pushed on to the Mediterranean. A Russian backed Nasser
                            would quite likely have fought a war with Jordan sometime in the last 60 years.
                                                                                                                                    The rather wordy literal definition of a kiss is “ an anatomical momentary juxtaposition of two
                                                                                                                                    orbicularis oris muscles in the state of contraction.” But despite this lengthy description what this
                                                                                                                                    doesn’t describe is the emotional abstract definition of the kiss is the feelng you get from the love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            no coincidence
                            Jewish communities may have survived, but the prospects of the Palestinians having their own
                            country may now look better, ironically, and if the nascent Israel had not survived.
                                                                                                                                    of your partner by exchanging a breath of each other’s air through the mouth. Or the pleasure
                                                                                                                                    you derive when you place a breath of your air on the forehead of your grandchild or loved one
                                                                                                                                    and vice versa. Anyone who has had anything to do with horses will know that in order to feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hebrew word
                            The great power struggle between the West and the Soviets would have been expressed through             empathy with the animal you must first breathe through its nostrils.
                            proxies other than Israel and the Arabs.
                                                                                                                                    Is not death the expulsion of air leaving the body in order for the soul to rise up? And what
                            But for us in the Diaspora this would have been another disaster following the Holocaust from           about mouth to mouth resuscitation, is it not filling the lungs with air in order to put life back


‘what would
                            which we may have struggled to recover spiritually and intellectually.

                            Where would those existing in Displaced Person camps have been resettled? Could they have
                                                                                                                                    into the body? Or smoking when inhaling bad air can often lead to cancer. I cannot understand
                                                                                                                                    why many orthodox Jews smoke.                                                                           for air, wind
we be thinking
                            all reintegrated into their original homelands? Quite apart from whether they wanted to return
                            to their original countries as the Iron Curtain was lowered across Europe, how welcome would
                            their return have been? How many more would have been offered homes by the USA, UK and
                                                                                                                                    Abstract expressionism is a development of art in America in the 1940’s in which the expression
                                                                                                                                    of the artist’s feelings informs his abstract representations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and breath is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            similar to the
                            Australia? A bankrupt Britain would have been reluctant to take tens of thousands of Jews.              The average person does not understand abstract art because there are no elements to see–no


now, what
                            Less so, unless other countries were willing to shoulder a proportion of the burden of absorbing        subjects to relate to. But G–d could be described as abstract and not literal and this may be the
                            the refugees. The chances are that the Jews would have rotted in the DP camps for a generation          reason why many non believers cannot translate the tangible from the intangible. Perhaps they
                            or more. Perhaps the political Zionists would have wanted to keep the Jews together in the              see G–d as a wise old chacham with a long flowing white beard sitting on a golden throne


would our
                            camps, the best place to politicise them, even radicalise them for a continuing struggle.

                            So where would the struggle for an independent Zionist homeland have reached? Would it have
                                                                                                                                    offering judgement and surrounded by winged angels. They cannot grasp the intangible
                                                                                                                                    concept that G–d might be abstract in the air and therefore cannot be seen.                             Hebrew word
experience
                            left the realm of politics altogether, to remain our two thousand year spiritual goal? Would the
                            Zionist movement have produced new leaders?
                                                                                                                                    You are unable to make a sound without air either with singing, music or general
                                                                                                                                    communication. If you don’t believe me try blowing the shofar with your mouth tightly
                                                                                                                                    closed or whistling with your finger blocking the air. Perhaps that is why music can be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for spirit -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            RUACH’
                            On any view it’s hard to see in the post colonial poverty stricken Middle East that any bit of land     spiritual as well as emotional, because you cannot touch music but you can feel it’s


have been, had
                            would have flourished in the way Israel has. No one would have planted forests, created farms           abstract and emotional qualities.
                            and developed cities and industries to a first world level. The Holy Land would have remained
                            a stony, parched and neglected place.                                                                   In the same way and especially at this time of the year you cannot touch G–d But with penitence,
                                                                                                                                    prayer and charity you might be able to feel the shachena of his presence touching you.

