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Editors’ Note

The views expressed in Habimah are not

necessarily those of Stanmore & Canon’s

Park Synagogue or of the Editors. We

should also point out that no checks have been

made as to the kashrut or halachic suitability

of establishments, products or services

advertised in the magazine.

We are pleased to include in this issue

several articles on Israel each offering

unusual viewpoints. Through old

postcards Martin Kisner reminds us what

Israel looked like fifty years ago. Ilana

Metzger tells us about her visit to Israel

with some non-Jewish friends, Bernard

Woolf describes a visit to Israel with the

exceptional Matthew Kayne and Sue

Garfield reports on a talk given in the Shul

last autumn by a very brave Palestinian

Christian on life on the West Bank.

Alistair de Kare Silver, in his article, ‘Get

involved’ highlights the need for more

people to get involved in promoting the

interests of the Jewish community to

Members of Parliament in particular.

At the risk of being labelled a feminist

magazine, we are sure you will enjoy

reading Ashley Goldblatt’s article ‘In

Praise of Women’ and Ian Goodman’s

article ‘Are Jews Hardwired to be

gynaecologists’.

We are also pleased to see so many

reports from younger members of the

community in the Young Stanmore

section and look forward to more such

contributions in future issues.

Since our last issue, the Women’s

Learning Experience held a Shabbaton

lunch in September and the Sephardi

Minyan did likewise in February. A

capacity crowd of 250 enjoyed a mouthwatering

Sephardi style lunch and

Shabbat Zemirot in keeping with their

traditions. Last month also saw the

groundbreaking Stanmore Shul Purim

Shpiel play to a capacity audience in the

Freeman Susman Hall.

This issue also reflects upon the lives of

some prominent members of our

community who are sadly no longer with

us. We held a Memorial Service for Past

President of United Synagogue and

Elder of our Community, Sidney Frosh

z’l last month. His obituary is included in

this issue, as is an obituary for Celia Levy

z’l who passed away just after Rosh

Hashanah. Last November we held a

Memorial Service for Stephanie Kosky

z’l and her husband Jonathan z’l last and

on page 47 you will find a photograph of

the Torah cover presented to the Shul by

their family.

Sadly, as we went into print, Rebbetzen

Anita Bloom z’l passed away. In her

heyday, she was a stalwart of our Shul’s

Ladies Guild and worked tirelessly for our

community as well as other charities. We

will include a full obituary for her in the

Rosh Hashanah edition. Our former

Editor Michael Reveres z’l also passed

away in December after a long illness and

we have included a lovely article by his sonin-law

Craig Kent. Michael was Editor of

Habimah twice and was instrumental in

achieving a Board of Deputies Award for

best synagogue magazine.

It only remains for us to wish Rabbi &

Mrs. Lew, Rabbi & Mrs. Shaw, Rabbi

& Mrs. Landau, Chazan & Mrs. Turgel,

the Honorary Executive, Board of

Management and you, our members, a

Happy and Kosher Pesach.

Stewart Cass, Sue Garfield, Glynis

Kuzuk, Susan Lipman and Gabrielle

Perez

Cover photos – clockwise from the top: A

view of Mount Zion in 1964 and now,

Stanmore members at the AJEX Remembrance

Parade with Bob Blackman MP, children from

Emunah’s Afula home during their visit to

London, Bernard Woolf with Matthew Kayne,

a Friendship Club celebration, Cheder children

at GIFT, Year 9 visiting York Castle with

Rabbi Landau.

Contents

Editors’ Note 1

Chairman’s Report 2

Welcome New Members 4

From the Wardens’ Box 5

Strategy Update 7

Anthony Angel

PESACH THOUGHTS

Rabbi Lew 9

Rabbi Shaw 11

Rabbi Landau 13

Chief Rabbi 15

Fresh Faces, Fresh Places 17

Jeremy Jacobs

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In Praise Of Women 19

Ashley Goldblatt

Hardwired to be gynaecologists 21

Ian Goodman

A Yarzheit with a twist 23

Aviva Landau

ISHA CHACHMAT LEV AWARDS

Susan Lipman 25

Profiled by Melanie Angel

Naomi Passer 27

Profiled by Sue Garfield

FEATURES

Nachus 29

Joan Sheridan

A Man with Special Chemistry 31

John Marchant

A Muslim, a Hindu, a Roman

Catholic and a Jew Went

to Israel…….. 33

Ilana Metzger

Matthew Kayne’s Dream Holiday 34

Bernard Woolf

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EXECUTVE REPORT

Chairman’s Report

Having completed nearly another

year on the Executive, we look back

on a busy and full year of events in

the life of Stanmore and Canons Park

Shul. Our full report will appear in

the Annual Report, but here are some

highlights since Rosh Hashanah.

AGM

This year’s AGM is scheduled to take

place on Wednesday 8 May.

The posts of Chairman, Vice Chair,

Financial Representative as well as one of

the Warden posts will come up for election

as well as the annual election of the Board.

Strategy Review

The Executive, supported by our

Rabbonim and the Board, initiated a

strategic review in May 2011 to ensure that

Stanmore and Canon’s Park Synagogue is

in the best possible shape to meet the

needs of our members and community,

and to face the challenges of the 21st

Century.

This strategy review is being led by

Anthony Angel and the process

approved by the Board envisages three

broad steps – a review of where we are,

an extensive consultation process, and

the development of a strategy for the

future – with the following terms of

reference:

To undertake a comprehensive, thorough

and deep review of the existing activities

of the Synagogue in the community;

To ascertain the views of the community

as to the proper role of the Synagogue

in the community and the way in which

it should carry out that role;

To set out a vision for the long-term role

of the Synagogue in the community

within the context of being a member

Synagogue of the United Synagogue,

and to determine a strategy for achieving

that vision over the next decade.

The Strategy Committee has recently

released its Green Paper for consultation

with the Community and the aim is for

us to complete the Strategy Review and

be in a position to publish final proposals

to the community by the AGM this May.

The Strategy Committee report is at

pages 7 to 8 below.

Eruv Update

As you are aware, we celebrated the

anniversary of our Eruv going live on

Shabbat Parshat Vayeitzei on 24

November 2012 with Dr Nigel de Kare-

Silver speaking to the Community at the

seuda that Shabbat afternoon.

The ongoing maintenance and operational

costs of the Eruv is reliant on the financial

support of the community. These

are estimated to be approximately £20,000

per annum. As a result, we encourage

everybody to become an Eruv Supporter.

For an annual donation of £50, you will be

sent weekly updates of the eruv status by

text message or email each Friday

afternoon. Or you can become an Eruv

Sponsor for an annual donation of £200

to mark a simcha, yahrzeit or other special

anniversary, where, in addition to the

weekly eruv status updates, your

sponsorship will be recognised on the

Eruv website of that week, with a message

of your choice.

We would strongly recommend that

members visit the Eruv website at www.

stanmore-eruv.org.uk which includes

lots of information about the Eruv,

including links to PayPal for supporting,

sponsorship and ongoing donations.

Chief Rabbi Selection

In November last year, the Chief

Rabbinate Trust (“CRT“) launched the

process for the appointment of the

Rabbi who will succeed Lord Sacks as

Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew

Congregations of the Commonwealth,

when he steps down in September of

2013. The process culminated in

December 2012 with the appointment of

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as Chief Rabbielect.

The selection process – which was

formulated following wide-ranging

consultation across a number of key

stakeholders in the Jewish community -

was carried out by three groups. First, a

Representative Group which was comprised

of a cross-section of the community

including the chairman and a woman

elected to the Board of Management of

every affiliated synagogue community as

well as representation from communal

institutions for whom the Chief Rabbi is

recognized as their religious authority

including Jewish schools, Jewish

Chaplaincy, The London Board for

Shechita and the Initiation Society. The

second, smaller, Consulting Group

included representation from the larger

Representative Group as well as Trustees

of the CRT, and US Trustees. Thirdly, a

Working Group which carried out much

of the day-to-day work involved in the

process comprised of senior members

of the CRT, United Synagogue and non-

United Synagogue communities.

The Shul had representation in each of

these three groups with Russell Tenzer,

as a US Treasurer, serving on all three

groups, Philip Hertz and Saul Taylor

serving on the Consulting Group and

Sidney Frosh z’l, Philip Hertz, Jacqui

Rudolph and Saul Taylor serving on the

Representative Group.

We wish Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Mrs

Mirvis a hearty hazlacha raba and mazel

tov on his appointment.

