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Mosaic

Magazine of the

New West End Synagogue

Rosh Hashanah

5770 / 2009


Contents

03 Message from the Editor

04 Acting Chairman’s Report

05 Events, Social & Personal

06 Chief Rabbi’s Rosh Hashanah Message

07 Message from Rabbi Shisler

08 Jewish Care

10 A Message From the New Administrator

11 History of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

12 Wedding Preparations

14 Reflections on the West Bank

16 Shabbat L’Yeladim

18 Looking Round Lord’s

20 Having Faith in Jewish Schools

22 Rosh Hashanah recipes

24 Jewish Museum closer to saving 300 year old silver

Hanukah Lamp

26 New West End’s Best Kept Secret

28 Shiru Lo Shir Chadash - Sing to Him a New Song

30 New Years Greetings 2009

31 Save the Date

32 Yom Tov Guide

34 Hagim Timetable 5770-2009

02

Minister

Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler

Cantor

Chazan Jeremy Lawson

Acting Chairman

Gaby Morris

Wardens

Alan Gainsford

Laurence Lando

Financial Representative

Harry Sieratzki

Board of Management

Harvey Katz Sandra Blackman

Steven Levinson Natalie Cutler

Frank Miller Dorothea Josem

Howard Morris Susan Katz

Jonathan Matheson Rachel Magrill

Michael Sharron Lynn Meltzer

Jonathan Skry Toni Nagel

Michael Talalay Valerie Richman

Trevor Toube Angela Skry

Representatives on the

Council of the United Synagogue

Dorothea Josem

Jonathan Matheson

Representative at the

Board of Deputies of British Jews

Dori Schmetterling

Administrator

Esther Behrman

Beadle

Eli Ballon

Choirmaster

Elliot Burman

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Message from

the Editor

The Gemara (Yoma 21a) relates that one

of the miracles that took place in the Beit

Hamikdash was that space expanded.

When the people came to the Temple

on Yom Kippur the courtyard was so

crowded many of them did not even

have room to put their feet on the floor,

which gave the appearance that they

were floating in the air. But when the

time came to prostrate themselves,

the floor space miraculously expanded,

so that there was a separation of four

cubits (approximately 6 feet) between

each of them. Thus, no one would

hear the confessions of sin made by

anyone else, which may have caused

embarrassment.

While it is true we have a lot of people

coming to Shul over the High Holydays,

we vary rarely need open miracles to

accommodate everyone! If any of your

friends or family have never been to the

New West End before, please bring them

along at some point over the upcoming

Yom Tovim – we will be delighted to see

them and they will certainly be made

more than welcome.

As well as on Shabbat, we have many

people visit the Shul during the week

coming from schools, colleges and

various societies and groups. I have

two personal favourites from the last six

months, both of which took place in July.

One is the Parliamentary visit that came

with English Heritage and the other

is meeting nine year old Natalie Gee.

Although Natalie comes from Palo

Alto, California, both her grandfather

and great-grandfather were married

at the New West End. Based on this,

she decided to do a school project,

documenting the history of the NWE

and building a replica of the Synagogue.

Pictures of both the Parliamentary visit

and the Synagogue replica can be seen

on this page.

Together with my wife Shana, we wish

you a Shana Tova U’metukah – a happy,

sweet, and peaceful New Year.

Eli

03


Acting

Chairman’s

Report

Rosh Hashana 5770

This is the first occasion on which I am privileged to write the

Chairman’s message in place of Melvyn. In this, as in so many

other respects, he is a hard act to follow. The NWES owes

Melvyn as well as Denise a huge debt of gratitude for years of

dedicated service to the community. We thank them for their

continued support for our work to maintain the development

of the NWES and our strong sense of community.

I welcome our new Executive team, Alan, Harry and Laurence,

our new Board members, and all of those who continue in office,

as well as thanking those who have left the Board this year.

My thanks to Martin Lewin and Jeff Hammerschlag who have

left the Executive. The management of the NWES and all its

activities is a great consumer of time and effort and we are

indebted to all who have given so generously of their time

and energy.

All the Board and Executive are keen to know your views

and hear your ideas. Please do feel free to contact us.

At the heart of our community is our unique synagogue and

its Services. Without the continued hard work and dedication

of our Rabbi and Anne Shisler, we would not have that centre

of our communal observance, spiritual guidance and sense

of purpose. Their participation and dedication touches every

aspect of our spiritual and communal life. On behalf of us all,

I thank them. We know how much we value music in our

Services. Our excellent Chazan, Jeremy Lawson is committed

to continuity to enhance our worship through music.

We, in our turn, can do nothing less than reward their effort by

attendance in Services and participation in the wide variety of

communal activities. With Rosh Hashanah and the other Chagim

approaching, I ask that we all make the greatest effort to attend

as many of the services as possible.

I also want to welcome all our new members to the

community. We are honoured that you choose to join the

NWES and we want you all to quickly feel a true part of the

community. I regularly take part in Club Sameach on a Shabbat

morning, alongside Toni Nagel, Michael Sharon, Jonathan

Matheson, Lynn Brown and the parents. We take great joy in

the participation of the children in our NWES life. This is so

important for the future. Having mentioned Club Sameach as

an example of the vigour of the community I will not list all the

many activities and events we have held over the last year.

All of them, like everything else we do depends on the work of

volunteers from amongst our own number. To all those, from the

organisers to those who prepare our delicious food, stack the

chairs, clean up the litter and provide our vital security, I give

you thanks on behalf of NWES.

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As you know the NWES is a Grade I listed building.

This recognition imposes responsibilities on us and our House

Committee, Harvey Katz and Michael Sharon meet these

challenges with aplomb. English Heritage organised a visit to

NWES of 50 Parliamentarians; we were immensely proud that

our synagogue was chosen, it is in the words of English Heritage

‘the architectural high watermark of Anglo Jewish architecture’.

We celebrated the publications of the Rabbi’s book of

liturgical compositions with a wonderful cantorial concert

recently. Many in the community had known nothing of the

writing of this book such is our Rabbi’s modesty.

These are some highlights of the last year. There has been

something for all members of the community and we have had

many visitors attending too, all learning with a sense of warmth

and friendliness, which marks out the NWES.

Our Guild, our communal Seder, our Cheder run in

association with the Holland Park community, our Israel Society,

the Ladies Keep Fit classes and our wonderful kiddushim have

all continued. We maintain a daily minyan that means our

community prays together daily and our synagogue serves

its fundamental purpose. The Rabbi’s programme of shiurim

enables study and learning.

For the New Year we have a calendar of future events

and initiatives. We are establishing a Mother and Toddler group

and planning a communal visit to Israel. I hope many of you will

join us, as those who have visited before with NWES will confirm

that we have a marvellous time incorporating a full programme

and time with friends.

Project Chesed is an important project of the United Synagogue;

we play a full part in this practical and focused undertaking to

practice a core Jewish value. We can be rightly proud of our

charitable giving in the community. Project Chesed provides an

opportunity for us to do more than just give money; our latest

initiative is to support ‘Shoe Aid for Africa’, which collects

unwanted children’s shoes, smartens them up and distributes

them in Africa.

As an example of charitable endeavour I want to

mention Stephen Peters. Despite a serious accident during

his preparations he cycled from London to Paris and in

consequence raised by sponsorship £1500 for the NWES

and Kishorit Special Needs Village in Israel. We are proud of

Stephens’ efforts and before closing I would like to mention

Zac Skry who won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the JCC

Maccabi Games recently in San Francisco. Congratulations Zac.

My sincere thanks to all contributions to our work and our

community who I have not had the space to mention by name.

The diligence and dedication of our volunteers is essential to all

we achieve.

I wish you and all your families a sweet, healthy and peaceful

New Year and well over the Fast.

Gaby Morris

Acting Chairman


Events Social

& Personal

We offer a very warm welcome to

the following new Members of the

Synagogue:

• Mr. Jeremy and Mrs. Sandra Davis

• Mr. Joseph Fisher

• Mr. Simon Fisher

Mazeltov to all who were married

at the New West End over the last

few months:

• Nicole Sachs and Gavin Rhodes

• Naomi Nizri and Paul Harris

• Sophie Ralton and Justin Fenton

• Lauren Lipman and Alex Mammon

• Mandy Moss and Adam Newman

• Lisa Fenton and Jason Edel

• Charlotte Sanders and Jamie Leigh

• Philippa Sher and Michael Gerrard

• Emma Zerdin and Andrew Berg

• Zoé Marks and Andrew Braham

• Karen Tyfield and Keith Berelowitz

• Jeannine Syalon and James Lester

• Clare Lewis and Oliver Weingarten

• Mia Palmer and Elliot Pomerance

• Tamara Oyre and Paul Feldman

• Lucy Peller and Dan Stone

Mazel Tov to:

• Lionel Kaufman on his 90th birthday

• Marion Lewis on the birth of

a grandson

• Felicity and Frank Miller on their 10th

wedding anniversary

• Harold Paisner on his 70th birthday

• Renée Richman on her 90th birthday

• Arnold Roth on his 70th birthday

• Bernard Freudenthal on his

engagement to Abigail Lebrecht

• Bobby Jayson on his 80th birthday

• Michael Cutler on his 80th birthday

• David Fisher on his 60th birthday

• Rabbi and Anne Shisler on their 40th

wedding anniversary

• Jacquie and Stuart Katz on their 40th

wedding anniversary

• Anthony Dinkin on his 65th birthday

• Stanley Warren on his 2nd Bar Mitzvah

• Rachelle and Elliot Berman on the birth

of a baby girl

• Trevor Toube on his 70th birthday

• Harvey Katz on his 70th birthday

The Board of Management along with

the members, as well as visitors to the

NWE, wish to thank all those who have

sponsored Kiddushim over recent

months. The Kiddushim provide a time

to make new friends and catch up with

old ones. We would like to thank you all!

