ShalomMag HHD 2012 - Loughton Synagogue

ShalomMag HHD 2012 - Loughton Synagogue



Shalom Magazine

Rosh Hashanah 5773 -2012

At Loughton Synagogue we pride our self on one simple thing:

A Spirit of Community

We're not just a Shul, we're a vibrant, youthful and energetic hub for Jews in and around

the Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Theydon Bois, Chigwell and Abridge areas.

Renowned for a modern approach to traditional orthodoxy, Loughton Shul offers a warm,

caring and non-judgmental environment to every person who walks through its doors.


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R Abbi

Shalom Editorial

Rosh Hashanah is a upon us, the summer is over, the

Olympics have been and gone and the Paralympics

are coming to an end (and Spurs have still to win a

game). The summer has confined itself to the Olympic

weeks only we have seen the end of the drought and

the hosepipe ban!

I always think it is appropriate that Rosh Hashanah

coincides with start of the academic year. I realise it is

a pain taking time off when just coming to grips with a

new timetable or school and this time of the year

yomtovs are like busses - you don’t see one for

months and then there are three or four together.

However a new year is time for new start whether you

are starting school entering into a new year at school

or going off to college or university. It is a chance to

wipe the slate clean and start again.

I would to thank my co editor and everyone else who

has helped to put together this magazine. Please read

and enjoy and if you forgot to submit your article this

time you are not too late for the Pesach edition.

We wish all of you a happy and peaceful new year

here in our community, to our fellow Jews in the UK

and especially those in Israel.

Shanah Tovah,

Michael Newman


Synagogue Judaica


Stocking: Mezuzahs, Talleisim, Books,

Machzorim, silver-ware and much more...

The shul now offers you the ideal place to purchase

gifts for births, bar/bat mitzvah's, weddings or any

other occasion!

This year get a Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Machzor that makes the prayers come to life: £25 each

For an appointment to view/purchase, Contact Merle in the

office 0208 508 0303 or

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spirit of the day and the

feeling of community, please

wear your white Kappel

(Kippa) on the High-Holy Days

Sponsor a Kiddush!

Do have a reason to celebrate?

Why not share it with the community by

sponsoring a Kiddush!

You can also sponsor a Kiddush in memory of

a Loved one.

It can be a Friday Night Kiddush or a Shabbat

Morning Kiddush .

Contact the office:

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Are you travelling abroad?

Don't forget the

community when

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A Message from the Rabbi

Dear Friends,

Just last week we read the mitzvah of bringing one's first fruits

(Bikurim) to Jerusalem. The farmer must thank G-d for the bounty

with which he has been graced. In addition to the declaration, the

Torah commands the farmer to rejoice: "You shall be glad with all

the goodness that Hashem, your G-d, has given you and your

household..." [Devarim 26:11]

Rabbi Mordechai Gifter (1916-2001) asks, why it was necessary

for the Torah to add the command for the farmer to be happy?

The farmer has just had a bountiful harvest and has arrived in

Jerusalem loaded down with first fruits. He already feels terrific.

So why must the Torah specify a new positive command - be

happy with all that G-d gave you?

Rabbi Gifter explains that this command is necessary. A person could come up to Jerusalem with a

bounty of Bikurim and still be thinking to himself "it could have been better!" He could be jealously

looking at his neighbour's fruits and thinking, "he had a better crop than I did". Unfortunately, one

can be blessed with the biggest bounty and yet choose not to be happy. Therefore, as part of the

mitzvah of Bikurim, The Torah commands that we should be appreciative. We must look at what we

have and be happy about what we have.

We must be happy with what we have even if it COULD have been better and even if our neighbour

DID have a better crop. If G-d has seen fit to bless us with this, then we must be happy with it.

It is a mitzvah to be happy!

Rabbi Yissacher Frand takes this one step further: In fact, this may be the interpretation of the

verses in the middle of the Tochacha [Curses] in Ki-Tavo [Devarim 28:47-48] "Because you did not

serve Hashem your G-d, amid gladness and goodness of heart, when everything was abundant".

These terrible curses, described in graphic detail in the Tochacah, are occurring because we failed

to serve G-d out of joy and happiness - when we had abundance of everything (m'rov kol).

These two words ('rov' and 'kol') should remind us of an

earlier passage in the Torah. Eisav is the one who said

[Bereshis 33:9] "yesh li ROV" [I have plenty] and Yaakov is

the one who responded [Bereshis 33:11] "yesh li KOL" [I

have everything I need]. The difference between an Eisav

and a Yaakov is that however much Eisav possesses, he

only sees it as "plenty". Yaakov, however, recognises that

what he has is, in fact, "kol" - everything that he needs.

The verse in the Tochacha is explaining that the source of a

person's unhappiness is "m'rov kol" - the fact that he views

all the good things that he possesses as only "plenty", in the

same way that Eisav viewed his possessions. Anytime a

person thinks that he does not have "kol" [everything], he will

never be happy. The greatest amount of "rov kol" [plenty] will

never make a person happy, as the Talmud teaches, "One

who has one hundred wants two hundred".

May the coming year be one of contentment and happiness.

L'chaim and wishing you and your families a shanah tovah!

Rabbi Yehuda Aronovitz

Dear Member,

A Message from the Chairman.

Rosh Hashanah Edition 2012

Welcome to another super edition of the Shalom Magazine. I do hope that you have all had a

wonderful summer and thoroughly enjoyed yourselves being with family and friends.

Rosh Hashonah and the High Holy Days seems to have come around very quickly this year but then

again our lives seem so busy that we blink and another birthday is upon us!

There has been a lot of hero-worshipping this summer with both the Olympics and Para-Olympics

coming into our lives. How wonderful to have lived through the London 2012 experience!

We have many unsung heroes within our community and I felt it proper to bring them to your attention.

Community life is not just about the Rabbi, the Rebbetzen, the Wardens or the Administrator! All are

high profile individuals. There are many more that contribute and are rarely acknowledged. Take for

example our trusted caretakers Jerry & Joe. Always smiling when we attend Shul, schlepping the

chairs , Machitzas and books around each week. Always respectful to the community and to our faith!

(By the way next time you see Joe, he has had a knee operation and had been doing his job under

extreme pain! Wish him well!) Ensuring all is in place for our functions with Jerry keeping abreast of

essential maintenance. (You probably haven’t noticed new window winders!!) like putting down grit

when it snows and mowing the lawns!

Then there is Diane Young who comes to help at the Cheder! A lovely lady who just gets on with it and

cares for the children and the community.

The ladies “that do lunch” in an attempt, successfully I might add, to knit together the ladies and have

quality “Girlie” time to talk about how they can continue contributing to the community’s welfare. Also

“Cooking with Compliments” a major operational service to the community who provide meals when

needed to the bereaved, the sick and the family who have needed support when a newborn was

brought home!

Michael Newman, who very capably puts together and coordinates this magazine. Vince Goodman

and David Galman who have taken responsibility for the security rotas and high holyday security team

which involves them having meetings wit the local police.

And last but not least, there are the Ladies Guild who provide Kiddushim year round! With lots of hard

work and a cohesive team led by Ruth Leigh, there is never any doubt that our hospitality to members

and guests remains at a very high standard.

On your behalf I think that they deserve a massive THANK YOU! for their quiet but devoted approach

to community life.

Why not be part of the community and come forward with an idea. We need a Mum’s and Tot’s club

coordinator! Could that be you? [We have found one! C.C.- Ed.]

Wishing you all L’Shona Tova and well over the fast.

A big THANK YOU! To all those that have worked tirelessly and supported me over this past year!

Frank Tiller


From the desk of the President

As one who enjoys having the last word, bare with me while I have possibly present the last word on

the 2012 Olympic Games.

Although according to my birth certificate I am now entering the final strait in the race of life, I am

fortunate to be blest with a faultless long term memory as opposed to the short term which on

occasions has the distinction of causing some embarrassment from time to time.

I have in fact been looking forward to having the Olympics in our home town since Helsinki in 1952.

Having been a very late starter in the World of Athletics, and in fact any kind of sport at all, until I

finished my teenage years. I was amazed how easily I adapted on entering into it in my 20's. My

parents who although totally supportive during my childhood were also ridiculously protective. "Don't

run you will fall over — don't jump you will hurt yourself."

They were even secretly delighted that in suffering severe sinusitis, our Doctor recommended that I

was excused swimming. The reason that even today, although I have no fear of water, and have in

fact water skied, am still unable to swim. At my best, however, in training with Haringey Athletic for

selection for the 200 meters at Rome, 1 cold not manage better than a very average time of 21.5 on

Finsbury Park's then cinder running tract.

As one who does not give up easily, I tried again for Tokyo in 1964 by training with a squad in

Redbridge for freestyle wrestling. This was a totally unique experience and I can't help smiling

inwardly when I recall we were a squad of just eight guys training 5 days a week in a makeshift gym

above a car dealers next door to the Redhouse Pub. Although primitive to the extreme, it was the first

gym in Essex to have a Sauna. Once again, I did not make selection, obviously not the sport for a

Yiddisha Boy. However, two of the eight I trained with did make it to Tokyo.

Having been dogged with wrist problems for several years, my last and final op could within the next

few months restore the strength in my arms. That PG being so, I am surveying the scene of Olympic

disciplines to find a sport that would allow me to train for Rio in 4 years time.

Having tried fencing (reactions miles too slow) and Golf not being an Olympic Sport just yet (as if I

would be good enough anyway). I have found a new challenge which, although requiring considerable

skill, does not require high degrees of fitness. Yes, it's Archery for me for 2016. Please wish me luck I

feel certain I am going to need it. We should all feel very proud both of our Country's results in 2012

and even more importantly, our efforts in designing, building and organising the games. Truly a feat of

outstanding logistical achievement. I still have my doubts regarding the environmental benefits in inner

city regeneration as I have yet to see any sign of a sinking Fund that has been set aside for the future

maintenance of the facilities, let alone the site.

While on the subject of sport, I am sure you must have noticed the enormous number of Sportsmen

and women who, when competing in their respective sport, display a totally unashamed outward

gesture of religious belief both on entering the Arena and at the finish of the event.

I personally give them great credit for this. It seems a pity that few (if any) Jews, (probably because

they are so few in number) seem to qualify as elite Athletes and Sportsmen and Sportswomen.

I wonder, however, if they were, how many would in fact give thanks to their god for their success, or

in fact, for just being fit and strong enough for just being there. I have been guilty on numerous

occasions of taking the seemingly small things in life for granted. I am now trying hard to remedy this

and as I think I have said before - Appreciate the moment!.

Perhaps not as overtly as in some other religions, I just say a silent prayer of gratitude whenever

things seems to go my way.