Memorial Services

On 21 November 2012, a service was held

to commerorate the lives of Jonathan z’l

and Stephanie z’l Kosky, both long

standing members and stalwarts of this

Community. In what was a very moving

and poignant service, addresses were

delivered by Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen, Leslie

Lipowicz and Pauline Newman. Tamar

and Mascha Kosky, responded on behalf

of the family and presented a beautiful

Torah cover to the Shul.

On 5 February 2013, a service was held

to commemorate the life of Sidney

Frosh z’l. As past President of the US,

many Rabbonim and dignitaries were

present including the Chief Rabbi, Lord

Sacks, who delivered the memorial

address. Steven Pack, President of the

US and Ronnie Metzger, one of the

Shul’s Elders also spoke about Sidney z’l.

Stephen Frosh responded on behalf of

the family.

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Stephanie z’l, Jonathan z’l and Sidney z’l

each gave so much to the kehilla and the

wider Community and they will be

missed.

Refurbishment Update

The Executive and Premises and

Procurement Committee led by Martin

Leigh has been working on bringing

forward refurbishment and renovation

plans for the entrance foyer, Main Shul

and Board room. These plans have been

approved in principle by the Board and

works will be moving forward in the

coming months.

We are indebted to Martin and his

committee for their hard work and look

forward to enjoying the fruits of their

labour once the works are complete.

Security

The risk of attack on Jewish communities

remains a very real possibility. Special

thanks go to Steven Newfield and all of the

security team for their work in all weathers

and especially Howard Greenfield and

Naomi, Andrew and Katie Passer for their

support in running the security rotas.

After three years at the helm of the

Security Committee and as the Shul’s

Security Officer, Steven Newfield has

decided to stand down with effect from

31 December 2012. We are delighted to

report however that Adam B, an

experienced and senior CST security

officer and member of the Shul, has

agreed to take over from Steven aided by

Naomi and Andrew Passer as well as

Samantha Jacobs.

We owe a huge debt of thanks to Steven

(as well as to Howard Greenfield who

has also decided to step down from the

Security Committee) as well as to Adam,

Naomi, Andrew and Samantha for

agreeing to step into the breach.

We would please ask that members

support Adam and the new Security

Committee by turning up for their security

duty or, at least, informing the security

team if they are not able to do so.

From Chazanut to Broadway

On 25 November 2012, the Freeman

Susman Hall was bursting at the seams as

the Community enjoyed a wonderful

concert by our Chazan Jonny Turgel. It

was a truly memorable evening enjoyed by

all and expertly hosted by Lewis Bloch.

The concert featured the world renowned

Shabbaton Choir under the musical

direction of Stephen Levey, together with

Miriam Kramer on violin, Stewart Curtis

on Flute, Clarinet and Saxaphone and

Stuart Izon on Piano. A highlight was the

unannounced appearance of a young

member of the community, Joshua

Nesbitt, whose rendition on the keyboard

of Broadway favourites belied his youth.

Jonny left the crowd shouting for more

and the audience was rewarded for their

cries of encore by a finale they had all been

waiting for- “Oseh Shalom”. It was a night

to remember.

Isha Chachmat Lev

On Shabbat Shira, 26 January, the

community honoured two women as our

Nashim Chachmot Lev recipients, Susan

Lipman and Naomi Passer. A beautiful

seuda was held in their honour on

Shabbat afternoon where Philip Hertz

addressed Naomi and Jacqui Rudolph

addressed Susan, thanking them both for

the contribution each has made to our

community in a variety of areas such as

the Seniors team, Habimah, security,

youth, Stanmore Community Care and

many many other areas. The Freeman

Susman Hall was full as friends and family

of Susan and Naomi came to celebrate

with them. Mazaltov to them both.

Living and Learning

Adult education events continue to be

varied. General events such as a Jewish

History in a Flash, an information evening

for women on hormones with Chana

WellWomen and the History of Jews in

Shanghai have all been very well attended.

More focussed groups such as the Crash

Course in Hebrew Reading, run by Rabbi

Benji Landau, have proved popular and

there will be a follow-on course entitled

Foundations running after Pesach.

Rebbetzin Aviva Landau continues to run

shiurim for women, as does Shelley

Morris, to complement our weekly

shiurim by Rabbi Lew and Rabbi Bloom.

Our Learning Shabbat on 29 December

2012, where members were able to

choose from five parallel sessions after the

morning service, was very well received

and requests have been made to offer this

more often throughout the year.

Our scholar-in-residence programme

kicked off this year with a visit from Rabbi

Dr Naftali Brawer and Mrs Dina Brawer

on Shabbat Zachor 23 February.

Programmes for the men and women

were enthusiastically received. This led

into the Purim celebrations with events on

both Erev Purim and Purim evening –

Contents cont.

A Week of Firsts 36

Sara Greenfield

Associate Vice-Provost at UCL 37

Get involved! 38

Alistair de Kare Silver

The Other Side of the Wall 39

Sue Garfield

Postcards from Israel 40

Martin Kisner

Before and Afters 43

Sue Garfield

What is Spiritual Healing 44

Graham Newman

OBITUARIES

Sidney Frosh z’l 45

Seymour Saideman

Celia Levy z’l 46

Glynis Kuzuk

AROUND SHUL

Purim Shpiel 47

Baby Blessings 48

Susan Lipman

Harrow’s Holocaust Memorial Day

Commemoration 49

Sue Garfield

Stanmore Synagogue Community

Care 50

Running to beat cancer 50

Craig Kent

Sephardi Shabbaton 51

Jacob Levy

Yad Sara 51

David Kibel

Exercise with a difference 52

Rachel Karabon

Weddings 6

Condolences 63

Group Reports 60

YOUNG STANMORE

Youth Department Update 53

Our younger members report

HaCheder visits GIFT 56

Alan Wilkinson

Tots to Tens 57

Emma Brown

Toddler’s Services 57

Laura Jaffe

One girl, three hospitals and many

lafas on the side 58

Ashleigh Jacobs

Representing the UK 59

Barmitzvahs and Batmitzvahs 62

REFERENCE

Calendar 62

Pesach times 63

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Bingo and tea after the megillah reading

and the Stanmore Players’ Purim Spiel and

dinner at the end of Purim. Together

with the many events held for our children

and youth, during the day, Purim continues

to be a highlight of the Stanmore year.

Our Pre-Pesach learning programme was

held together with the Belmont

community, a partnership that continues

to grow as we work to share resources and

events.

Mitzvah Day

This last November saw Stanmore Shul’s

fourth involvement in the annual Mitzvah

Day event. On Mitzvah Day, around the

world, thousands of people take part in

hands-on projects, without fundraising, to

support existing charities. We helped

a number of Jewish and non-Jewish

charities but more importantly, members

of our community were engaged in the joy

of giving and doing for others, including

collecting food for the Watford New Hope

Trust, working in the gardens of the New

Hope Trust, collecting warm clothes for

WJR, running an art workshop at the

Princess Alexandra Jewish Care Home,

and many other worthwhile projects.

Many thanks to Estelle Hirschowitz,

Bernice Gaon and Rosina Eder for

leading the Stanmore team so ably. Many

hours of work go into making this project

run so successfully.

Seniors Group

The Seniors Group, aiming to provide

social events for older members of our

community, continues to go from strength

to strength and to receive an extremely

positive response to the vast variety of

events they have offered and plan to offer.

Recent events have included speakers,

Music Appreciation, Current Affairs, cards

and games, as well as weekly Zumba Gold

and seated exercise classes. Recent trips to

the Jewish Museum and to Bletchley Park

have been very well received and other trips

in the future are being planned.

Thanks to the entire team of Naomi

Passer, Sue Lipman and Rochelle Ezra

who have worked tirelessly at initiating

new ideas, setting up and running events

and maintaining communication with all –

either through email, phone calls or

through the post. Their efforts are much

appreciated by those who attend these

events.

Tots to Ten Committee

We would like to thank Emma Brown

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and Elliot Welby for their work to

engage our younger families. The

Toddler Shabbat morning service is

thriving and Elliot, Emma and their team

have worked hard to put on exciting

events for this a events held at Shavuot,

Chanukah and Purim. These have all

been very well attended reflecting the

energy of their parents

Communications

The Synagogue website continues to

flourish thanks to Norman Jonas who

has recently upgraded our platform.

In addition, an email newsletter is

now distributed each week providing

information on Shul events during the

current week and further ahead. Thanks

must go to Stewart Cass for editing the

e-news each week. If you are not yet

receiving the email newsletter, please

either sign up via the Shul website or

contact the office.