We regret to announce the

following deaths:

• Mrs. Felice Kerstein

• Mrs. Valerie Lanchin

• Mr. Len Lewis

• Mr. Alan Tapper

• Mrs. Celia Weintroub

We extend our condolences to:

• Mr. Gerry Lanchin on the loss of his wife

• Mrs. Marion Lewis on the loss of

her husband.

• Mr. Ivan Paul on the loss of his brother

• Mr. Leonard Snapper on the loss of

his sister

• Mrs. Alexa Tapper on the loss of

her husband

• Mr. Morris Weintroub on the loss

of his wife

• Mr. Peter Werth on the loss of his sister

We Will Remember Them

We have introduced the practice of

reciting Memorial Prayers to recognise

the generosity of those who have left

legacies to the Synagogue in their

Wills, and who will be permanently

acknowledged in our Yizkor Book.

We are extremely grateful to those

congregants who have made bequests,

which enable us to maintain and

preserve our beautiful Synagogue

together with its activities.

If you would like to make provision in

your Will for the future benefit of the

Synagogue please contact the office.

05


Chief Rabbi’s

Rosh Hashanah

Message 5770

At times like the current recession,

we need more than ever to reflect

on the questions Rosh Hashanah

and Yom Kippur pose to us. What do

we live for?

What are our values and how do we

translate them into life? What will we

give our children and those who will live

on after us? For what do we wish to be

remembered? What chapter will we

write in the Book of Life?

It is easy to be lured by the siren song of

a consumer society and come to believe

that what matters is how much we earn

and what we can afford. All around us

are promises of happiness if we buy

this, acquire that.

Yet the overwhelming consensus

of psychological research is that,

beyond the basic minimum we need,

there is little correlation between wealth

and happiness, between what we own

and the way we feel. Even those who

have won great sums in a lottery are,

on average, no happier a year later

than they were before they won.

The excitement and delight of

material things is very short-lived.

All the more so does this apply within

the family. I once sat with one of Britain’s

most successful businessmen while he

told me how unfair it was that his

marriage had failed. He had, he said,

given his wife everything, yet it was

clear that what he had given her was

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possessions. What he hadn’t given her

was time. He was so obsessed with work

that he failed to understand how

neglected she felt.

I lose count of the number of parents

who have told me a similar story about

their children. I gave them so much they

say. ‘How could they be so ungrateful?’

But you cannot buy a child’s affection.

That needs something else altogether:

care, attention, recognition, time spent

talking together, doing things together,

and yes, studying together.

Judaism is an extraordinary set of

disciplines for living a meaningful life -

and it is meaning, not fame or success,

that lies at the heart of happiness.

It invites us through the blessings we say

every morning to give thanks for simply

being alive in a universe full of beauty

and wonder. It forces us, one day in

seven, to rest and enjoy what we have

rather than worry about the things we

do not yet have.

On Shabbat we renew the love within

the family. We celebrate being part of

a community - the place where our joys

are doubled and our grief halved by

being shared with others.

On the festivals we relive our people’s

history, the most remarkable history of

any nation on earth. Through washout

we sanctify the act of eating.

Through mikveh and the laws of family

purity we etch our most intimate

relationship with the charisma of

holiness. Spending time studying the

texts of our tradition, we endow with

religious significance the life of the mind.

In prayer we converse with G-d, aligning

ourselves with the moral energy of the

universe, becoming part of the fourthousand-year-old

symphony of the

Jewish soul.

We can lose material possessions,

but spiritual possessions - the good we

do, the love we inspire - we never lose,

and that is why they are the greatest

investments we can make. May we,

in this coming year, spend more time

on the things that matter, the things

Judaism teaches us to value, and may

G-d write all of us in the Book of Life.

Bebirkat ketivah vechatimah torah

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

Rosh Hashanah 5770

305 Ballards Lane London N12 8GB

Tel: 020 8343 6301

fax: 020 8343 6310

info@chiefrabbi.org

www.chiefrabbi.org


Rabbi’s Message

I was born and brought up in Brighton

until the age of 10, and still remember

the excitement of Rosh Hashanah and

Yom Kippur.

I used to go with my family to the

beautiful Middle Street Shul every

Shabbat, and I have a recollection

of it being well-filled every week. Middle

Street is smaller than the New West End,

but is quite exquisite, and it used to be

known as the ‘jewel box.’ I believe it was

the first public building to be illuminated

by electricity. We used to have an

overflow service in the Metropole Hotel,

and I can remember that being

completely packed out - just as the

Shul itself was.

One year when I was about 8, a Mr Shoot

came down from London to train and

conduct a Choir that was going to sing

with the Chazan, the Rev Berl Braunstein

Z”L, and I was a member of that choir.

Mr Shoot was very famous, having been

Choir Master in the Great Synagogue,

but unfortunately, he was aging by

the time he came down to Brighton,

and I can still remember the difficulties

he had in disciplining some of the boys

during rehearsals, (not me, of course!),

throwing his tuning fork to the ground

in exasperation!

When we came to London the Yamim

Noraim still engendered a feeling of

great excitement for me. On the first

night of Rosh Hashanah the Shul was

packed, and the majestic and captivating

melodies came out of mothballs to

create an atmosphere that no other night

of the year ever had. I was used to

a fairly well-attended Shul each Shabbat,

but the huge crowds that came and filled

the main Shul, the overflow services,

and the children’s and youth services

gave real meaning to the Rabbinic

expression: B’rov am hadrat melech -

“The King is praised in a multitude of

people.” As I got older and became

a Chazan, I recall the nervousness with

which I approached these days. It is

a great responsibility to carry the prayers

of the congregation on your shoulders,

and, after some 45 years of doing this

I am still always concerned that I should

fulfil my role to the satisfaction of the

congregation who send me as their

messenger, and that Gd should take

heed of my prayers.

I became Chazan in the New Synagogue,

Stamford Hill at the age of 23, and I can

still recall the buzz of excitement and

apprehension I felt, walking to Shul on

Kol Nidre night together with hundreds

of members, knowing that, in a short

while, it would be me that they would be

listening to. (Mind you, if I’d had any

feelings of pride, they had been driven

out of me while I was standing up to my

elbows in soap suds doing the washing

up before setting out to Shul!)

I can also recall the first time I stood

before a packed Shul to deliver my first

Rosh Hashanah sermon. I devote a great

deal of time to preparing my sermons

each week, and much more to choosing

my words for the High Holidays. I’m

under no illusions that I’m going to

change the entire community by what

I say in the pulpit, but I live in constant

hope that I may say something that will

impact on, perhaps, one person, even in

a small way. One of the greatest triumphs

of my professional life was to be told by

a woman that her son started coming to

Shul as a result of something I said one

Kol Nidre night, (maybe I should have

given up the Rabbinate immediately

and quit while I was ahead!)

Addressing hundreds of people, most of

whom haven’t been to Shul since last

year, is a great challenge for every Rabbi.

If you try to encourage people to come

more often, you’re accused of ‘telling

us off’, and if you don’t mention

Shul-going, then the regulars feel you

haven’t done your duty. If you talk about

supporting Israel, some people complain

that the Rabbi should stick to religious

issues, and if you don’t mention Israel,

you’re accused of being an anti-Zionist!

Rabbi Israel Slanter used to go into the

pulpit and say: “What I’m going to

say now are words I shall address

to myself. But I don’t mind if you

listen in!”

Writing this in August, I have not yet

started preparing my sermons for this

year’s High Holidays, but let me assure

you, if I decide to try to encourage you

to be more observant, it’s because I need

to be more observant. If I urge you to

lend more support to Israel, it’s because

I need to be more supportive of Israel.

If I try to impress on you the necessity to

be more generous towards our charitable

endeavours, it’s because I need to be

more generous. I shall talk to myself -

and you’re welcome to listen too!

If you choose to take my words

personally I shall be delighted because,

while I shall not address what I say, with

any individual in mind (other than me),

I shall certainly be talking personally to

every single man and woman in the Shul.

I very much look forward to seeing you

all over the forthcoming Yom Tov days

and Anne and I pray that you will all be

granted a year of good health, happiness

and peace.

Rabbi Geoffrey L Shisler

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Jewish Care

During the course of a century,

few things stand the test of time,

but Clapham’s residential care home

Nightingale has gone from strength to

strength as the decades have passed.

Nightingale, one of the largest care

homes in Europe continues to provide

outstanding nursing and residential care,

demonstrated by being awarded the

highest ranking 3 stars by the sector’s

regulator, the Commission for Social

Care Inspection (CSCI).

Nightingale is particularly proud of its

dedicated dementia unit which offers

specialist treatment programmes

including drama and music therapy.

With news that pensioners now

outnumber children for the first time in

British history, it is even more important

that dementia is neither stigmatised nor

feared and that our community is fully

equipped to cope. One in three older

people are likely to suffer some form of

dementia in their lifetime and is a topic

that needs to be openly and honestly

addressed.

