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					Mosaic
           Magazine of the
  New West End Synagogue

            Rosh Hashanah
               5770 / 2009




                        
Contents                                                       Minister
                                                               Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler
                                                               Cantor
03	     Message	from	the	Editor	                               Chazan Jeremy Lawson
	                                                              Acting	Chairman
04	     Acting	Chairman’s	Report                               Gaby Morris
                                                               Wardens
05	     Events,	Social	&	Personal	                             Alan Gainsford
	                                                              Laurence Lando
06	     Chief	Rabbi’s	Rosh	Hashanah	Message	                   Financial	Representative
	                                                              Harry Sieratzki
07	     Message	from	Rabbi	Shisler
                                                               Board	of	Management	
08	     Jewish	Care	                                           Harvey Katz       Sandra Blackman
                                                               Steven Levinson   Natalie Cutler
10	     A	Message	From	the	New	Administrator	                  Frank Miller      Dorothea Josem
                                                               Howard Morris     Susan Katz
                                                               Jonathan Matheson Rachel Magrill
11	     History	of	Shemini	Atzeret	and	Simchat	Torah
                                                               Michael Sharron   Lynn Meltzer
                                                               Jonathan Skry     Toni Nagel
12	     Wedding	Preparations	
                                                               Michael Talalay   Valerie Richman
                                                               Trevor Toube      Angela Skry
14	 	 Reflections	on	the	West	Bank	
	                                                              Representatives	on	the		
16									Shabbat	L’Yeladim	                                  Council	of	the	United	Synagogue
                                                               Dorothea Josem
18	   	 Looking	Round	Lord’s                                   Jonathan Matheson
                                                               Representative	at	the		
20	     Having	Faith	in	Jewish	Schools	                        Board	of	Deputies	of	British	Jews
                                                               Dori Schmetterling
22	     Rosh	Hashanah	recipes	                                 Administrator
 	                                                             Esther Behrman	                     	
24	     Jewish	Museum	closer	to	saving	300	year	old	silver		   Beadle
	       Hanukah	Lamp	                                          Eli Ballon
 	                                                             Choirmaster
26	     New	West	End’s	Best	Kept	Secret		                      Elliot Burman
 	                                                             	
28	     Shiru	Lo	Shir	Chadash	-	Sing	to	Him	a	New	Song	        Office	hours
                                                               Mon–Thurs 0.00 am–4.00 pm
 	
                                                               Fri & Sun 0.00 am–2 noon
30	     New	Years	Greetings	2009
                                                               Telephone	020 7229 263
31	     Save	the	Date			                                       Fax	020 7229 2355
	                                                              Email	nwes@newwestend.org.uk
32	     Yom	Tov	Guide	                                         Website	www.newwestend.org.uk	
	                                                              	
34	     Hagim	Timetable	5770-2009	                             Designed	and	Produced	by
                                                               Creative Interpartners, London	

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                                              Message from
                                                  the Editor




The Gemara (Yoma 2a) relates that one         As well as on Shabbat, we have many
of the miracles that took place in the Beit    people visit the Shul during the week
Hamikdash was that space expanded.             coming from schools, colleges and
                                               various societies and groups. I have
When the people came to the Temple             two personal favourites from the last six
on Yom Kippur the courtyard was so             months, both of which took place in July.
crowded many of them did not even
have room to put their feet on the floor,      One is the Parliamentary visit that came
which gave the appearance that they            with English Heritage and the other
were floating in the air. But when the         is meeting nine year old Natalie Gee.
time came to prostrate themselves,             Although Natalie comes from Palo
the floor space miraculously expanded,         Alto, California, both her grandfather
so that there was a separation of four         and great-grandfather were married
cubits (approximately 6 feet) between          at the New West End. Based on this,
each of them. Thus, no one would               she decided to do a school project,
hear the confessions of sin made by            documenting the history of the NWE
anyone else, which may have caused             and building a replica of the Synagogue.
embarrassment.
                                               Pictures of both the Parliamentary visit
While it is true we have a lot of people       and the Synagogue replica can be seen
coming to Shul over the High Holydays,         on this page.
we vary rarely need open miracles to
accommodate everyone! If any of your           Together with my wife Shana, we wish
friends or family have never been to the       you a Shana Tova U’metukah – a happy,
New West End before, please bring them         sweet, and peaceful New Year.
along at some point over the upcoming
Yom Tovim – we will be delighted to see        Eli
them and they will certainly be made
more than welcome.




                                                                                           03
Acting
                                                                     As you know the NWES is a Grade I listed building.
                                                                     This recognition imposes responsibilities on us and our House
                                                                     Committee, Harvey Katz and Michael Sharon meet these

Chairman’s                                                           challenges with aplomb. English Heritage organised a visit to
                                                                     NWES of 50 Parliamentarians; we were immensely proud that

Report                                                               our synagogue was chosen, it is in the words of English Heritage
                                                                     ‘the architectural high watermark of Anglo Jewish architecture’.

Rosh Hashana 5770                                                    We celebrated the publications of the Rabbi’s book of
                                                                     liturgical compositions with a wonderful cantorial concert
This is the first occasion on which I am privileged to write the     recently. Many in the community had known nothing of the
Chairman’s message in place of Melvyn. In this, as in so many        writing of this book such is our Rabbi’s modesty.
other respects, he is a hard act to follow. The NWES owes
Melvyn as well as Denise a huge debt of gratitude for years of       These are some highlights of the last year. There has been
dedicated service to the community. We thank them for their          something for all members of the community and we have had
continued support for our work to maintain the development           many visitors attending too, all learning with a sense of warmth
of the NWES and our strong sense of community.                       and friendliness, which marks out the NWES.

I welcome our new Executive team, Alan, Harry and Laurence,          Our Guild, our communal Seder, our Cheder run in
our new Board members, and all of those who continue in office,      association with the Holland Park community, our Israel Society,
as well as thanking those who have left the Board this year.         the Ladies Keep Fit classes and our wonderful kiddushim have
My thanks to Martin Lewin and Jeff Hammerschlag who have             all continued. We maintain a daily minyan that means our
left the Executive. The management of the NWES and all its           community prays together daily and our synagogue serves
activities is a great consumer of time and effort and we are         its fundamental purpose. The Rabbi’s programme of shiurim
indebted to all who have given so generously of their time           enables study and learning.
and energy.
                                                                     For the New Year we have a calendar of future events
All the Board and Executive are keen to know your views              and initiatives. We are establishing a Mother and Toddler group
and hear your ideas. Please do feel free to contact us.              and planning a communal visit to Israel. I hope many of you will
                                                                     join us, as those who have visited before with NWES will confirm
At the heart of our community is our unique synagogue and            that we have a marvellous time incorporating a full programme
its Services. Without the continued hard work and dedication         and time with friends.
of our Rabbi and Anne Shisler, we would not have that centre
of our communal observance, spiritual guidance and sense             Project Chesed is an important project of the United Synagogue;
of purpose. Their participation and dedication touches every         we play a full part in this practical and focused undertaking to
aspect of our spiritual and communal life. On behalf of us all,      practice a core Jewish value. We can be rightly proud of our
I thank them. We know how much we value music in our                 charitable giving in the community. Project Chesed provides an
Services. Our excellent Chazan, Jeremy Lawson is committed           opportunity for us to do more than just give money; our latest
to continuity to enhance our worship through music.                  initiative is to support ‘Shoe Aid for Africa’, which collects
                                                                     unwanted children’s shoes, smartens them up and distributes
We, in our turn, can do nothing less than reward their effort by     them in Africa.
attendance in Services and participation in the wide variety of
communal activities. With Rosh Hashanah and the other Chagim         As an example of charitable endeavour I want to
approaching, I ask that we all make the greatest effort to attend    mention Stephen Peters. Despite a serious accident during
as many of the services as possible.                                 his preparations he cycled from London to Paris and in
                                                                     consequence raised by sponsorship £500 for the NWES
I also want to welcome all our new members to the                    and Kishorit Special Needs Village in Israel. We are proud of
community. We are honoured that you choose to join the               Stephens’ efforts and before closing I would like to mention
NWES and we want you all to quickly feel a true part of the          Zac Skry who won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the JCC
community. I regularly take part in Club Sameach on a Shabbat        Maccabi Games recently in San Francisco. Congratulations Zac.
morning, alongside Toni Nagel, Michael Sharon, Jonathan
Matheson, Lynn Brown and the parents. We take great joy in           My sincere thanks to all contributions to our work and our
the participation of the children in our NWES life. This is so       community who I have not had the space to mention by name.
important for the future. Having mentioned Club Sameach as           The diligence and dedication of our volunteers is essential to all
an example of the vigour of the community I will not list all the    we achieve.
many activities and events we have held over the last year.
All of them, like everything else we do depends on the work of       I wish you and all your families a sweet, healthy and peaceful
volunteers from amongst our own number. To all those, from the       New Year and well over the Fast.
organisers to those who prepare our delicious food, stack the
chairs, clean up the litter and provide our vital security, I give   Gaby Morris
you thanks on behalf of NWES.                                        Acting Chairman

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Events Social                                                                      We	regret	to	announce	the		
                                                                                   following	deaths:
                                                                                   • Mrs. Felice Kerstein



& Personal
                                                                                   • Mrs. Valerie Lanchin
                                                                                   • Mr. Len Lewis
                                                                                   • Mr. Alan Tapper
                                                                                   • Mrs. Celia Weintroub