Rest assured should I be fortunate enough to just even get close to being there in 2016, I may even

be bold enough to shout it out loud.

Shana Tova to you all.

Phillip Leigh

Hon. President


Loughton Synagogue appointed Daniel Kempner, Dennis Posner, Peter Leach, Lewis Lane and Gary

Lewis to be Honorary Wardens on behalf of the community. We have divided our responsibilities and

as a team have enjoyed serving the community and although matters may not have always turned out

as anticipated we can assure you that we have always done our best in all circumstances.

Many thanks to the community for your support and assistance which is greatly appreciated … please

remember that all the Wardens are open to receiving constructive advice/criticism and

recommendations etc.

As you will appreciate, as Wardens we are in close contact with Rabbi Yehuda and have enjoyed

receiving his guidance and leadership. You are all aware that he has now served the community for 5

years and we believe that we as a community have benefited tremendously from his inspirational

sermons, both on Friday evening and Shabbat morning. The atmosphere in Shul is of great friendship

and enjoyment both amongst the community and between the community and the Rabbi. The

services are conducted in a way that allows all members of the community to take part. The

enthusiasm and dedication of the Rabbi have even resulted in some of our regulars coming earlier to

the services on Shabbat morning and certainly the numbers on both Friday and Saturday have


The atmosphere is particularly enhanced when there is a Simcha to celebrate and the Rabbi in his

address to the community will always make mention of the celebrant of the Simcha. On many

occasions visitors to the Shul have approached me after the service to comment on how much they

enjoyed the sermon and the general atmosphere of the Shul.

I am pleased to note that I also receive compliments on the excellent Kiddush which is provided by our

hardworking ladies who form the Ladies Guild.

Throughout the year services are of course held both on Friday evenings and Shabbat mornings and

of course all the festivals are celebrated in the proper manner. I am pleased to confirm that even the

mid-week services have been supported throughout the year.

Due to the hard work and dedication of the Rabbi and of course Rebbetzen Gitty many members of

the community and their families have benefited and enjoyed events throughout the year. I will not list

out all the activities but to give you a flavour, there have been communal events to celebrate the

various festivals, Friday evening dinners at the Shul, many of the community have been invited to the

home of Rabbi Yehuda, Rebbetzen Gitty for Friday evening dinner and Shiurim have been conducted

throughout the year. In addition we now have a monthly children’s service, an early morning Shiur on

Shabbat and we have had the first introductory explanatory service for Friday and a similar service is

to follow for Saturday morning service.

The community receives the Shabbat talk, which gives an insight into the Sedra of the week and also

contains announcements as to the events being held.

For the benefit and protection of the community the security officers have set up a security rota so that

when services are held in the Synagogue on Friday/Saturday there is security outside for our


One of the unique features of Loughton Shul is that we have two almost separate Shul attending

communities. There are the Friday night attendees and Saturday morning attendees and the young

children and pre-Barmitzvah/Bat Chail children attend. Each service creates its own special

atmosphere enhanced by the address from the Rabbi and the Kiddish after the service.

I would like to acknowledge hard work and dedication of Frank in assisting the Wardens and generally

organising the affairs of the Synagogue. In addition thanks to Norman Segal and Leslie Adams who

act as our ‘meeters and greeters’ on simchas to ensure that all visitors are welcomed into the

Synagogue and made to feel comfortable. Further, we are grateful to those members who are willing

to assist in conducting the service when the Rabbi is absent.

If there is anyone who would like to come and join us we would be delighted to have you as part of our

Warden’s team, either on a Friday/Saturday or even just for Yom Tovim.


Dear Loughton Members,

Another year has passed and we

continue to meet, have fun and

work hard, never quite sure why

we enjoy standing cutting,

chopping and buttering when we

could be having a manicure! We

do have a laugh and that is what

keeps us going.

Once again during the last twelve months we have hosted a huge

amount of Simchat … we hope the upcoming year will once again have more good news than

bad! If you have had the opportunity to join us for one of our savoury Kiddushim you will have

experienced the type of lavish spread that we put on. If you have a Simcha coming up then

we look forward to celebrating with you.

In addition to our ‘weekly’ Kiddush duties we also find time to organise extra events. During

the last year we had another fantastic Ladies Luncheon with Jackie Marks as our guest, she

was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting her . The year before we had Anne Hegerty

of the host our luncheon, she too was very interesting and entertaining. We have also

continued to have our ‘personal’ Ladies Luncheons which we take turns hosting, some of us

pop in for a quick bite (the workers) and others take a more leisurely approach! We would

also like to set-up regular bridge/kalooki/games evenings in the upcoming year, any volunteers

to organise this for us?

Some of the things you are perhaps unaware of is that the Ladies Guild also sponsor many

events: We purchased gifts for the Chanukah and Purim parties and covered the cost of

Chanukah entertainers, ensured Loughton celebrated the Queens Jubilee in grand style. All

the Friday night dinners, the Simchat Torah party, the Shabbat morning cholunt Kiddushim are

all organised by us. As usual we will also supplying lots of apples and honey to ensure a

sweet new year!

Continuing on the theme of giving … being charitable … we also ask that you give of

yourselves … when you have a Simcha coming up please come along and help on a

Friday or Saturday morning - get involved and really learn what it is all about.

They say it is better to give than to receive … so if you would like to give of your time and

make new friends just contact the office and one of us will contact you. One phone call is all

it takes … 0208 508 0303

Afrikaans Voorspoedige nuwe jaar, Basque Urte Berri on. Bengali Shuvo noboborsho,

Chinese (Cantonese) Sun nien fai lok. Chinese (Mandarin) Xin nian yu kuai, Czech Stastny

Novy Rok … or to put it another way Shana Tova

Ruth Leigh

ABC's of Rosh Hashanah

Pre-Rosh Hashanah

A key component of Rosh Hashanah preparation

is to ask for forgiveness from anyone one may

have wronged during the previous year. To

whatever extent possible, we want to begin the

year with a clean slate – and without anyone

harbouring a grudge against us. One should also

be quick to forgive those who have wronged him.

Many people have the custom to go to the mikveh

before Rosh Hashanah after midday. A mikveh,

which has the power to purify from certain types of

spiritual impurities, can be an important part of the

teshuva process.

Some have the custom of visiting a cemetery on

the day before Rosh Hashanah and praying at the graves of the righteous. Of course, we do not pray

"to" the righteous, but only to God who hears our prayers in the merit of the righteous.

The morning before Rosh Hashanah, we perform "Hatarat Nedarim" – annulling all vows. In Torah

terms, saying something as simple as "I refuse to eat any more sweets" can be considered a legal

vow. Therefore, before Rosh Hashanah, we annul any vows, whether they were made intentionally or

not. This is done by standing in front of three adult males and asking to be released from the vows

that were made. The full text can be found in a Siddur or Rosh Hashanah Machzor.

The Festive Meal

During the High Holidays, a round challah is used – symbolising fullness and completion. After

making the "Hamotzi" blessing, it is customary to dip the bread into honey – symbolising our prayer

for a sweet new year.

Then, after most of your slice of bread has been eaten, take an apple and dip it in honey. Make a

blessing on the apple (since "Hamotzi" did not cover the apple) and eat a little bit of the apple. Then

say, "May it be Your will, God, to renew us for a good and sweet new year." (OC 583)

Why do we ask for both a "good" AND "sweet" year? Doesn't the word "good" automatically include


Judaism teaches that everything happens for the good. It is all part of the divine will. Even things that

may look "bad" in our eyes, are actually "good." So when we ask God that the year should be

"sweet" (in addition to good), it is because we know that everything will be for the good. But we also

ask that it be a "revealed" good – i.e. one that tastes "sweet" to us.

On Rosh Hashanah, we add the paragraph Ya'aleh V'yavo in Grace After Meals.

Symbolic Foods

On Rosh Hashanah, we eat foods that symbolize good things we hope for in the coming year. We

contemplate what these foods symbolize, and connect with the Source of all good things.

The symbolic foods are based on a word game which connects the name of a certain food, to a

particular hope we have for the new year. Here is a list from the Talmud of symbolic foods

customarily eaten on Rosh Hashanah. (The food and its related meaning are in bold.)

After eating leek or cabbage, say: "May it be Your will, God, that our enemies be cut off."

After eating beets, say: "May it be Your will, God, that our adversaries be removed."

After eating dates, say: "May it be Your will, God, that our enemies be finished."

After eating gourd, say: "May it be Your will, God, that the decree of our sentence should be torn

apart, and may our merits be proclaimed before You."

After eating pomegranate, say: "May it be Your will, God, that our merits increase as the seeds of a


After eating the head of a sheep or fish, say: "May it be Your will, God, that we be as the head and

not as the tail.

You can also use other foods and make up your own "May it be Your will..." For example, you could

eat a raisin and celery, and ask God in the coming year for a "raise in salary" (raisin celery)!

Rosh Hashanah Prayers

Since there are so many unique prayers on Rosh Hashanah, we use a special prayer book called a


In the "Amidah" and "Kiddush" for Rosh Hashanah, we say the phrase Yom Teruah. However, if Rosh

Hashanah falls on Shabbat, we say Zichron Teruah instead. (If one inadvertently said the wrong

phrase, he needn't repeat the prayer.)

The supplication "Avinu Malkeinu" should be said on Rosh Hashanah, except when Rosh Hashanah

and Shabbat coincide, since supplications are not said on Shabbat. If Rosh Hashanah falls on a

Friday, "Avinu Malkeinu" is not said at Mincha.

During the High Holidays, the curtain on the ark is changed into a white one, to symbolise that our

"mistakes will be whitened like snow."

The chazan (cantor) for the High Holidays should not be chosen for his vocal talents alone. Ideally,

the chazan should be over 30 years old, God fearing, learned in Torah, humble, and married. A

learned man under 30 with the other qualifications is acceptable. Though it is preferable to allow an

unfit chazan to lead services, rather than cause strife over the issue in the community.

Since it is a question as to whether the She'hechianu blessing should be said on the second day of

Rosh Hashanah, we are accustomed to eat a new fruit or wear a new garment and say She'hechianu

upon it. When saying the She'hechianu, one should also have in mind the mitzvot of lighting candles,

"Kiddush" and hearing the shofar.

The Shofar

The essential mitzvah of Rosh Hashanah is to hear the sounding of the shofar. The shofar blasts

after the Torah Reading are called "Tekiot M'yushav."