Yomim Noraim

The Yomim Noraim services this year

again did not disappoint when we

welcomed Rabbi Farhi and Rabbi Rowe

to complement our existing Rabbonim

team. This is covered in more detail by

the Wardens on pages [ 5 and 6 ] but we

wanted to place on record our sincere

thanks to Andrew, Allen and Lewis for all

their hard work in organising these, as

well as our weekly and Shabbat services.

Thanks

Last but not least, we would like to thank

the Rabbonim, Honorary Life President,

our colleagues on the Executive and

Elders for all of their guidance and

support so far this year, our Board and

Committee Chairs for all of their hard

work and their contribution so far,

Brenda Dresner, Lauren Wolman and

Shelley Mordecai in the main office for

their hard work, Lynn Shaw, Josh Pyzer

and his team in our Community

Department for their assistance in our

family and youth programmes and, of

course, Wayne Brooks and Ram Ragoobir

for their efforts behind the scenes.

It remains only to wish you all, our

members, a Chag Kasher v’Sameach.

We look forward to seeing you all over

the coming Yom Tov.

Philip, Jacqui and Anthony

NEW MEMBERS

We are pleased to welcome the

following new members:

Daniel Austin

Adam & Katie Axelrod-Harash

Georgina Barker

James Barker

Richard and Shelley Baskind

Chloe Belchak

Susan Berman

William and Carole Blass

James Brick

Caroline Chilton

Frances Christie

Benjamin and Erica Fearnley

Ellis and Sandra Friedman

Ashley & Mary Goldblatt

Isla Goldstein

Amy Gower

Stacey Gower

Gloria Grabski

Lee and Hayley Greenfield

Corinne Harrison

Robert Harrison

Phillip and Gabrielle Jacobs

Adam Jaffe

Anthony and Gaby Kluk

Nathan and Michelle Kosky

Katie Layton

Darren and Michelle Lee

Mordecai and Adele Lesler

Adam and Louise Lustigman

Mark Lyons

Bradley Marchant

Gidi and Katie Matlin

Stanley and Shirley Matthews

Danielle Meisels

Gary and Barbara Nesbitt

David and Michele Phillips

Ivor and Janis Rosenthal

Vera Ross

Damon and Alison Segal

Gemma Shamah

Peter Silver

Richard and Carly Stanton

Nicholas and Lauren Stern

David Stone

Alyson Torns

Daniella Waitzman

Marcia Woolf


EXECUTVE REPORT

From the Wardens’ Box

For anyone who may have blinked

and missed it, it is approaching three

years since Lewis and Andrew have

been neighbours in the “box” and

almost 15 months since Ian joined

the “Wardens’ team”. We are truly

grateful for all your support over this

time.

Shabbat Services

The vibrancy of our community is

reflected superbly through our Shabbat

morning services which have, over the

last year, hosted 15 Barmitzvahs as well

as numerous Bat Mitzvah ceremonies

and blessings together with a wide range

of other simachot. We are truly grateful

to our Rabbonim and Chazan who

continue to inspire our services and

particular thanks must also go to Rabbi

Benji and Rebbetzen Aviva Landau for

their positive impact on our community

since their arrival almost two years ago.

From time to time, Chazan Jonny Turgel

is away from Stanmore and our thanks

must also go to Chazan Henry Black

(prior to his move to Elstree), Benji

Caplan and many others who kindly lead

or assist our services. Putting these

positive aspects to one side for a moment,

we are also doing our very best to ensure

that services are run efficiently and with

appropriate decorum. In this regard, we

work closely with our Rabbonim and

Chazan to plan and coordinate as much

as possible in advance.

In addition, we are trying to keep

Shabbat morning aliyot to a reasonable

minimum and are grateful to those

members who have been so very

understanding and are happy to attend

weekday services in memory of a

yarhzeit. We do, however, empathise

with those members who, for whatever

reason, can only attend on Shabbat and

do our very best to accommodate such

requests where possible.

Having trialled a number of models for

Friday night services in and outside of

the main Shul, and having taken on

board the views of those who attend

regularly, we are currently piloting a

fortnightly shiur and kabbalat Shabbat

service in the Boardroom and will review

feedback of this trial after Pesach.

Following last year’s introduction of a

Friday night l’chaim after the service

over the winter months, this continues to

be well received and sends everyone

home with a warm smile.

Weekday Services

Our weekday services are the lifeblood

of our community and we are extremely

grateful to the loyal supporters of these

services. We offer thanks to the many

male members who have responded

positively to our invitation to attend a

weekday service perhaps once a week or

even once a month and would encourage

others to join us.

From time to time, you may be that

person who is essential to help make a

minyan for others and there is no doubt

that a long term commitment in this way

will strengthen and enrich the future of

our community. Many thanks go to

Moshe Judah and Richard Ward,

amongst others, for their sterling efforts

in supporting the Wardens in organising

these services.

Limmud and Sephardi Services and

the Women’s Learning Experience

Diversity and choice is a strong theme

uniting our 2,500 community under one

roof. It is now almost three years since we

commenced monthly Limmud and

Sephardi services and, more recently, the

quarterly Women’s Learning Experience

in the Boardroom and the feedback on all

of these initiatives has been very positive.

The Limmud service is held on the first

Shabbat of each month and offers an

intimate learning environment. We offer

very grateful thanks to Dani Goldberg

and Robbie Hall for their leadership of

this initiative. Attracting almost a

hundred on a regular basis, the learning

sessions and davening are complemented

by a D’var Torah delivered from either

side of the mechitza.

The Sephardi service is held on the last

Shabbat of each month and appeals to a

significant number of our members and

also attracts others from outside of

Stanmore and brings them in to

experience the wide range of benefits of

being a member of our thriving

community. Their inaugural Sephardi

Shabbaton on 16th February was a great

success. We offer very grateful thanks to

Nissan Moradoff, Jacob Levy and Daniel

Abrams for their efforts and drive in

organising this service.

We continue to host the Women’s

Learning Experience, also in the

Boardroom, on a Shabbat morning once

a quarter. In December, they held their

first Shabbaton with Maureen Kendler

as guest speaker. Our very grateful

thanks go to Shelley Morris and Pauline

Newman for many years devoted to

developing and running this activity.

Yomim Noraim

The Honorary Executive offer very

grateful thanks to all those who were

involved in organising, leading or taking

part in the many services over the

Yomim Noraim.

Whilst the feedback has been positive,

we held an extremely useful debrief

earlier in the year and have taken on

board many of the helpful comments in

planning for the Yomim Noraim later

this year. Services were held in the main

Shul, in the Freeman Susman Hall, in a

marquee on the main Shul site and in the

Bernays Hall in Stanmore.

Our local Rabbonim, Rabbi Lew, Rabbi

Shaw and Rabbi Bloom were supported

by our visiting Scholars-in-Residence,

Rabbi Shlomo Farhi over Rosh

Hashanah and Rabbi Daniel Rowe over

Yom Kippur. Rabbi and Rebbetzen

Landau played a key role in leading

services for the young adults, youth and

children of our community and a host

of experienced local and visiting

chazanim kindly led our inspiring

services.

Chattanim

The Wardens were delighted to be joined

in the box by David Metzger and Colin

Gaunt as Chattanim on Simchat Torah

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Colin, together with their families, are

long-standing members of our

community. For David, this was a third

generation honour with his father and

our Elder, Ronnie Metzger, being so very

proud. Philip Hertz and Andrew Eder

spoke of the tremendous contribution

that both David and Colin had made

over many years before making formal

presentations and inviting the

congregation to a festive kiddush.

Isha Chachmat Lev Awards

We were delighted to present Isha

Chachmat Lev awards to Susan Lipman

and Naomi Passer at a Celebratory Seuda

on Shabbat 26th January. Formal

addresses reflecting the enormous

efforts of Susan and Naomi were given

by Philip Hertz and Jacqui Rudolph prior

to presentations being made by Rabbi

Lew. Earlier on the Shabbat morning,

Susan and Naomi were supported in shul

by family and friends and a “fruity” Tu

B’Shevat kiddush allowed the whole

community to join in the celebrations

and offer heartiest congratulations.

Community Occasions, Memorial

Services and Development

The Honorary Executive has continued to

host seudot between mincha and maariv

on Shabbat Mevorachim afternoons.

These encourage an increased attendance

over normal weeks and we look forward

to continuing this initiative with a variety

of local speakers.