Israel not been             For centuries our aspirations for the return to Jerusalem had been a central belief that had helped
                            hold our people together. To come so close and to fall at the last fence may have been a catalyst
                            for further secularisation.


created?’                   I put these thoughts out of my mind. Instead of that gloomy outcome for the Jewish people we
                            found ourselves under a beautiful blue sky, commemorating the courage of volunteers who came
                            to fight for Israel’s independence, looking in awe at the power of the Israeli air force and visiting
                            a specialist army unit, marvelling at the technical know-how of the young soldiers.

                            1948 was a dramatic year, not just for Israel. The end of the British Empire and all colonial
                            empires fast approached. Partition of India brought horrific bloodshed, independence for
                            immature African nations was just around the corner and in South Africa the National Party
                            came to power launching its racial policies to subjugate a mass of people that were doomed
                            to a failure that would take nearly 60 years of hardship and injustice to come about. Israel
                            has survived but its future depends upon it standing out as an example of justice, peace and
                            reconciliation. The alternatives are too awful to contemplate.




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Getting Ready for a Function
by Anne Shisler



                  Recently the shul has held two very successful functions, the lunch for Israeli Ambassador and
                  the Summer Barbecue. Many people came and enjoyed themselves. I thought I might give you
                  a little insight into how the functions are arranged.

                  When the Functions Committee decided to hold another barbecue – our last one was in 2005
                  – we were having a meeting in the depths of winter. It is difficult to look ahead to the English
                  summer and hope that we would pick a warm, sunny and dry day. We were lucky – we managed
                  this time!!

                  As the date approached, Henry Magrill made contact with his Residents’ Association to book
                  Cleveland Gardens, the private square outside his home. We made contact with Cyril Green to
                  ask him if we could use his van to schlep chairs, barbecues, etc. Lynn Meltzer, Susan Katz and
                  I went shopping, butchers were phoned for quotes, lists were made and Fabricio the caretaker
                  was nagged to find all the equipment. Fabricio and I went shopping for ice boxes and things for
                  the barbecue from Tesco’s. Henry bought the charcoal; Jeff Hammerschlag bought the barbecue
                  seasoning for the meat. (Our South African members were in charge of cooking the meat!). We
                  went to Just Kosher in Borehamwood, Sainsbury’s in Ladbroke Grove, Paperplus and Kays in
                  Golders Green. I think Paperplus are always very happy when Lynn and I arrive to buy things
                  for any function – we are very good customers! Rachel and Eli manned the office. Appeals were
                  sent out for help. Simon was booked to be the caretaker for the day and performed his duties
                  with his usual good humour.

                  On the morning of the barbecue, Jonathan Robinson, Natalie Cutler, Susan and Harvey Katz and
                  Rachel, Henry Magrill and Lynn and Alan Meltzer gathered in the shul to get things under way.

‘The Rabbi        We collected chairs, equipment, paperware, knives, buckets, cold drinks, (and rushed down to
                  Tesco’s to buy ice) and made lots and lots of salad. The Rabbi stood in the kitchen slicing melons
                  to perfection (remember he used to be a mohel). Simon and Cyril loaded the van to take the


stood in the
                  equipment to the square (they made six trips!) where Jeff Hammerschlag, Michael Margolis and
                  Eric Shapshak and helpers were waiting to get the cooking under way. Mike Talalay, in his role
                  as our security chief, made sure we all stayed safe and his wife Debbie came along to support
                  him and give her usual valuable help.
                                                                                                                                                    KEEP GIVING
kitchen slicing   Lots of people helped as the food was put out – lovely dips and crackers, crisps and nibbles,
                  soft rolls, fabulous salads and great chicken, burgers and sausages from the barbecue, followed
                                                                                                                                                         We raise money for UK Jewish Charities


                                                                                                                                                        H app y 21st Bir t hd ay to us
melons to         by lots of fruit. Nobody went away hungry. We had over 70 people come for lunch – the weather
                  was fantastic and everyone had a great time.



perfection’
                  When it was time to pack up it was all hands on deck and everything was soon cleared up.