The minimum Torah obligation is to hear nine blasts. However, there is a doubt whether the sound of

the shofar should be a groaning type of cry (Shevarim), or a sobbing weep (Teruah), or a

combination (Shevarim-Teruah). Therefore, we perform all three sounds, each preceded and

followed by an unbroken blast, Tekiah. Three of each set results in 30 blasts total, which are

necessary to remove all doubt that the Torah precept has been fulfilled.

It is customary to blow shofar in the same place that the Torah is read, so that the merit of the Torah

will support us. The shofar should be blown during the daytime. In ancient times, when the Romans

persecuted the Jews, the rabbis instituted blowing the shofar before Musaf, since the Romans had

guards in the synagogues during the early morning.

The person who blows the shofar must stand. He should be instructed immediately before blowing to

have intention to fulfill the obligation for all those listening. Similarly, all those listening should be

reminded to have intention that their obligation is being fulfilled.

Before blowing, two blessings are recited: "to hear the sound of the shofar," and She'hechianu. Once

the blessings have been made, one may not speak until the end of the shofar blowing.

Women may sound the shofar for herself and say the blessing. (Sefardi women do not say a

blessing.) A child who is old enough to be educated regarding mitzvot is required to hear the shofar.

The shofar is not blown when Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat.

The shofar used on Rosh Hashanah should be a curved ram's horn, and longer than four inches. It is

permitted to use the shofar of an animal not ritually slaughtered. After the fact, any shofar is

acceptable except the horn of a cow, ox or an unkosher species of animal.

In the "Amidah" prayer of Musaf, there are three special blessings: Malchiot (praises to God the

King), Zichronot (asking God to remember the merits of our Ancestors), and Shofrot (the significance

of the shofar). During the chazan's repetition, we blow an additional 30 blasts in the various


It is the custom to blow 40 extra blasts at the end of services, bringing the total to 100. It is customary

to prolong the final blast, which is called a Tekiah Gedolah.

Other Customs

It is customary to greet others as follows: "L'shana Tova / Ketivah vi-chatima Tova." This means: "For

a good year / You should be written and sealed in the good (Book of Life)."

One should try not to sleep or go for idle walks on the day of Rosh Hashanah. (The Arizal permits a

nap in the afternoon.)

It is advisable to avoid marital relations, except if Rosh Hashanah falls on the night of mikvah


If a Bris Milah falls on Rosh Hashanah, it should be performed between the Torah reading and the

shofar blowing.


The "Tashlich" prayer is said on the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah by a pool of water that

preferably has fish in it. These prayers are

symbolic of the casting away of our

mistakes. Of course, it is foolish to think you

can rid sins by shaking out your pockets.

Rather, the Jewish approach is deep

introspection and commitment to change.

Indeed, the whole idea of "Tashlich" is partly

to commemorate the Midrash that says

when Abraham went to the Akeida (binding

of Isaac), he had to cross through water up

to his neck

If Rosh Hashanah falls out on Shabbat,

"Tashlich" is pushed off until the second day.

If "Tashlich" was not said on Rosh Hashanah

itself, it may be said anytime during the Ten

Days of Repentance.

Both the body of water and the fish are symbolic. In Talmudic literature Torah is represented as

water. Just as fish can't live without water, so too a Jew can't live without Torah!

Also, the fact that fish's eyes never close serve to remind us that, so too, God's eyes (so to speak)

never close; He knows of our every move.

This is the text of "Tashlich:"

Who is like You, God, who removes iniquity and overlooks transgression of the remainder of His

inheritance. He doesn't remain angry forever because He desires kindness. He will return and He will

be merciful to us, and He will conquer our iniquities, and He will cast them into the depths of the


Give truth to Jacob, kindness to Abraham like that you swore to our ancestors from long ago.

From the straits I called upon God, God answered me with expansiveness. God is with me, I will not

be afraid, what can man do to me? God is with me to help me, and I will see my foes (annihilated). It

is better to take refuge in God than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in God, that to rely on


Many people also read Psalms 33 and 130.

based on research by Rabbi Moshe Lazerus (

Rabbi Emmanuel Feldman -

Tishrei, the month of Rosh Hashana, is the first month of the

universe, and just as when God completed His Creation He

contemplated and evaluated it, so does He do every Rosh Hashana

-- which means that Rosh Hashana is actually the Day of Judgment

for the universe and for mankind collectively and individually.

That explains why, more than any other Jewish holiday, Rosh

Hashana's liturgy is not limited to Jewish themes exclusively, but

contains so many universal themes as well. On no other occasion, for example, is God referred to

as "King over all the earth," and at no other time is God's Holy Temple called a "house of prayer for

all the nations." This is all a reflection of the universal judgment of this day.

God evaluates us collectively, just as a shepherd looks over his flock with one glance. And

individually, He also judges us like a shepherd who looks at each single sheep as it files through a

narrow opening in the gate. So Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are more than just a Jewish version

of New Year's Day. It's a time of great introspection, of teshuva/repentance, of stock-taking.

According to an ancient Jewish tradition, it marks the creation of Adam and Eve -- who were

created, who sinned, and who were judged all on the same day.

All of these traditions underscore the idea that Rosh Hashana is the time of beginnings. For

example, the Talmud states that a number of other events took place on Rosh Hashana: Abraham

and Jacob were born on Rosh Hashana; the three barren women -- Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah

(the mother of the prophet Samuel) -- were all remembered by God on Rosh Hashana, when He

decreed that they will give birth. On Rosh Hashana, Joseph was freed from the Egyptian prison and

became viceroy of Egypt. And on Rosh Hashana, slavery ended for the Jews in Egypt and they

waited for the ten plagues to be completed so that they could go out to freedom.

Thus, Rosh Hashana is a time for significant initiatives. As such, it is an opportunity for us to

recreate ourselves, to return to a relationship with God, to strengthen our ties to our faith…

On the one hand, Rosh Hashana is an extremely solemn day, the most solemn of the year after

Yom Kippur. Because Rosh Hashana begins the Ten Days of Repentance, we stand at the bar of

judgment on those days. It's as if we were in a courtroom pleading for our very lives.

Our tradition gives us a vivid image: "The Books of the Living and the Books of the Dead are open

before Him," which means many things -- but one of the things it means is that we pray that our

names be inscribed by our loving and understanding God in the one book and not in the other.

Our tradition also tells us that beginning with Rosh Hashana, a Jew has the opportunity to return to

God, to perform teshuva -- which literally means to turn around, to return, to start all over again.

Rosh Hashana and its companion, Yom Kippur, are Divine gifts in which we are given the

opportunity to reopen our relationship with God, when we have the chance to wipe away the past as

if it did not exist, and to start over again with a clean slate.

The slate is not wiped clean automatically. The process has to

The overarching theme of

Rosh Hashanah and Yom

Kippur is "change:" to change

from what we were before and

to become new individuals.

begin with us, with a sense of true regret, with contrition for past

misdeeds, and with a serious resolution not to repeat them. The

opportunity is given to sincere returners, not to pro forma ones

who are just going through the motions. But once the process is

properly done, once the catharsis of Rosh Hashana and Yom

Kippur make their impact on us, what could be more joyous than

that? So, yes, it is solemnity filled with awe, and also filled with

spiritual joy.

Remember that in the religious context joy is deeply inward, and is not necessarily manifested by

laughter and smiles. As such, religious joy and religious awe are not contradictions. In fact, they go

hand in hand. In the second Psalm, King David says, "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with


The liturgy of Rosh Hashana, especially the additional "musaf" service, is the most magnificent

prayer the world has ever seen. It's like a symphony, perfectly balanced, divided into three separate

movements, devoted to the themes of:

a. making God our sovereign and acknowledging Him as our King;

b. remembering His intervention in our history, and underscoring our belief in Divine Providence

-- the idea that He listens and cares for us; and

c. recalling the numerous Biblical events where the shofar heralds God's presence and

protection, and longing for the time when the shofar will herald the redemption of all mankind

and the coming of the Messiah…

Bear this in mind: the overarching theme of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is "change:" to change

from what we were before and to become new individuals. The motif behind it all is accountability.

We are responsible for our actions. We do not live in a vacuum. What we do or say has an impact

and a resonance in the world. Yom Kippur represents the potential for a human being to change and

return: we are not eternally condemned to follow a certain habitual path; we do have the ability, if we

so choose, to change our ways.

It is amazing: in the Talmud (Nedarim 39b), the Sages tell us that teshuva, repentance, was created

before the world was created. That is to say, the idea of repentance, of a person changing himself

and changing his course, is an integral part of Creation -- and the world could not exist without it.

An excerpt from "On Judaism," conversations on being Jewish in today's world. Published by Shaar

Press, Inc. Distributed by ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications Ltd.

Why Round Challah?

Some surprising spiritual insights from the Rosh

Hashanah challah. by Aliza Bulow (

All year long our challah is braided, but it is round for Rosh

Hashana. What does the challah's shape teach us about

this special time of year?

Rosh Hashana is a holiday filled with physical doorways

into the spiritual world. The blasts of the shofar are the

prime example of this (see: Symbolism of the Shofar). But

there are many others as well All year round, we dip our

challah in salt before distributing it; during the High Holiday season, many use honey so that we

may have a sweet year. For the same reason, many make a sweeter challah dough as well.

We also begin the evening Rosh Hashana meals by dipping apples into honey and reciting a prayer

for a good and sweet year. Some continue with a Rosh Hashana "seder," sampling many different

foods and reciting a prayer that contains an allusion to the food's Hebrew name.

Every Jewish custom is significant on a very deep level. Some have levels that we can access;

others are beyond our grasp. Even the shape of the loaf of challah can teach us something deep

about the holiday on which it is consumed.

Creative Energy

The Shabbat challah is braided. "Six days shall you work (engage in creative activity), and on the

seventh shall you desist" (Exodus 34:21). Part of the preparation for the Shabbat is engaging in

melacha, creative activity. Braiding is creative activity. The braid is a shape that does not appear in

nature. (Ficus trees are hand-braided.) It is a shape that is made by humans and it is representative

of the human ability to manipulate the raw material of the world. Braiding the challah strands helps

us harness our creative capacities for the purpose of observing the Shabbat.

But braiding is more than that. The Talmud tells us that God Himself braided Eve's hair in

preparation for her wedding to Adam (Brachot 61a). Was He merely beautifying her? Rabbi

Avraham Chaim Feuer teaches that God's braiding of Eve's hair was His wedding gift to the couple.

He was arranging her creative energies, channeling her imagination into an ordered form that would

allow her to maximise her potential as a wife. He was both charging her and gifting her with the

ability and the task of channeling the energy of the couple into positive and creative directions. The

braid represents that directive, to focus and give order to the energies of one's household.