Stage 1:

Stage 2:

Stage 3:

Stage 4:

Individuals experience

no memory problems and

none are evident to a health

care professional during

a medical examination

Individuals may feel as if

they have memory lapses,

especially with familiar words

and objects but are not

apparent to family and friends

Family and friends start to

notice a mild decline such as

decreased ability to remember

new names, reading

a passage and retaining

little material or misplacing

a valuable object

Clear deficiencies include

decreased knowledge of

recent events, decreased

capability to perform complex

tasks and reduced memory of

personal history

Stage 5:

Stage 6:

Stage 7:

Major gaps in memory and

individuals may be unable

to recall details such as their

address, be confused about

where they are or the day of

the week

Significant personality

changes may emerge and

individuals will need extensive

help with everyday activities,

they tend to wander and

become lost

In this final stage suffers

lose the ability to respond

to their environment,

the ability to speak and

ultimately, the ability

to control movement

The Government, the NHS and experts

in the field all believe that early diagnosis

is key to treating dementia effectively

and reducing its symptoms, therefore we

should be informed enough to recognise

some of the common signs, either in

ourselves or a loved one. The seven

stages listed below are highlighted

by the Alzheimer’s Society.

One of Nightingale’s top priority is ensuring all our residents,

including those suffering from dementia, feel safe, secure and

protected. The specialist dementia unit is run by a dedicated team

who ask themselves; ‘if this was me, how would I want to be

cared for?’

It is care homes such as Nightingale that help relieve the agony of

carers of dementia sufferers and work with families to build a solid

support network for all involved.

If you would like to enquire about permanent or short stay residence

at Nightingale or find out about volunteering opportunities, contact

sallymiller@nightingalehouse.org.uk or telephone 020 8673 3495

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Wishing your community a Happy & Healthy New Year

You can drop the goods off at your local

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A Message

From the New

Administrator

Dear Members,

I am delighted to introduce myself to you as your new

Administrator, here in the Shul Office. I have taken over from

Rachel Cohen, after a short period of transition, so please do

pop in to the Office and introduce yourselves to me. I am

always happy to help you - please feel free to send your

queries to me in Spanish, English, Hebrew or Yiddish.

By way of introduction, I was born in Lima Peru, where I grew

up in a very close and traditional family. I attended the only

Jewish School there called “Leon Pinelo”. My father had

emigrated to Peru in 1939 from a small shtetel in Poland called

Saklikow and my mother emigrated to Peru from Mexico City

in 1947. Her family originated from Poland too.

I made aliyah in the 1970s, settled in England in 1977

and joined Kenton Synagogue, where Rabbi Shisler was

the Chazan. For the last 14 years, I have been a member

of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue, which is where

I brought up my twin daughters Valerie and Natalie.

I am very much looking forward to working for you in this

beautiful Synagogue and Community – so far everyone I have

met has been friendly and helpful.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Shana Tova

and G’mar Chatima Tovah.

Esther Behrman

toddlers@newwestend

R OSH

HAS ANA

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Join us for a Jewish

themed afternoon of

singing, dancing,

jumping, clapping,

banging, s ha ki ng,

bouncing,

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Monday 7th September 1-3pm

Interactive Music and Play

With Ilana Bendel

£5 per session

puppet watching, guitar playing,

parachute play and bubble popping.

All children welcome from newborn

to pre-schoolers.

This group is open to mums, dads

and child-carers accompanying

Jewish Children.

Upcoming events:

Sukkot

October 5th 1-3pm

Shabbat theme

November 9th, 1-3pm

Chanukah

December 7th, 1-3pm

Please contact us at toddlers@newwestend.org.uk


or call the synagogue office on 020 7229 2631

Our Address: New West End Synagogue, St Petersburgh Place, W2 4JT

Access is at the back of the building in St Petersburgh Mews, W2.

Join our mailing list and please tell your friends about our new group.

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History of

Shemini

Atzeret and

Simchat Torah

The status of Shemini Atzeret can

be confusing at first glance. Its name

means the “eighth day of assembly”

which would imply that it somehow

belongs to the seven-day holiday that

immediately precedes it, Succot. It is

true that there is a connection between

Shemini Atzeret and Succot, but its

independence as a yom tov is well

established in the Talmud.

In Numbers 29:35, it is written that

“On the eighth day you should hold

a solemn gathering; you shall not work

at your occupation.” This verse does not

connect the 8th day specifically to any

of the other traditions associated with

Succot, begging the question: Is this its

own distinct yom tov or part of Succot?

This confusion has led to much debate

over whether one should, for example,

say kiddush in the Succah on this day,

a custom followed by some, or whether

Shemini Atzeret should warrant its own

liturgical additions.

Shemini Atzeret is a two-day festival in

all traditional Diaspora communities and

a one-day holiday in Israel, as with many

other Jewish holidays. The only ritual that

is unique to Shemini Atzeret is the prayer

for rain (tefilat geshem), and this prayer

is parallel to the prayer for dew which is

recited on Pesach. These two holidays

serve as the bookends of the agricultural

season, at the beginning and end of the

rainy season. Whereas the Torah does

describe the offering that was brought

to the Temple on Shemini Atzeret, once

the Temple was destroyed, there was

nothing that remained from the holiday’s

ritual except the liturgy requesting rain

for a bountiful year.

In the early middle ages, Shemini

Atzeret began to be associated with

the ritual of completing the yearly cycle

of readings from the Torah, leading

to the later development of Simchat

Torah from what was likely the second

day of Shemini Atzeret. Simchat Torah

developed into the day on which we

celebrate the ending of one cycle of

Torah reading and the beginning of

the next cycle.

In the Diaspora, Simchat Torah is

congruent with the second day of

Shemini Atzeret, and in Israel,

it coincides with the single day of

Shemini Atzeret. It is a joyous holiday

with a relatively young history, since it

is not mentioned in the Torah. It is

traditionally the only time when the

Torah is read at night, when we read the

last section from Deuteronomy, to be

followed the next day by the conclusion

of Deuteronomy and the beginning of

Genesis. There is a tradition on Simchat

Torah morning of giving an aliyah to all

congregants, and synagogues will often

repeat the reading until all members

have had their aliyot or sometimes split

into smaller groups to read from several

different Torah scrolls simultaneously,

so everyone can have this honour.

Similar to Succot, there are seven

circuits made around the synagogue

on Simchat Torah which are known as

hakafot. In distinction to the hakafot

on Succot, they are done holding the

Torah, not the lulav and etrog and are

accompanied by joyous dancing.

In recent times, Simchat Torah has also

become a very “child-friendly” holiday.

All the children are invited up for

a group aliyah and flags are given out

for the children to march around with

during their own hakafah.

While Simchat Torah’s origins are not

specified in the Torah, it has become

a Torah-centic yom tov on which the

hearts of Jews are drawn to celebrate

the Torah.

Eli Ballon

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Wedding

Preparartions

Lynn Brown

I am sure that you can imagine, dear

reader, the joy that I felt when Glenn

asked Vicky to marry him. Any mother

would be thrilled for her daughter to be

marrying someone like Glenn who is a

responsible, well mannered and gentle

young man who I am sure will keep Vicky

in the style to which she would like to

become accustomed.

Once the decision was made, all the

plans that had been in my head for so

long (well let’s face it, I had known for

ages that it was only a matter of time)

could now be put into action. As far as

I was concerned, there was only one

caterer that I wanted to run the ‘show’.

My first thought was to ask Beverley

from Toby Levy who pressed all the

right buttons with what she proposed

and that included the venue, which is

at a place where she is the principal

caterer so she knows it well.

In our last article about the wedding

Vicky told you all about the preparations

and how she put our ‘team’ together.

What I never anticipated was the

minutiae of detail which we would have

to address to bring together what

we hope will be a fantastic day.

One thing about my daughter Vicky

is her ability to go about things in an

organised fashion. She has astounded

everyone with her files of papers,

which are divided into numbered

sections for ease of finding all the

letters and receipts. She has made

a scrapbook from articles and photos

that she has cut out from various

wedding magazines to give ideas on

everything from bridal gowns and shoes

to flowers and honeymoon destinations.

All the members of the ‘A’ team have

commented on her ability when asked

for ideas to turn to the scrapbook

and say ‘well I saw this in a magazine’.

It does make life so much easier.

Naturally, when deciding who was to be

in the wedding party, Glenn’s two sisters

and my two sons were an obvious first

choice and good place to start.

Vicky has always been a very family

orientated person and this meant

she ended up with a large entourage.

We are lucky to have such a close family;

however, our closeness is not one of

physicality. We are spread far and wide

throughout the world and it’s always

lovely to have a Simcha to bring us all

together. Vicky was set on including

a representative from each branch of

the family. Glenn’s two sisters would

represent the Portnoys, Carey, my greatniece

would represent Charlie’s northern

family and Lauren, my niece would

represent my father’s side of the family.

My brother’s children would be page

boys and to include my mother’s side

Vicky asked my cousin’s grandchildren to

be page boy and flower girl. There were

two close friends that Vicky and Glenn

wanted to include in the party. Glenn

has been close to Danny Nahum since

starting school at age 4 and wanted

him at his side as best man as he had

been for Danny at his marriage at the

New West End last November. Likewise,

Vicky has been friends with Laura Harris,

also since age 4 at Ilford Jewish Primary

School and it was natural to include her

as one of the bridesmaids. Who else

could we choose as groomsmen than

my two handsome sons who are close

to their sister and will look very dashing

in their morning suits.