                  Just remember that any time there is a function at the New West End Synagogue, many hours
                                                                                                                                                        donate
                  of preparation have gone into making sure it is a success. We have a great team – but we could                                        s ale a bl e it e m s                        donate
                  always do with more help in the kitchen. The day before the Ambassador’s lunch we had a                                                  o f cl ot h i n g    donate                  li n e n s &
                  caretaking team, with our committee laying up the tables, making sure they looked beautiful and                                                                                   household g o o ds
                                                                                                                                                                                                    (sorry, no electrical items)
                  another team cooking all day in the kitchen. Shabbat was a great success, but very hard work.                                                                 b r ic-a- b r a c
                  There had been many hours of preparation before that, plus the concerns and hundreds of
                  emails about having such a high-profile visitor. But again we could say – ‘Well done the Team’.

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026                                                                                                                                                                                                                                027
Favourite Traditional                                                                                                Winter Blues,
Rosh Hashana Recipes                                                                                                 What Winter Blues?
By Lynn Meltzer   Easy Sweet Honey Cake                                                                              by Dee Mullan
                  Ingredients                                                                                        Yet another summer has past, but life goes on. Summer 2008 was OK – but different from
                  1lb self raising flour                                                                             other summers. Was it really bad? Maybe the weather in the UK was not too pleasant, but still,
                  1 tin of Golden Syrup                                                                              we did our best to enjoy ourselves. It’s nice to moan from time to time, it makes us feel alive.
                  1 cup of dark brown sugar                                                                          The children are gone from home and it’s two of us again. The time is different though. Now we
                  1 cup of corn oil                                                                                  feel we deserve from life more than ever before - yes, we can afford more material things; we are
                  5 large eggs                                                                                       more sophisticated than before, more knowledgeable and definitely we are wiser. But are we?
                  2-3 teaspoons of ground ginger                                                                     Of course in many respects we are, but let’s look closely at ourselves.
                  2-3 teaspoons of mixed spice
                  2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon                                                                          Looking in the mirror is a good place to start. What can we see - a familiar face, perhaps
                  1 tea cup of warm water with ¾ teaspoon                                                            a little older? We don’t like our wrinkles, but that’s OK, anything in the twenty first century
                  bicarbonate of soda                                                                                can be fixed. Possibly we feel we can allow ourselves to be slightly overweight – that’s no
                  Method                                                                                             problem, we can always go on a diet. We read about different ways of dieting in just about
                  Mix all ingredients together except for the                                                        every magazine, we know all the facts, yet nothing seems to work when we try it, so we join
                  water and bicarbonate. Leave in a bowl                                                             the gym or if we are really desperate, we resort to surgery in order to look trim and desirable.
                  covered for at least 1 hour, longer if possible.
                  Line two loaf tins with foil. Add warm water                                                       All well known celebrities have their own personal trainers in order to look good and keep fit.
                  and bicarbonate and mix well. Divide mixture                                                       Reputedly, Madonna spends four hours every day exercising. I am not different, I can do it
                  into the two tins and bake at 160°C (325°F) for                                                    myself. Nowadays, each one of us is conscious about body image and the older we get, the
                  40 minutes, then at 150°C (300°F) for a further                                                    more we realise that we should do all we can to maintain ourselves in tip top condition.
                  40 minutes. Freezes well.
                                                                                                                     Living healthier lives helps us keep up with the younger generation. None of us wants to feel
                                                                                                                     left behind. Not so long ago, the Victorians considered themselves old when they reached
                                                                                                                     50- now, most commentators say, life begins at 50! Consequently we need to make a conscious
                  Butter Biscuits                                                                                    decision to do something like joining a suitable exercise class. Not all classes are suitable for
                                                                                                                     everybody. It can be very off putting to go to gym and see gorgeous, young slim bodies.
                  Ingredients                                                                                        Yet some classes are far more suitable.
                  12 oz of self raising flour
                  8 oz Tomor margarine                                                                               Several years ago I was asked to establish a keep fit group for Jewish ladies. It is a small class
                  6 oz sugar                                                                                         with a personal touch. I am a qualified trainer and come highly recommended. Ladies who
                  2 x 1 beaten egg                                                                                   joined when the classes began several years ago still attend regularly. The group reinforced
                  Method                                                                                             friendships. What’s more, they learn continuously about their bodies while I teach. Only last
                  Cream Tomor and sugar together and 1 of                                                            week one of the groups returned from a cruise to Alaska. On the ship there was an exercise
                  the beaten eggs and then the flour. Chill in                                                       class, but she was very disappointed with it as she missed what she was used to and the sense
                  fridge for a few hours. Roll out gently and cut                                                    of camaraderie within her home class.
                  into shapes. Glaze with the other beaten egg.
                  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, almonds,                                                         Each Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock, we have fun with different music and choreography, and
                  glazed fruit or decorate as you wish.                                                              I can’t imagine life without my lovely ladies. We are a very happy group, young at heart and
                  Bake 10-15 minutes till golden.                                                                    most of all we have real fun while keeping our bodies supple and trim.