Significantly, many loaves are braided out of six strands. Six represents the days of the week that are

not Shabbat. My mother-in-law taught me that braiding six strands into one loaf represents the six

days of the week that are bound up in the one Shabbat. Six directed toward one, weekdays

manifesting on Shabbat, this world bearing fruit for the next. The six-stranded braid offers us the

direction of the channeling that we are enjoined to accomplish.

70 Faces of Torah

Round challahs are unique to the High Holiday season. Some say they represent a crown that reflects

our crowning G-d as the King of the world.

Others suggest that the circular shape points to the cyclical nature of the year. The Hebrew word for

year is "shana," which comes from the Hebrew word "repeat." Perhaps the circle illustrates how the

years just go round and round. But Rosh Hashana challahs are not really circles; they are spirals…

There are 70 faces to the Torah, or in Hebrew, shiv'im panim la'Torah. This means that there are 70

ways to understand every facet of Torah. The word "panim" can be translated either as "face," or as

"innerness." Thus the Torah presents 70 different "faces," appearing differently depending on the

psychological, intellectual and spiritual angle from which it is examined. It also means that there are

70 different inner realities for every facet we can see.

Even while studying the same weekly Torah portion, we are able to tune into a new aspect each year.

King David lived for 70 years, and, in our tradition, that is considered to be the "average" lifespan.

Each subsequent year of life makes a person into a different creation than the year before. So if one

lives the average lifetime, another understanding of "70 faces to the Torah" could mean that we,

through living 70 years, have our own 70 faces that we can turn to the Torah. That is why we often

have "aha!" moments even as we study the same concepts we studied last year, or hear the same

weekly Torah portion we have heard for years in a row. Turning a different one of our faces to the

Torah means that our "receptor sites" are different, and we are able to tune into a new aspect each


Climbing Higher

The word "shana" has a double meaning as well. In addition to "repeat," it also means "change". As

the year goes go round and round, repeating the same seasons and holidays as the year before, we

are presented with a choice: Do we want this shana (year) to be a repetition, or do we want to make a

change (shinui)? Hopefully, each year we make choices for change that are positive, and each year

we will climb higher and higher, creating a spiritual spiral.

The shape of the Rosh Hashana challah reminds us that this is the time of year to make those

decisions. This is the time to engage in the creative spiritual process that lifts us out of the repetitive

cycle, and directs our energies toward a higher end. Have a sweet new year!

Shteebelchase Tzvi Zobin

GOOD MORNING. ladies and gentlemen. You are listening to CBA's live broadcast of the

finals in the great annual Shteebelchase Championship.

In this most exciting final round, the current champions, Reb Moshe's Minyon, are facing

the challengers and firm favourites. the Redford Avenue Sfardishers. The Reb-Moshemen

are putting in their strongest team, led by Reb

Moshe himself. Facing them are the top lineup

of the Sfardishers with Mr. Ziegal at the helm.

All in all, the greater experience of Reb

Moshe's Minyon should give them a handsdown

victory. but their 10-second handicap is

swinging the odds toward the challengers.

Here are the starting lineups. For Reb Moshe's

Minyon. Shmeelik will lead off with b‘rochos.

and korbonos. Nosson will take over for psukey d'zimra, and Reb Moshe himself will clean

up from Yishtabach. The lineup for the Redford Avenue favorites is Mr. Meir, Reb Yoina

and, of course, Mr. Ziegal.

And now a word from our sponsor.

And there's the whistle for the start! Wow! Shmeelik has flown into the lead and is already

three whole b'rochos ahead of Mr. Meir. The champions, of course, have excellent backup,

and the roar of their "boruchushmomein" is a familiar sound on the circuit. As Shmeelik

swings into the korbonos, Mr. Meir sings out, "Umosar ho'odom "

Now, as Nosson of Reb Moshe's team gets up and nervously walks to the omud to make

the first takeover, it's Reb Moshe's Minyon nicely in the lead. But there's still a long way to

go. What a beautiful takeover! After a classic 13-second Kadish Drabonon, Nosson

gracefully speeds into Hoidoo. Reb Yoina of the Sfardishers seems to be nervous. Oh

dear, they will really have to do better than this to stand a chance. That hemming-hawing

is costing his team precious seconds. Ah, he's getting into form now, but halfway through

Mizmor Shir Chanukas is a bit late.

Now, as we come to Oz Yoshir. Redford Avenue's

Reb Yoina is beginning to put on the pressure.

But the champs are not intimidated. And once

again the champs show their style with a beautiful

takeover at Yishtabach by Reb Moshe.

He's in fine form, It was reported before this

contest that his false teeth have been giving him

some trouble. But his new dental fixative will

surely live up to its reputation.

And now a word from our sponsor

What is the difference between a

Minyan and a horse race?

In a horse race everyone starts at

the same time and ends at

different times.

At a Minyan everyone starts at

different times but ends together.

The champs are now rolling into Sh'ma with the contenders just clearing Bor'chu. The

Redford leader, Mr. Ziegal, is trying out what he calls his inspiration davvening. That is, he

davens while inhaling as well as while exhaling. Well, his years of practice and training are

certainly paying off. Ziegal is shaving off vital tenths of seconds as he follows hot on the

heels of Reb Moshe. He's catching up with every breath.

Well. the champs are through Sh'ma with a good 32-second time and are just going into

the shrilla Shrnone Esrey with Mr. Z.egal's Sfardishers breathing hot fire down their necks

at Ezrass.

And now a word from our sponsor

Now, at Chazorass Hashatz, it's Reb Moshe's Minyon barely holding out Mr. Ziegal with a

l:45.S shtilla. Wow, what a Keclusha! Just listen to that Kodoish-doish-doish. Real style!

Reb Moshe's teeth seem to he giving him some trouble. Hear that clack- clack? They're

chattering quite badly, and he may have to signal for a replacement. Well. now it seems

that his teeth have righted themselves. but he'll really have to fly to make up lost time.

This is a real classic - l:52.3 for the Sfardishers' chazora as the Redford Avenue favourites

go down for Tachanun. What's this? The champs have swept straight into Kadish. The

judges are conferring. A note has been passed to me. There is a chossen in Reb Moshe's

Minyon. Well, there's nothing in the rules against it. Though it is a little underhanded, the

Reb Moshe-men are back to a 20-second lead.

That has really angered Mr. Ziegal. Is he furious!

Ladies and gentlemen. this has now turned into a personal match. I've never heard Uvo

Letzion disappear so swiftly. As he rounds into Kadish Sholeim. Reb Moshe's lead is down

to 10 seconds.

Mr. Ziegal's inspiration davening plus

his added fury are helping him pare

the edges off Reb Moshe's lead. He's

catching up! Now. at Kaddish

D'rabonon, he is actually ahead! Reb

Moshe is perspiring, his lead is

slipping as are his teeth. The final

Omein is a real victory "omein" from

the Redford Avenue men as they roll

into Oleinu Leshabei'ach a full seven

seconds ahead!

Oh dear, they're really rubbing the

champs‘ noses in the dust with an extra Shir Ha-rna'alos and a Kadish Yosom. And the

grandstands are going wild!

A Kohen on his travels.

As we were about to disembark the brass calypso band struck up "hot hot hot: - it certainly was . We

were in the Caribbean. It reminded me of the first Bond film do you not remember with the three blind

men. I looked around and fortunately every one appeared friendly and happy we were after all on

holiday. We made our way into town my navigator, my wife Marilyn map in hand as usual. She has

been my official map reader on our travels around the world and as we are still together after 49 years

I have conceded she must be good at it.

Do you remember the film 'The Blues Brothers' ? Well we were on a mission to find the shul. Its just

something we enjoy to do on our travels.

Our chairman Frank always mentions to barmitzvah boys on their special day to participate in Jewish

communities worldwide

When they get a chance to visit and hear the hebrew, our common tongue, how right he is. The

welcome we have received from other Jewish communities around the globe has been quite


As we walked further away from the tourist area it was quite apparent how some of these flimsy built

homes suffered so badly during the hurricane season. Its amazing they survive any strong winds at

all. We followed the map to a crossroad and stopped. Left, right, unsure.

This map was hardly a Michelin guide. Suddenly the silence was broken by a voice 'hey man ya

looking for da shul? 'i looked around and on the roof of one of these houses stood a huge

Shvarzer ( sorry, to be politically correct ) a large black skin person. ' yes please ' I said

' turn left and it about 20 yards down da road ' I thanked him and we proceeded and sure enough

there it was.

The Hebrew congregation of St. Thomas was founded in 1796 the island was officially settled in 1665

and there is evidence that Jews lived here from that time, having come to the islands as shop owners,

chandlers, and brokers, entrepreneurs in sugar rum and molasses and traders between Europe and

the American colonies. The island got its thrust of settlers during the American revolution in 1781.

The British navy had stationed a blockade on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius nearby hoping to starve

out American revolutionaries. Admiral Rodney decided on a heavy bombardment and so the Jewish

merchants on the island left. Many of them sailed to St.Thomas with their families. The island had a

small settlement but a tradition of religious tolerance and happily welcomed industrious settlers. Their

arrival made certain the establishment of this synagogue which led to the enrichment of Jewish history

in the new world.

The synagogue is still active today and approximately 200 families are members. Since 1833 there

has always been a weekly shabbat service. It boasts it is the oldest synagogue building in continuous

use under the American flag and that it has the distinction of holding the first barmitzvah for Jewish

youth in the western hemisphere on October 14, 1843.

Its walls are specially designed to be hurricane proof as are the stained windows. They allow the free

passage of air while blunting some of the wind force. Perhaps the most unusual feature is the floor.

Completely covered in sand several inches thick, apparently it is symbolic of the desert through which

Moses and the Children of Israel travelled for forty years. However, another explanation was that

during the time of the Spanish inquisition when Spain persecuted newly "converted" jews, the

Marranos as they were called, using one of our gifts from G-d called seichol (!) , covered the floor to

muffle the sounds of their prayer.

In the ark were six torah scrolls. Three Sephardic and three Ashkenazic. The difference is not in what

is written but the way the parchment is sored and displayed when read. They are at least 150 years

old and two date back over 200 years.

This beautiful synagogue is a gem in the midst of the Caribbean. It is simple but stately at the same

time. As we stood there and looked around you could not help but feel proud to be in this outpost of

Judaism .

Mark Weigler

Repent now... the beginning of the the year is nigh!

Rabbi Yehuda Aronovitz

Many years ago, Rav Shimon Schwab was standing at a

bus stop, in front of a church. An obviously Jewish woman

came out of the church and seeing a Rabbi, she walked

over to him.