The Community came together on two

sad occasions. Firstly, in honour of the

Kosky family and to remember

Stephanie z”l and Jonathan z”l on

Sunday 18th November when Gabby,

Tamar and Mascha and close family

friends shared fond memories. Then

once again on Tuesday 5th February,

when the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks,

joined Stephen, Barbara and Paul at a

memorial service in honour of their late

father, Sidney Frosh z”l, a former

President of the United Synagogue and

an Elder of our Community. Both

occasions truly reflected the great esteem

in which both the Kosky and Frosh

families are held within our own

Community and also the wider Jewish

Community.

Other developments on Shabbat have

included the first of our Visiting

Rabbonim with Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer

and Rebbetzen Dina Brawer spending

Shabbat with our Community in

February. This was an inspirational

Shabbat and we are grateful to them for

taking time out of their hectic

professional schedules to be with us.

Amongst other Visiting Rabbonim,

Rabbi Saul Zneimer is scheduled to be

with us later in the year.

We look forward to hosting the Chief

Rabbi, Lord Sacks, on Friday 3rd May.

The Chief Rabbi will spend Friday night

in our Community and we shall be having

a Communal Dinner in his honour as this

will be his last formal visit to Stanmore

as Chief Rabbi before he retires later in

the year.

CEPfS – Community Engagement

Programme for Services

By way of update, please be aware that

the various outcomes from the

“Community Engagement Programme for

Services” which took place through

“thinking outside the box” consultation

meetings have been fed into the Strategy

Review. The Wardens also continue to

meet regularly and work with our

Rabbonim and Chazan for the

enhancement of all our services.

Please do not hesitate to contact us

at any stage as we always welcome

any comments. We also take this

opportunity of wishing you all a

Happy, Healthy and Kosher Pesach.

Lewis Bloch, Andrew Eder, Ian Pyzer

WEDDINGS

We wish a hearty mazeltov to the following couples,

and their families, on the occasion of their recent

marriage:

Hannah Kaye and David Greenberg

Bracha Calvert and Jonathan Schneider

Joanna Miller and Paul Walker

Sarah Shear and Rob Halon

Sarah King and Simon Woolf

Natalie Besbrode and Richard Silverman

Joanna Goodman and Daniel Polak

Lauren Wober and Nicholas Stein

Katie Passer and Adam Axelrod-Harash

Charlene Myeroff and Benjamin Marks

Katie Gaunt and Gidi Matlin

Marilyn Kidoushim and Stephen Wiser

Carly Gray and Richard Stanton

Justine Helman and James Altman

Gaby Tannenbaum and Anthony Kluk

Carole Cohen and William Blass

Natalie Welby and Daniel Austin

Jennifer Lipman and Simon Friend

Danielle Foux and Jonathan Cohen

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STRATEGY REVIEW

Anthony Angel

Strategy Update

In January the Strategy Committee

published its initial report, or Green

Paper, on the future direction of the

Shul. The full 46 page report is

available on the Shul website

(www.sacps.org.uk), and hard copies

are available from the Shul office.

Much of what we have heard about our

community has been encouraging. Whilst

there are areas where we can do better, and

issues to address if we are to secure a

successful future, the 66 years since we

first affiliated to the United Synagogue

have in general been a period of success

in which the Shul has established itself as

one of the major communities in the UK.

For this we owe a significant debt to the

various Rabbonim, Chazanim, Honorary

Officers, Board members, executives and

many, many unsung member heroes of

the community who have contributed to

making the Shul what it is today.

The challenge we face is to build upon the

work of the past and to reinvigorate the

Shul for the period ahead.

In undertaking our work, we were sorry to

hear that some members felt disengaged

from the Shul, and that their ideas were

neither welcome nor likely to influence the

strategy process. Far from it; in response

to the Strategy Survey that we undertook

we were delighted to receive extensive and

detailed comments from a large number

of members who plainly feel deeply and

passionately about the Shul and its future.

Some of them are deeply involved in its

activities; others currently a little distant

from it. We want to encourage input from

everyone. This is a once in a generation

opportunity for us to set a new and

exciting direction for our community and

to create a revitalised and dynamic future.

Drawing on the work of the Committee

and the Strategy Survey, the report covers

a wide range of topics. There is an

Executive Summary at the beginning, and

a list of the Strategy Committee’s main

initial views and proposals for

consideration and comment in Chapter 10.

In broad terms the general themes and

main specific recommendations are as

follows:

The Strategy Committee believes that,

whilst authentic to traditional Judaism, our

community should maintain its long

tradition of inclusivity and remain a

modern, forward thinking – and nonjudgmental

- community, respecting the

wide diversity of our membership. The

Strategy Committee believes that, in this

way, by welcoming all Jews who wish to

join our community, whatever their degree

of observance, whilst remaining in every

way a modern orthodox community, we

can best serve our community and help

those who so wish to come closer to a

modern orthodox way of life.

The adult membership of the Shul has

declined from a peak of 2,700 in 1999 to

around 2,350 today. We are also a slowly

ageing community on the border

between Harrow, where the Jewish

community has declined by 19.6 percent

in the past ten years, and Barnet, where

it has grown by 15.8 per cent. More

detailed information on demographic

trends will become available during the

course of this year as the Office of

National Statistics releases more

information form the 2011 Census.

Nevertheless the community probably

includes over 3,250 people in total and

we continue to attract new – and young

-members and Stanmore & Canons Park

is, and is likely to remain for the

foreseeable future, a large community by

any standard. We should expect the Shul

over the next many, many years to need

to serve well over 2,000 people.

The growth and future vibrancy of our

community relies on persuading young

people, in particular young married

couples, to join the community, and on

maintaining its appeal to a people with a

wide range of current levels of religious

observance. The Shul needs to

acknowledge and respond to the core

members on whom its existence

depends, but at the same time recognise

that if the Shul is run simply for its

existing core members, it will slowly age

and lose its vigor. With a lack of younger

people to maintain a vibrant community,

even existing ageing members will be

poorly served.

The establishment of the Eruv was seen

as an important step in allowing more

observant young people to join the

community – but whilst a necessary it is

not a sufficient step. There is more we

need to do:

Ensuring our existing children and

young people are well looked after.

Not only is this intrinsically a key value

of the community, but for young

orthodox people choosing to establish a

new home, being close to a Shul where

they consider they and their children are

welcome and will have a real place in the

community is an increasingly important

factor. Stanmore will not attract the new

members it wishes unless it is seen as

such a place.

Recognising that, in making choices, we

must serve both our existing engaged

membership and the unengaged and

those we wish to attract in the future.

Doing something a particular way

because that is the way it has always been

done may keep existing members happy

today, but we must also look at these

choices to ensure they are not made at

the expense of a vibrant growing future.

Most respondents to the strategy survey

consider that in general the Shul meets

their needs. But this is at odds with their

answers to more detailed later questions

and the reality that we are an ageing

community with many members who do

not engage with the Shul or its activities in

any meaningful way. The Strategy

Committee considers many respondents

say the Shul meets expectations only

because they have fairly limited

expectations of what it can and should

provide. We believe the Shul should reset

expectations and provide truly exciting,

differentiated and varied services, facilities

and activities that are best in class.

Specific Recommendations

Generally, the Strategy Committee

considers that increasing the number of

options for religious services available to

members is likely to increase the number

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STRATEGY REPORT

of members who find a service that

meets their need. It therefore supports

developments along these lines so long

as they are undertaken in conjunction

with the main Shul and within the

framework of the lay and religious

leadership of the community. We believe

there is value in exploring further how

this can best be done whilst retaining the

sense - and huge value - of a single

community, and avoiding fragmentation

and damage to the ‘main’ Shul service.

Areas which seem to us to be most

obviously potentially additive are services

which are genuinely different from the

main Shul because they offer a different

format altogether (e.g. an explanatory or

women’s learning service) or because

they follow a different nusach and

melodies (e.g. the Sephardi Service).

There is no shul in Stanmore, Edgware

or Bushey that has yet assumed the role

of a major local centre for the local

modern orthodox Jewish Community.

The Strategy Committee considers the

Shul should establish itself in that role

and that the local community will

respond well to such an initiative. It

considers that if Stanmore were to turn

itself into a top level location for a range

of Jewish religious, educational, youth

and community activities, it would both

better meet the needs of its members

and attract widespread interest from

surrounding communities. How this can

best be done, and at an acceptable cost,

is for further consideration.

The Shul suffers because there is not a

Jewish school for years 1 to 6 in

Stanmore. If a major building project is

undertaken (see below), the possibility of

establishing such a school should be

considered.