We	offer	a	very	warm	welcome	to	       Mazel	Tov	to:
                                                                                   We	extend	our	condolences	to:
the	following	new	Members	of	the	      • Lionel Kaufman on his 90th birthday
Synagogue:                                                                         • Mr. Gerry Lanchin on the loss of his wife
                                       • Marion Lewis on the birth of
                                                                                   • Mrs. Marion Lewis on the loss of
• Mr. Jeremy and Mrs. Sandra Davis       a grandson
                                                                                     her husband.
• Mr. Joseph Fisher                    • Felicity and Frank Miller on their 0th
                                                                                   • Mr. Ivan Paul on the loss of his brother
• Mr. Simon Fisher                       wedding anniversary
                                                                                   • Mr. Leonard Snapper on the loss of
                                       • Harold Paisner on his 70th birthday
                                                                                     his sister
                                       • Renée Richman on her 90th birthday
                                                                                   • Mrs. Alexa Tapper on the loss of
                                       • Arnold Roth on his 70th birthday
                                                                                     her husband
                                       • Bernard Freudenthal on his
                                                                                   • Mr. Morris Weintroub on the loss
                                         engagement to Abigail Lebrecht
                                                                                     of his wife
                                       • Bobby Jayson on his 80th birthday
                                                                                   • Mr. Peter Werth on the loss of his sister
                                       • Michael Cutler on his 80th birthday
Mazeltov	to	all	who	were	married		     • David Fisher on his 60th birthday
at	the	New	West	End	over	the	last	
few	months:
                                       • Rabbi and Anne Shisler on their 40th      We Will Remember Them
                                         wedding anniversary
• Nicole Sachs and Gavin Rhodes        • Jacquie and Stuart Katz on their 40th     We have introduced the practice of
• Naomi Nizri and Paul Harris            wedding anniversary                       reciting Memorial Prayers to recognise
• Sophie Ralton and Justin Fenton      • Anthony Dinkin on his 65th birthday       the generosity of those who have left
• Lauren Lipman and Alex Mammon        • Stanley Warren on his 2nd Bar Mitzvah     legacies to the Synagogue in their
• Mandy Moss and Adam Newman           • Rachelle and Elliot Berman on the birth   Wills, and who will be permanently
• Lisa Fenton and Jason Edel             of a baby girl                            acknowledged in our Yizkor Book.
• Charlotte Sanders and Jamie Leigh    • Trevor Toube on his 70th birthday
• Philippa Sher and Michael Gerrard    • Harvey Katz on his 70th birthday          We are extremely grateful to those
• Emma Zerdin and Andrew Berg                                                      congregants who have made bequests,
• Zoé Marks and Andrew Braham          The Board of Management along with          which enable us to maintain and
• Karen Tyfield and Keith Berelowitz   the members, as well as visitors to the     preserve our beautiful Synagogue
• Jeannine Syalon and James Lester     NWE, wish to thank all those who have       together with its activities.
• Clare Lewis and Oliver Weingarten    sponsored Kiddushim over recent
• Mia Palmer and Elliot Pomerance      months. The Kiddushim provide a time        If you would like to make provision in
• Tamara Oyre and Paul Feldman         to make new friends and catch up with       your Will for the future benefit of the
• Lucy Peller and Dan Stone            old ones. We would like to thank you all!   Synagogue please contact the office.

                                                                                                                         05
Chief Rabbi’s
Rosh Hashanah
Message 5770
At times like the current recession,           possessions. What he hadn’t given her        relationship with the charisma of
we need more than ever to reflect              was time. He was so obsessed with work       holiness. Spending time studying the
on the questions Rosh Hashanah                 that he failed to understand how             texts of our tradition, we endow with
and Yom Kippur pose to us. What do             neglected she felt.                          religious significance the life of the mind.
we live for?                                                                                In prayer we converse with G-d, aligning
                                               I lose count of the number of parents        ourselves with the moral energy of the
What are our values and how do we              who have told me a similar story about       universe, becoming part of the four-
translate them into life? What will we         their children. I gave them so much they     thousand-year-old symphony of the
give our children and those who will live      say. ‘How could they be so ungrateful?’      Jewish soul.
on after us? For what do we wish to be         But you cannot buy a child’s affection.
remembered? What chapter will we               That needs something else altogether:        We can lose material possessions,
write in the Book of Life?                     care, attention, recognition, time spent     but spiritual possessions - the good we
                                               talking together, doing things together,     do, the love we inspire - we never lose,
It is easy to be lured by the siren song of    and yes, studying together.                  and that is why they are the greatest
a consumer society and come to believe                                                      investments we can make. May we,
that what matters is how much we earn          Judaism is an extraordinary set of           in this coming year, spend more time
and what we can afford. All around us          disciplines for living a meaningful life -   on the things that matter, the things
are promises of happiness if we buy            and it is meaning, not fame or success,      Judaism teaches us to value, and may
this, acquire that.                            that lies at the heart of happiness.         G-d write all of us in the Book of Life.
                                               It invites us through the blessings we say
Yet the overwhelming consensus                 every morning to give thanks for simply      Bebirkat ketivah vechatimah torah
of psychological research is that,             being alive in a universe full of beauty
beyond the basic minimum we need,              and wonder. It forces us, one day in
there is little correlation between wealth     seven, to rest and enjoy what we have
and happiness, between what we own             rather than worry about the things we
and the way we feel. Even those who            do not yet have.                             	
have won great sums in a lottery are,                                                       	
on average, no happier a year later            On Shabbat we renew the love within          Chief	Rabbi	Sir	Jonathan	Sacks
than they were before they won.                 the family. We celebrate being part of      Rosh Hashanah 5770
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material things is very short-lived.           are doubled and our grief halved by          305 Ballards Lane London N2 8GB
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most successful businessmen while he           history, the most remarkable history of      www.chiefrabbi.org
told me how unfair it was that his             any nation on earth. Through washout
marriage had failed. He had, he said,          we sanctify the act of eating.
given his wife everything, yet it was          Through mikveh and the laws of family
clear that what he had given her was           purity we etch our most intimate

06
Rabbi’s Message
I was born and brought up in Brighton         “The King is praised in a multitude of        If you try to encourage people to come
until the age of 0, and still remember       people.” As I got older and became            more often, you’re accused of ‘telling
the excitement of Rosh Hashanah and           a Chazan, I recall the nervousness with       us off’, and if you don’t mention
Yom Kippur.                                   which I approached these days. It is          Shul-going, then the regulars feel you
                                              a great responsibility to carry the prayers   haven’t done your duty. If you talk about
I used to go with my family to the            of the congregation on your shoulders,        supporting Israel, some people complain
beautiful Middle Street Shul every            and, after some 45 years of doing this        that the Rabbi should stick to religious
Shabbat, and I have a recollection            I am still always concerned that I should     issues, and if you don’t mention Israel,
of it being well-filled every week. Middle    fulfil my role to the satisfaction of the     you’re accused of being an anti-Zionist!
Street is smaller than the New West End,      congregation who send me as their             Rabbi Israel Slanter used to go into the
but is quite exquisite, and it used to be     messenger, and that Gd should take            pulpit and say: “What I’m going to
known as the ‘jewel box.’ I believe it was    heed of my prayers.                           say now are words I shall address
the first public building to be illuminated                                                 to myself. But I don’t mind if you
by electricity. We used to have an            I became Chazan in the New Synagogue,         listen in!”
overflow service in the Metropole Hotel,      Stamford Hill at the age of 23, and I can
and I can remember that being                 still recall the buzz of excitement and       Writing this in August, I have not yet
completely packed out - just as the           apprehension I felt, walking to Shul on       started preparing my sermons for this
Shul itself was.                              Kol Nidre night together with hundreds        year’s High Holidays, but let me assure
                                              of members, knowing that, in a short          you, if I decide to try to encourage you
One year when I was about 8, a Mr Shoot       while, it would be me that they would be      to be more observant, it’s because I need
came down from London to train and            listening to. (Mind you, if I’d had any       to be more observant. If I urge you to
conduct a Choir that was going to sing        feelings of pride, they had been driven       lend more support to Israel, it’s because
with the Chazan, the Rev Berl Braunstein      out of me while I was standing up to my       I need to be more supportive of Israel.
Z”L, and I was a member of that choir.        elbows in soap suds doing the washing         If I try to impress on you the necessity to
Mr Shoot was very famous, having been         up before setting out to Shul!)               be more generous towards our charitable
Choir Master in the Great Synagogue,                                                        endeavours, it’s because I need to be
but unfortunately, he was aging by            I can also recall the first time I stood      more generous. I shall talk to myself -
the time he came down to Brighton,            before a packed Shul to deliver my first      and you’re welcome to listen too!
and I can still remember the difficulties     Rosh Hashanah sermon. I devote a great
he had in disciplining some of the boys       deal of time to preparing my sermons          If you choose to take my words
during rehearsals, (not me, of course!),      each week, and much more to choosing          personally I shall be delighted because,
throwing his tuning fork to the ground        my words for the High Holidays. I’m           while I shall not address what I say, with
in exasperation!                              under no illusions that I’m going to          any individual in mind (other than me),
                                              change the entire community by what           I shall certainly be talking personally to
When we came to London the Yamim              I say in the pulpit, but I live in constant   every single man and woman in the Shul.
Noraim still engendered a feeling of          hope that I may say something that will
great excitement for me. On the first         impact on, perhaps, one person, even in       I very much look forward to seeing you
night of Rosh Hashanah the Shul was           a small way. One of the greatest triumphs     all over the forthcoming Yom Tov days
packed, and the majestic and captivating      of my professional life was to be told by     and Anne and I pray that you will all be
melodies came out of mothballs to             a woman that her son started coming to        granted a year of good health, happiness
create an atmosphere that no other night      Shul as a result of something I said one      and peace.
of the year ever had. I was used to           Kol Nidre night, (maybe I should have
a fairly well-attended Shul each Shabbat,     given up the Rabbinate immediately
but the huge crowds that came and filled      and quit while I was ahead!)
the main Shul, the overflow services,
and the children’s and youth services         Addressing hundreds of people, most of
gave real meaning to the Rabbinic             whom haven’t been to Shul since last          Rabbi Geoffrey L Shisler
expression: B’rov am hadrat melech -          year, is a great challenge for every Rabbi.