“Rabbi, She said, “ you’re probably wondering what a

Jewish woman is doing in a Catholic church. Well let me tell

you something, those Catholics, they have something that

Yiddishkeit doesn’t have, something that is wonderfully


“Really?” asked Rabbi Schwab. “And what is that?”

It’s the confessional,” she said, “you sit in this booth and the

priest is sitting on the other side of the partition. You say ‘forgive me father, for I have sinned.’ The

Priest says "You’re forgiven" and BOOM! Forgiveness! You’re forgiven and you feel amazing.

Yiddishkeit doesn't have that!

"Excuse me but you’re quite mistaken,” he said. “Yiddishkeit certainly does have confession. Three

times a day we say “ Selach Lanu - forgive us Father for we have sinned. We say Vidduy on Yom

Kippur. What do you mean, Yiddishkeit doesn’t have confession?”

Rabbi, you don’t understand,” she replied. “At the Catholic church, somebody is listening.

“Lady, it is YOU who doesn't understand,” said Rav Schwab. The Jewish people also have Someone

Who is listening. ALWAYS. And not just some man in a costume who doesn’t have the power of true

forgiveness, but the Borei Olam - the Creator of the universe Himself.”

So what is teshuva? How can we make that move that will change our lives forever (for the good)?

Many years ago, when I was in Yeshiva in Manchester, having just experienced the "true confessional"

of Yom Kippur, I tried to get an early night's sleep so that I could wake up on time to catch a train to

London and get a flight, together with my brother, to Eretz Yisrael for Succos. It was not meant to be.

The fire alarm went off and the klaxon rang until three in the morning (it was a false alarm). Eventually

I fell asleep. Sure enough we both over-slept and missed the train. Frantically I tried to get another

train ticket but it made no sense to buy a ticket on the day for so much money. Eventually I found

somebody who was willing to give us lift to London and we would make our flight.

After driving for about an hour on the M6, our driver informed us that he had made a terrible mistake.

He had take the wrong ramp and, for the past hour, we had been travelling north instead of south! Oh

no! We turned around. In the meanwhile I called the travel agent and managed to change our flights.

We eventually made it to London and caught our flights to Eretz Yisroel.

The Rambam (Maimonides) explains to us the laws of repentance. The legal u-turn!

One should abandon the malpractice, try forget about it and resolve never to do it again. He should

regret it and accept on himself ,verbally that he will stay far away from such a situation.

Teshuvah - repentance is a gift. Not only can we once again find favour in the eyes of Hashem but we

are also lucky to carry along with us in life the lessons of our mistakes. When you turn around in life,

you can always catch a flight to your correct destination.

We read in the Torah this Shabbos - "Ki haMitzvah hazos, asher Anochi mitzavecha hayom". "For this

HaMitzvah which I command of you today is neither too difficult for you nor is it too far".

What is this speaking about? What mitzvah is so close to us?

The Ramba"m and Sforno and many other commentators say that this is the mitzvah of Teshuvah -

repentance. We are being told that the ability to return through repentance is accessible to all of us. It

takes no superhuman efforts to repent.

The obvious question is - Why is this Mitzvah singled out as the accessible mitzvah? what is the

necessity for this reassurance?

I think the answer is that teshuva is like exercise. It is not so unfamiliar that when you go to a wedding

and join in the dancing that you realise how un-fit you are. The bochurim (yeshiva students) in the

centre circle have a Hora going that you just cannot keep up with. Never mind trying to remember the

"three steps forward - one step back" move, but before long I am panting and wondering if maybe I am

really consigned to the outer circle shuffle.

"I'm going to exercise" I say to myself. Get more fit.

But then I remember - I’ve been there - I’ve tried it

before. I ran to catch a minyan quicker. I joined a

kosher gym. I even considered cutting back on the


It is a frustrating battle that more often than not is

doomed to failure from the word go.

The same is true with teshuva. "We’ve been here

before” we tell ourselves. We’ve made resolutions.

We’ve made commitments. We even shed tears,

yet here we are again. Whats the use of starting?

We may as well give up!

"No!" Says the Torah - Do the teshuva. You are not entering a commitment which you will fail to keep.

It is accessible.

How is it accessible? It is accessible if we make the first move.

In this week's parsha, regarding the "free spirit" - the person who does what he wants, the Torah says

" When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing on themselves,

thinking, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way,” they will bring disaster on the

watered land as well as the dry. Hashem will never be willing to forgive them; His wrath and zeal will

burn against them..."

Rav Shimon Schwab explains that of course if this person wants to do teshuva he can - Hashem will

ALWAYS accept teshuva. The only disadvantage he will have is that Hashem will not help him! He

forfeited that benefit of help when he decided he didn't care.

In any normal scenario

where we genuinely want to

do teshuva, Hashem will

help us to repent. We only

have to call out and he will

be there guide us. It can be

compared to a baby with a

soiled nappy. When the baby

cries the mother or father

comes and cleans the baby

and puts on a fresh nappy.

We have to cry out to

Hashem and he will do the


Let us take advantage of this

wonderful gift called

Teshuvah. This year, let us

truly hear and internalise the

message of the Shofar!

Head and Heart בלו שאר Rosh v’lev

Two things come to mind for me at this time of the year and both centre around the word ‘rosh’.

On the one hand there is Rosh Hashanah, or head of the year, a time where we look back over the

previous year and forward to the New Year in anticipation of what it holds.

On the other hand, I wonder how those who are experiencing emotional difficulties are coping,

especially at a time when families traditionally come together to celebrate, i.e how they are dealing

with things in their head.



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change in financial circumstances

and might be unable to afford a

family get together as in the past;

those whose incapacities prevent

them from joining in; those who

c h o o s e n o t t o a d m i t t h e i r


We can say ‘our hearts go out to

these people’ but are we proactive

in our approach? Maybe this year

we can look around and see who

might welcome contact from us –

a phone call, an offer of help, an

invitation for a meal. And also

think on the wider scale for those

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Chocolate Buttons, Grape Juice and Sweets

Peculiar title for an article you might think, but the epicentre of a Friday night for my eldest Grandson!!

For the last 6 months a typical Friday starts at about 4:30ish when my grandsons and I start our

“quality” time with each other! We play, we talk and have fun!!

“Zaidy” as I am known to them, is all about laughter, kindness, chocolate buttons, grape juice and

sweets. Not all the laughter is generated by me nor all the kindness and definitely not the chocolate,

grape juice and sweets!!

We always make kiddish at the supper table, albeit early as Aron is such a slow eater. He has, through

repetition and then nursery at IJPS, got to know the Brachot for wine and bread and I have to say it is

so sweet to hear a 3year (NO! Zaidy I’m 4 now!) recite the blessings.

Then it’s cutting the Cholla with special pieces reserved for special people and special events. Firstly

we have to give the crust to Sweep, our pet and wish her “good Shabbos”. We have an unsalted slice

for Grandma because she doesn’t like the salt, we have a slice each to eat with our meal and a

special slice for the journey to Shul!!

Then its off to Shul for the Friday night service!

Well as time has passed he is not only endeared himself to the

community but them to him as well! He is more vocal as the he gets more

comfortable with Rabbi Yehuda and all the regulars. I now have to

manage his expectations by telling him how many pages it is before he

gets his chocolate buttons. This is an initiative introduced by Rabbi

Aronovitz for the boys and girls who are under Bar/Bat mitzvah age to

come up on the Bima and read the Shema with the community. This tiny

little man is up there like a shot!

As soon as he is off the Bima after receiving his little pouch of buttons he now teases everyone with

the fact that they are NOT getting a single one. Not selfish just protective…..(I manage to get one off

him now, must be because I’m special in his little world). We haven’t even started the Amidah and his

thoughts immediately hone in on the fact that there is wine (grape juice) not too far away. Again the

children are invited to the Bima for Kiddish! Unfortunately he manages to express his desires for wine

mainly when the Rabbi is giving his sermon but Hey Ho! His is the voice of the future generations!

Aron is then back on his starting blocks for the kiddish in the Kashket classroom where he is drawn to

the sweets. 2 immediately go in his pocket for the journey home and 2 are consumed on sight. (or is it

on site?)

All through his experience in Shul, he articulates his week with the community, even wearing or taking

with him something he had made in school that day. He is happy to sit with, talk to or engage with all

who will listen to him. All show him kindness and we all laugh with him.

We leave with a warm feeling, having bonded with each other and the community with a genuine

“Good Shabbos” to all and the promise that I will take him again next week.

It’s a wonderful experience for all……………………..Come and join us ! Like Aron says “We will be

your friend………”

Frank Tiller

My Journey Back in Time to Holocaust Poland

By Miriam Kaye

Between October and November 1940, the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, Poland, was established.

Two percent of the city’s area now designated for 40 percent of its population.

This was how the trip began – taking us back in time not long after our aeroplane touched down at

Warsaw Airport, 3 May 2012. For me, I cannot remember a time in my life when I was not aware of

the atrocities of the Holocaust, both as a terrible historic event, but also on a personal level as a Jew.

Most of my education has come from the latter (I studied history only until school Year 9/14 years old).

When I was 19, I went on holiday to Holland, and, during our stay in Amsterdam, we visited Anne

Frank’s House. I remember being amazed at the length of the queue to get in, but people did not

seem to be annoyed by this. Perhaps they felt their standing in line did not compare with what they

were waiting to experience. I found it very moving, and I think her story particularly connects with me,

as I was a similar aged Jewish girl that could have suffered the same. I had tried to read Anne Frank’s

diary at a similar age, but could not finish it. We still have it, and perhaps I am now ready to read it. I

also read Schindler’s List when I was about 17, but I remember at a younger age my family watching

the film, and that it was just too realistic for me when I peaked at one scene. Again, maybe now I

should watch it. After this Poland trip, J-Roots gave us each a copy of “To Vanquish The Dragon” by

Peal Benisch, a personal account of the Holocaust. I have nearly finished it, and is has made

compelling reading. When I was 20, I was fortunate enough to go on the once-in-a-life-time trip on

Taglit/Birthright to Israel. Here we visited Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, and we also heard from a

survivor. I was unable to hold back the tears as she retold her story.

My trip to Poland came about from knowing other young

people who had gone on the same group trip in the last

few years. It was organised by J-Roots with the

assembling of the group mainly through Aish (as were the

leaders). We had a guide, originally from America, now

living in Israel. We were always on the move on this trip,

but we did get some rest on Shabbat (both physically and

mentally). After a brief stop in Warsaw, we were

immediately on the way to the first concentration camp in

Majdanek (“Midonik”), situated near the city of Lublin. It

really made things come to life as we came face-to-face

with original barbed wire fences, barracks, shower rooms,

the gas chamber and crematorium. The most emotive

part of this camp for me was the gigantic pile of the ashes

of cremated victims, contained within a stone memorial.