                                                                                                                     Whether you are familiar with exercises or have never attended exercise classes before, why not
                                                                                                                     give it a go? Come and give it a try and see how it can help ward off the winter blues.
                                                                     Quick Cheese Cake
                                                                     Ingredients
                                                                     1 lb of cooking soft cheese
                                                                     1 cup of caster sugar
                                                                     Crushed biscuit chunks or sponge cake
                                                                     2 beaten eggs
                                                                     2 small cartons of sour cream
                                                                     Method
                                                                     Mix together cheese, sugar and eggs. Pour
                                                                     into a loose bottomed tin, lined with crushed
                                                                     biscuit chunks or sponge cake.
                                                                     Bake 190°C (375°F) for 30 minutes.
                                                                     Mix sour cream and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
                                                                     Pour over the cake and then return to the
                                                                     oven for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and then
                                                                     put in fridge overnight.




028                                                                                                                                                                                                                       029
News from the Office                                                                                                 The Book (Club) Report
                                                                                                                     Michael Talalay




                Dear Members and friends,                                                                            Next came the first of two novels by Bernice Rubens, The Elected Member, a harrowing
                                                                                                                     storyof personal and familial descent into madness involving a Rabbi, his barrister son,
                I am pleased to report that the new membership database at the US Head Office is near                and not-quite-sane daughter.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ‘We were then
                completion and our office should go live in November/December 2008. If you spot any errors
                in your data please do let me know so I can correct them.0One thing I noticed is that I do not       We then jumped back in time over a hundred years and sashayed into Coningsby, by Benjamin
                always have your children’s names and date of birth - please email them to me so I can enter         Disraeli. We read some fascinating passages on the social mores of the English upper classes
                them in the database. Also note that children on reaching the age of 21 should become                and on Disraeli’s (very positive) view of Jews and Judaism; we also skimmed some not quite
                members in their own right and we have a special rate of sixty pounds per annum for them.

                As for the High Holydays seating form, my hat goes off to Mr L. Peters, the only member who
                                                                                                                     so engaging paragraphs on the intricacies of the Corn Laws and the Reform Act of 1832.