We have got used to premises that, by

present day standards, are tired and

antiquated – because ‘that is how shuls

have always been’. The Strategy

Committee believes the current facilities

are no longer good enough. Our

demands – and needs - of a shul today

are simply different from previous

generations and we have been slow to

respond. Certainly, if the Shul is to

provide the greater range of religious

services we call for, and differentiate

itself as a major local centre, a radical

renovation and/or rebuilding

programme is necessary. We need advice

and a presentation on the options and

the financial support that might be

available. This work need not stand in

the way of the essential repairs and

renovations to a reasonable expense level

already approved by the Executive and

the Board as a long-term premises

strategy will take time to emerge.

An option to consider is working with

other local orthodox Jewish

communities to build a collective centre,

perhaps on a different site, that meets

the needs of all of us for a community

centre – although that will not solve our

own shuls pressing need to renovate or

reconstruct our existing buildings.

Despite the efforts of our existing

professional staff, and the huge

contributions made on a voluntary basis

by many members (on which the Shul

will continue heavily to rely and which are

a cornerstone of our community), the

Strategy Committee considers that a

thorough review of the organisational

and administrative structure of the Shul

and its professional staff is required.

Premises and facilities are poor and

fragmented, and roles and responsibilities

need to be clarified.

Although there would be a potentially

significant cost involved, the Strategy

Committee believes that the engagement

of a full time ‘Chief Executive’ would do

a tremendous amount to improve the

smooth running of the Shul. Whilst

halachic issues must remain the domain

of the Rabbonim, there is much else that

can be done better to build links with

and support the community; it would be

all but impossible successfully to

implement all the recommendations of

this report without a Chief Executive to

support the community, manage the Shul

and to drive implementation of the

proposed recommendations and

projects.

We should engage with other local

communities to see whether we can

make significant savings by combining

administrative support across the

communities.

There is a major task to be undertaken

by all of us to build on our existing sense

of community to make the Shul even

more welcoming and inclusive. Too

many of our members, and would be

members, still feel like outsiders and

unwelcome. Some have suggested that

perhaps we need a big community

project - something that people can get

behind, contribute to and so begin to feel

more involved. Others have suggested

that it needs to be handed down from

the community’s leadership – a spirit of

inclusiveness, cohesion and openness.

The scale of the community makes the

creation of a community spirit more

difficult, but other communities show it is

feasible. The Strategy Committee urges

the entire community to make greater

efforts in this respect. We need to enquire

of each member of the community as to

their needs and concerns, and then to

engage one on one to see how we might

meet them. We should then put in place

processes to do so. Currently our

administrative and organisational structure

is not well resourced to do this; it needs to

be looked at as part of the recommended

organisational review.

The Strategy Committee welcomes

comments on these, or any other aspect

of the Green Paper. They should be sent

by post to:

Stanmore Strategy Committee,

Stanmore & Canons Park Synagogue,

London Road,

Stanmore

HA7 4NR

or by email to:

stanmorestrategy@btinternet.com.

The Committee hopes to produce a

final report and recommendations

immediately after Pesach in time for

presentation at the AGM in May, and

so any comments should be submitted

by 5 April 2013.

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PESACH MESSAGE

Rabbi Mendel Lew

All you need is love

Ah, precious words from a great song

- All you need is love! But, what is

love, how do we give it, and how do

we get it Love is the most

spectacular, indescribable, deep

euphoric feeling - usually for another

person. That much is straightforward.

How we give, and receive it, is the

much bigger question.

When two people meet and become

married, they are obviously in love. To

maintain that love they must be prepared

to work very hard at pleasing one

another - by compromise, by doing the

unexpected, by respect and by total

devotion. The more one puts into the

relationship, the better the chances of

success. Crucially, one must be focused

on giving. Receiving will invariably

follow.

There is another type of relationship -

no less important - where the interaction

is less apparent. The relationship we

have with G-d. Before you turn to the

next page, please read on. It’s important.

Soon, we will sit around the table for the

annual Seder, when we remember how

our ancestors were freed from Egyptian

tyranny. It also marked the beginning of

our relationship with G-d. The rules to

this relationship are the same as in any

partnership. There is giving and taking.

G-d is the giver extraordinaire. He gives

life. He gives health. He gives happiness

and He gives success. What are His

expectations of us Loyalty, devotion

and performing our religious duties in

the best way possible.

As we are busy people, and find it

difficult to remain constantly focused on

this relationship, we have aide mémoires to

help us. One of these is the Mezuzah.

The Mezuzah is, and has always been,

one of the most recognised Jewish

symbols.

There is something about Mezuzah

which no other Mitzvah can match.

Onkelos, a nephew of the Roman

Emperor Titus, decided to convert to

Judaism. His uncle was so enraged that

he ordered his arrest. Before leaving his

home, he touched the Mezuzah.

Onkelos explained to his captors that a

mortal king has servants standing

outside his house on guard. The King of

Kings, however, is Himself guarding His

servants outside their homes [A”Z. 11a].

In an era where our homes sometimes

resemble Fort Knox, that is a comforting

thought - G-d is watching over us!

The large Hebrew letter SHIN on every

Mezuzah is the first of three letters, the

others being a DALED and a YUD. The

combination is a name of G-d. They

also spell the words: Shomer Daltot

Yisrael - He guards the entrances of the

Jews. G-d actually protects us, and our

belongings, when a Mezuzah is erected

on the doorposts of our home. Why

Because he loves us and that’s His part

of the deal. And, boy, does He invest so

much time, effort and attention to see

that we are happy and content.

When we look towards the Mezuzah it

reminds us that our partner is working

hard for us. And we are more

determined to return the favour.

Purchasing a Mezuzah is only the

beginning. When I visit homes I am

always impressed by the commitment to

having a Mezuzah. But when I have the

Mezuzah checked, all too often it turns

out as not Kosher. And even when they

are reliable, they are usually fixed

wrongly.

With so much at stake (G-d’s protection,

which also includes personal health,

success and blessing), let’s take a quick

look at some important points regarding

Mezuzah:

1) A Mezuzah is a scroll of parchment -

not the protective box. The cover is

necessary, but is inconsequential to the

Mitzvah.

2) Every doorpost (besides for the

bathroom) requires a Mezuzah - not just

the front door.

3) The positioning of the Mezuzah is

critical - this includes the height, and

correct doorpost. Affixing a Mezuzah

incorrectly is like not having one at all.

4) Purchasing a Mezuzah is not easy. A

Mezuzah is work-intensive, and is a

complicated product. Unfortunately,

fake Mezuzahs abound aplenty. Buying

in Israel is no guarantee of authenticity.

Please discuss with me before spending

your hard-earned money on a Mezuzah.

5) A Mezuzah is a ‘raw’ product, which

means it is prone to erosion. A Mezuzah

must be checked twice in 7 years.

Obviously, there is so much more to the

Mitzvah. I would be happy to assist in

any way I can, including to get the

Mezuzah checked. I will also help you to

affix it accurately.

Rivkie and I wish you all a happy,

healthy and Kosher Pesach, followed

by an inspiring and relaxing summer,

free of all worry and trouble.

Rabbi Mendel Lew

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PESACH MESSAGE

Rabbi Andrew Shaw

An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem

A few months ago was a learning

Shabbat and I was told (in jest) not to

put Jewish Education or United Synagogue

in the title of my shiur as I

speak about those two topics rather

often! I admit, I do, my passion for

both runs quite high and as we come

to Pesach I feel once again compelled

to speak about a fascinating aspect of

the festival and how it relates to both

Jewish Education and the United Synagogue!

Pesach – Seder night in particular is remarkable.

It is one of the greatest educational

evenings of the year. How is that

education achieved Through sights and

sounds, through questions, through engagement-

it’s enjoyable, it’s family based

and it’s fun! To me Seder night is the

blueprint of how all Jewish education

should be.

In fact Seder night would be defined

today as informal education which is a

general term for education outside of a

standard school setting. Informal education

in my opinion allows people to access

the information in a way that is

engaging and relevant and hopefully also

experiential.

There has been a case made over the last

few years that informal Jewish education

should not be confined to a place or a

methodology but rather is a well-defined

philosophy of how people should be educated.

That means that the concept of

informal education should be infused

into all educational programming.

In reality informal education has been at

the core of the success of our youth

community over the years. Plays, trips

and clubs have all been wonderful ways

for the youth to interact with positive

role models both rabbinic and otherwise

as well as learning various Jewish values

and ideals through experiential education.