Our visits were of course accompanied by factual information from our guide, but also by stories from

people there. Even on our coach journeys between places, I could be crying as we would be watching

a Holocaust film (none of which had I seen before: Escape From Sobibor, Uprising, The Last Days – 5

personal accounts with original photos and footage, which made for harrowing viewing). Shabbat was

spent in Krakow, and this was a more relaxing experience and more joyful atmosphere. On the

Shabbat day we visited Krakow synagogues of various age. However, at the lunchtime, tears were

flowing again when we had the privilege of hearing from a non-Jewish lady who, together with her

parents, helped save Krakow Jews, whilst putting their own lives at risk, purely because they believed

their suffering was unjust. I found it so inspiring, and hopeful to hear of honourable non-Jews during

this horrific time. She and her parents were awarded the “Righteous Gentile” or “Righteous Among

The Nations” from Yad Vashem.

Our final day, in an unusually hot and sunny Poland, was spent mainly in the Auschwitz camps

(Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II – Birkenau). I did not know there were two camps in this area.

Auschwitz I is probably the more famous, as it is a formal museum, with much of the camp still intact,

and the entrance motto is “Arbeit Macht Frei” – “Work Will Set You Free”. We had one of Auschwitz’s

own tour guide’s to take us around. I was amazed

by how many possessions had been collected –

shoes, luggage, crockery, and the most horrible

sight was the mass of human hair. The Polish

Government rightly ensured due attention to the

non-Jewish victims of the camp. As the title of my

story states, it really did feel like I had been

transported back in time to the Holocaust. At

Birkenhau, I was amazed by the sheer size of this

camp. We were there for three hours, and still did

not cover most of it. The days spent by some of

the victims in the stifling cattle carts en route to the

camp, with many dead on arrival, was an image I

found hard to comprehend. I tried to imagine how

they slept in the cramped barracks, and had to do

their laborious work day after day with little

nutrition to sustain them. Despite having already

lost their family, and watching their friends and loved ones perish in the camp, they still tried to hold on

to the possibility that the living hell may come to an end in time for them. We walked out of the camp

along the railtrack – so easy for us, but just not possible for the numerous prisoners. I found it

somewhat of a comfort to read the notes left on the memorial from people around the world, and even

from schools. I felt very humbled to hear of the groups of Jews who would continue to observe their

Judaism as far as they could. Such as scrambling into a barrack to get a glimpse of the lighting of the

Chanukah candles, or saying The Shema as they approached their death, in spite of the Nazis making

them feel sub-human.

I still cannot fathom how something of this scale and evil occurred in a supposedly civilised country in

the 20 th century – only 40 odd years before my birth. In the 1930s, Germany was probably the most

sophisticated country in Europe. As a 25-year-old Jew in 21 st Century Europe, I knew it was the right

decision to go on this trip, and I felt the connection with my heritage, now even stronger, and perhaps

more vividly than I did from my Birthright trip to Israel. It certainly added to the experience, to go on

this factual and emotional journey with other Jews and of a similar age.

If you were thinking of making a similar trip, please do not hesitate to do so. It is so important that we

gain even a little of the Holocaust experience, so that it is not forgotten, and we can educate future

generations of Jews and non-Jews, so

that it never happens again.

As we stepped out of Birkenau, we

began singing and dancing; I was

crying as I tried to join in. We were

soon joined by a group of visiting

Israelis, and we all held aloft flags with

the bright blue Magen Dovid.

As Jews visiting Birkenhau 70 years

on, we were showing Hitler and his

Nazi followers :

You may have murdered at least

6,000,000 Jews, but you could not

extinguish the Jewish flame – we

are still here!

COOKERY CORNER by Shelley Posner


For those of us who bake honey cakes at this time of year, the poor season for honey last year gave

us some pretty disastrous results! The addition of extra oil to the honey production upset the ratio of

ingredients in the mixture and produced heavy and unpalatable cakes.

Therefore this year I have done some extensive research into alternatives. Whilst honey is the

traditional sweetener for Ashkenazi Jews, golden syrup is a more recent ingredient that produces a

cake with a slightly lighter consistency, whilst still keeping the essential balance of flavour that we

come to expect from this cake. The recipe below produces a light, moist cake with a less dense

texture than honey, but one that still has the original taste of Rosh Hashanah honey cake!

This recipe is baked in a 2lb loaf tin, although you could also cook it in the more traditional tin if you

prefer. These days it is simple to buy ready-to-fit parchment cake tin liners – loaf or round – that make

it so much easier than greasing and lining the tin with parchment or greaseproof paper, which can be

extremely tedious! (John Lewis or online at Lakeland have the most choice of sizes). It is most

important to keep the cake tightly wrapped in foil for several days before cutting to improve the flavour.

The apple cake is my definitive recipe after many years of trying hundreds of variations. The basic

recipe came from a column in the Evening Standard about 25 years ago and I have honed it through

the years until it has become – for me at least – a fail-safe cake to serve at any opportunity!

I wish you all a happy healthy and peaceful New Year and well over the Fast.


175 g plain flour

75 g caster sugar

½ teaspn ground ginger

2 teaspn cinnamon

1 teaspn mixed spice

1 teaspn bicarbonate of soda

100 ml vegetable oil

225 g golden syrup

Zest of 1 orange

100 ml orange juice

2 tabspn flaked almonds to decorate


The easiest method of weighing sticky ingredients like golden syrup, honey or treacle is to put the oil

into the scales first and then weigh the syrup on top. Then when you tip it into the bowl it slides out

easily leaving no residue in the scales.

Preheat the oven to 180oC 350oF Gas mark 4

Line a loaf tin with a prepared liner.

In a large bowl or food mixer combines the flour, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, mixed spice and

bicarbonate of soda. Make a well in the centre and add the oil, golden syrup, orange zest, eggs and

orange juice. Beat together well until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and scatter with the flaked almonds. Bake for about 50 minutes

or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the tin then turn out and wrap tightly in foil.

Store for at least 3-4 days before serving to allow the flavours to mature.


3 large eggs

An equal weight of self-raising flour

An equal weight of butter

An equal weight of caster sugar

1 level teasp of baking powder

1 lb cooking apples

1 teasp of mixed spice

Preheat the oven to 180oC 350F Gas Mk 4

Grease and line a loose-bottomed 8” cake tin

First take the eggs at room temperature and weigh them (in their shells). I usually find they weigh

between 6-7 ozs. Set aside

Then take an equal weight of butter and of sugar and beat them together with an electric beater until

soft and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time with a tablespoon of flour, beating well with each

addition. Sift and fold in the remaining flour and baking powder.

Peel, core and quarter the apples. Cut into thin slices. Spoon half the cake mixture into the baking

tin. Then add the apples pressing the slices gently into the mixture. Sprinkle them with the mixed

spice and then cover them with the remaining cake mixture, smoothing the top so its level. The

apples should be completely covered.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 45-55 minutes. Test with a skewer – when it comes out clean the

cake is cooked. Cool on a baking tray and foil wrap when cold. Dust with caster sugar to serve.

The Yeshiva Skier

In a slalom race, the skier must pass through about 20 gates in the fastest time.

Well, it happened that a very Orthodox Yeshiva in Montreal had an exceptional skier among its

students. So fast, that in practice, with tzitzis

streaming out behind, he had beaten the world

record several times.

After first checking to make sure none of the men's

slalom races would be on the Sabbath, he tried out

for and made the Canadian Winter Olympic team.

With his times in the trial heats, he was the favorite

for an Olympic gold medal.

Came the day of the final, the crowd waited in


The French champion sped down the course in 38


The Swiss in 38.7 seconds.

The German in 37.8 seconds.

The Italian in 38.1 seconds.

Then came the turn of the Canadian Yeshiva

bocher. The crowd waited, and waited . . . .

Finally, after a full five minutes, he crossed the

finish line.

"What happened to you?" screamed his coach when the skier finally arrived.

Breathing hard, the exhausted yeshiva student replied, "All right, who's the wise guy who put a

mezuzah on every gate?"

Ilford Jewish Primary School - Shaping the future from the heritage of our past

Ilford Jewish Primary School promotes a positive commitment to modern Orthodox Judaism

and a sense of identity with Israel. It is committed to ensuring every child is provided with an

opportunity to reach their full potential. All members of the school community work hard to

ensure that the school is a positive, challenging and stimulating learning environment where it

encourages self-respect and respect for others and the wider community.

From when children join in the Gan nursery aged two, until they leave at age eleven,

IJPS develops well rounded, happy, secure children and provides them with the tools to deal

with a rapidly changing world. Judaism is the magic ingredient; everything it stands for is

based on the morals and teaching of Judaism which permeates every aspect of the school’s

work. The school wants all children to be secure in their traditional family roots and

empowered to follow a successful personal route throughout their future lives.

Without question, one of its key strengths is its warm family feeling, which was commented

upon in the latest Ofsted report [September 2011] which stated: "This is a good school whose

strong partnerships with parents, carers and the community contribute to its warm and positive

family ethos". "One pupil wrote 'I love being in IJPS and I would not want to go anywhere


Ilford Jewish Primary School is about to enter its most exciting phase, when, in September

2013, it will move to a new state-of-the-art building on the King Solomon High School

Campus. This new building will help to fulfill its aim of providing the very best education for all

of its pupils.

The Early Years Foundation area will house the Gan (pre-nursery), Nursery and Reception

classes – each with its own purpose built, landscaped outside area. The central block will be

for years 1,2 and 3 (ground floor) and years 4, 5 and 6 (first floor). All ground floor classrooms

will have direct access onto the playground which will also have covered areas in case of bad

weather. All classrooms will have interactive whiteboards and pupils will be able to take

advantage of numerous laptops, iPads and Notebooks. The new building will also boast its

own Jewish Studies classroom, primarily for use by its younger pupils.

IJPS is very excited about its beautiful new premises which will ensure that pupils can

continue to study in a bright, safe, happy and stimulating learning environment and that they

develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and desire to independently continue their own

learning beyond the school day and for the rest of their lives.

The school community will launch a series of fundraising initiatives over the coming months

including a 100 Club and the opportunity to help build the school, brick-by-brick. For more

details about the school and its new building, visit

Summer in Israel

This summer I went to Israel with FZY for 3 ½ weeks. I was one of around

500 chanachim (participants) and we were divided into 12 different tour

groups. My tour group had a mixture of chanachim from Essex, North West

London, Manchester, Leeds and Scotland. Although I attended the FZY

summer camp last year most of us had never met before yet it didn’t stop

everyone becoming friends.