                                                                                                                     Moving closer to the present, we stole our way into the heart of The Book Thief by Markus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             swept Away
                spotted and told me that the seating form stated Friday 12th August 2008, instead of Tuesday!
                In fact I said (jokingly) to Mr Peters that it was deliberate mistake to see who and how many
                would spot it! Douze points to Mr Peters!
                                                                                                                     Zusak, an Austrian writer living in Australia (no typo or loss of syllable there), a novel that was
                                                                                                                     intended as a children’s book but crossed over to the adult best-seller list. It’s an uplifting story
                                                                                                                     of an orphaned German girl who hides and befriends a young Jewish man during the dark days
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by Amy Bloom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             into la-la
                                                                                                                     of the Second World War.
                Once again I say Kol Hakavod to all the helpers and volunteers who make the New West End an
                exciting and vibrant place to attend. Without their help we would not be able to achieve what we     This was followed by us marching on with the second Rubens, The Sergeants’ Tale, a lightly
                do. I have to mention a very special thank you to the Guild for their refurbishment of the Bride’s   fictionalised account of the kidnapping and hanging of two British sergeants by the Irgun in
                Room – it looks amazing! Worth getting married just to use it – I shall give that some thought!!     retaliation for the execution of several of its members. One of the sergeants is halachically
                                                                                                                     Jewish, and the novel, despite appearing to be merely an easy read, actually delves deeply              land, where a
‘it looks
                Every morning a group of dedicated men come to make up a Minyan for the morning prayers;             into the meaning of duty and friendship, of family loyalty, and of personal identity – all
                these same men dig into their pockets and pop a few coins in our collection box and apart from
                a variety of foreign coins and little balls of fluff, they have collected since Pesach just under
                £400.00. These monies, usually given as a sum of forty pounds, are donated to institutions such
                                                                                                                     made even more complex by an overlay of heterosexual and homosexual love – both
                                                                                                                     unrequited and not.                                                                                     young Russian
amazing!        as the Initiation Society for Mohalim, Hospital Kosher Meals, Jewish Child Holiday Fund, Jami
                and many other worthy causes. A hearty thank you to you all and may you all continue to do
                mitzvot rabot.
                                                                                                                     Finally, by the time you read this, we will have finished the year by investigating The Yiddish
                                                                                                                     Policemen’s Union. Set in the (fictional) post-war Jewish community of Sitka in Alaska, it is
                                                                                                                     ‘at once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the          Jewess makes
Worth getting   Here’s to wishing you all a Very Peaceful, Healthy and Happy New Year and a G’mar
                Chatimah Tova.
                                                                                                                     mysteries of exile and redemption’. Or so the dust jacket claims – possibly accurately as this is
                                                                                                                     another novel from the American writer Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures
                                                                                                                     of Kavalier and Clay, an engagingly drawn portrait of two young men involved in the genesis             her way in New
married just    Rachel Cohen
                                                                                                                     of the (Jewish) comic book industry in New York that produced the Marvel and DC superheroes
                                                                                                                     from Superman to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four (and yes I have read them all and
                                                                                                                     Spiderman as well).                                                                                     York in the
to use it –
                P.S. In 2011, 12th August is a Friday– you saw that here first!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                             early 900’s...’
                                                                                                                     To those of you who don’t yet attend the Book Club, please join us. It’s great fun. Next year’s
                                                                                                                     reading list is still to be agreed, so come along and recommend your past favourites – or those
                                                                                                                     books that you’ve always wanted to read. The suggestions for the next twelve months include

I shall give                                                                                                         Children of the Ghetto by Israel Zangwill, The Color of Water, by James McBride (it’s American
                                                                                                                     – there’s no “u”), and Sashenka, the new and very well-reviewed novel by Simon Sebag-
                                                                                                                     Montefiore. My own nomination is Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, because it’s a wonderful


that some                                                                                                            bitter-sweet novel with a very unusual love affair, because Hemingway writes beautifully,
                                                                                                                     and because there is a strange and haunting Jewish element to it.



thought!!’
                                                                                                                     Good books are wonderful companions. As Groucho Marx once said, ‘Outside of a dog, a book
                                                                                                                     is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.’

                                                                                                                     Share your books with your friends. Contact us if you want to get on the email list (bookclub@
                                                                                                                     newwestend.org.uk). Then come along and participate in some interesting and intelligent
                                                                                                                     discussions, and maybe even some friendly arguments. Stretch your intellect, and join us for a
                                                                                                                     cup of tea, a piece of cake, and possibly a dram of Rabbi Burns’ favourite tipple. See you all there.

                                                                                                                     The Book Club continues to lay down a marker for intellectual brilliance. The last twelve
                                                                                                                     months began with Saul Bellow telling us not to look a Humboldt’s Gift horse in the mouth.
                                                                                                                     Or anywhere else.

                                                                                                                     We were then swept Away by Amy Bloom into la-la land, where a young Russian Jewess makes
                                                                                                                     her way in New York in the early 1900’s, has an affair with two wealthy impresarios, the father
                                                                                                                     and his gay son, then tries to get back to Russia to find her lost baby daughter, along the way
                                                                                                                     hanging out with hookers in Seattle and grifting with gold miners up in the Yukon.