The pinnacle of this has been the

myriad heritage trips over the years to Israel,

Prague and Poland not to mention

the numerous Shabbatonim.

All of this has been achieved without a

single ‘lesson’. However a ‘curriculum’

has been followed taking our children

from age 9 or 10 through to age 18 and

beyond. This curriculum was not a set

course of studies, with lists of subjects

to be covered, books to read such as in a

formal setting. Rather it was rooted in a

well-defined body of Jewish experiences

and values. I had the honour and pleasure

of leading the programme for many

years and am now delighted to see it

growing and developing under the current

leadership of Rabbi Benji and Aviva

Landau.

However it doesn’t stop at kids. Initiatives

such as the women’s learning experience,

baby blessings and adult heritage

trips to Poland and Israel have allowed

parents and adults to sample the delights

of informal education. They have left

these experiences with a deeper connection

to each other and to their Judaism.

Professor Barry Chazan in his work ‘The

philosophy of informal Jewish education’

(2003) states that

Informal Jewish education is aimed at the personal

growth of Jews of all ages. It happens

through the individual’s actively experiencing a

diversity of Jewish moments and values that are

regarded as worthwhile. It works by creating venues,

by developing a total educational culture,

and by co-opting the social context. It is based on

a curriculum of Jewish values and experiences

that is presented in a dynamic and flexible manner.

As an activity, it does not call for any one

venue but may happen in a variety of settings.

It evokes pleasurable feelings and memories. It

requires Jewishly literate educators with a “teaching”

style that is highly interactive and participatory,

who are willing to make maximal use

of self and personal lifestyle in their educational

work.

I believe that paragraph sums up part of

what we are doing at Stanmore, presenting

Judaism as a way of life not simply

facts to be learned for examination or

shul services to turn up for which does

not challenge our heart or our soul. A

shul community, a United Synagogue

community can create these experiences

to allow people to move on their own

personal Jewish journey

None of these ideas are new – Moshe

Rabbenu – our teacher told us over 3,000

years ago to v’higadta l’vincha – to tell it to

our children through the prism of Jewish

experience. That telling takes place on

Seder night when through informal education

we attempt to inspire ourselves

and hopefully the next generation.

On behalf of Gila, Yori and Daniel,

wishing you all a happy and kosher

Pesach

Rabbi Andrew Shaw

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PESACH MESSAGE

Rabbi Benji Landau

What’s really important

Matzah – love it or hate it, for eight

days of the year (or seven if you’re

lucky enough to get away to Israel for

the holiday), we have to eat it.

For some of us, matzah invokes happy

memories of Pesach holidays gone by, but

for some of us it only invokes some

serious stomach cramps! So what’s it all

about Why are we commanded to eat

matzah for these holidays Why do we

need to eat something that is not nearly

as filling as bread, and tastes far worse

As with all similar Jewish questions there

are various levels on which to answer this

one. We understand that though there

may be simple answers to the question,

we’re searching here for something

fundamental, an idea with which we can

enhance our lives.

So let’s start at the beginning. We all

know why we’re commanded to eat

matzah – we say it in the hagaddah:

This matzah that we eat, for what reason

Because the dough of our forefathers did not

have enough time to become chametz until the

King of Kings, the Holy One Blessed Be He,

appeared unto them and redeemed them.

In other words, we eat matzah to

commemorate the phenomenon that

took place on the night our forefathers

left Egypt, namely, that they did not have

time to wait until the dough could rise

before baking it into bread. Rather, they

had to bake it when it had not yet risen

thus resulting in matzah, as opposed to

normal bread.

Perhaps though, we need to look a bit

deeper to find an answer that resonates

within each of us.

We live in a world that has found a way

to manufacture a device, gizmo or utensil

for every conceivable situation in which

a human being may find himself.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of

everything modern technology has

contributed to society. Information and

resources sharing, ease of living and

ability to communicate are fantastic

achievements.

But this has come at a price. iPhone,

iPad, iPod, Tablets, Ultrabooks, online,

mobile, BBM, Facebook, Twitter. Our

world has been taken over by

technology; by our inability to let go of

our phones, where with twitching

thumbs we tap away in the hope of

enhancing our relationships, whilst

actually neglecting to relate to the people

standing next to us.

It’s reaching new levels every day. At the

recent Consumer Electronics Show in

Las Vegas, Sony were delighted to be the

pioneers of new mobile phone

technology that actually allows a person

to use their phone in the shower. Their

new Xperia mobile phone is waterproof

for up to half an hour.

Is that really where we’ve come to

I understand that our oneness with our

mobiles has led to our mobiles coming

with us into the small room, but is our

addiction to technology so strong that

we cannot even wash ourselves without

being able to ‘Tweet’ about it in real

time

In all seriousness though, this is a

problem that is having terrible

consequences. An increasing number of

hitherto fully observant modern

orthodox teens in America have fallen

into a group known as the ‘half Shabbos

group’.

These are teenagers who are so uneasy

without their mobile phones that they

text on Shabbat with no compunction.

We’re talking here, about kids who come

from frum homes, from families who are

shomer Shabbat, but have been robbed of

their sensitivity towards what was

previously a special day.

How has society allowed itself to lose

sight of priorities in this way How has it

become culturally acceptable for a group

of youngsters to sit round a table in a

restaurant or coffee shop and all have

their mobiles out, instead of

concentrating on enjoying the company

of those in whose presence they find

themselves.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if together as a

community, as a united society, we were

able to collectively reorganise our priorities;

to take a step back from the constant

barrage of offers and deals, from the

on-going release of yet newer, faster,

smaller technological advancements, and

to make a firm decision as to what is really

important to us in life.

And that’s what matzah is all about. After

all, what is matzah; it’s almost exactly the

same as bread, just that it’s manufactured

with fewer fancy ingredients; without

taking as much time. In a way matzah is a

more efficient and stream-lined version

of bread. It allows us to eat and to

become nourished and satiated, whilst not

getting drawn into superficial factors

regarding how good it smells or how

delicious it looks.

And that really is the lesson of Pesach.

Once a year we are given the opportunity

to decide for ourselves what’s really

important; to identify the goals we should

be striving for, and the pursuits that are

worth chasing and then to ascertain

whether or not our actual priorities in life

are commensurate with those aims.

It could well be that after engaging in this

analysis we might find that we have

unnecessarily imposed ‘task-masters’ over

ourselves, that we have made ourselves

into ‘slaves’ to all sorts of different

factors; technology, work, sport, shopping

and others, whilst neglecting to focus real

time and energy on what really matters,

such as family, friendships, relationships

and overall development as human being.

This Pesach, whether we are matzah’s

biggest fans or we can’t stand the stuff,

let’s all bite into it with relish and taste the

taste of freedom.

On behalf of Aviva, Chananya,

Yehuda and Millie, I wish the entire

kehilla a happy and kosher pesach,

and that next year we will all be free in

Jerusalem!

Rabbi Benji Landau

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PESACH MESSAGE

Chief Rabbi

Pesach Message

The Seder opens with a strange

declaration: “This is the bread of

affliction our ancestors ate in the

land of Egypt. Let all who are

hungry come and eat.” What kind of

generosity is it to invite strangers to

eat the bread of affliction

In my Haggadah I offered a radical

interpretation. We find that in the course

of the seder two conflicting

interpretations are given of matzah. At

the beginning, it is called the bread of

affliction, the food of slaves. Later,

however, we speak of it as the bread of

freedom that our ancestors ate as they

were leaving Egypt in such a hurry that

there was no time for the dough to rise.

How does affliction turn into freedom

When we share our bread with others. I

learned this from the harrowing account

of the last days of the Second World

War by one of the survivors of

Auschwitz, Primo Levi. Levi writes in If

This is a Man, that the hardest time was

the ten days between the evacuation of

the camp by the Nazis and the arrival of

the Russian army.

The only people left in the camp were

prisoners deemed too ill to take part in

the “death march” as the Germans left.

It was bitterly cold, mid-January. There

was no electricity, no heat, and no meals.

Levi and a friend were digging

desperately in the frozen earth, trying to

find vegetables, when they were

observed by a fellow prisoner who

invited them to share the food he had

found.

At that moment, writes Levi, we ceased

being prisoners and became free human

beings again. As long as the Nazis were

in power, it was suicidal to share your

food with a fellow prisoner. You would

starve. This first act of generosity, of

empathy and altruism, was the sign that

the survivors had recovered their

humanity. When we share our bread with

others, it ceases to be the bread of

affliction and becomes the bread of

freedom.