In theory this all sounded lovely,

however the practicality of getting

everyone together for trials and fittings

was another matter. Carey had to travel

down from Durham and Lauren had to

be fitted in California. Appointments

had to be arranged at times that suited

everyone – no easy task. That was only

the start of finding solutions to matters

of transport, hotel bookings,

hair appointments, makeup trials and

of course finding appropriate shoes.

Like all brides, it‘s important to get

the right look for your wedding day

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and Vicky was particularly interested in

finding the right look for her. We went

to a local salon for a trial make up but

were disappointed with the outcome.

We asked various people for their

recommendations and were finally

directed to a rather unusual choice

– none other than the makeup maestro

Jawad Ashraf, who is makeup artist to

the Bollywood Stars!

We travelled with a close friend of mine,

to Harlesden which was the address

provided for Mr Ashraf. On arrival

we were rather bemused by the sight

of a London town house covered in

scaffolding, this address was clearly

his home. We rang the bell and were

promptly greeted by a rather portly

Asian gentleman with a full set beard

and impeccably pruned eyebrows.

We were made very welcome and

shown into the living room where

we were asked to make ourselves

comfortable for a few moments.

When he was ready, he escorted us

to a room at the back of his house.

When the door swung open it revealed

a salon like no other with huge mirrors

surrounded by Hollywood lighting

and mountains of cosmetics, make up

brushes and all the paraphernalia for

styling hair – now this was a professional!

Jawad turned out to be a true artist.

We had already been informed that he

only makes up half the face during the

trial. He explained that this was so one

could see clearly the work he had done.

And boy could we! We immediately

signed him up as part of the A Team.

If only it would be possible to invite

everyone of our acquaintance to share

this happy day with us. When Vicky and

I sat and made a list of all the people

we wanted to invite to the wedding we

thought we had kept within our limit.

We looked at each other with such

satisfaction - that is until we added them

up! What a shock to see that we had

gone WAY over our capacity. We had

so wanted to include everyone and the

hard task was reducing the number.

Once we had our list, we had to

choose the invitation. A firm called The

Invitation Factory had assisted us with

our previous Simchas and we would

once again be calling on them to help

with the Wedding. The choice was huge

and yet the one we wanted jumped out

at me straight away. Still we pored over

the books to make sure our choice was

the right one for us. My father always

told me that when making a Simcha the

invitation should reflect the importance

of the event. We recently received the

invitations and they are everything we

could have hoped for.

There was never any question about

where the Chuppah would take place.

As a member of the most beautiful

Shul in London and with the canopy in

memory of my dear father, z”l, there

could be no other place but the New

West End. However to ease the problem

of finding a parking place for our guests,

Vicky and Glenn downloaded from the

internet, maps to show where there

is parking for both the Shul and the

reception and these maps have been

included in the invitations. By the

time we had added in the Aufruf cards,

the wedding list cards and the maps

and stuck on the stamps it was hours

of work!!

Organising this wedding has been great

fun as well as hard work. Sharing that

work with my lovely daughter has been

a real privilege. So far, we have been

very much in tune with each other but

of course as I sit here writing this, dear

reader, there are still two and a half

months to go until the big day and as

you can imagine, anything can happen

between now and then. My hope is

that we shall continue as we have until

now, enjoying the close relationship that

Vicky and I have and that October 25th

will be a wonderful memorable day and

everything that our bride and groom

would want it to be.

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Reflections on

the West Bank

Josh Morris wrote the following

report after driving through the

West Bank for the first time.

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After spending a rather hectic afternoon

traversing areas of the West Bank,

visiting settlements and outposts as well

as Palestinian villages, I was caught in

very much two minds. On one hand,

it made me immensely proud of Israel,

and on the other, deeply embarrassed

to call myself a supporter of the State.

Although beautiful in some parts,

the West Bank is in many ways a

desolate place. It lacks natural resources

and the land is very hard to cultivate.

Interestingly however, when travelling

through it, my instant gut feelings was

not sorrow for the clear daily hardship

which faces the Palestinians who wished

to work and build upon this bleak land,

but pride for Israel. This was because,

for much of the journey, all I could see

through my eyes was the wondrous

achievements of how the State of Israel

and Jewish people had settled

and built upon this land just like this.

Whilst driving, I felt myself slipping back

sixty, seventy, eighty years in time.

I simply could not get the idea out of my

head that what I was driving through

is the canvas or the foundations from

which the modern State of Israel has

sprung, on which its story has been

painted. Israel’s thriving metropolises,

most notably Tel Aviv, have grown from

land exactly the same as the dry arid

conditions through which I was now

driving. Every time I looked out of the

window, I was constantly reminded of

the fact that even in one of the harshest

natural environments on earth, Israel’s

pioneers and its subsequent generations

have managed to create a richly diverse,

cultural and economically

successful State.


However, these rather Zionistic

thoughts triggered another reaction

within my brain. If Israel has to all intents

and purposes become a regional

superpower, using this parched land,

why have the Palestinians in the West

Bank failed so drastically? To the tune

of mass unemployment and a life

expectancy, which is a massive 8 years

less than their Israeli counterparts living

in some cases a mere kilometre away.

This question however was quickly

answered when visiting the IDF

checkpoint situated on the outskirts of

Nablus, which processed every vehicle

entering and exiting the city. In fact,

up until recently the Israelis operated

a strict quota system as to exactly how

many vehicles could be within Nablus at

any one time. What began to dawn on

me whilst observing soldiers interrogate

a Palestinian builder and search through

his cement mixer was that the intrinsic

difference between the Palestinians

living in the West Bank, and the original

Jewish pioneers, who built the State of

whom I am in so many ways proud.

It is not that the Palestinians lack the

founding Zionists’ desire, motivation,

or passion to create a State for their

people, as many would like to think.

Rather, the difference is that despite

many obstacles which Israel and its

Jewish residents were forced to

overcome sixty years ago, they did not,

after Independence involve, outposts,

road blocks and settlements. There was

no State, which would periodically

demolish their homes or build fences,

walls and roads, which would cut their

land, villages and towns in two. At no

point was Ben Gurion for example,

humiliated at a checkpoint when

travelling from his Kibbutz in the

Negev up north.

The Israeli public must be reminded

of the fact that when we look at the

Palestinians, we are not looking at

strangers, but are in fact peering into

our and Israel’s past. We were once

also Stateless refugees living in an

uninhabitable landscape, however

through sheer will and determination,

the State of Israel was born. It is with

this in mind, we must also allow the

Palestinians of the West Bank to use all

their resources, desire and passion to

also create a State, which their children

and children’s children are proud of.

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Shabbat

L’Yeladim

By Elliot Bernie

Shabbat L’Yeladim,

probably New West End’s biggest,

most fantastic event of this year.

A spectacle that has dazzled and frazzled

the minds of all who witnessed it. If by

chance you were not present at this feat

of party planning genius, then fear not,

I shall fill you in so that you may converse

with others in the community who were

lucky enough to witness the event, and

so as to keep up with the latest gossip.

Let me start with why I got involved in

the project. For the last two years, I have

been trying to accomplish the ultimate

harsh challenge that is the Duke of

Edinburgh award.

One of the criteria needed to accomplish

the award is to complete a service,

so I decided to do something, which

would both be fun and of benefit to

the community, and what better that

helping with the Children’s Service at

my Shul, the New West End

Synagogue. The planning process

started one week before my first GCSE

exam, which admittedly was not the best

timing but would certainly prepare me

for tough deadlines in the future. It was

slightly stressful, as it meant that finding

a day just to organize the Shabbat was

very difficult, but with perseverance,

I managed to find some time.

After a two-hour meeting with

The Powers That Be, all the important

aspects of the day were decided on.

The day worked out into three parts;

morning activities for older and younger

children, a dedicated sermon from our

very own Rabbi Shisler, followed by

a scrumptious lunch.

The morning activities were held in

the Golda Cohen Room and in the Beit

Hamedrash where two madrichim were

brought in to help the rest of the helpers

with the activities.

The second part of Shabbat L’Yeladim

consisted of a dedicated sermon from

Rabbi Shisler in which he addressed the

children directly, telling them the story

of King Solomon and the bumblebee.

The children all seemed bewitched by

the tale but it would appear that the

adults were equally enthralled.

Then came the best bit as in all Jewish

affairs….The Food!

All in all a good time was had by all…

especially the yeladim !

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Alicia Ruth Levy

(3 years old)

It was lovely to open the synagogue

door and to be welcomed by the warm

Club Sameach team. I was also very

happy to see my friends, Ella, Jeremy

and my new friend, Bianca. We had such

a great fun- singing, clapping, patting

our knees and dancing in circles to the

Club Sameach songs.

Since that day, I start every morning with

the catchy song: “I open one eye I open

two, I say mode ani, which means thank

you....” Mummy is slightly worried,

because everywhere we go I sing,

rather loudly, the other catchy song:

“Dingalinaling the Torah comes,

bringing mitzvoth for someone,

dingalingaling I wonder who,

dingalingaling, it is for you.”

I mean it, literally everywhere we go -

the supermarket, the nursery school,

in the streets of Paris and London

and of course at home.

I have to say, I get fascinated every time

we are allowed to stand on the platform

near the Aron Hakodesh. It is such

a beautiful synagogue!

In addition to the beauty, I mostly

enjoyed running up and down the stairs

and in between the rows. I hope we

didn’t make Michael and Jonathan too

tired keeping us still on our seats.

What is more, I was really moved by the

singing of George and Joseph Rosenfeld

with the Rabbi.

Finally, as you know, at my age when

we play, we are not very interested

in food, but I would like to take this

opportunity to thank you for a lovely

lunch. The atmosphere during lunch

was one of those I feel when we visit my

big family in Israel for a special Chag.