                                                                                                                                   07
Jewish Care
During the course of a century,                 Stage :   Individuals experience            Stage 5:    Major gaps in memory and
few things stand the test of time,                         no memory problems and                        individuals may be unable
but Clapham’s residential care home                        none are evident to a health                  to recall details such as their
Nightingale has gone from strength to                      care professional during                      address, be confused about
strength as the decades have passed.                       a medical examination                         where they are or the day of
                                                                                                         the week
Nightingale, one of the largest care            Stage 2:   Individuals may feel as if
homes in Europe continues to provide                       they have memory lapses,          Stage 6:    Significant personality
outstanding nursing and residential care,                  especially with familiar words                changes may emerge and
demonstrated by being awarded the                          and objects but are not                       individuals will need extensive
highest ranking 3 stars by the sector’s                    apparent to family and friends                help with everyday activities,
regulator, the Commission for Social                                                                     they tend to wander and
Care Inspection (CSCI).                         Stage 3:   Family and friends start to                   become lost
                                                           notice a mild decline such as
Nightingale is particularly proud of its                   decreased ability to remember     Stage 7:    In this final stage suffers
dedicated dementia unit which offers                       new names, reading                            lose the ability to respond
specialist treatment programmes                            a passage and retaining                       to their environment,
including drama and music therapy.                         little material or misplacing                 the ability to speak and
With news that pensioners now                              a valuable object                             ultimately, the ability
outnumber children for the first time in                                                                 to control movement
British history, it is even more important      Stage 4:   Clear deficiencies include
that dementia is neither stigmatised nor                   decreased knowledge of
feared and that our community is fully                     recent events, decreased
equipped to cope. One in three older                       capability to perform complex
people are likely to suffer some form of                   tasks and reduced memory of
dementia in their lifetime and is a topic                  personal history
that needs to be openly and honestly
addressed.

The Government, the NHS and experts                        One of Nightingale’s top priority is ensuring all our residents,
in the field all believe that early diagnosis              including those suffering from dementia, feel safe, secure and
is key to treating dementia effectively                    protected. The specialist dementia unit is run by a dedicated team
and reducing its symptoms, therefore we                    who ask themselves; ‘if	this	was	me,	how	would	I	want	to	be		
should be informed enough to recognise                     cared	for?’
some of the common signs, either in
ourselves or a loved one. The seven                        It is care homes such as Nightingale that help relieve the agony of
stages listed below are highlighted                        carers of dementia sufferers and work with families to build a solid
by the Alzheimer’s Society.                                support network for all involved.

                                                           If	you	would	like	to	enquire	about	permanent	or	short	stay	residence		
                                                           at	Nightingale	or	find	out	about	volunteering	opportunities,	contact	
                                                           sallymiller@nightingalehouse.org.uk	or	telephone	020 8673 3495



08
 Wishing your community a Happy & Healthy New Year




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                                                                                                                                    09
A Message
From the New
Administrator
Dear	Members,

I	am	delighted	to	introduce	myself	to	you	as	your	new	             I	made	aliyah	in	the	1970s,	settled	in	England	in	1977		
Administrator,	here	in	the	Shul	Office.	I	have	taken	over	from	    and	joined	Kenton	Synagogue,	where	Rabbi	Shisler	was		
Rachel	Cohen,	after	a	short	period	of	transition,	so	please	do	    the	Chazan.	For	the	last	14	years,	I	have	been	a	member		
pop	in	to	the	Office	and	introduce	yourselves	to	me.	I	am		        of	Stanmore	and	Canons	Park	Synagogue,	which	is	where		
always	happy	to	help	you	-	please	feel	free	to	send	your	          I	brought	up	my	twin	daughters	Valerie	and	Natalie.		
queries	to	me	in	Spanish,	English,	Hebrew	or	Yiddish.
                                                                   I	am	very	much	looking	forward	to	working	for	you	in	this	
By	way	of	introduction,	I	was	born	in	Lima	Peru,	where	I	grew	     beautiful	Synagogue	and	Community	–	so	far	everyone	I	have	
up	in	a	very	close	and	traditional	family.	I	attended	the	only	    met	has	been	friendly	and	helpful.
Jewish	School	there	called	“Leon	Pinelo”.	My	father	had	
emigrated	to	Peru	in	1939	from	a	small	shtetel	in	Poland	called	   I	would	like	to	take	this	opportunity	to	wish	you	a	Shana	Tova	
Saklikow	and	my	mother	emigrated	to	Peru	from	Mexico	City	         and	G’mar	Chatima	Tovah.
in	1947.		Her	family	originated	from	Poland	too.
                                                                   Esther	Behrman




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                                                                                                     Join us for a Jewish
                                                                                                    themed afternoon of
                                                                                                     singing, dancing,


   HAS H A N A
                                                                                                    jumping, clapping,
                                                                                                    banging, s ha ki ng,



   F UN !
                                                                                                         bouncing,
                                         Monday 7th September 1-3pm                                puppet watching, guitar playing,
                                         Interactive Music and Play                              parachute play and bubble popping.
                                         With Ilana Bendel
                                         £5 per session                                           All children welcome from newborn
                                                                                                             to pre-schoolers.

                                                                                                   This group is open to mums, dads
                                                                                                    and child-carers accompanying
                                                                                                            Jewish Children.




                                                                   Upcoming events:
                                                                                                    Please contact us at toddlers@newwestend.org.uk
                                                                   Sukkot                                  <mailto:toddlers@newwestend.org.uk>
                                                                   October 5th 1-3pm                   or call the synagogue office on 020 7229 2631
                                                                   Shabbat theme          Our Address: New West End Synagogue, St Petersburgh Place, W2 4JT
                                                                   November 9th, 1-3pm       Access is at the back of the building in St Petersburgh Mews, W2.
                                                                   Chanukah              Join our mailing list and please tell your friends about our new group.
                                                                   December 7th, 1-3pm




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History of
Shemini
Atzeret and
Simchat Torah
The status of Shemini Atzeret can             serve as the bookends of the agricultural   Genesis. There is a tradition on Simchat
be confusing at first glance. Its name        season, at the beginning and end of the     Torah morning of giving an aliyah to all
means the “eighth day of assembly”            rainy season. Whereas the Torah does        congregants, and synagogues will often
which would imply that it somehow             describe the offering that was brought      repeat the reading until all members
belongs to the seven-day holiday that         to the Temple on Shemini Atzeret, once      have had their aliyot or sometimes split
immediately precedes it, Succot. It is        the Temple was destroyed, there was         into smaller groups to read from several
true that there is a connection between       nothing that remained from the holiday’s    different Torah scrolls simultaneously,
Shemini Atzeret and Succot, but its           ritual except the liturgy requesting rain   so everyone can have this honour.
independence as a yom tov is well             for a bountiful year.
established in the Talmud.                                                                Similar to Succot, there are seven
                                              In the early middle ages, Shemini           circuits made around the synagogue
In Numbers 29:35, it is written that          Atzeret began to be associated with         on Simchat Torah which are known as
“On the eighth day you should hold            the ritual of completing the yearly cycle   hakafot. In distinction to the hakafot
a solemn gathering; you shall not work        of readings from the Torah, leading         on Succot, they are done holding the
at your occupation.” This verse does not      to the later development of Simchat         Torah, not the lulav and etrog and are
connect the 8th day specifically to any       Torah from what was likely the second       accompanied by joyous dancing.
of the other traditions associated with       day of Shemini Atzeret. Simchat Torah
Succot, begging the question: Is this its     developed into the day on which we          In recent times, Simchat Torah has also
own distinct yom tov or part of Succot?       celebrate the ending of one cycle of        become a very “child-friendly” holiday.
This confusion has led to much debate         Torah reading and the beginning of          All the children are invited up for
over whether one should, for example,         the next cycle.                             a group aliyah and flags are given out
say kiddush in the Succah on this day,                                                    for the children to march around with
a custom followed by some, or whether         In the Diaspora, Simchat Torah is           during their own hakafah.
Shemini Atzeret should warrant its own        congruent with the second day of
liturgical additions.                         Shemini Atzeret, and in Israel,             While Simchat Torah’s origins are not
                                              it coincides with the single day of         specified in the Torah, it has become
Shemini Atzeret is a two-day festival in      Shemini Atzeret. It is a joyous holiday     a Torah-centic yom tov on which the
all traditional Diaspora communities and      with a relatively young history, since it   hearts of Jews are drawn to celebrate
a one-day holiday in Israel, as with many     is not mentioned in the Torah. It is        the Torah.
other Jewish holidays. The only ritual that   traditionally the only time when the
is unique to Shemini Atzeret is the prayer    Torah is read at night, when we read the    Eli Ballon
for rain (tefilat geshem), and this prayer    last section from Deuteronomy, to be
is parallel to the prayer for dew which is    followed the next day by the conclusion
recited on Pesach. These two holidays         of Deuteronomy and the beginning of


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Wedding
Preparartions
Lynn Brown



I am sure that you can imagine, dear        everyone with her files of papers,          My brother’s children would be page
reader, the joy that I felt when Glenn      which are divided into numbered             boys and to include my mother’s side
asked Vicky to marry him. Any mother        sections for ease of finding all the        Vicky asked my cousin’s grandchildren to
would be thrilled for her daughter to be    letters and receipts. She has made          be page boy and flower girl. There were
marrying someone like Glenn who is a        a scrapbook from articles and photos        two close friends that Vicky and Glenn
responsible, well mannered and gentle       that she has cut out from various           wanted to include in the party. Glenn
young man who I am sure will keep Vicky     wedding magazines to give ideas on          has been close to Danny Nahum since
in the style to which she would like to     everything from bridal gowns and shoes      starting school at age 4 and wanted
become accustomed.                          to flowers and honeymoon destinations.      him at his side as best man as he had
                                            All the members of the ‘A’ team have        been for Danny at his marriage at the
Once the decision was made, all the         commented on her ability when asked         New West End last November. Likewise,
plans that had been in my head for so       for ideas to turn to the scrapbook          Vicky has been friends with Laura Harris,
long (well let’s face it, I had known for   and say ‘well I saw this in a magazine’.    also since age 4 at Ilford Jewish Primary
ages that it was only a matter of time)     It does make life so much easier.           School and it was natural to include her
could now be put into action. As far as                                                 as one of the bridesmaids. Who else
I was concerned, there was only one         Naturally, when deciding who was to be      could we choose as groomsmen than
caterer that I wanted to run the ‘show’.    in the wedding party, Glenn’s two sisters   my two handsome sons who are close
My first thought was to ask Beverley        and my two sons were an obvious first       to their sister and will look very dashing
from Toby Levy who pressed all the          choice and good place to start.             in their morning suits.
right buttons with what she proposed        Vicky has always been a very family
and that included the venue, which is       orientated person and this meant            In theory this all sounded lovely,
at a place where she is the principal       she ended up with a large entourage.        however the practicality of getting
caterer so she knows it well.                                                           everyone together for trials and fittings
                                            We are lucky to have such a close family;   was another matter. Carey had to travel
In our last article about the wedding       however, our closeness is not one of        down from Durham and Lauren had to
Vicky told you all about the preparations   physicality. We are spread far and wide     be fitted in California. Appointments
and how she put our ‘team’ together.        throughout the world and it’s always        had to be arranged at times that suited
What I never anticipated was the            lovely to have a Simcha to bring us all     everyone – no easy task. That was only
minutiae of detail which we would have      together. Vicky was set on including        the start of finding solutions to matters
to address to bring together what           a representative from each branch of        of transport, hotel bookings,
we hope will be a fantastic day.            the family. Glenn’s two sisters would       hair appointments, makeup trials and
                                            represent the Portnoys, Carey, my great-    of course finding appropriate shoes.
One thing about my daughter Vicky           niece would represent Charlie’s northern
is her ability to go about things in an     family and Lauren, my niece would           Like all brides, it‘s important to get
organised fashion. She has astounded        represent my father’s side of the family.   the right look for your wedding day