During our time in Israel we managed to tour most of the country. Some of my personal highlights

included: staying at the Bedouin tents then hiking up Masada the next morning to watch the

sunrise; visiting the Kotel and snorkelling in Elat. The visit to the Bedouin tents was made even

more special since we got to have tea with the Bedouins plus they made us a traditional dinner.

Even though we had to be up at 3am the next morning (and got less than 3 hours sleep) to hike up

Masada, it was all worth it once we

saw the sun rise and learnt the

fascinating history behind Masada.

As well as touring the country our

days were also packed full with

different activities. Some of my

favourites were: rafting; going to an

Ethiopian bar/ bat mitzvah ceremony

and celebration and the Maccabiah

games. The Maccabiah games was a

two day event during the last week of

tour, where every single FZY and

Young Judaea (our American sister

movement) tour met for a competition

and party. The first day was filled with

competitive events such as: talent

show; volley ball; football and tug of war, to name a few. It was a fun filled day and to top it off

there was a disco at the end where we could see both old and new friends. The next day the fun

continued as everyone got to go to a waterpark

where we got to race down all the

slides and go banana boating with friends.

Overall I have had the best summer ever -

making new friends, visiting new places

and learning about the history of Israel and

the Jewish people. I would highly

recommend anyone out there who is

considering going on tour, to definitely do it

as you will have the time of your life.

Aimee Shulton

Notes from Clore-Tikvah

On Thursday 19 th July parents and pupils were in tears as they left their wonderful school on the last

day of their primary education at Clore Tikva, Redbridge. Children spoke passionately of their time at

the school and the way in which they had been prepared so successfully for the next stage of their


A Year 6 pupil from Redbridge said “I don’t think any other school could have made me feel so

welcome and safe.”, with a pupil from Chigwell adding “I have learnt so much at Clore Tikva, it has

given me lots of confidence and I have made loads of friends.”

Year Six’s time at the school culminated in a formal Graduation Ceremony, celebrating pupils’ Jewish

knowledge and achievements. During the ceremony the pupils brought together aspects of prayer,

Torah learning, poetry and joyous singing.

A key strength at Clore Tikva is parent involvement, with staff and parents working together to ensure

their children have the best all-round experience possible during their primary years. Parent Mrs

Periera from Clayhall commented “Clore Tikva has been the best foundation for my boys, spiritually

and educationally.”, with another parent, Mrs Kieve from Loughton saying “As my daughter leaves this

lovely, nurturing school we know that she will take with her not only a sense of great learning but also

a love of Judaism and Israel.”

Head Teacher, Lenna Rosenberg, congratulated the Year 6 pupils on their outstanding results which

reflected a year of excellence. Results were well above the national average and were a significant

improvement on the previous two years.

“I am delighted that through sheer hard work and dedication from both teachers and pupils, most of

our students have exceeded their potential and achieved excellent SAT scores. Most of them will be

continuing their education to our feeder schools King Solomon High School or JCoSS, as well as

selective and private schools. We are so proud that the children leaving our school are passionate

about Judaism.”

This pattern of improvement was seen throughout the school with high standards and results in the

Reception and Year 2 classes.

There are many opportunities for you to learn more about the school:

Open Day:# # Wednesday, 21 st November # 9:30 – 11:30

# # # # # # # # 2:00 – 3:00

Open Evening:# Thursday, 29 th November# # 6:00 – 8:30

School Tour# # Wednesday, 20 th September# 9:30 – 10:30

School Tour# # Wednesday, 24 th October# # 9:30 – 10:30

School Tour# # Monday, 3 rd December# # 9:30 – 10:30

Visit our web-site to find out more.

Moving from the Middle

Shavout, 27 May 2012, Chicago, the town where lean hog

futures are traded but not even one omer of barley. Just as

well the counting had finished.

So where to go? We chose Chicago Loop Synagogue. It

described itself as ‘Traditional’ and boasted an impressive

stained glass window on the web. Good choice – I got

upgraded to ‘acting Cohen’ and Gwen comprised a significant

proportion of the ladies gallery. The shul (since it followed the

Ashkenazi rite) was large, well maintained, but almost empty.

The ornamental window did not disappoint. Unusual features

were the extended procession that took the Torah scrolls up

to the women and the positioning of the bimah. It was not in

the centre but placed along one wall facing an off-centre Ark.

“So what’s Traditional” I asked the rabbi, leading him to deliver a short history of the ‘Traditional

Synagogues of Chicago’. “After World War II” he said “servicemen returned to Chicago and wanted to

sit with their wives and were prepared to appoint rabbis who would permit that – Conservative rabbis.”

“Orthodox rabbis had no wish to surrender their pulpits” he continued “so they agreed to mixed seating

and kept their Conservative rivals out. But over the years the middle ground did not hold. It was not

that the members moved. For a long time they sat firm in their seats - men and women both. It was

their children; some went to the right and some to the left, leaving the middle with a large building but

few regulars. It was as if there was a bimah on both longitudinal walls but none in the middle.

Eventually it was decided to reintroduce separate seating, for most services at least.

“The Traditional Synagogue movement of the second half of the Twentieth Century is dying out” the

rabbi said. I comforted myself with the thought that Jewish movements of whatever type usually take a

long time dying. Some even continue long after they have no members.

And now for a clunking exploitation of the metaphor: at Loughton we hold fast to the middle ground

even if our bimah is collapsible. We practice ‘Orthodox Judaism Lite’. Not for us ladies galleries, a high

mechitzah, sheitels and the like. We listen politely and tolerate diversity. We do a little good but mostly

we avoid doing a lot of harm. In short: we hold the middle way, we are OJLs. That’s our tradition.

Neil Bradman

4 September 2012

Simon and Rob’s West Side Story

Last year, knowing a load of pointless rubbish finally paid off, as the BBC kindly handed over £9250

in recognition of our unrivalled knowledge of Ivorians and Ron Howard. Despite originally thinking

that we would blow the whole thing on DVDs, we came to our senses and decided to travel around

the West Coast of America and blow it in Vegas instead.

Before we could hook up with our old mate Prince Henry of Wales, we had some other stops to

make, starting in San Francisco. Turns out that there is way more to the Bay City than a lazy rhyme

with ‘disco’, and we found Frisco to be vibrant, multicultural and strangely English.

Staying on Fisherman’s Wharf, we were able to see Frisco at its coastal

best. The aforementioned Englishness of the city comes in part from its

debt to popular early 20 th century British seaside towns. Garish colours,

cheap treats and a feeling of nostalgic fun pepper the foggy air, giving

the place an uncanny homeliness. If it weren’t for the fleet of native sea

lions who occupy the pier, you might think you were in Blackpool.

Perhaps the most English thing about San Francisco is the cold. We

spent a lot of our time walking around the city but, like the plot to a Bmovie

zombie horror, when the sun goes down, you’re better off being

inside. Union Square, Chinatown and Alcatraz are fascinating places,

but they are particularly difficult to appreciate if you can’t feel your face.

If it weren’t for the perpetually icy miasma, we both agreed that we’d

" " " " move to Frisco in a flash.

Alas, we had to leave our hearts in San Francisco as we travelled to our second stop, San Diego.

There was one main reason for visiting this oft overlooked destination, but what a reason it turned

out to be. Aside from boasting beautiful beaches and a recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe, San

Diego is home to the best zoo in the world.

Name an animal. Got one? Panda? They’ve got two. Polar bears? Of course! The zoo covers 100

acres of Balboa Park, and looks after over 600 different species of animal which can be seen at

dangerously close proximities. There is so much variety there that you wouldn’t bat an eyelid if you

came across a unicorn enclosure.

Our short but sweet trip in classy San Diego quickly melted into a not-so-classy destination: Los

Angeles. In spite of its heavenly name, the cherubim of Michelangelo are nowhere to be seen, and

instead in LA one can only find angels of the ‘Charlie’s’ variety.

The truth is, Los Angeles is a sprawling plague of a city,

sullied by the now unimpressive past glories of

Hollywood and the sadness of new wannabes. There is

almost nothing to do or see in the popular areas, and

tour guides will skip interesting facts about a place to tell

you which celebrities can be seen there. As you drive

past the sixtieth hotel stayed in by Marilyn Monroe and

John Wayne, you struggle to see why anyone would


If all this sounds depressing, that’s because it is. It is

difficult to walk (or rather, drive) around LA without thinking that everyone there must be continually

sad, unfulfilled by a world of once-attractive faces and trampled-on stars. The studios that were the

home of cinema’s most iconic titles are now used to film low-brow television like CSI and The Voice.

The movie business is certainly on its way out of LA, and with it every sane person.

That said, there are ways to have a good time in Los Angeles. The trick is to go as far away as

possible from Hollywood. We spent one day in Santa Monica, a small, incredibly peaceful seaside

town which should be permanently sound-tracked by Simon & Garfunkel.

And so, we approached our final destination, Las Vegas, where we would no doubt befriend Mike

Tyson and find our identical hand twins. Having built up to this point, we find that there is

surprisingly little to say about Vegas. This is not due to word limits or a What Happens In Vegas

pact, but rather that you, reader, can probably imagine exactly what Vegas entails.

Quite simply, Vegas is everything you would expect: excess, gambling, booze, girls and fauxglamour

all accented by the neon of the Strip. In the five

nights we spent here we saw fantastic shows, including Penn

& Teller and a Prince tribute act (not the Prince you were

expecting), but there is an irritating repetitiveness to the city.

The luxury hotels may look slightly different, but they all are

fundamentally the same: casinos, cocktails and pub carpets.

This is not to say that we didn’t have a fantastic time. Fremont

Street, where the gambling first began, is at the north end of

the Strip and is a refreshing, unashamed slant on Vegas

stereotypes, while we were also fortunate enough to take a

helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon. Being in a chopper was exciting enough, but the Canyon is so

much more than just a big hole. The landscape is so perfectly desolate here that you wonder

whether the whole thing might just roll up into a poster, like a Wile E. Coyote prank.

The vast emptiness of the Grand Canyon seems symbolic of Vegas itself, and also an appropriate

image with which to conclude. Despite being 5000 miles from home, you never truly feel the

distance until you’re standing in a silent chasm. With that clutch of dread closing in, it was finally

time to return home to the occasional pothole and a nationwide reluctance to tipping.

Youth Aliyah

This year’s Israeli appeal will be for Youth Aliyah. I have

provided some background information about the charity

before I make the appeal.

The origins of Youth Aliyah go back to the 1930’s in Nazi

Germany where children were saved from persecution and

brought to Israel.

Since then, more than 700,000 children have been

brought to the Villages in Israel having escaped a life of

neglect or abuse.