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Yom Tov Guide 5769

Rosh Hashanah                                       Tuesday 30th September                            The Fast Of Gedaliah                               Yom Kippur                                                                                                 Succot
                                                    Shacharit services begin at 8.00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Kol Nidrei
Monday night, 29th September                                                                          Thursday 2nd October                               Wednesday 8th October                                                                                      The Building of the Succah
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Services in the Synagogue commence
Light the Yom Tov candles before 6.29pm             It is important for every man, woman and          The day after Rosh Hashanah is observed                                                                at 6.20pm                                              If you haven’t built a Succah before and intend
                                                    child to hear the blowing of the Shofar which     as a fast day, in memory of Gedaliah ben                                                                                                                      to do so this year, the Rabbi will be very
and recite the following two blessings:
                                                                                                      Achikam. Gedaliah had been appointed
                                                                                                                                                         Mincha                                                                                                     happy to advise on the requirements to ensure
                                                    commences at approximately 10.00a.m. It is                                                                                                               The Yom Kippur prayers begin with the chanting
‘Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech               important to hear the blessings recited by the    Governor of Judea by Nebuchadnezzar, after         On Erev Yom Kippur, Wednesday 8th October,          of Kol Nidrei. We have to commence before              that it is Kasher. It is a Mitzvah to decorate the
ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo b’mitzvotav               Ba’al Tekiah (the one who actually blows),        the destruction of the first Temple in 586 BCE.    at 1.30pm, we will conduct the pre-Yom              sunset since this prayer is a form of the repealing    Succah. If you are able to assist with the Shul’s
v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Yom Tov.’              and to answer ‘Amein’ to each of the three        He had been charged with the responsibility        Kippur Mincha (afternoon) service, in the           of vows, and we are not permitted to repeal vows       Succah, please contact the Synagogue office
                                                    blessings. Then, during the course of the         of rebuilding Jewish life among the remnant        Synagogue. Included in this service is the first    on Yom Tov.                                            for details of when it will be done. Also please
‘Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech               morning, we are obliged to hear one hundred       of the Jews still in the Holy Land.                of the ten times that we recite ‘Al-cheit’ prayer                                                          let us know if you are able to donate laurel
                                                    blasts of the Shofar.                                                                                (confession) throughout Yom Kippur.                 Thursday 9th October                                   branches, fruit, etc.
ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,
vehigianoo lazman hazeh.’                                                                             As a result of internal strife among the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Shacharit commences at 9.30am
                                                    It is forbidden to talk from the time one         people, Gedaliah was assassinated and,             A festival meal on Erev Yom Kippur is a                                                                    Dwelling in the Succah
Prior to lighting the candles, it is important to   hears the first note of the 100, right up until   many of those Jews who had remained in             mitzvah (obligation) because one thereby            Yizkor on Yom Kippur Day will be at
light a twenty-five hour candle e.g. a Yahrzeit     the last one.                                     Judea, fled to Egypt. Since this represented       reveals joy over the approach of his or her                                                                It is a great Mitzvah to eat in the Succah.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             approximately 12.45pm
candle, so that one can transfer the flame from                                                       the final stage of the destruction of Jerusalem,   time of forgiveness. This meal is called the                                                               The congregation is invited to join us for a
the twenty-five hour candle to a new candle         In the afternoon of the first day of Rosh         it is observed as a fast day, when we recite       ‘seudat hamafseket’ (meal of cessation).                                                                   festive dinner in our Shul Succah following
                                                                                                                                                                                                             If one’s parents are still alive, it is permissible,
in order to light the Yom Tov candles on the        Hashanah, we will return to the Synagogue         special Selichot prayers.                          There is no Kiddush prior to this meal, but                                                                services on Monday evening 13th October.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             but not essential, to leave the Synagogue
second night of Yom Tov.                            at 4.30pm to walk together towards the                                                               we do wash our hands ritually, make the                                                                    Please make reservations at the Synagogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                             during Yizkor. However, it is our custom that
                                                    Serpentine for the traditional Tashlich Service   Shacharit will be at 6.45am.                       ‘Hamotzi’ (usually over a Challah) and                                                                     Office on 020 7229 2631.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             we commence with a public Yizkor, which
Services in the Synagogue commence                  at 5.00pm at the Peter Pan Statue. This is        Fast ends at 7.17pm                                say Grace after Meals. The meal should be           includes Memorial Prayers for the victims of
at 6.15pm                                           performed by reciting several prayers at a                                                           concluded well before 6.08pm, allowing                                                                     Kindling of the Lights
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Holocaust and for Israel’s fallen soldiers,
                                                    source of water. Afterwards, the pockets are                                                         enough time to light candles and to get to          for which everyone should remain in the                Lights are kindled on the first Yom Tov
Following services, and your return home,           symbolically emptied as if a person is shaking    Shabbat Shuva                                      the Synagogue in time.                              Synagogue. There will then be a short break to         night in the Succah (if you have one - or else
make Yom Tov Kiddush, then wash hands               off his sins and casting them into the water.
                                                                                                      Friday 3rd October                                                                                     allow those who wish to leave to go out before         indoors) and two Berachot are said:
ritually and make the blessing over the             As a source for this ceremony the verses in                                                          The following Berachot are said over                we commence the private Yizkor.