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and Vicky was particularly interested in      Jawad turned out to be a true artist.        There was never any question about
finding the right look for her. We went       We had already been informed that he         where the Chuppah would take place.
to a local salon for a trial make up but      only makes up half the face during the       As a member of the most beautiful
were disappointed with the outcome.           trial. He explained that this was so one     Shul in London and with the canopy in
We asked various people for their             could see clearly the work he had done.      memory of my dear father, z”l, there
recommendations and were finally              And boy could we! We immediately             could be no other place but the New
directed to a rather unusual choice           signed him up as part of the A Team.         West End. However to ease the problem
– none other than the makeup maestro                                                       of finding a parking place for our guests,
Jawad Ashraf, who is makeup artist to         If only it would be possible to invite       Vicky and Glenn downloaded from the
the Bollywood Stars!                          everyone of our acquaintance to share        internet, maps to show where there
                                              this happy day with us. When Vicky and       is parking for both the Shul and the
We travelled with a close friend of mine,     I sat and made a list of all the people      reception and these maps have been
to Harlesden which was the address            we wanted to invite to the wedding we        included in the invitations. By the
provided for Mr Ashraf. On arrival            thought we had kept within our limit.        time we had added in the Aufruf cards,
we were rather bemused by the sight           We looked at each other with such            the wedding list cards and the maps
of a London town house covered in             satisfaction - that is until we added them   and stuck on the stamps it was hours
scaffolding, this address was clearly         up! What a shock to see that we had          of work!!
his home. We rang the bell and were           gone WAY over our capacity. We had
promptly greeted by a rather portly           so wanted to include everyone and the        Organising this wedding has been great
Asian gentleman with a full set beard         hard task was reducing the number.           fun as well as hard work. Sharing that
and impeccably pruned eyebrows.                                                            work with my lovely daughter has been
                                              Once we had our list, we had to              a real privilege. So far, we have been
We were made very welcome and                 choose the invitation. A firm called The     very much in tune with each other but
shown into the living room where              Invitation Factory had assisted us with      of course as I sit here writing this, dear
we were asked to make ourselves               our previous Simchas and we would            reader, there are still two and a half
comfortable for a few moments.                once again be calling on them to help        months to go until the big day and as
When he was ready, he escorted us             with the Wedding. The choice was huge        you can imagine, anything can happen
to a room at the back of his house.           and yet the one we wanted jumped out         between now and then. My hope is
When the door swung open it revealed          at me straight away. Still we pored over     that we shall continue as we have until
a salon like no other with huge mirrors       the books to make sure our choice was        now, enjoying the close relationship that
surrounded by Hollywood lighting              the right one for us. My father always       Vicky and I have and that October 25th
and mountains of cosmetics, make up           told me that when making a Simcha the        will be a wonderful memorable day and
brushes and all the paraphernalia for         invitation should reflect the importance     everything that our bride and groom
styling hair – now this was a professional!   of the event. We recently received the       would want it to be.
                                              invitations and they are everything we
                                              could have hoped for.

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Reflections on
the West Bank
Josh Morris wrote the following
report after driving through the
West Bank for the first time.

                   After spending a rather hectic afternoon     and Jewish people had settled
                   traversing areas of the West Bank,           and built upon this land just like this.
                   visiting settlements and outposts as well    Whilst driving, I felt myself slipping back
                   as Palestinian villages, I was caught in     sixty, seventy, eighty years in time.
                   very much two minds. On one hand,            I simply could not get the idea out of my
                   it made me immensely proud of Israel,        head that what I was driving through
                   and on the other, deeply embarrassed         is the canvas or the foundations from
                   to call myself a supporter of the State.     which the modern State of Israel has
                                                                sprung, on which its story has been
                   Although beautiful in some parts,            painted. Israel’s thriving metropolises,
                   the West Bank is in many ways a              most notably Tel Aviv, have grown from
                   desolate place. It lacks natural resources   land exactly the same as the dry arid
                   and the land is very hard to cultivate.      conditions through which I was now
                   Interestingly however, when travelling       driving. Every time I looked out of the
                   through it, my instant gut feelings was      window, I was constantly reminded of
                   not sorrow for the clear daily hardship      the fact that even in one of the harshest
                   which faces the Palestinians who wished      natural environments on earth, Israel’s
                   to work and build upon this bleak land,      pioneers and its subsequent generations
                   but pride for Israel. This was because,      have managed to create a richly diverse,
                   for much of the journey, all I could see     cultural and economically
                   through my eyes was the wondrous             successful State.
                   achievements of how the State of Israel

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However, these rather Zionistic                 a Palestinian builder and search through    travelling from his Kibbutz in the
thoughts triggered another reaction             his cement mixer was that the intrinsic     Negev up north.
within my brain. If Israel has to all intents   difference between the Palestinians
and purposes become a regional                  living in the West Bank, and the original   The Israeli public must be reminded
superpower, using this parched land,            Jewish pioneers, who built the State of     of the fact that when we look at the
why have the Palestinians in the West           whom I am in so many ways proud.            Palestinians, we are not looking at
Bank failed so drastically? To the tune         It is not that the Palestinians lack the    strangers, but are in fact peering into
of mass unemployment and a life                 founding Zionists’ desire, motivation,      our and Israel’s past. We were once
expectancy, which is a massive 8 years          or passion to create a State for their      also Stateless refugees living in an
less than their Israeli counterparts living     people, as many would like to think.        uninhabitable landscape, however
in some cases a mere kilometre away.            Rather, the difference is that despite      through sheer will and determination,
                                                many obstacles which Israel and its         the State of Israel was born. It is with
This question however was quickly               Jewish residents were forced to             this in mind, we must also allow the
answered when visiting the IDF                  overcome sixty years ago, they did not,     Palestinians of the West Bank to use all
checkpoint situated on the outskirts of         after Independence involve, outposts,       their resources, desire and passion to
Nablus, which processed every vehicle           road blocks and settlements. There was      also create a State, which their children
entering and exiting the city. In fact,         no State, which would periodically          and children’s children are proud of.
up until recently the Israelis operated         demolish their homes or build fences,
a strict quota system as to exactly how         walls and roads, which would cut their
many vehicles could be within Nablus at         land, villages and towns in two. At no
any one time. What began to dawn on             point was Ben Gurion for example,
me whilst observing soldiers interrogate        humiliated at a checkpoint when

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Shabbat
L’Yeladim
By Elliot Bernie
Shabbat L’Yeladim,
probably New West End’s biggest,
most fantastic event of this year.
A spectacle that has dazzled and frazzled      my Shul, the New West End                      The morning activities were held in
the minds of all who witnessed it. If by       Synagogue. The planning process                the Golda Cohen Room and in the Beit
chance you were not present at this feat       started one week before my first GCSE          Hamedrash where two madrichim were
of party planning genius, then fear not,       exam, which admittedly was not the best        brought in to help the rest of the helpers
I shall fill you in so that you may converse   timing but would certainly prepare me          with the activities.
with others in the community who were          for tough deadlines in the future. It was
lucky enough to witness the event, and         slightly stressful, as it meant that finding   The second part of Shabbat L’Yeladim
so as to keep up with the latest gossip.       a day just to organize the Shabbat was         consisted of a dedicated sermon from
                                               very difficult, but with perseverance,         Rabbi Shisler in which he addressed the
Let me start with why I got involved in        I managed to find some time.                   children directly, telling them the story
the project. For the last two years, I have                                                   of King Solomon and the bumblebee.
been trying to accomplish the ultimate         After a two-hour meeting with                  The children all seemed bewitched by
harsh challenge that is the Duke of            The Powers That Be, all the important          the tale but it would appear that the
Edinburgh award.                               aspects of the day were decided on.            adults were equally enthralled.

One of the criteria needed to accomplish       The day worked out into three parts;           Then came the best bit as in all Jewish
the award is to complete a service,            morning activities for older and younger       affairs….The Food!
so I decided to do something, which            children, a dedicated sermon from our
would both be fun and of benefit to            very own Rabbi Shisler, followed by            All in all a good time was had by all…
the community, and what better that            a scrumptious lunch.                           especially the yeladim !
helping with the Children’s Service at


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Alicia Ruth Levy
(3 years old)
It was lovely to open the synagogue          dingalingaling I wonder who,                 What is more, I was really moved by the
door and to be welcomed by the warm          dingalingaling, it is for you.”              singing of George and Joseph Rosenfeld
Club Sameach team. I was also very           I mean it, literally everywhere we go -      with the Rabbi.
happy to see my friends, Ella, Jeremy        the supermarket, the nursery school,
and my new friend, Bianca. We had such       in the streets of Paris and London           Finally, as you know, at my age when
a great fun- singing, clapping, patting      and of course at home.                       we play, we are not very interested
our knees and dancing in circles to the                                                   in food, but I would like to take this
Club Sameach songs.                          I have to say, I get fascinated every time   opportunity to thank you for a lovely
                                             we are allowed to stand on the platform      lunch. The atmosphere during lunch
Since that day, I start every morning with   near the Aron Hakodesh. It is such           was one of those I feel when we visit my
the catchy song: “I open one eye I open      a beautiful synagogue!                       big family in Israel for a special Chag.
two, I say mode ani, which means thank
you....” Mummy is slightly worried,          In addition to the beauty, I mostly          So thank you again for the family
because everywhere we go I sing,             enjoyed running up and down the stairs       atmosphere as well.
rather loudly, the other catchy song:        and in between the rows. I hope we
“Dingalinaling the Torah comes,              didn’t make Michael and Jonathan too
bringing mitzvoth for someone,               tired keeping us still on our seats.