We are, thankfully, a very long way from

that particular Egypt, but the principle

remains. There are Jews and non-Jews

today who live in poverty, in Britain, in

Israel and elsewhere. Let us do what we

can to help them. In the last month of

his life Moses warned the Israelites –

children of the people he had led to

freedom – that the biggest challenge they

would face would be not poverty but

affluence, not affliction but freedom.

When we are affluent we tend to forget

about others. Affluent societies

throughout history have tended to

become self-centred and individualistic.

People lose the sense of solidarity they

had when they and their friends and

neighbours were poor. The Jewish

answer to this has always been tzedakah,

giving to others, and hachnassat orchim,

hospitality to others.

So, before Pesach, the custom was to

give ma’ot chittim, money to those who

lacked it, so that they could buy the

requisites for the Seder meal. I can still

remember from my childhood how my

late grandmother, who ran the Frumkin’s

wine shop in London’s Commercial

Road, would give away free bottles of

wine to all needy Jews in the East End

so that they and their families would

have their four cups for Seder night.

Please this year make sure that you give

tzedakah to those in need. The move

from affliction to freedom begins in the

act of sharing our blessings with those

who have less than us.

This is the last year that I will write a

Pesach message as Chief Rabbi. The

words I most want to say are simple

thanks for the privilege of serving this

great community these past twenty-two

years. In that time Jewish life has been

renewed in ways none of us thought

possible. There are more Jewish schools,

more Jewish learning, more cultural

activities and outstanding welfare

facilities than have ever existed in British

Jewry since the return of Jewish life in

1656.

As I wish my distinguished successor,

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, every blessing, I

want to thank you for all you have done

to bring about this renaissance. May our

children and grandchildren go further

still, and may our re-invigorated

community bring blessings to all its

members and nachat ruach, delight, to

Heaven itself.

Wishing you all a chag kasher

vesameach.

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

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Jeremy Jacobs

Fresh Faces, Fresh Places

All our work at The US, be it in

communities or at the centre,

underpins our mission to provide our

members with an authentic and

inclusive brand of modern Orthodox

Judaism through living, learning and

caring. All of us work hard to ensure

our members are engaged and

excited by their Judaism, and there is

always plenty going on both within

your own community and across the

United Synagogue that you can get

involved in.

Of course, many people followed with

great interest the lead up to the

announcement of the next Chief Rabbi.

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is an exceptional

man, and a highly qualified and worthy

choice and I look forward to working

closely with him when he takes up his

post in September.

With the impending retirement of Chief

Rabbi, Lord Sacks, the US are organising

a very special evening to show our

thanks and appreciation for his

inspirational leadership. On 21st May

2013, members of the community are

invited to attend this event which will

feature an “In Conversation with The

Chief ” and choral tributes by many of

our schools, performing together with

the Shabbaton Choir.

Locally, we were delighted to welcome

new Rabbis and Rabbinical couples and

those communities that became full

member synagogues. We are already

seeing the benefits of these appointments,

with many new programmes and

initiatives receiving positive feedback

from the communities. For example the

initiatives we are doing to promote Young

US, aimed at the 21 – 35 year olds, have

been exceptionally well received with

literally hundreds of young people

attending events at a number of

communities. There has also been the

landmark announcement that women are

now able to stand for the highest

positions of lay leadership at their

respective communities.

That being said, our shuls and

communities could not possibly function

without the incredible teams of full-time

staff, volunteers and lay leaders who all

work to provide a great community

atmosphere, offering social and

educational events for their members. I

would like thank them for their tireless

work and dedication to their communities.

One of the great strengths of our

communities is that we take pride in

looking after our members’ needs. At

this time of year we need to think about

those members who see Pesach not as a

time of celebration but of dread.

Unfortunately these members struggle to

afford essential items for Pesach. Our US

Chesed Pesach appeal raises money for

Pesach food packages, purchased for

those in need in our community. A huge

thank you to all of those who have

already donated and our amazing US

Community Cares volunteers who have

delivered, in confidence, these highly

appreciated packages. This is what it

means to be a community and I am so

proud to be part of an organisation

where its members look out for each

other.

Thanks also to the sterling work of the

KLBD, there are a huge number of

approved food items for Pesach, and

their new Pesach website has made

understanding the process of preparing

for Pesach that much simpler.

Post Pesach, the Tribe team focus their

attention on providing our children and

teenagers with a summer they will never

forget. Tribe Israel Tour is now in its

third year and for the younger ones we

have Tribe Summer Camps and Schemes

based in the UK and Europe. Our Tribe

summer programmes are a great way to

keep your kids entertained in a fun, safe,

Jewish environment, and give you a bit

of a breather for a couple of weeks.

I would like to take this opportunity

to wish you a Chag Sameach,

Jeremy Jacobs

If you have any questions, comments or would

like to get in touch with me, you can either e-

mail me at jjacobs@theus.org.uk or you can

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Ashley Goldblatt

In Praise of Women

The idea for this piece came from me

recently gaining some awareness of

the work of the current Poet

Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

For several reasons Ms Duffy is unique

as a Poet Laureate. First, Duffy is the

twenty second Poet Laureate, but the

first female to have occupied the role.

Next, she is the first openly bisexual

honoree and, third, she is the only

Laureate best known for feminist

writing, and there is some belief that

these last two facets are linked. It is one

of her feminist specialisms, the genre

called revisionist mythology, that I’d like

to bring to your attention.

The idea behind it is that from earliest

times story-telling, whether in verbal or

written form, has either diminished or

marginalised females. A classic example is

the Greek myth Pandora’s Box. In the

story, the gods place Pandora in a paradiselike

setting where she will have a

wonderful and untroubled life. But there

is a condition, which is that she must not

open a box that is in this special place.

Surprise, surprise, Pandora does exactly

what she has been told not to do, and

when she opens the box out come

Hunger, Greed, War and every other nasty

thing that humans have to contend with.

The story was an attempt by the Greeks

to rationalise why there are bad things in

the world. There is no problem, from the

revisionists’ point of view, with this

attempt at rationalisation. Their beef is

that it is a woman who is to blame for

bringing all the ills into the world. Why

does the culprit have to be Pandora; why

not Pan

Now we might say they are being oversensitive.

Does it matter whether the

person to blame is a man or a woman

Surely the point of the story is that we

could still be living in paradise if rules

had been followed. Their answer is that

it really does matter, because the main

audience for such stories is the young,

and if, either consciously or subconsciously,

children are presented with

stories where heroics are associated with

men while women either are not present

or have a negative influence when they

are, that view of the respective statuses

Ashley Goldblatt

of men and women is what they are likely

to carry with them through their lives.

Now, is their idea reasonable or not To

help you decide, think about all the

predatory mammals there are in the

world. We have lions, tigers, bears and so

on. Many figure in nice, non-threatening

tales. For example, Goldilocks and the

Three Bears, the Lion and the Mouse,

the Disney films The Lion King and The

Fox and the Hound, and so on. Now

think about wolves and honestly ask

yourself if you see them in the same way.

And if the answer is ‘no’, might it have

anything to do with stories such as The

Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood

or The Boy Who Cried Wolf that you

heard when you were young

The revisionists’ response to stories

containing anti-female bias is to recast

them either loosely or fairly drastically so

that the point of the story is still there

but the female is no longer being

disadvantaged. And this, they hold, will

help society see women for what they are

really worth and will allow them to be

valued accordingly. So Pandora’s Box

might be rewritten as Pan’s Box or, as

actually happened, the story of King

Midas, the mythical king who turned

everything he touched to gold, was

rewritten by Duffy as Mrs Midas, giving

the perspective of the wife who doesn’t

even appear in the classic myth.

So what has any of this to do with us

Well going back to Pandora and her box,

it’s not difficult to see the analogy with the

Garden of Eden and that we’d all still be

there if Eve, the woman, hadn’t eaten the

apple. And that puts that story in the

revisionists’ line of fire. Indeed, certainly

up to the Middle Ages and in some

quarters beyond then there were powerful

views expressed within Christianity that

woman was either solely or primarily

responsible for the Original Sin.

And it’s not just that story which is fair

game for revision. The revisionists could

argue that the Bible is replete with stories

that perpetuate the imbalance between

the perceptions of men and women, so

children need to have the stories adjusted

for them to see the world more fairly.

Could they have a case Well, on the face

of it, you might argue that they do. Let’s

look at some other very familiar

occurrences.