So thank you again for the family

atmosphere as well.

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Looking Round Lord’s

12th July 2009

By Raphael

Schmetterling

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The group met at quarter to ten, in front of the cricket

ground on St. John’s Wood Road, on Sunday, the 12th of

July. There were about sixteen of us. Our guide, Richard

Mernane, is a former member of the synagogue. It was

a beautiful day, perfect weather for our tour, and for the

cricketing season, which has just begun.

We began the tour with the best seats in the house

– the Mound Stand; this area provided us with a fantastic

sweeping view of the pitch. There, our tour guide told us

about the history of Lord’s, starting with its founding by a

man called Thomas Lord. The grounds moved twice before

coming to its present site. From our location, we also got

a good view of the media centre, which is very hard to miss

- think of the back of the Starship Enterprise! On the other

side is the pavilion, also sticking out with its red brick.

Originally, the pavilion was to be white, but there was

a strike at the quarry at the time!

Afterwards we went into the media centre itself, and got

to see its great facilities; each desk has its own miniature

air-conditioning, and hidden underneath is a plethora of

sockets. On the second floor of the centre is a series of

rooms for commentating, each for a different station,

whether it is Sky or the BBC.

We then proceeded to the pavilion, which used to have

a tavern next to it. It is a very grand building and we were

amazed as we passed through its many rooms. The Long

Room is where the players pass through to get onto the pitch.

Before a match, members of the Marylebone Cricket Club

(the grounds’ owners) can mingle with the players here.

We then passed into the Boardroom, an ancient looking

room with a seat reserved for Her Majesty the Queen.

Overall, we enjoyed the trip very much and I bet some of

us are considering applying for membership at the MCC.

Thanks go to all those who helped organise this great event.

The day was enjoyable and I hope that it can happen again.

Overall, we enjoyed the

trip very much and I bet

some of us are considering

applying for membership

at the MCC. Thanks go to all

those who helped organise

this great event. The day was

enjoyable and I hope that it

can happen again.

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I am fairly computer literate

and so was particularly

frustrated when I could not

find the version of this article

that I had first started to write

towards the end of June.

It would have been a piece

about the value of Jewish

schools, their diversity and the incredibly

positive impact on Jewish life and

learning that they have in this country.

It would have been a piece about how

the opportunities to attend Jewish

schools have never been greater for

children from all parts of the community,

particularly with the advent of the crosscommunal

JCOSS in September 2010.

So what has changed, apart from the loss

of my initial musings down a virtual black

hole? The answer, of course, is the Court

of Appeal judgement in the JFS

admissions case.

To be sure, the ruling has been welcomed

in some quarters. The particular facts

leading up to the case have highlighted

divisions in the community and the pain

suffered by some families coping with

the already fraught process of schools

admissions and now feeling rejected by

their co-religionists. But has the Court’s

decision really made Jewish schools

more accessible to more Jews? Or has

it, ironically, limited the class of children

who will be able to avail themselves of

a Jewish education?

In simple terms, the law now states

that whilst Jewish schools can favour

applications from Jewish children when

they are over subscribed, the only tests

they can now apply to determine

Jewishness relate to practise and

observance. Charedi schools will not be

much troubled by the ruling. They have

always used these sorts of criteria, taking

into consideration Shabbat observance,

Kashrut and other factors tending to

denote adherence to ultra-Orthodoxy.


Having

faith in

Jewish

Schools

by Jon Benjamin

Chief Executive

Board of Deputies

What can no longer be considered,

as a sole, primary or even ancillary factor,

is whether a child has a Jewish mother

or father.

Nor can synagogue membership be

a consideration, because whilst shuls,

as charities, can continue to apply such

criteria to membership, a school could

not indirectly adopt the same test for

its applicants.

To do so, the Court stated, would

constitute racial discrimination.

Denying Jews the freedom to

determine who is a Jew is bad enough,

and branding as racist the way in which

all sections of our community consider,

in one way or another, parentage as

a factor in making that determination,

is even worse. But the impact goes

further, because non-observant Jewish

families will now struggle to get their

children into Jewish schools. Indeed,

precisely those who might most benefit

from exposure to Jewish learning, which

might otherwise have been largely

absent in their lives, will be excluded.

The Court’s judgement will mean that

the pool of prospective pupils will shrink

from all Jewish children, to only those

who can demonstrate a sufficient level of

observance, which in itself will be both

difficult and invasive to measure.

My original article would have explored

how pupils at Jewish schools develop as

confident, knowledgeable Jews, able to

take their place in wider society. It would

have noted how projects like the Board

of Deputies’ Shared Futures Schools

Linking initiative teach tolerance and

understanding by promoting contacts

with non-Jewish schools. It would have

made the fundamental point that for

parents to have a choice in how they

educate their children, they need to have

more options and not less – but then

the computer

ate my article, the

Court of Appeal

delivered its

judgement and we

found ourselves in

uncertain territory.

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Rosh Hashana

Recipes

by Valerie Green

BEEF STROGANOFF for 2 portions.

• 280 grams prime bolo thinly sliced

• margarine or sunflower oil

• 1 small onion

• 1 tablespoon of flour

• 1 teaspoon dry mustard

• cumin

• pepper

• 2 bay leaves

• 280 ml. approx bouillon

• 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Prepare beef in strips, sprinkle with pepper and cummin.

Cover and leave for 4 hours. Do not chill. Take a thick

based saucepan. Pour in sufficient oil to cover the bottom.

Use a metal plate on cooker hob to stop any of the ingredients

catching. Lightly fry the onions, add beef and seal. Stir in flour,

mustard, hot bouillon (by crushing half a beef soup cube

adding 280 ml of water) pepper, bay leaves and cumin.

Take care to avoid catching by stirring frequently.

Add more water if necessary. Cook for about 90 minutes.

Take a soup plate. Put in mayonnaise, add some of the gravy

and mix. Return to the saucepan, and stir. Re-heat, bringing

back slowly to just under boiling point. Cook for further 5

minutes. To be served with boiled rice.

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CELERY SOUP (PARVE)

• 1 large celery

• 1 medium size onion

• 2 cloves of garlic

• 1 bay leaf

• grated rind of an orange

• 2 large potatoes

• 2.3 litres (4 pints) of water

• 2 vegetable soup squares

• Ground nutmeg to taste

• fennel or marrow (optional)

Prepare and wash celery – cutting sticks in half. Cut onion in

half. Peel potatoes – cut in half. Crush garlic, or cut up fine.

Add grated orange rind, soup squares, bay leaf, nutmeg and

water. Optional add small fennel or half a medium size marrow

Bring to boiler, simmer for about 30 minutes, puree. Re-heat as

required or freeze in portions.

COOKING SUGGESTIONS

SALT BEEF

Soak for about 12 hours to make less salty then pour water

away, cover with fresh water in the saucepan bring to the boil,

remove scum. Add 3 whole cloves of garlic, 2 onions, 2 – 3

carrots. 3 bay leaves. Cook for about 3 hours on a low light

depending on the weight.

SPINACH

Instead of boiling put enough olive oil in a large frying pan,

chop the leaves and remove stalks, sauté until tender – turning

every few minutes. Drain liquid off. Use, or put in a covered

container at the bottom of the fridge. Will keep for a few days

until required.

Serves about 10 persons.

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PRESS RELEASE

21 JULY 2009

Jewish Museum

closer to saving

300 year old silver

Hanukah lamp

The Jewish Museum has been awarded

several large grants towards the purchase

of the ‘Lindo lamp’, the earliest known

English Hanukah lamp, which is one of the

most important treasures of British Jewish

heritage in the museum.

The museum has raised grants totalling

£250,000 towards the sum of £300,000

needed to purchase this unique piece of

18th century silver Judaica from its current

owners. The National Heritage Memorial

Fund (NHMF) has agreed to contribute

£145,000 while independent charity

The Art Fund and the MLA /V&A Purchase

Fund have awarded £75,000 and £30,000

respectively. However, the museum still

needs to raise the remaining £50,000 from

private sources in order to secure the

future of this outstanding item and to

prevent it from being removed from the

public sphere.

The Hanukah lamp has been on loan

to the Jewish Museum since the 1930’s

and has been on display for over 70 years.

It was commissioned from silversmith John

Ruslen in 1709 on the marriage of Elias

Lindo to Rachel Lopes Ferreira. The Lindos

were prominent members of the early

community of Spanish and Portuguese

Jews in London and founder members of

Bevis Marks Synagogue, established in

1701. Elias’s father, Isaac Lindo (1638 –

1712), fled the Inquisition in the Canary

Isles and settled in London in 1670. The

backplate of the Hanukah lamp is chased

with the figure of Elijah fed by the ravens,

in a play on the patron’s Hebrew name.

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The Jewish Museum is currently

underway with a major £10 million

Development Project, part funded by

a £4.2 million grant from the Heritage

Lottery Fund, and plans to reopen in

early 2010. The expansion will triple the

space at the museum’s flagship Camden

Town premises, bring together the

collections, displays and activities of

its two former sites and create new

education facilities and exhibition

galleries with hands-on displays for

children and families.

The lamp would be on public display in

the newly developed gallery, Judaism:

A Living Faith, housing the museum’s

magnificent collection of Jewish

ceremonial art which has been awarded

Designated status by the Museums,

Libraries and Archives Council in

recognition of its outstanding

national importance.