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Looking Round Lord’s
       12th July 2009
                 By Raphael
               Schmetterling




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The group met at quarter to ten, in front of the cricket        amazed as we passed through its many rooms. The Long
ground on St. John’s Wood Road, on Sunday, the 2th of          Room is where the players pass through to get onto the pitch.
July. There were about sixteen of us. Our guide, Richard        Before a match, members of the Marylebone Cricket Club
Mernane, is a former member of the synagogue. It was            (the grounds’ owners) can mingle with the players here.
a beautiful day, perfect weather for our tour, and for the      We then passed into the Boardroom, an ancient looking
cricketing season, which has just begun.                        room with a seat reserved for Her Majesty the Queen.

We began the tour with the best seats in the house              Overall, we enjoyed the trip very much and I bet some of
– the Mound Stand; this area provided us with a fantastic       us are considering applying for membership at the MCC.
sweeping view of the pitch. There, our tour guide told us       Thanks go to all those who helped organise this great event.
about the history of Lord’s, starting with its founding by a    The day was enjoyable and I hope that it can happen again.
man called Thomas Lord. The grounds moved twice before
coming to its present site. From our location, we also got
a good view of the media centre, which is very hard to miss     Overall, we enjoyed the
 - think of the back of the Starship Enterprise! On the other
side is the pavilion, also sticking out with its red brick.
                                                                trip very much and I bet
Originally, the pavilion was to be white, but there was         some of us are considering
a strike at the quarry at the time!
                                                                applying for membership
Afterwards we went into the media centre itself, and got
to see its great facilities; each desk has its own miniature
                                                                at the MCC. Thanks go to all
air-conditioning, and hidden underneath is a plethora of        those who helped organise
sockets. On the second floor of the centre is a series of
rooms for commentating, each for a different station,           this great event. The day was
whether it is Sky or the BBC.                                   enjoyable and I hope that it
We then proceeded to the pavilion, which used to have           can happen again.
a tavern next to it. It is a very grand building and we were

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                                          schools, their diversity and the incredibly   the already fraught process of schools
                                          positive impact on Jewish life and            admissions and now feeling rejected by
                                          learning that they have in this country.      their co-religionists. But has the Court’s
                                                                                        decision really made Jewish schools
                                          It would have been a piece about how          more accessible to more Jews? Or has
                                          the opportunities to attend Jewish            it, ironically, limited the class of children
                                          schools have never been greater for           who will be able to avail themselves of
                                          children from all parts of the community,     a Jewish education?
                                          particularly with the advent of the cross-
                                          communal JCOSS in September 200.             In simple terms, the law now states
                                          So what has changed, apart from the loss      that whilst Jewish schools can favour
                                          of my initial musings down a virtual black    applications from Jewish children when
                                          hole? The answer, of course, is the Court     they are over subscribed, the only tests
      I am fairly computer literate       of Appeal judgement in the JFS                they can now apply to determine
      and so was particularly             admissions case.                              Jewishness relate to practise and
      frustrated when I could not                                                       observance. Charedi schools will not be
      find the version of this article    To be sure, the ruling has been welcomed      much troubled by the ruling. They have
      that I had first started to write   in some quarters. The particular facts        always used these sorts of criteria, taking
      towards the end of June.            leading up to the case have highlighted       into consideration Shabbat observance,
      It would have been a piece          divisions in the community and the pain       Kashrut and other factors tending to
      about the value of Jewish           suffered by some families coping with         denote adherence to ultra-Orthodoxy.

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                                                                                             Having
                                                                                             faith in
                                                                                             Jewish
                                                                                             Schools
                                                                                             by Jon Benjamin
                                                                                             Chief Executive
                                                                                             Board of Deputies




What can no longer be considered,              is even worse. But the impact goes             of Deputies’ Shared Futures Schools
as a sole, primary or even ancillary factor,   further, because non-observant Jewish          Linking initiative teach tolerance and
is whether a child has a Jewish mother         families will now struggle to get their        understanding by promoting contacts
or father.                                     children into Jewish schools. Indeed,          with non-Jewish schools. It would have
                                               precisely those who might most benefit         made the fundamental point that for
Nor can synagogue membership be                from exposure to Jewish learning, which        parents to have a choice in how they
a consideration, because whilst shuls,         might otherwise have been largely              educate their children, they need to have
as charities, can continue to apply such       absent in their lives, will be excluded.       more options and not less – but then
criteria to membership, a school could
not indirectly adopt the same test for         The Court’s judgement will mean that
its applicants.                                the pool of prospective pupils will shrink     the computer
To do so, the Court stated, would
                                               from all Jewish children, to only those
                                               who can demonstrate a sufficient level of
                                                                                              ate my article, the
constitute racial discrimination.              observance, which in itself will be both       Court of Appeal
                                               difficult and invasive to measure.
Denying Jews the freedom to                                                                   delivered its
determine who is a Jew is bad enough,
and branding as racist the way in which
                                               My original article would have explored
                                               how pupils at Jewish schools develop as
                                                                                              judgement and we
all sections of our community consider,        confident, knowledgeable Jews, able to         found ourselves in
in one way or another, parentage as            take their place in wider society. It would
a factor in making that determination,         have noted how projects like the Board         uncertain territory.
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Rosh Hashana
Recipes
by Valerie Green

BEEF STROGANOFF for 2 portions.        Prepare beef in strips, sprinkle with pepper and cummin.
                                       Cover and leave for 4 hours. Do not chill. Take a thick
• 280 grams prime bolo thinly sliced   based saucepan. Pour in sufficient oil to cover the bottom.
• margarine or sunflower oil           Use a metal plate on cooker hob to stop any of the ingredients
•  small onion                        catching. Lightly fry the onions, add beef and seal. Stir in flour,
•  tablespoon of flour                mustard, hot bouillon (by crushing half a beef soup cube
•  teaspoon dry mustard               adding 280 ml of water) pepper, bay leaves and cumin.
• cumin                                Take care to avoid catching by stirring frequently.
• pepper                               Add more water if necessary. Cook for about 90 minutes.
• 2 bay leaves
• 280 ml. approx bouillon              Take a soup plate. Put in mayonnaise, add some of the gravy
•  tablespoon mayonnaise              and mix. Return to the saucepan, and stir. Re-heat, bringing
                                       back slowly to just under boiling point. Cook for further 5
                                       minutes. To be served with boiled rice.




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CELERY SOUP (PARVE)                                                COOKING SUGGESTIONS

•  large celery                                                   SALT BEEF
•  medium size onion
• 2 cloves of garlic                                               Soak for about 2 hours to make less salty then pour water
•  bay leaf                                                       away, cover with fresh water in the saucepan bring to the boil,
• grated rind of an orange                                         remove scum. Add 3 whole cloves of garlic, 2 onions, 2 – 3
• 2 large potatoes                                                 carrots. 3 bay leaves. Cook for about 3 hours on a low light
• 2.3 litres (4 pints) of water                                    depending on the weight.
• 2 vegetable soup squares
• Ground nutmeg to taste
• fennel or marrow (optional)                                      SPINACH

Prepare and wash celery – cutting sticks in half. Cut onion in     Instead of boiling put enough olive oil in a large frying pan,
half. Peel potatoes – cut in half. Crush garlic, or cut up fine.   chop the leaves and remove stalks, sauté until tender – turning
Add grated orange rind, soup squares, bay leaf, nutmeg and         every few minutes. Drain liquid off. Use, or put in a covered
water. Optional add small fennel or half a medium size marrow      container at the bottom of the fridge. Will keep for a few days
Bring to boiler, simmer for about 30 minutes, puree. Re-heat as    until required.
required or freeze in portions.

Serves about 0 persons.




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PRESS RELEASE
21 JULY 2009


Jewish Museum
closer to saving
300 year old silver
Hanukah lamp
The Jewish Museum has been awarded             The Jewish Museum is currently              Jenny	Abramsky,	Chair	of	the	
several large grants towards the purchase      underway with a major £0 million           NHMF,	said: “Hanukah lamps are
of the ‘Lindo lamp’, the earliest known        Development Project, part funded by         central to Jewish celebrations and the
English Hanukah lamp, which is one of the      a £4.2 million grant from the Heritage      Lindo Lamp is particularly special as it is
most important treasures of British Jewish     Lottery Fund, and plans to reopen in        the first one known to have been made
heritage in the museum.                        early 200. The expansion will triple the   in England. It is witness to 300 years of
                                               space at the museum’s flagship Camden       Jewish history in this country and it’s
The museum has raised grants totalling         Town premises, bring together the           wonderful that the National Heritage
£250,000 towards the sum of £300,000           collections, displays and activities of     Memorial Fund is helping to save it for
needed to purchase this unique piece of        its two former sites and create new         future generations.”
8th century silver Judaica from its current   education facilities and exhibition
owners. The National Heritage Memorial         galleries with hands-on displays for        Andrew	Macdonald,	Acting	Director	
Fund (NHMF) has agreed to contribute           children and families.                      of	The	Art	Fund,	said: “Not only is
£45,000 while independent charity                                                         this lamp historically important, it is also
The Art Fund and the MLA /V&A Purchase         The lamp would be on public display in      linked to a family who were great patrons
Fund have awarded £75,000 and £30,000          the newly developed gallery, Judaism:       of the arts, chiming with The Art Fund’s
respectively. However, the museum still        A Living Faith, housing the museum’s        core purpose as an independent charity
needs to raise the remaining £50,000 from      magnificent collection of Jewish            dedicated to saving works of art for the
private sources in order to secure the         ceremonial art which has been awarded       nation. We therefore strongly support
future of this outstanding item and to         Designated status by the Museums,           the Jewish Museum’s bid to acquire the
prevent it from being removed from the         Libraries and Archives Council in           Lindo Lamp.”
public sphere.                                 recognition of its outstanding
                                               national importance.                        Janet	Davies,	Head	of	Regional	
The Hanukah lamp has been on loan                                                          Liaison	&	Purchase	Grant	Fund	V&A	
to the Jewish Museum since the 930’s          Rickie	Burman,	Jewish	Museum	               Museum,	said:	”Competition for
and has been on display for over 70 years.     Director,	said: “We are delighted to        Purchase Grant Fund support is intense
It was commissioned from silversmith John      receive these significant grant awards      but there was no hesitation in wishing
Ruslen in 709 on the marriage of Elias        which bring us closer to securing the       to support this acquisition as a very fine
Lindo to Rachel Lopes Ferreira. The Lindos     future of the Lindo lamp as part of the     piece of 8th century silver smithing
were prominent members of the early            permanent collections and new displays      of great historical importance and one
community of Spanish and Portuguese            at the Jewish Museum. We now urgently       which has been central to the Jewish
Jews in London and founder members of          need to raise the remaining £50,000.        Museum’s public displays for 76 years.“
Bevis Marks Synagogue, established in          It would be tragic if this gem of Anglo-
70. Elias’s father, Isaac Lindo (638 –      Jewish heritage would vanish from public    Contact:
72), fled the Inquisition in the Canary      view in this country. The acquisition of    Dina Wosner on 020 8371 7371
Isles and settled in London in 670. The       the lamp would be an excellent way to       or marketing@jewishmuseum.co.uk
backplate of the Hanukah lamp is chased        mark this outstanding object’s 300th
with the figure of Elijah fed by the ravens,   birthday this year.’
in a play on the patron’s Hebrew name.