challah. The challot for Rosh Hashanah are          Michah are often quoted:                          Shabbat commences 6.19pm                           the candles:
traditionally round and represent continuity                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech
                                                                                                      Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat will be read                                                               The Fast ends at 7.07pm.                               ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo b’mitzvotav
and wholeness. After eating some challah,           ‘He will again have compassion upon us;           at 6.15pm                                          ‘Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech
dipped in honey, we take an apple and dip                                                                                                                                                                                                                           v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Yom Tov.’
                                                    He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou will                                                         ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo b’mitzvotav
a piece in honey and say the following prior        cast all our sins into the depth of the sea …’    Saturday 4th October                               v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Yom
to eating it:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech
                                                                                                                                                         HaKippoorim.’
                                                                                                      Shacharit will be at 9.15 am                                                                                                                                  ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,
                                                    We then return to the Synagogue for Mincha
‘Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech                                                                 Mincha, Seudah and Ma’ariv at 6.00pm                                                                                                                          vehigianoo lazman hazeh.’
                                                    and Ma’ariv at 6.45pm.                                                                               ‘Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech
ha’olam, Borei Peri Haeitz’                                                                                                                              ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,
                                                                                                      Shabbat ends at 7.18pm                                                                                                                                        Note that the same requirements regarding
                                                                                                                                                         vehigianoo lazman hazeh.’
After eating it recite the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the 25-hour candle apply as they did for
                                                    Tuesday night 30th September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rosh Hashanah.
                                                                                                                                                         Wearing Non-leather Shoes
‘Yehi ratzon milfanecha Adonye Eloheinoo            We usher in the second day of Rosh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Four Species - The Lulav
veilohei avoteinoo, she’techadesh aleinoo           Hashanah by lighting the Yom Tov candles                                                             It is forbidden for men, women and children
Shana Tova oometooko’                               as soon as possible after 7.27pm We do this                                                          to wear leather shoes on Yom Kippur.                                                                       The four species are taken hold of each of
                                                    by transferring the flame from the existing                                                                                                                                                                     the seven festival days (except Shabbat)
‘May it be your will. O Lord our G-d and            flame which was lit before the first night Rosh                                                                                                                                                                 and a Berachah is said over them daily.
G-d of our forefathers that this year will be       Hashanah began (see above) and then reciting
a happy and sweet year for us.’                     the two blessings. Since there is a doubt about                                                                                                                                                                 Anyone who wishes to have a set of lulav
                                                    whether we should recite the She’hecheyanu                                                                                                                                                                      and etrog, please contact our Shammash Eli
                                                    Beracha on the second night, it is traditional                                                                                                                                                                  Ballon in the Shul Office. Even if you do not
                                                    to have on the table a new fruit that one has                                                                                                                                                                   have your own Lulav and Etrog there will be
                                                    not eaten yet that year, while one makes the                                                                                                                                                                    several sets in the Synagogue for your use.
                                                    blessings over the candles. Alternatively one
                                                    can wear a new item of clothing. However, if
                                                    one does not have a new fruit or a new item                                                                                                                                                                     Simchat Torah
                                                    of clothing, one still makes both blessings
                                                    including ‘She’hecheyanu’.                                                                                                                                                                                      Please note that our annual Simchat Torah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    party will take place this year on Tuesday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    21st October following the evening service
                                                    Wednesday 1st October                                                                                                                                                                                           which commences at 7.00pm Please bring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    your children both on the Thursday night and
                                                    Shacharit services begin at 8.00am                                                                                                                                                                              Friday morning for Hakafot - there will also
                                                    Mincha and Ma’ariv will be read at 6.45pm                                                                                                                                                                       be a special Kiddush after the service on the
                                                    Yom Tov ends at 7.25pm.                                                                                                                                                                                         Friday morning.