Rickie Burman, Jewish Museum

Director, said: “We are delighted to

receive these significant grant awards

which bring us closer to securing the

future of the Lindo lamp as part of the

permanent collections and new displays

at the Jewish Museum. We now urgently

need to raise the remaining £50,000.

It would be tragic if this gem of Anglo-

Jewish heritage would vanish from public

view in this country. The acquisition of

the lamp would be an excellent way to

mark this outstanding object’s 300th

birthday this year.’

Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the

NHMF, said: “Hanukah lamps are

central to Jewish celebrations and the

Lindo Lamp is particularly special as it is

the first one known to have been made

in England. It is witness to 300 years of

Jewish history in this country and it’s

wonderful that the National Heritage

Memorial Fund is helping to save it for

future generations.”

Andrew Macdonald, Acting Director

of The Art Fund, said: “Not only is

this lamp historically important, it is also

linked to a family who were great patrons

of the arts, chiming with The Art Fund’s

core purpose as an independent charity

dedicated to saving works of art for the

nation. We therefore strongly support

the Jewish Museum’s bid to acquire the

Lindo Lamp.”

Janet Davies, Head of Regional

Liaison & Purchase Grant Fund V&A

Museum, said: ”Competition for

Purchase Grant Fund support is intense

but there was no hesitation in wishing

to support this acquisition as a very fine

piece of 18th century silver smithing

of great historical importance and one

which has been central to the Jewish

Museum’s public displays for 76 years.“

Contact:

Dina Wosner on 020 8371 7371

or marketing@jewishmuseum.co.uk


Notes to editors:

The National Heritage Memorial

Fund (NHMF)

The National Heritage Memorial

Fund (NHMF) was set up to save the

most outstanding parts of our national

heritage, in memory of those who have

given their lives for the United Kingdom.

It currently receives £10million annual

grant-in-aid from the Government.

For more details, please contact

Dervish Mertcan, NHMF Press Office,

on (020) 7591 6102. www.nhmf.org.uk

The Art Fund

The Art Fund is the UK’s leading

independent art charity. It offers grants

to help UK museums and galleries

enrich their collections; campaigns on

behalf of museums and their visitors;

and promotes the enjoyment of art. It is

entirely funded from public donations

and has 80,000 members. Since 1903

the charity has helped museums and

galleries all over the UK secure 860,000

works of art for their collections. Recent

achievements include: helping secure

Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the

National Galleries of Scotland and the

National Gallery, London in February

2009 with a grant of £1 million; helping

secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection,

ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National

Galleries of Scotland in February 2008

with a grant of £1million; and running

the ‘Buy a Brushstroke’ public appeal

which raised over £550,000 to keep

Turner’s Blue Rigi watercolour in the UK.

For more information contact the Press

Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit

www.artfund.org The Art Fund is

a Registered Charity No. 209174

MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund

The MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund is

a government fund that helps regional

museums, record offices and specialist

libraries in England and Wales to acquire

objects relating to the arts, literature and

history. It was established at the Victoria

and Albert Museum (V&A) in 1881 and

continues to be part of its nationwide

work. The annual grants budget,

currently £900,000, is provided by the

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

(MLA). Each year it considers some 250

applications and awards grants to around

100 organisations, enabling acquisitions

of around £4 million to go ahead.

For more information visit the website:

www.vam.ac.uk/purchasegrantfund

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The New West

End’s Best

Kept Secret

Jonathan Robinson

Of all the many events that go on in the

Shul, one of the best-kept secrets has to

be both the Morning Minyan and the

breakfast that follows afterwards.

For those of us that are regulars there is

always the excitement of wondering how

many we will get and for those of us who

should be there every morning Eli very

kindly offers a text messaging wake up

service!!!

The morning congregation is made

up of regulars, out of town visitors

and those saying Kaddish.

After davening which is normally

30/35 minutes, slightly longer on

a Monday or Thursday when we lein,

the Rabbi speaks for a few minutes.

Then it’s tephillin off, last Kaddish said,

and down to the Golda Cohen Room

for the highlight of the morning…

breakfast!!!

For our many visitors over the years,

whether they are in London for a day,

a week or longer, it is an ideal way

to make new friends and to discover

a breakfast you will find nowhere else!

No other Shul, I am sure, has such

a high quality toastmaster first thing in

the morning. I refer, of course, to our

dear Senior Warden who has the task

of ensuring perfectly toasted toast is

delivered to the table. On the occasions

Alan is away it only takes a day, two at

most before someone starts complaining

about the quality of toast in his absence,

too light, too burnt, too cold….

Then of course we have our sommeliers

(or whatever the equivalent for whisky

pouring is). Many a visitor of course think

it’s a joke when asked if you want a little

Schnapps but normally if they come back

for a second day, they are in the queue

for a whisky or two…

There are those of us who come in the

morning who have to daven, eat and

rush off to work whereas others have

the luxury of a more leisurely start to the

morning. Therefore, one or two prefer to

take their time over the davening and

saunter their way downstairs afterwards.

Not surprisingly, by the time they get

down there, there is not always a lot of

food left (especially on a Friday when its

smoked salmon and bagels)….then the

conversation turns to who has “ganiffed

the last of the salmon, who has ganiffed

the spread” and usually blaming Eli for

it all. This isn’t really fair as it’s often

others who got there well before him

– you have to be quick off the mark

getting to the Golda Cohen Room.

In fact, I have noticed people hovering

around the door waiting for the last

Kaddish to be finished so they can

be first in.

As enjoyable as the food is, of course

it’s the conversation that makes the

meal!! Israel, gossip, politics, gossip,

travel, gossip and football are the most

popular topics - occasionally one of our

local Chabad Rabbis tries to talk about

religion but we quickly put a stop to all

that, it is the NWES after all.

Some of us, of course are more vocal

than others, some of us just listen and

some of course have an opinion on every

subject…..during summer when there

is no football at least one end of table

is slightly stumped for conversation.

I would like to thank all those who have

sponsored various breakfasts over the

year whether it is Stanley Blum, our

weekly sponsor on a Friday, or those

who have sponsored to commemorate

a Yahrzeit, birthday or just because they

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enjoy the experience and want to show

their gratitude. Also to those who

have generously donated the gallons

of Scotch – it has been greatly

appreciated by many!

Finally, I must mention the most

enjoyable breakfast of the year had

to be on Michael Cutler’s 80th birthday,

not only did he have the joy of his three

sons joining him at the Service

beforehand but also for the rest of us,

it was pure joy when Natalie (and Chloe)

joined us for breakfast. We see many

things during the year; female company

is indeed a rarity.

A morning at the

NWES is the most

wonderful start to

the day, there is

plenty of room at

the table, please

come and join us!

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Shiru Lo Shir

Chadash –

Sing to Him

a New Song

Musical anthology of

original compositions

by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler

Jeff Jacobs

Concert and UK launch 7th July 2009

at the New West End Synagogue

Music arranged by Stephen Glass

Two accompanying CD’s sung

by Cantor Gideon Zelermyer,

Montreal

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I first encountered Rabbi Shisler’s music

in the late 1980’s when I heard the Choral

Selichot service from the NWES featuring

the B’nai Brith Festival Singers (who were

subsequently renamed the Shabbaton

Choir) under the direction of choirmaster

Stephen Glass. The two chazzanim were

Stephen Robins and Geoffrey Shisler of

Edgware and Kenton Synagogues

respectively.

The music from this service had an

enormous impact on me and switched

me on to cantorial music in a totally

new and exciting way, thanks to the

combination of traditional melodies and

Stephen Glass’s musical arrangements

with unconventional harmonies.

Up until this point, my appreciation

for cantorial music had been limited

to legendary singers such as Yosele

Rosenblatt, Gershon Sirota, Moishe

Koussevitzky and other chazzanim

featured on Rev. Reuben Turner’s weekly

Chazzanut show on Spectrum Radio.

Since Rabbi Shisler joined the NWES,

he has introduced pieces of music that

are memorable, catchy and importantly,

appropriate to the nusach. On one

occasion, Rabbi Shisler presented me

with a piece of music “Btzeit Yisrael”

which is sung during Hallel. Choirmaster

Elliot Burman had no objection to my

attempt at harmonising the melody that

Rabbi Shisler had presented, the rhythm

to the song being appropriately

reminiscent of a march.

I then spent several weeks attempting to

shoehorn harmonies over the top of this

distinctive tune with a great hook. Of our

entire repertoire, it most reminded me of

the version of psalm 24 “se’u shearim”

that we sing at weddings.

I considered a staccato, pizzicato-style

choir backing, just like “se’u shearim”

but the melody was so memorable that

adding harmonies detracted from its

simplicity. I sheepishly returned to Rabbi

Shisler with nothing added and nothing

taken away, learning that less is more.

Imagine now, five years later, some of the

Rabbi’s music has been transcribed by

the world-renowned Stephen Glass and

is being performed at the concert here

by Chazzan Steve Robins at the NWES

lo and behold, no new choral harmonies.

Two of my favourite operas,

Don Giovanni by Mozart and Rigoletto

by Verdi both feature melodies so

memorable that the audiences at the

premieres of both of these work, left the

theatre humming the tunes. Rabbi Shisler

has written melodies that are equally as

memorable as la donna e mobile and la

ci diarem la mano, you simply have to

come to shul to hear them.

For the book launch and concert I sang

with The London Cantorial Singers (TLCS)

having been invited by choirmaster

David Druce, though I would have

attended regardless as an audience

member; when I sing at NWES services

I always have one ear on the congregation

in the hope that they’re joining in!