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Notes	to	editors:

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Fund	(NHMF)                                 the charity has helped museums and           The MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund is
The National Heritage Memorial              galleries all over the UK secure 860,000     a government fund that helps regional
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most outstanding parts of our national      achievements include: helping secure         libraries in England and Wales to acquire
heritage, in memory of those who have       Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the           objects relating to the arts, literature and
given their lives for the United Kingdom.   National Galleries of Scotland and the       history. It was established at the Victoria
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grant-in-aid from the Government.           2009 with a grant of £ million; helping     continues to be part of its nationwide
For more details, please contact            secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection,         work. The annual grants budget,
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The New West
End’s Best
Kept Secret
Jonathan Robinson


Of	all	the	many	events	that	go	on	in	the	       a	high	quality	toastmaster	first	thing	in		    the	spread”	and	usually	blaming	Eli	for		
Shul,	one	of	the	best-kept	secrets	has	to	      the	morning.	I	refer,	of	course,	to	our	       it	all.	This	isn’t	really	fair	as	it’s	often	
be	both	the	Morning	Minyan	and	the	             dear	Senior	Warden	who	has	the	task		          others	who	got	there	well	before	him		
breakfast	that	follows	afterwards.              of	ensuring	perfectly	toasted	toast	is	        –	you	have	to	be	quick	off	the	mark	
                                                delivered	to	the	table.	On	the	occasions	      getting	to	the	Golda	Cohen	Room.		
For	those	of	us	that	are	regulars	there	is	     Alan	is	away	it	only	takes	a	day,	two	at	      In	fact,	I	have	noticed	people	hovering	
always	the	excitement	of	wondering	how	         most	before	someone	starts	complaining	        around	the	door	waiting	for	the	last	
many	we	will	get	and	for	those	of	us	who	       about	the	quality	of	toast	in	his	absence,	    Kaddish	to	be	finished	so	they	can		
should	be	there	every	morning	Eli	very	         too	light,	too	burnt,	too	cold….               be	first	in.
kindly	offers	a	text	messaging	wake	up	
service!!!                                      Then	of	course	we	have	our	sommeliers	         As	enjoyable	as	the	food	is,	of	course		
                                                (or	whatever	the	equivalent	for	whisky	        it’s	the	conversation	that	makes	the	
The	morning	congregation	is	made		              pouring	is).	Many	a	visitor	of	course	think	   meal!!	Israel,	gossip,	politics,	gossip,	
up	of	regulars,	out	of	town	visitors	           it’s	a	joke	when	asked	if	you	want	a	little	   travel,	gossip	and	football	are	the	most	
and	those	saying	Kaddish.                       Schnapps	but	normally	if	they	come	back	       popular	topics	-	occasionally	one	of	our	
                                                for	a	second	day,	they	are	in	the	queue	       local	Chabad	Rabbis	tries	to	talk	about	
After	davening	which	is	normally		              for	a	whisky	or	two…                           religion	but	we	quickly	put	a	stop	to	all	
30/35	minutes,	slightly	longer	on		                                                            that,	it	is	the	NWES	after	all.	
a	Monday	or	Thursday	when	we	lein,		            There	are	those	of	us	who	come	in	the	
the	Rabbi	speaks	for	a	few	minutes.		           morning	who	have	to	daven,	eat	and	            Some	of	us,	of	course	are	more	vocal	
Then	it’s	tephillin	off,	last	Kaddish	said,		   rush	off	to	work	whereas	others	have		         than	others,	some	of	us	just	listen	and	
and	down	to	the	Golda	Cohen	Room		              the	luxury	of	a	more	leisurely	start	to	the	   some	of	course	have	an	opinion	on	every	
for	the	highlight	of	the	morning…               morning.	Therefore,	one	or	two	prefer	to	      subject…..during	summer	when	there		
breakfast!!!	                                   take	their	time	over	the	davening	and	         is	no	football	at	least	one	end	of	table		
                                                saunter	their	way	downstairs	afterwards.	      is	slightly	stumped	for	conversation.
For	our	many	visitors	over	the	years,	          Not	surprisingly,	by	the	time	they	get	        I	would	like	to	thank	all	those	who	have	
whether	they	are	in	London	for	a	day,		         down	there,	there	is	not	always	a	lot	of	      sponsored	various	breakfasts	over	the	
a	week	or	longer,	it	is	an	ideal	way		          food	left	(especially	on	a	Friday	when	its	    year	whether	it	is	Stanley	Blum,	our	
to	make	new	friends	and	to	discover		           smoked	salmon	and	bagels)….then	the	           weekly	sponsor	on	a	Friday,	or	those	
a	breakfast	you	will	find	nowhere	else!         conversation	turns	to	who	has	“ganiffed	       who	have	sponsored	to	commemorate		
No	other	Shul,	I	am	sure,	has	such	             the	last	of	the	salmon,	who	has	ganiffed	      a	Yahrzeit,	birthday	or	just	because	they	


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enjoy	the	experience	and	want	to	show	
their	gratitude.	Also	to	those	who		
have	generously	donated	the	gallons		
of	Scotch	–	it	has	been	greatly	
appreciated	by	many!

Finally,	I	must	mention	the	most	
enjoyable	breakfast	of	the	year	had		
to	be	on	Michael	Cutler’s	80th	birthday,	
not	only	did	he	have	the	joy	of	his	three	
sons	joining	him	at	the	Service	
beforehand	but	also	for	the	rest	of	us,	
it	was	pure	joy	when	Natalie	(and	Chloe)	
joined	us	for	breakfast.	We	see	many	
things	during	the	year;	female	company	
is	indeed	a	rarity.


A morning at the
NWES is the most
wonderful start to
the day, there is
plenty of room at
the table, please
come and join us!


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Shiru Lo Shir
Chadash –
Sing to Him
a New Song
Musical anthology of
original compositions       Concert	and	UK	launch	7th	July	2009	
by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler   at	the	New	West	End	Synagogue		

                            Music	arranged	by	Stephen	Glass

Jeff Jacobs                 Two	accompanying	CD’s	sung		
                            by	Cantor	Gideon	Zelermyer,	
                            Montreal




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I first encountered Rabbi Shisler’s music    I considered a staccato, pizzicato-style     Rabbi and Anne Shisler because not
in the late 980’s when I heard the Choral   choir backing, just like “se’u shearim”      only did they send their children
Selichot service from the NWES featuring     but the melody was so memorable that         there, but also because Rabbi Shisler
the B’nai Brith Festival Singers (who were   adding harmonies detracted from its          composed their school song.
subsequently renamed the Shabbaton           simplicity. I sheepishly returned to Rabbi
Choir) under the direction of choirmaster    Shisler with nothing added and nothing       Mr Hirsch Cashdan played one
Stephen Glass. The two chazzanim were        taken away, learning that less is more.      song on the clarinet from the Jewish
Stephen Robins and Geoffrey Shisler of                                                    Music Institute, and a final ensemble
Edgware and Kenton Synagogues                Imagine now, five years later, some of the   in which anyone that had been a
respectively.                                Rabbi’s music has been transcribed by        delegate that week at the European
                                             the world-renowned Stephen Glass and         Cantors Convention and augmented
The music from this service had an           is being performed at the concert here       by members of the NWES synagogue
enormous impact on me and switched           by Chazzan Steve Robins at the NWES          choir who joined in with Havu LaShem.
me on to cantorial music in a totally        lo and behold, no new choral harmonies.
new and exciting way, thanks to the                                                       During the concert, we heard Chazzan
combination of traditional melodies and      Two of my favourite operas,                  Moshe Haschel perform “Shema
Stephen Glass’s musical arrangements         Don Giovanni by Mozart and Rigoletto         Yisrael”. Chazzan Haschel praised
with unconventional harmonies.               by Verdi both feature melodies so            Rabbi Shisler for his compositions and
Up until this point, my appreciation         memorable that the audiences at the          stated that he hoped that the music
for cantorial music had been limited         premieres of both of these work, left the    would be adopted by all synagogues.
to legendary singers such as Yosele          theatre humming the tunes. Rabbi Shisler     In Rabbi Rosenfeld’s introduction to
Rosenblatt, Gershon Sirota, Moishe           has written melodies that are equally as     this piece, he favourably compared
Koussevitzky and other chazzanim             memorable as la donna e mobile and la        it to other Kedusha compositions
featured on Rev. Reuben Turner’s weekly      ci diarem la mano, you simply have to        by Glantz and Pinchik.
Chazzanut show on Spectrum Radio.            come to shul to hear them.
                                                                                          Rev. Reuven Turner, the guest of
Since Rabbi Shisler joined the NWES,         For the book launch and concert I sang       honour made a speech in which he
he has introduced pieces of music that       with The London Cantorial Singers (TLCS)     told an anecdote about how he was
are memorable, catchy and importantly,       having been invited by choirmaster           at Rabbi Shisler’s audition for Jews
appropriate to the nusach. On one            David Druce, though I would have             College with the late Rev Bryll,
occasion, Rabbi Shisler presented me         attended regardless as an audience           who was Rabbi Shisler’s teacher.
with a piece of music “Btzeit Yisrael”       member; when I sing at NWES services
which is sung during Hallel. Choirmaster     I always have one ear on the congregation    Geoffrey is probably the
Elliot Burman had no objection to my          in the hope that they’re joining in!        most knowledgeable “mayven”
attempt at harmonising the melody that                                                    of Chazzanut around and also
Rabbi Shisler had presented, the rhythm      The concert was expertly compered            a competent musician. This book
to the song being appropriately              by Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld who praised        “Shiru Lo Shir Chadash” is a
reminiscent of a march.                      Rabbi Shisler for the congregational         combination of his deep knowledge
                                             melodies in the new book. Several            of nusach, his lively personality and
I then spent several weeks attempting to     chazzanim sang pieces from Rabbi             his enjoyment of rendering the tefila
shoehorn harmonies over the top of this      Shisler’s compositions and three pieces      in a most refreshing way. We look
distinctive tune with a great hook. Of our   with choral harmonies provided by The        forward to learning and performing
entire repertoire, it most reminded me of    London Cantorial Singers, two pieces         more of these gems and the
the version of psalm 24 “se’u shearim”       were performed by the school choir of        publication of a second volume!
that we sing at weddings.                    Sinai School, a school associated with