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Hagim Timetable 5769 / 2008   New Year Greetings 5769 / 2008

                              Rabbi & Mrs. SHISLER and family wish the         A very happy New Year to Rabbi & Anne,
                              community a healthy and peaceful New Year.       Jeremy, Board of Management and the
                                                                               Congregation from Roy & Barbara LEVIN
                              A happy New Year and well over the Fast to all
                              our friends at the NWE Synagogue – Denise &      With our best wishes for a healthy and happy
                              Melvyn LUX                                       New Year to all our Community - Linda and
                                                                               Martin LEWIN
                              We wish all the NWES a healthy, sweet and
                              peaceful New Year from Gaby, Howard, Lucy        Maxine & Michael MARGOLIS and Family
                              and Josh MORRIS                                  wish Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, the Honorary
                                                                               Officers and the entire Community a happy
                              Wishing Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, Honorary           and peaceful New Year
                              Officers and the entire New West End
                              Community a happy and healthy New Year           Hilde & Jonathan MATHESON wish Rabbi &
                              from the HAMMERSCHLAG Family                     Mrs. Shisler and all their friends a happy and
                                                                               healthy New Year and well over the Fast
                              Eli & Shana BALLON wish Rabbi & Mrs.
                              Shisler and all our friends at the NWES a        Lynn & Alan MELTZER together with
                              healthy and peaceful New Year                    Amanda, Oliver and Brandon wish Rabbi &
                                                                               Mrs. Shisler, Chazan Jeremy Lawson, and all
                              Happy New Year to Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler,          our dear friends a healthy happy New Year.
                              Honorary Officers, members and guests of
                              the Community. Many thanks for your              Sandy & David MONTAGUE wish everyone at
                              hospitality and acceptance – Svetlana &          the New West End health, peace and happiness
                              Mikhail BEZELIANSKY                              throughout 5769

                              Wishing my community a Happy New Year            Anne and Stephen PETERS and Family wish
                              and blessings and peace for Israel – Sandra      all at the New West End a very happy, healthy
                              BLACKMAN                                         and prosperous New Year.

                              Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy and happy    Wishing a happy and joyous New Year to all
                              New Year from Zara BRICKMAN and Lionel           – Collette & David PRICE and family.
                              KAUFMAN
                                                                               Renée & Valerie RICHMAN wish Rabbi and
                              Norman & Thelma EPSTEIN and family wish          Mrs. Shisler and all our friends at the New
                              the Rabbi, Chazan, the Honorary Officers and     West End a very happy and healthy New Year.
                              the whole Congregation a happy and healthy
                              New Year.                                        Mrs. Sybil SCHAPIRO wishes everyone a
                                                                               healthy, happy and peaceful New Year.
                              Geoffrey & Valerie GREEN wish all the
                              community a happy and healthy New Year           New Year greetings from Phyliss SHAPRO and
                                                                               Stuart. May we all have a peaceful year.
                              Best wishes for a healthy, happy and peaceful
                              New Year from Jane and Cyril HODES               Our best wishes for a healthy, prosperous and
                                                                               happy New Year – The SIMKIN Family now
                              To the Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, the Honorary        joined by Sebastian and Zachary
                              Officers and all my friends Happy New Year
                              from Yolanda HOPMEIER                            Wishing the whole community a happy and
                                                                               healthy New Year from Angela, Jon, Rachel
                              Wishing Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, family and         and Zac SKRY
                              friends and all members of the community
                              a happy and healthy New Year – Susan and         Marcella and Bobby wish all their friends a
                              Harvey KATZ                                      very happy and peaceful New Year.

                              Wishing all at NWE a healthy, happy and          Happy New Year from Jonathon, Jemimah,
                              prosperous New Year and well over the Fast.      Rebecca, Liz and Michael STEINFELD
                              Jacquie & Stuart KATZ and family
                                                                               Celia and Morris WEINTROUB send their
                              Jean & Alan LANDESBERG wish Rabbi                best wishes for a happy and healthy New
                              Geoffrey and Anne Shisler, and all members a     Year to you all.
                              very happy New Year and well over the Fast.
                                                                               L’Shana Tova. Wishing all my friends at the
                              Jeremy & Susan LAWTON with Joel, Oliver          New West End Synagogue a healthy and
                              and Joshua wish you all nachas and good          peaceful New Year – Madeline WHITESON
                              health for the coming year

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