The concert was expertly compered

by Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld who praised

Rabbi Shisler for the congregational

melodies in the new book. Several

chazzanim sang pieces from Rabbi

Shisler’s compositions and three pieces

with choral harmonies provided by The

London Cantorial Singers, two pieces

were performed by the school choir of

Sinai School, a school associated with

Rabbi and Anne Shisler because not

only did they send their children

there, but also because Rabbi Shisler

composed their school song.

Mr Hirsch Cashdan played one

song on the clarinet from the Jewish

Music Institute, and a final ensemble

in which anyone that had been a

delegate that week at the European

Cantors Convention and augmented

by members of the NWES synagogue

choir who joined in with Havu LaShem.

During the concert, we heard Chazzan

Moshe Haschel perform “Shema

Yisrael”. Chazzan Haschel praised

Rabbi Shisler for his compositions and

stated that he hoped that the music

would be adopted by all synagogues.

In Rabbi Rosenfeld’s introduction to

this piece, he favourably compared

it to other Kedusha compositions

by Glantz and Pinchik.

Rev. Reuven Turner, the guest of

honour made a speech in which he

told an anecdote about how he was

at Rabbi Shisler’s audition for Jews

College with the late Rev Bryll,

who was Rabbi Shisler’s teacher.

Geoffrey is probably the

most knowledgeable “mayven”

of Chazzanut around and also

a competent musician. This book

“Shiru Lo Shir Chadash” is a

combination of his deep knowledge

of nusach, his lively personality and

his enjoyment of rendering the tefila

in a most refreshing way. We look

forward to learning and performing

more of these gems and the

publication of a second volume!

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New Years Greetings 2009

Rabbi & Mrs. SHISLER and family wish the community

a healthy and peaceful New Year.

Happy 5770 to Rabbi Geoffrey, Anne, Chazan Jeremy,

all officers of the Shul and all members of the NWES

community. Sandra BLACKMAN

Chag Sameach from Trudie BLUESTONE & Family

to Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler and all at the New West End

Synagogue

Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year

from Zara BRICKMAN and Lionel KAUFMAN

Adieu and farewell my friends, wishing you a healthy,

peaceful New Year and may you continue to go from

strength to strength. Rachel COHEN

Derry & Tony DINKIN wish all their old and new friends

at the NWES a very happy and peaceful New Year

Norman and Thelma EPSTEIN wish Rabbi and Mrs

Shisler, the Honorary Officers and the whole community

a peaceful New Year and well over the Fasy

Victor and Esther FIELDGRASS, Rudi and Theo extend

their warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous

New Year

A very happy New Year to Rabbi and Mrs. Shisler and

thanks for being such wonderful people – Erika FOX

Geoffrey & Valerie GREEN wish all the community

a happy and healthy New Year

Wishing Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, Honorary Officers and the

entire New West End Community a happy and healthy

New Year from the HAMMERSCHLAG Family

All best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful New

Year from Jane and Cyril HODES

Bobby JAYSON wishes all his friends at the NWES a very

happy and healthy New Year

Wishing Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, family and friends and all

members of the community a happy and healthy New

Year – Susan and Harvey KATZ

Dorothea, Cyril and Oliver wish all their friends a happy

and healthy New Year and well over the Fast.

Carol and Laurence LANDO together with Jessica send

our best wishes to the NWES congregation for a happy,

healthy New Year

Roy and Barabara LEVIN wish Rabbi and Anne Shisler,

Chazan Jeremy Lawson, Board of Management and

Congregation Chag Sameach

With our best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year

to all our Community - Linda and Martin LEWIN

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We wish everyone health, happiness and joy.

Shana Tova from Collette LUX and David PRICE

A happy and healthy New Year and well over the Fast

to all at the New West End – Denise and Melvyn LUX

Maxine & Michael MARGOLIS and Family wish Rabbi

& Mrs. Shisler, the Honorary Officers and the entire

Community a happy and peaceful New Year

Val & Jeff MARGOLIS wish Rabbi and Mrs. Shisler, their friends

and all congregants at the New West End a Chag Sameach.

Hilde & Jonathan MATHESON wish Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler

and all their friends a happy and healthy New Year

Sandy and David MONTAGUE wish everyone peace,

health and happiness in the New Year

We wish the NWES Community a healthy, sweet and

peaceful New Year – Gaby, Howard, Lucy & Josh MORRIS

Anne and Stephen PETERS and family wish everyone at

The New West End a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year

Renée & Valerie RICHMAN wish Rabbi and Mrs. Shisler

and all our friends at the New West End a very happy

and healthy New Year.

Wishing Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler and the entire community

a healthy and prosperous 5770 and well over the Fast –

Jonathan ROBINSON

Mrs. Sybil SCHAPIRO sends her best wishes to the

congregation for a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

Be healthy, be happy, be wealthy and fast well in 5770 –

from Fariba, Dori and Raphael SCHMETTERLING

Very best wishes to al from Phyllis SHAPRO and Stuart.

May we enjoy a year of peace.

The SHARRON Family wish all members and friends

a very happy, peaceful and successful New Year and

well over the Fast

With all best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year –

The SIMKIN Family

Wishing the whole community a happy and healthy New

Year love Angela, Jon, Rachel and Zac SKRY

We wish Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, Chazan Lawson and all

Shul officers a happy, healthy and successful New Year –

Hilary and David SLOVIK

Happy New Year and well over the Fast to family

and friends from Marcella SPELMAN

Happy New Year to all the community from the

STEINFELD Family

A happy New Year to all from the STONE Family –

Jeremy, Sally, Rosalind and Nicholas


Save

the date

for Israel Group Events:

7.30pm, Monday 9th

November

On Monday 9th November, Lorna Fitzsimons, CEO of BICOM

– the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre

– will be speaking in the Golda Cohen Room on Monday 9th

November. Come and hear what she has to say and to have

your say.

For those of you who are not familiar with Lorna, she became

one of the youngest MP’s to be elected to Parliament, serving

as MP for Rochdale at the age of 29. Whilst in Parliament she

was Chair of the APPG on Kashmir as well as a member of

Labour Friends of Israel. She was Parliamentary Aide to Robin

Cook and also on the Procedures and Modernisation Select

Committees. Lorna was also a member of the Hansard Society

Board and Chair of the Historic Parliamentary Labour Party

Women’s Committee, comprising of 101 female MP’s.

On leaving parliament in 2005 Lorna set up her own

consultancy and became a Senior Visiting Fellow at the

Defence Academy, which is responsible for post-graduate

education and training for members of the UK Armed

Forces and Ministry of Defence Civil Servants.

Lorna took up the exciting and challenging post of CEO

at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre

(BICOM) in October 2006. BICOM is a professional,

independent, not for profit organisation devoted to

creating a more supportive environment for Israel in the UK.

We are also delighted to welcome back Dr Emanuele

Ottolenghi, Executive Director of the Transatlantic Institute,

who has confirmed that he will be speaking at the NWES in

the near future. Emanuele who is now based in Brussels,

is a political scientist by training. He has taught Israel Studies

at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the

Middle East Centre of St Antony’s College, Oxford University

and obtained his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

You may be familiar with his columns which have appeared in

The Guardian, the Jewish Chronicle, Newsday, The Middle

East Quarterly and The Daily Mirror; and European

publications such as Die Welt and Il Corriere del Ticino.

A frequent commentator on Israeli domestic politics, the Arab-

Israeli conflict and Europe’s Middle East policy, Emanuele will

be sharing his views with us and as those of you who saw him

last time will know, this is an evening not to be missed.

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Yom Tov Guide

Friday night 18th September

Light the Yom Tov candles before

6.54pm and recite the following

two blessings:

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo

melech ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo

b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir

shel Shabbat v’Yom Tov.”

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,

vehigianoo lazman hazeh.”

Prior to lighting the candles, it is

important to light a twenty-five hour

candle e.g. a Yahrzeit candle, so that one

can transfer the flame from the twentyfive

hour candle to a new candle in order

to light the Yom Tov candles on the

second night of Yom Tov.

Services in the Synagogue commence

at 6.45pm.

Following services, and your

return home, make Yom Tov Kiddush,

then wash hands ritually and make the

blessing over the challah. The challot for

Rosh Hashanah are traditionally round

and represent continuity and wholeness.

After eating some challah, dipped in

honey, we take an apple and dip a piece

in honey and say the following prior to

eating it:

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo

melech ha’olam, Borei Peri Haeitz”

After eating it recite the following:

“Yehi ratzon milfanecha Adonye

Eloheinoo veilohei avoteinoo,

she’techadesh aleinoo Shana

Tova oometooko”

“May it be your will. O Lord our Gd and

Gd of our forefathers that this year will

be a happy and sweet year for us.”

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Saturday 19th September

Shacharit services begin at 8.00am.

Saturday night 19th September

We usher in the second day of Rosh

Hashanah by lighting the Yom Tov

candles as soon as possible after

7.53pm. We do this by transferring

the flame from the existing flame which

was lit before the first night Rosh

Hashanah began (see above) and then

reciting the two blessings (excluding the

phrase Shabbat v’ in the first one).

Since there is a doubt about whether

we should recite the She’hecheyanu

Beracha on the second night, it is

traditional to have on the table a new

fruit that one has not eaten yet that

year, while one makes the blessings

over the candles. Alternatively one can

wear a new item of clothing. However,

if one does not have a new fruit or

a new item of clothing, one still makes

both blessings including

“She’hecheyanu”.