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New Years Greetings 2009                                    We wish everyone health, happiness and joy.
                                                            Shana Tova from Collette LUX and David PRICE
Rabbi & Mrs. SHISLER and family wish the community
a healthy and peaceful New Year.                            A happy and healthy New Year and well over the Fast
                                                            to all at the New West End – Denise and Melvyn LUX
Happy 5770 to Rabbi Geoffrey, Anne, Chazan Jeremy,
all officers of the Shul and all members of the NWES        Maxine & Michael MARGOLIS and Family wish Rabbi
community. Sandra BLACKMAN                                  & Mrs. Shisler, the Honorary Officers and the entire
                                                            Community a happy and peaceful New Year
Chag Sameach from Trudie BLUESTONE & Family
to Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler and all at the New West End         Val & Jeff MARGOLIS wish Rabbi and Mrs. Shisler, their friends
Synagogue                                                   and all congregants at the New West End a Chag Sameach.

Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year      Hilde & Jonathan MATHESON wish Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler
from Zara BRICKMAN and Lionel KAUFMAN                       and all their friends a happy and healthy New Year

Adieu and farewell my friends, wishing you a healthy,       Sandy and David MONTAGUE wish everyone peace,
peaceful New Year and may you continue to go from           health and happiness in the New Year
strength to strength. Rachel COHEN
                                                            We wish the NWES Community a healthy, sweet and
Derry & Tony DINKIN wish all their old and new friends      peaceful New Year – Gaby, Howard, Lucy & Josh MORRIS
at the NWES a very happy and peaceful New Year
                                                            Anne and Stephen PETERS and family wish everyone at
Norman and Thelma EPSTEIN wish Rabbi and Mrs                The New West End a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year
Shisler, the Honorary Officers and the whole community
a peaceful New Year and well over the Fasy                  Renée & Valerie RICHMAN wish Rabbi and Mrs. Shisler
                                                            and all our friends at the New West End a very happy
Victor and Esther FIELDGRASS, Rudi and Theo extend          and healthy New Year.
their warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous
New Year                                                    Wishing Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler and the entire community
                                                            a healthy and prosperous 5770 and well over the Fast –
A very happy New Year to Rabbi and Mrs. Shisler and         Jonathan ROBINSON
thanks for being such wonderful people – Erika FOX
                                                            Mrs. Sybil SCHAPIRO sends her best wishes to the
Geoffrey & Valerie GREEN wish all the community             congregation for a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.
a happy and healthy New Year
                                                            Be healthy, be happy, be wealthy and fast well in 5770 –
Wishing Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, Honorary Officers and the     from Fariba, Dori and Raphael SCHMETTERLING
entire New West End Community a happy and healthy
New Year from the HAMMERSCHLAG Family                       Very best wishes to al from Phyllis SHAPRO and Stuart.
                                                            May we enjoy a year of peace.
All best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful New
Year from Jane and Cyril HODES                              The SHARRON Family wish all members and friends
                                                            a very happy, peaceful and successful New Year and
Bobby JAYSON wishes all his friends at the NWES a very      well over the Fast
happy and healthy New Year
                                                            With all best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year –
Wishing Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, family and friends and all    The SIMKIN Family
members of the community a happy and healthy New
Year – Susan and Harvey KATZ                                Wishing the whole community a happy and healthy New
                                                            Year love Angela, Jon, Rachel and Zac SKRY
Dorothea, Cyril and Oliver wish all their friends a happy
and healthy New Year and well over the Fast.                We wish Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, Chazan Lawson and all
                                                            Shul officers a happy, healthy and successful New Year –
Carol and Laurence LANDO together with Jessica send         Hilary and David SLOVIK
our best wishes to the NWES congregation for a happy,
healthy New Year                                            Happy New Year and well over the Fast to family
                                                            and friends from Marcella SPELMAN
Roy and Barabara LEVIN wish Rabbi and Anne Shisler,
Chazan Jeremy Lawson, Board of Management and               Happy New Year to all the community from the
Congregation Chag Sameach                                   STEINFELD Family

With our best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year       A happy New Year to all from the STONE Family –
to all our Community - Linda and Martin LEWIN               Jeremy, Sally, Rosalind and Nicholas
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Save
the date
for Israel Group Events:
7.30pm, Monday 9th
November                                                        Lorna took up the exciting and challenging post of CEO
                                                                at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre
On Monday 9th November, Lorna Fitzsimons, CEO of BICOM          (BICOM) in October 2006. BICOM is a professional,
– the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre         independent, not for profit organisation devoted to
– will be speaking in the Golda Cohen Room on Monday 9th        creating a more supportive environment for Israel in the UK.
November. Come and hear what she has to say and to have
your say.                                                       We are also delighted to welcome back Dr Emanuele
                                                                Ottolenghi, Executive Director of the Transatlantic Institute,
For those of you who are not familiar with Lorna, she became    who has confirmed that he will be speaking at the NWES in
one of the youngest MP’s to be elected to Parliament, serving   the near future. Emanuele who is now based in Brussels,
as MP for Rochdale at the age of 29. Whilst in Parliament she   is a political scientist by training. He has taught Israel Studies
was Chair of the APPG on Kashmir as well as a member of         at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the
Labour Friends of Israel. She was Parliamentary Aide to Robin   Middle East Centre of St Antony’s College, Oxford University
Cook and also on the Procedures and Modernisation Select        and obtained his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Committees. Lorna was also a member of the Hansard Society      You may be familiar with his columns which have appeared in
Board and Chair of the Historic Parliamentary Labour Party      The Guardian, the Jewish Chronicle, Newsday, The Middle
Women’s Committee, comprising of 0 female MP’s.               East Quarterly and The Daily Mirror; and European
                                                                publications such as Die Welt and Il Corriere del Ticino.
On leaving parliament in 2005 Lorna set up her own
consultancy and became a Senior Visiting Fellow at the          A frequent commentator on Israeli domestic politics, the Arab-
Defence Academy, which is responsible for post-graduate         Israeli conflict and Europe’s Middle East policy, Emanuele will
education and training for members of the UK Armed              be sharing his views with us and as those of you who saw him
Forces and Ministry of Defence Civil Servants.                  last time will know, this is an evening not to be missed.

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                                             Yom Tov Guide
Friday	night	18th	September                  Saturday	19th	September                      several prayers at a source of water.
                                                                                          Afterwards, the pockets are symbolically
Light the Yom Tov candles before             Shacharit services begin at 8.00am.
                                                                                          emptied as if a person is shaking off his
6.54pm and recite the following
                                                                                          sins and casting them into the water.
two blessings:                               Saturday	night	19th	September
                                                                                          As a source for this ceremony the verses
                                             We usher in the second day of Rosh           in Michah are often quoted:
“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo
                                             Hashanah by lighting the Yom Tov
melech ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo
                                             candles as soon as possible after            “He will again have compassion upon us;
b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir
                                             7.53pm. We do this by transferring           He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou
shel Shabbat v’Yom Tov.”
                                             the flame from the existing flame which      will cast all our sins into the depth of
                                             was lit before the first night Rosh          the sea ....”
“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech
                                             Hashanah began (see above) and then
ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,
                                             reciting the two blessings (excluding the    We then return to the Synagogue for
vehigianoo lazman hazeh.”
                                             phrase Shabbat v’ in the first one).         Mincha and Ma’ariv at 7.00pm and Yom
                                             Since there is a doubt about whether         Tov ends at 7.5pm.
Prior to lighting the candles, it is
                                             we should recite the She’hecheyanu
important to light a twenty-five hour
                                             Beracha on the second night, it is           THE FAST OF GEDALIAH
candle e.g. a Yahrzeit candle, so that one
                                             traditional to have on the table a new
can transfer the flame from the twenty-                                                   Monday	21st	September
                                             fruit that one has not eaten yet that
five hour candle to a new candle in order
                                             year, while one makes the blessings          The day after Rosh Hashanah is observed
to light the Yom Tov candles on the
                                             over the candles. Alternatively one can      as a fast day, in memory of Gedaliah ben
second night of Yom Tov.
                                             wear a new item of clothing. However,        Achikam. Gedaliah had been appointed
                                             if one does not have a new fruit or          Governor of Judea by Nebuchadnezzar,
Services in the Synagogue commence
                                             a new item of clothing, one still makes      after the destruction of the first Temple in
at 6.45pm.
                                             both blessings including                     586 BCE. He had been charged with the
                                                                                          responsibility of rebuilding Jewish life
Following services, and your
                                             “She’hecheyanu”.                             among the remnant of the Jews still in
return home, make Yom Tov Kiddush,
                                                                                          the Holy Land.
then wash hands ritually and make the
                                             Sunday	20th	September
blessing over the challah. The challot for
                                                                                          As a result of internal strife among the
Rosh Hashanah are traditionally round        Shacharit services begin at 8.00am.
                                                                                          people, Gedaliah was assassinated and,
and represent continuity and wholeness.
                                                                                          many of those Jews who had remained
After eating some challah, dipped in         It is important for every man, woman and
                                                                                          in Judea, fled to Egypt. Since this
honey, we take an apple and dip a piece      child to hear the blowing of the Shofar
                                                                                          represented the final stage of the
in honey and say the following prior to      which commences at approximately
                                                                                          destruction of Jerusalem, it is observed
eating it:                                   0.00am. It is important to hear the
                                                                                          as a fast day, when we recite special
                                             blessings recited by the Ba’al Tekiah (the
                                                                                          Selichot prayers.
“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo               one who actually blows), and to answer
melech ha’olam, Borei Peri Haeitz”           “Amein” to each of the three blessings.
                                                                                          Shacharit will be at 6.45am and the Fast
                                             Then, during the course of the morning,
                                                                                          ends at 7.42pm.
After eating it recite the following:        we are obliged to hear one hundred
                                             blasts of the Shofar.
                                                                                          SHABBAT SHUVA
“Yehi ratzon milfanecha Adonye                                                            	
Eloheinoo veilohei avoteinoo,                It is forbidden to talk from the time one    Friday	25th	September
she’techadesh aleinoo Shana                  hears the first note of the 00, right up
                                                                                          Shabbat commences 6.38pm.
Tova oometooko”                              until the last one.
                                                                                          Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat will
                                                                                          be read at 6.30pm.
“May it be your will. O Lord our Gd and      In the afternoon of the first day of
Gd of our forefathers that this year will    Rosh Hashanah, we will return to the
                                                                                          Saturday	26th	September
be a happy and sweet year for us.”           Synagogue at 4.45pm to walk together
                                             towards the Serpentine for the traditional   Shacharit will be at 9.5am.
                                             Tashlich Service at 5.5pm at the Peter      Mincha and Ma’ariv at 6.30pm.
                                             Pan Statue. This is performed by reciting    Shabbat ends at 7.37pm.