The 6 Villages are located around Hadera, Nathanya and

Haifa and are set in beautiful grounds offering a welcome

home to some 2000 children.

The children are brought to Israel from over 25 countries alongside Israeli born children and are

provided with a firm set of core principles and a sense of security about the future. Within a warm and

nurturing environment, they are offered educational and therapeutic programmes of the highest

standards, based on timeless Jewish values.

The principle of education at the Villages is “from

survival to leadership”, not only are they saving

children from a desperate situation, but they are

also brought to a top level of education by giving

them self confidence and teaching them that

everyone can make it, no matter where he or she

comes from. This is what makes their work so


Today, the villages respond to the unique challenges

Israel faces, which are to a great extent, a result of

the recent wave of immigration. These challenges

are reflected in an enormous increase in the number

of “at-risk” youth. These young people, if not taken

in by the Villages are beset by poverty,

unemployment, drug abuse and social alienation.

Youth Aliyah Child Rescue seeks to cover the

shortfalls that exist between government subsidy

and the actual cost for the children in the Villages.

Their fundraising focuses on building relationships

with communities in the UK through Shuls and other


They encourage children in the UK to form links with

the children in Israel and should you visit Israel on

holiday, why not take the opportunity to visit one of

the Villages and share their working environment

and leisure time. I can guarantee this will be a

fantastic day for you and your family to interact with

the children.

Simeon Newman

My name is Lior. I speak for the students living in

the villages. My friends have come from all over

the world. Some have travelled by foot through

Africa…Myself and my brother have come from

Russia. We arrived from a city just outside

Moscow where we grew up in an orphanage.

At the Youth Aliyah Village, we have found a new

home. Here, we learnt Ivrit. Here we started highschool

and, most importantly, here we have

friends and teachers who help us every day and

in every way of life. I know they will help us once

we leave the village. Everything is in place to

support us throughout our young adult life. –

even a graduate programme, scholarships to

universities, help with building our own home.

B’todah ubeev’rachah

(With thanks and good wishes)



Simone & Simeon Herbert on the occasion of the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Jasmine

Sarah & Martin Bradley on the occasion of Sammy's Bar Mitzvah

Simon & Danielle Schaffer on the occasion of Joshua's Bar Mitzvah

Arlene & Jeffrey Pelta on the engagement of their daughter, Emma to Simon Schaer

Arlene & Stuart Swead on the engagement of their Son, Jonathan to Annabelle Barnes

Millicent & Michael Newman on the engagement of their Son, Simeon to Olivia Mason

Stephen & Gemma Lane on the occasion of their Wedding

Shirley & Lewis Lane on the occasion of Stephen & Gemma's Wedding

Natalie & Stanley Baskin on the occasion of Roger & Sara's Wedding.

Paula & John Abramson on the occasion of their Wedding

Daniel & Claudia Glassman on the occasion of their Wedding

Ian & Daniella Pinkus on the occasion of their Wedding

Lee & Simon Raine on the occasion of the birth of their daughter, Abigail Samanatha

Nigel & Sheila Raine on the birth of their grand-daughter , Abigail Samantha

Adam & Carly Conway on the occasion of the birth of their daughter, Summer Morgan Phoebe

Nigel & Connie Conway on the occasion of the birth of their granddaughter, Summer Morgan Phoebe

Delia & Clive Kaye on the occasion of the birth of their granddaughter, Ella

Andrea & Ivan Kovler on the occasion of the birth of their grandson, Nathaniel

Hayley & David Galman on the occasion of the birth of their Son, Max Henry

Rev Jonathan & Sandra Lorraine on the occasion of the birth of their granddaughter Chana Bracha

Natalie & Stanley Baskin on the occasion of on the occasion of the birth of their grandson Edward Harley

Marilyn & Stephen Franklin on the occasion of the birth of their granddaughter, Abigail Miriam Franklin

Hazel & Stephen Selby on the occasion of the birth of their granddaughter, Georgia Lucy



Arlene Swead on the loss of her Father, Mr Samuel Bernstein.

Galit Goldstone on the loss of her Mother, Mrs Lily Cohen.

Cyril Cowan on the loss of his Wife, Shirley Cowan

Vivien Klein on the loss of her Mother, Shirley Cowan


4th November 2012 - Cheshunt Jewish Cemetery - Leslie Green (Father of Clive & Mitchell Green)

25th November 2012 - Rainham Cemetery - Golda Palmer (Mother of Jessie Glassar)

Merle’s Memos


Why not celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special family occasion with a Kiddush at the Shul. Please contact the office.


The Shul Hall is available for functions. Please contact the Shul Office for details.


If you have a son 25 years of age or over or a daughter 25 years of age or over, they are not covered under your Family

Membership. Further information from the Shul Secretary.


The Shul Office is open:-

Sunday 10.00am to 1.00pm. Monday 10.00am to 2.00pm

Wednesday 10.00am to 4.00pm. Friday 10.00am to 12.00pm


The Shul is ‘on line’. It would be very helpful if you would let us have your Email address. Please also inform us if you

change your email address.

The Shul’s Email address is


We now have a Memorial Board commemorating the Yahrzeits for loved ones erected in our Shul. Should you wish to have

a name included in this lifetime memoriam to your dearly departed, please contact the Shul Office.


We have a limited amount of Art Scroll Machzorim available. Should you require an Art Scroll Machzor for the Yomtovim,

Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Succoth/Simchat Torah. Please contact the office


Bar Mitzvahs/Bat Mitzvahs.

To avoid disappointment please make sure to book your Bar Mitzvah/Bat Mitzvah 24 months before the required date.

Please contact the Shul Office.





Everybody is welcome!








See you there!


Borders Lane Loughton, Essex IG10 1TE






Wishing the

community of


Synagogue a happy,

healthy and peaceful

year ahead.

Leanne, Adam,

Jacob and Sofia



Manicures, Pedicures

Bio Sculpture

Shellac & Gelish Gel Nails

Individual Eyelash Extensions

(Great for holidays and special occasions!!)


Tel: 07956 902177

Millicent & Michael,

Lucy & Alex

Simeon & Olivia

wish the community

a happy new year

and well over the fast

Ruth & Phillip


wish the

Community a

Happy & Healthy

New Year.



together with their


Emma, Daniel & Leanne

and Lynsey and their


Josh, Adam,

Mia and Dylan

and Nana Hetty, wish the

entire community Shana

Tovah, Peace and









CALL: 07956 902177

Merle and Gary

Lewis and Family

wish the entire


Shana Tovah,

Peace and


and well over

the fast

The Redbridge - Israel Lobby:

From theory into practice

BICOM and We Believe in Israel are two prime organizations

dedicated to creating a supportive environment for Israel in


This evening will be dedicated to exploring the challenges

that Israel is facing but mainly aimed at grassroots activism.

Tuesday 28 August

About the speakers

Luke Akehurst is the first Director of the We Believe

in Israel network. Outside of work he is a member of

the Labour Party National Executive and a Councillor

in Hackney.

Professor Alan Johnson is a Senior Research

Fellow at BICOM (Britain Israel Research and

Communications Centre). He is a Senior Research

Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre think tank and

blogs weekly for “World Affairs”.

Location and Times provided by RSVP.

Invitation Only

Contact or call us on 020 8551 0017

Charity Reg No. 802559

In partnership with the Rabbinical council of N.E London


joins us to discuss



Sunday 23 September

Doors open at 7.30pm, 8.00pm start

Free Entry- Refreshments included

Redbridge JCC, Sinclair House,

Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford, Essex, IG4 5LN

Loughton Synagogue

Super Quiz

11th November


Loughton Synagogue

Borders Lane

Loughton, Essex

IG10 1TE

7.00 PM


Telephone Barbara

07957 141197

Charity Reg No. 802559

Fancy some salt beef,

latkes, coleslaw?

Then book early to

make sure you have a

great seat!

We wish everyone a

Happy and Healthy New Year

and well over the fast.

From Arlene & Stuart Swead

along with

Kim, James

Jonathan and Gemma

and Grandchildren

Our quizzes are

infamous, they are

good fun, the food

is great and the

company cannot be


Come along and

join in the fun,

bring a friend or

sell a table.

Seats will sell fast

so book early.

Simchat Torah

Evening: Monday 8th October 2012

Candle Lighting 7:09 pm

Afternoon and evening services 6.30 pm

To honour our Chattanim and Ayshet Chayil(s)

HAKOFOT will commence at 7.15 pm

Our Chattanim will be honoured at ! 7.30 pm

to be followed by our

Simchat Torah Party, ending at 9.30 p.m.

Loughton Synagogue

Simchat Torah Day: Tuesday 9th October 2012

Service & HAKOFOT! 9.00 am

HAKOFOT will commence at !! 10.00 am

Our Chattanim will be called up at 10.30 am!

Festival ends! ! ! 7.07 pm

Come and join in the enjoyment

Bring family and friends

Chatan Torah - Dougie Adams Chatan Bereishis - Barry Bennet

Eishet Chayil - Ruth Leigh

Junior Chatan Torah - Ethan Berg Junior Eishet Chayil - Emily Galman


Please contact our office for more information:

020 8203 5242


An exciting timetable of Tots Ballet, Hiphop and ZUMBA for

teens & adults, will be launching in October at the Loughton

Synagogue! Call the office today to book your place!

Ballet, Hiphop and Zumba classes will start on Thursdays @ Loughton Shul.

Book 3 Trial classes for only £15 (subject to availability) on any of the courses!

Louise Leach (nee Cohen) opened DWL in 2001, with the intention to provide quality Dance & Performing

Arts training for ladies and children in the community.

Now, 10 years later, DWL runs over 90 classes, in locations across London teaching more than 1500


Louise's passion for Dance and the Performing Arts has well and truly spread, and together with a fantastic

and dedicated team of professionals, she has made accessible to all children & adults, regardless of

experience, her popular classes which include Ballet, Tap, Hiphop, Modern/Jazz, Israeli Dancing, Drama,

Zumba, Musical Theatre & Adult Bootcamp. There is something for everyone!

The mission at DWL is simple:

• To create a professional and positive environment where students of all ages are given

encouragement to learn and develop their confidence & self-esteem through Dance & Performing


• To offer a broad base of dance training and technique in a disciplined yet fun atmosphere where

students will thrive and grow.

• To provide the foundations for a solid training where students will also develop their fitness as well

as their performing skills through our classes and in-house productions.

• To inspire dance and fitness throughout the community! - Louise has seen first hand that the

benefits of Dance & Drama classes can last a lifetime!

Think Dance! Think DWL!

I look forward to dancing with you soon!

Louise xx

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