Sunday 20th September

Shacharit services begin at 8.00am.

It is important for every man, woman and

child to hear the blowing of the Shofar

which commences at approximately

10.00am. It is important to hear the

blessings recited by the Ba’al Tekiah (the

one who actually blows), and to answer

“Amein” to each of the three blessings.

Then, during the course of the morning,

we are obliged to hear one hundred

blasts of the Shofar.

It is forbidden to talk from the time one

hears the first note of the 100, right up

until the last one.

In the afternoon of the first day of

Rosh Hashanah, we will return to the

Synagogue at 4.45pm to walk together

towards the Serpentine for the traditional

Tashlich Service at 5.15pm at the Peter

Pan Statue. This is performed by reciting

several prayers at a source of water.

Afterwards, the pockets are symbolically

emptied as if a person is shaking off his

sins and casting them into the water.

As a source for this ceremony the verses

in Michah are often quoted:

“He will again have compassion upon us;

He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou

will cast all our sins into the depth of

the sea ....”

We then return to the Synagogue for

Mincha and Ma’ariv at 7.00pm and Yom

Tov ends at 7.51pm.

THE FAST OF GEDALIAH

Monday 21st September

The day after Rosh Hashanah is observed

as a fast day, in memory of Gedaliah ben

Achikam. Gedaliah had been appointed

Governor of Judea by Nebuchadnezzar,

after the destruction of the first Temple in

586 BCE. He had been charged with the

responsibility of rebuilding Jewish life

among the remnant of the Jews still in

the Holy Land.

As a result of internal strife among the

people, Gedaliah was assassinated and,

many of those Jews who had remained

in Judea, fled to Egypt. Since this

represented the final stage of the

destruction of Jerusalem, it is observed

as a fast day, when we recite special

Selichot prayers.

Shacharit will be at 6.45am and the Fast

ends at 7.42pm.

SHABBAT SHUVA

Friday 25th September

Shabbat commences 6.38pm.

Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat will

be read at 6.30pm.

Saturday 26th September

Shacharit will be at 9.15am.

Mincha and Ma’ariv at 6.30pm.

Shabbat ends at 7.37pm.


YOM KIPPUR

Sunday 27th September

Mincha

On Erev Yom Kippur, Sunday 27th

September, at 1.30pm in the Synagogue,

we will conduct the pre-Yom

Kippur Mincha (afternoon) service,

which includes the first of the ten times

that we recite “Al-cheit” prayer

(confession) throughout the day.

A festival meal on Erev Yom Kippur is a

mitzvah (obligation) because one thereby

reveals joy over the approach of his or

her time of forgiveness. This meal is

called the “seudat hamafseket” (meal of

cessation). There is no Kiddush prior to

this meal, but we do wash our hands

ritually, make the “Hamotzi” (usually over

a Challah) and say Grace after Meals..

The meal should be concluded well

before 6.33pm, allowing enough time

to light candles and to get to the

Synagogue in time.

The following Berachot are said over

the candles:

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo b’mitzvotav

v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Yom

HaKippoorim.”

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,

vehigianoo lazman hazeh.”

Wearing Non-leather Shoes.

It is forbidden for men, women and

children to wear leather shoes on

Yom Kippur.

Kol Nidrei

Services in the Synagogue commence

at 6.45pm.

The Yom Kippur prayers begin with

the chanting of Kol Nidrei. We have

to commence before sunset since this

prayer is a form of the repealing of vows,

and we are not permitted to repeal vows

on Shabbat or Yom Tov.

Monday 28th September

Shacharit commences at 9.30am.

Yizkor on Yom Kippur Day will be at

approximately 1.15pm.

If one’s parents are still alive, it is

permissible, but not essential, to leave

the Synagogue during Yizkor. However,

it is our custom that we commence with

a public Yizkor, which includes Memorial

Prayers for the victims of the Holocaust

and for Israel’s fallen soldiers, for which

everyone should remain in the

Synagogue. There will then be a short

break to allow those who wish to leave

to go out before we commence the

private Yizkor.

The Fast ends at 7.32pm.

SUCCOT

The Building of the Succah

If you haven’t built a Succah before

and intend to do so this year, the Rabbi

will be very happy to advise on the

requirements to ensure that it is Kasher.

It is a Mitzvah to decorate the Succah.

If you are able to assist with the Shul’s

Succah, please contact the Synagogue

office for details of when it will be done.

Also please let us know if you are able to

donate laurel branches, fruit etc.

Dwelling in the Succah

It is a great Mitzvah to eat in the Succah.

The congregation is invited to join us for

a festive dinner in our Shul Succah

following services on Friday evening

2nd October.

Please make reservations

at the Synagogue office on

020 7229 2631.

Kindling of the Lights

Lights are kindled on the first Yom Tov

night in the Succah (if you have one - or

else indoors) and two Berachot are said:

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo

melech ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo

b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel

Shabbat v’Yom Tov.”

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,

vehigianoo lazman hazeh.”

Note that the same requirements

regarding the 25 hour candle apply

as they did for Rosh Hashanah.

Four Species - The Lulav

The four species are taken hold

of each of the seven festival days

(except Shabbat) and a Berachah

is said over them daily.

Anyone who wishes to have a set of lulav

and etrog, please contact our Shammash

Mr Eli Ballon in the Shul Office. Even if

you do not have your own Lulav and

Etrog there will be several sets in the

Synagogue for your use.

SIMCHAT TORAH

Please note that our annual Simchat

Torah party will take place this year

on Sunday 11th October following

the morning service which commences

at 9.15am.

Please bring your children both

on the Saturday night and Sunday

morning for Hakafot - there will also

be a special Kiddush after the service

on the Saturday night.

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With best wishes for

a healthy, happy and

prosperous 5770

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Speak up

September 2009 / Tishrei 5770

Jewish communal life across the UK

continues to be as vibrant and varied

as ever, and thankfully, most of us

are seldom the direct victims of

antisemitism. Sadly, antisemitic incidents

continue to occur.

January to June 2009

Antisemitic Incidents Report

In the first six months of 2009 CST

recorded 609 antisemitic incidents. This

is more than the 544 incidents reported

to CST throughout the whole of 2008:

and more than we have ever recorded

in a single year since our records

began in 1984. The beginning of 2009

coincided with the fighting between

Israel and Hamas, with CST recording

a total of 286 antisemitic incidents in

January alone.

Antisemitism is not the fault of Jews

or Israel, it is the fault of antisemites.

British Jews should be able to air

their views on Israel. These are racist

attacks, in which nobody asks the

victim for their political opinions. Britain

is a democracy and Jews, like any

other citizen, are entitled to express

their opinions without being physically

attacked or racially abused for it.

Report incidents

Antisemitic incidents can take several

forms, from the more serious physical

assaults to desecrations, graffiti or verbal

abuse. If you suffer or witness such

an incident, we urge you to report it to

the police and to CST without delay.

This is the best way to ensure that the

incident is properly investigated, and

reduces the chance of the perpetrators

repeating their crime and someone else

falling victim.

It is important that we do not allow

antisemitism to define our community

and there is no reason for it to inhibit

our Jewish way of life. We are all free to

express our Jewishness however we

see fit. Antisemitism, racist abuse or

hate crimes of any kind have no place

in our society.

It is likely that, in common with other

forms of hate crime, some people in

our community who suffer antisemitic

incidents do not report them to either

CST or to the Police. By reporting

antisemitic incidents, you can help to

Above: Antisemitic graffiti,

Nottinghamshire, November 2008.

ensure that these crimes have no place

in our community.

CST is the only national organisation

to record and analyse antisemitic

incidents in the UK.

Taking responsibility

CST is a registered charity. We receive

no statutory funding or any official

grants and we rely entirely on donations

to support and develop our work;

and trained volunteers to help do the

work. CST prides itself in providing all

of its services to the Jewish community

CST urges the Jewish community

to remain vigilant and ensure that

security continues to be a priority.

CST asks the community to report

all antisemitic incidents, and any

suspicious activity, to both the

Police and to CST without delay.

entirely free of charge, but protecting

the community is very costly.

CST’s work continues to take place

at hundreds of communal buildings

throughout the UK: including schools,

synagogues and community centres.

CST has taken responsibility with

its Protective Windows Project initiative,

which ensures the fitting of

shatterproof film on the windows

of every Jewish communal building

in Britain. Recent terrorist attacks at

both Jewish and non-Jewish sites

demonstrates that flying glass is the

single greatest cause of death and

injury. In January 2009, arsonists

failed to set fire to the inside of a

synagogue in London due to the

shatterproof film on the windows,

saving it from serious damage.

In addition to the Protective Windows

Project, we work in partnership with

local communities and organisations on

The Security Enhancement Project.

This ensures that security measures

such as CCTV, access gates, lighting

and alarms help to deter possible

threats against our community.

Thank you

CST would like to thank our network of

over three thousand trained volunteers

across the UK who give their precious

time to protect our community in

all circumstances. CST’s work would

simply not be possible without the

support of our volunteers’ families and

the partnership of our community. We

wish you all Shana Tova.

Can you help?

Ever increasing demands are being

placed on CST to protect our community

and we urge you to take responsibility

and play your part in this vital work.

If you are interested in becoming a

volunteer or would simply like to make

a donation please call 0208 457 9999

or visit www.thecst.org.uk

For London & Southern regions emergencies, call the Police on 999 and CST on 07659 101 668.

For non-emergencies call CST on 0208 457 9999.

Community Security Trust registered charity number 1042391

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