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YOM KIPPUR                                   prayer is a form of the repealing of vows,    Kindling of the Lights
                                             and we are not permitted to repeal vows
Sunday	27th	September
                                             on Shabbat or Yom Tov.                        Lights are kindled on the first Yom Tov
Mincha                                                                                     night in the Succah (if you have one - or
                                             Monday	28th	September                         else indoors) and two Berachot are said:
On Erev Yom Kippur, Sunday 27th
September, at .30pm in the Synagogue,       Shacharit commences at 9.30am.
                                                                                           “Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo
we will conduct the pre-Yom
                                                                                           melech ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo
Kippur Mincha (afternoon) service,           Yizkor on Yom Kippur Day will be at
                                                                                           b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel
which includes the first of the ten times    approximately .5pm.
                                                                                           Shabbat v’Yom Tov.”
that we recite “Al-cheit” prayer
(confession) throughout the day.             If one’s parents are still alive, it is
                                                                                           “Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech
                                             permissible, but not essential, to leave
                                                                                           ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,
A festival meal on Erev Yom Kippur is a      the Synagogue during Yizkor. However,
                                                                                           vehigianoo lazman hazeh.”
mitzvah (obligation) because one thereby     it is our custom that we commence with
reveals joy over the approach of his or      a public Yizkor, which includes Memorial
                                                                                           Note that the same requirements
her time of forgiveness. This meal is        Prayers for the victims of the Holocaust
                                                                                           regarding the 25 hour candle apply
called the “seudat hamafseket” (meal of      and for Israel’s fallen soldiers, for which
                                                                                           as they did for Rosh Hashanah.
cessation). There is no Kiddush prior to     everyone should remain in the
this meal, but we do wash our hands          Synagogue. There will then be a short
                                                                                           Four Species - The Lulav
ritually, make the “Hamotzi” (usually over   break to allow those who wish to leave
a Challah) and say Grace after Meals..       to go out before we commence the
                                                                                           The four species are taken hold
The meal should be concluded well            private Yizkor.
                                                                                           of each of the seven festival days
before 6.33pm, allowing enough time
                                                                                           (except Shabbat) and a Berachah
to light candles and to get to the           The Fast ends at 7.32pm.
                                                                                           is said over them daily.
Synagogue in time.
                                             SUCCOT
                                                                                           Anyone who wishes to have a set of lulav
The following Berachot are said over
                                                                                           and etrog, please contact our Shammash
the candles:                                 The Building of the Succah
                                                                                           Mr Eli Ballon in the Shul Office. Even if
                                                                                           you do not have your own Lulav and
“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech        If you haven’t built a Succah before
                                                                                           Etrog there will be several sets in the
ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo b’mitzvotav        and intend to do so this year, the Rabbi
                                                                                           Synagogue for your use.
v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Yom             will be very happy to advise on the
HaKippoorim.”                                requirements to ensure that it is Kasher.
                                                                                           SIMCHAT TORAH

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech        It is a Mitzvah to decorate the Succah.
                                                                                           Please note that our annual Simchat
ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,         If you are able to assist with the Shul’s
                                                                                           Torah party will take place this year
vehigianoo lazman hazeh.”                    Succah, please contact the Synagogue
                                                                                           on Sunday th October following
                                             office for details of when it will be done.
                                                                                           the morning service which commences
Wearing Non-leather Shoes.                   Also please let us know if you are able to
                                                                                           at 9.5am.
                                             donate laurel branches, fruit etc.
It is forbidden for men, women and
                                                                                           Please bring your children both
children to wear leather shoes on            Dwelling in the Succah
                                                                                           on the Saturday night and Sunday
Yom Kippur.
                                                                                           morning for Hakafot - there will also
                                             It is a great Mitzvah to eat in the Succah.
                                                                                           be a special Kiddush after the service
Kol Nidrei                                   The congregation is invited to join us for
                                                                                           on the Saturday night.
                                             a festive dinner in our Shul Succah
Services in the Synagogue commence           following services on Friday evening
at 6.45pm.                                   2nd October.

The Yom Kippur prayers begin with            Please make reservations
the chanting of Kol Nidrei. We have          at the Synagogue office on
to commence before sunset since this         020 7229 263.

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With best wishes for
a healthy, happy and
  prosperous 5770




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Speak up                                                      September 2009 / Tishrei 5770


Jewish communal life across the UK             hate crimes of any kind have no place                        entirely free of charge, but protecting
continues to be as vibrant and varied          in our society.                                              the community is very costly.
as ever, and thankfully, most of us              It is likely that, in common with other                       CST’s work continues to take place
are seldom the direct victims of               forms of hate crime, some people in                          at hundreds of communal buildings
antisemitism. Sadly, antisemitic inci-         our community who suffer antisemitic                         throughout the UK: including schools,
dents continue to occur.                       incidents do not report them to either                       synagogues and community centres.
                                               CST or to the Police. By reporting                               CST has taken responsibility with
January to June 2009                           antisemitic incidents, you can help to                       its Protective Windows Project initia-
Antisemitic Incidents Report                                                                                tive, which ensures the fitting of
In the first six months of 2009 CST                                                                         shatterproof film on the windows
recorded 609 antisemitic incidents. This                                                                    of every Jewish communal building
is more than the 544 incidents reported                                                                     in Britain. Recent terrorist attacks at
to CST throughout the whole of 2008:                                                                        both Jewish and non-Jewish sites
and more than we have ever recorded                                                                         demonstrates that flying glass is the
in a single year since our records                                                                          single greatest cause of death and
began in 1984. The beginning of 2009                                                                        injury. In January 2009, arsonists
coincided with the fighting between                                                                         failed to set fire to the inside of a
Israel and Hamas, with CST recording                                                                        synagogue in London due to the
a total of 286 antisemitic incidents in                                                                     shatterproof film on the windows,
January alone.                                                                                              saving it from serious damage.
   Antisemitism is not the fault of Jews                                                                       In addition to the Protective Windows
or Israel, it is the fault of antisemites.                                                                  Project, we work in partnership with
British Jews should be able to air                                                                          local communities and organisations on
their views on Israel. These are racist                                                                     The Security Enhancement Project.
attacks, in which nobody asks the                                                                           This ensures that security measures
victim for their political opinions. Britain   Above: Antisemitic graffiti,                                 such as CCTV, access gates, lighting
                                               Nottinghamshire, November 2008.
is a democracy and Jews, like any                                                                           and alarms help to deter possible
other citizen, are entitled to express         ensure that these crimes have no place                       threats against our community.
their opinions without being physically        in our community.
attacked or racially abused for it.              CST is the only national organisation                      Thank you
                                               to record and analyse antisemitic                            CST would like to thank our network of
Report incidents                               incidents in the UK.                                         over three thousand trained volunteers
Antisemitic incidents can take several                                                                      across the UK who give their precious
forms, from the more serious physical          Taking responsibility                                        time to protect our community in
assaults to desecrations, graffiti or ver-     CST is a registered charity. We receive                      all circumstances. CST’s work would
bal abuse. If you suffer or witness such       no statutory funding or any official                         simply not be possible without the
an incident, we urge you to report it to       grants and we rely entirely on dona-                         support of our volunteers’ families and
the police and to CST without delay.           tions to support and develop our work;                       the partnership of our community. We
This is the best way to ensure that the        and trained volunteers to help do the                        wish you all Shana Tova.
incident is properly investigated, and         work. CST prides itself in providing all
reduces the chance of the perpetrators         of its services to the Jewish community                      Can you help?
repeating their crime and someone else                                                                      Ever increasing demands are being
falling victim.                                   CST urges the Jewish community                            placed on CST to protect our commu-
     It is important that we do not allow         to remain vigilant and ensure that                        nity and we urge you to take responsi-
antisemitism to define our community              security continues to be a priority.                      bility and play your part in this vital work.
and there is no reason for it to inhibit          CST asks the community to report                             If you are interested in becoming a
our Jewish way of life. We are all free to         all antisemitic incidents, and any                       volunteer or would simply like to make
express our Jewishness however we                   suspicious activity, to both the                        a donation please call 0208 457 9999
see fit. Antisemitism, racist abuse or             Police and to CST without delay.                         or visit www.thecst.org.uk

             For London & Southern regions emergencies, call the Police on 999 and CST on 07659 101 668.
                                  For non-emergencies call CST on 0208 457 9999.
                                               Community Security Trust registered charity number 1042391
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