In the Flood, Noah’s wife and three

daughters in law are saved, but that’s all

we know about them. Noah is the hero.

Abraham and Sarah Hashem tells

Abraham to leave his land and go to

Israel, He promises Abraham that a great

people will be descended from him, He

allows Abraham to plead for Sodom and

Gomorrah and He puts Abraham to the

supreme test via the binding of Isaac.

Sarah, on the other hand, laughs when

she is told she will become a mother and

tells Abraham to get rid of Hagar and

Ishmael.

Isaac and Rebecca Rebecca persuades

Jacob to mislead Isaac.

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Jacob and his wives Jacob has the dream

with the ladder, he works for 14 years to

acquire his wives and he wrestles with the

angel. Meanwhile, Rachel conspires with

Leah so that Jacob marries Leah first, and

Rachel steals her father’s idol and then

misleads him about it.

Moses, Aaron and Miriam They are all

Jewish superheroes, but when Aaron and

Miriam bad-mouth Moses only Miriam

gets smitten with leprosy.

In each case (and there are others) either

the female is irrelevant or is portrayed

negatively, so maybe the revisionists have

something!

However, if you take the time and trouble

to study such stories you will see a number

of things that help mitigate a revisionist

view.

First, there were some females that were

truly bad. There isn’t much you can do to

paint Jezebel or Delilah in a good light.

Second, there are plenty of episodes that

involve females, and males are irrelevant.

For example, those involving the midwives

in Egypt and the rescuing of Moses from

the river Nile quickly come to mind. There

are also others where men and women

appear but where the woman is the hero,

for example, Judah and Tamar, Rahab and

the spies in Jericho, Deborah and Yael

versus Barak, leader of the Israelite army.

Third, Torah comes from the same root

as the word moreh, teacher. The Torah’s

purpose is to get messages across about

the right way to live, and it employs a very

concise style to do that. Consequently introducing

characters or imagery to make

it a ‘good read’ the way that you might in

a novel just isn’t appropriate. Sometimes

the Torah uses a man to be the medium

for the message, sometimes a woman,

sometimes both sexes and sometimes neither.

So if a male or a female presence is

not mentioned or enlarged upon it’s because

it isn’t necessary for the message. It

isn’t done to try to exclude or diminish

anyone.

But, even allowing for those explanations,

what about the situations we have

highlighted where women seem to come

off badly

Since the classic biblical case that could be

challenged by revisionists is the Garden of

Eden story let’s examine what really went

on. Hashem’s command was that the fruit

should not be eaten by Adam and Eve, or

they would die. Eve said to the snake the

fruit should not be eaten and the Tree

should not even be touched or she would

die. Eve is criticised by the rabbis for

saying more than she had been

commanded, so giving the snake the

chance to deceive her. (According to the

Midrash, the snake pushed Eve against the

Tree and convinced her that as she did not

die when she touched it she also would not

die if she ate its fruit.) But, in her defence,

she was trying to keep away from sin, and

she was up against what the Torah says

was the most cunning of creatures. Now

look at what Adam’s position was. The

Torah says simply, “…and she did give

him and he did eat.” Adam didn’t try to

stop himself or protest to Eve. And then

when G-d asks him to account for his

actions he replies, “The woman that You

gave me gave me of the Tree and I ate.” In

other words he makes two attempts to

pass off blame. It’s your fault, Hashem, for

giving me a poor quality wife, and it’s my

wife’s fault for putting temptation in my

path. Eve, by contrast, tells it the way it is

when she explains, “The snake deceived

me and I did eat.” Consequently, who

should really want the story to be revised,

the woman or the man

While there are other stories that the

revisionists could attack, each such attack

could equally be refuted by a more

balanced or better understood appraisal of

events. And a further idea refuting antifemale

bias will be drawn from the weekly

progression of the sedrahs.

In each sedrah up to and including Yisro

there is direct reference to females. In

most weeks the women are named.

However, after that sedrah there are very

few direct references to women in the

Chumash. Why is this I don’t know, but

I’d like to offer this suggestion. The sedrah

of Yisro contains the giving of the Torah.

Men have to perform all of the

commandments in the Torah, but women

do not. This is partly for practical reasons;

women are not required to perform timedependent

mitzvahs. But it also recognizes

that women are spiritually superior to men,

who need the moral and spiritual

framework that the Torah gives them.

Prior to the giving of the Torah, observing

it was voluntary. We know that our

patriarchs did perform the mitzvahs, but

there was no requirement for them to do

so, and so there was also not the same set

of boundaries within which they had to

live. And this is why the women had to be

prominent and keep appearing in Torah

episodes at that time, because their

spiritual superiority gave the men the extra

direction that was missing up till the giving

of the Torah. Indeed the rabbis say that

the the Jews were redeemed from Egypt

in the merit of the women. And maybe

this is why in Genesis, Chapter 2, woman

is called ezer k’negdo, which is normally

translated as ‘help meet’ but is more

accurately ‘against / opposite help’; in

other words, woman helps by opposing

what man’s inclination is!

Education is a big thing in Judaism. We are

expected to review our understanding of

even the most familiar stories, rituals or

mitzvahs so that we get fresh insights and

achieve greater attachment to our belief

system. It is to be hoped that those who

would set themselves up as revisionists

would get a better understanding of what

they are critical of. They may then

conclude that there is one thing in this

world, the Torah, that does not need

revision, and that one of its less obvious

messages is that it really is written in praise

of women.

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Dr Ian Goodman

Are Jews hardwired to

be gynaecologists

We all know that every Jewish mother

wishes for nothing more than her son

to become a doctor. It is also a

commonly held view that Jewish

mothers are the pushiest in the

world. It therefore seems logical to

assume that the reason so many Jews

become doctors is because of their

mothers. However I would like to

suggest there is a more fundamental

reason.

Judaism has a profound tradition for

learning, education and intellectual

pursuit. Throughout the past 2000 years

Jews have been persecuted in almost

every country they have lived in. Often

they have been prohibited from taking

up certain professions particularly in

finance and law. In fact they have also

been banned from taking up medicine

except when practising within the Jewish

community itself.

It is a worthy cause to follow the

profession of medicine. It is intellectually

stimulating, ethically challenging and

extremely rewarding. Within the realm of

medicine, gynaecology is a fairly new sub

speciality. Although matters of pregnancy

and infertility have populated the Torah

narrative from its origin doctors did not

really pursue the subspecialty of

gynaecology until the 19th century. For

thousands of years the care of pregnant

women and midwifery was in the hands

of midwives. It was only with the

Chamberlen family, a very secretive

Hugenot family of doctors who

developed the use of forceps that

obstetrics moved into the realm of

medicine. Matters of infertility have really

only been accessible for the past 75 years

and assisted conception for 35. However

narratives of infertility and genetics are

to be found in the Torah from its very

early chapters.

Many Jewish children attend cheder or

Jewish primary schools. Here they learn

about Torah, halachah and the Jewish

way of life.

The stories they listen to are full of

emotional imagery and meaningful

ethical interpretations. We know that the

stories exert a powerful effect on young

children’s imagination. They are vivid

metaphors of ethical principles. We also

know from developmental psychology

that such powerful messages can be

imprinted on the developing minds of

the young. I have no doubt that such

tales which young Jewish children are

taught about and discuss from a very

early age have a profound effect in

developing their ideas on future

professions to follow.

As they get older and learn Torah in a

more profound way they learn about the

rules of ethics, health and hygiene.

The first commandment in the Torah is

to Adam and Eve “peru urevu” go forth

and multiply. This is a clear indication

that mankind has a duty to procreate.

All well and good, but procreation which

is the most basic function of all lifeforms

is not an automatic natural process

which works unfailingly in all couples.

The narratives of our matriarchs vividly

highlights this issue. It is made even more

poignant as these women know that they

should become the mothers to whole

mighty nation. These women lived in an

era where pregnancy and childbirth was

an almost absolute product of getting

married for most couples. There was very

little in the way of contraception that

could be reliably used and therefore

marriage would almost inevitably lead to

pregnancy. Women became pregnant as

soon as they were married and continued

with serial pregnancies until they either

died in childbirth, reached the menopause

or refrained from sexual relations.

This being the case it stretches the

realms of coincidence that three out of

four matriarchs had fertility problems.

Sarah had only one child and that at the

unlikely the age of 90. Rebecca only

managed to get pregnant once but

produced twins and Rachel went

through many physical and psychological

traumas before she conceived and

ultimately she died from complications

of childbirth and possibly, pregnancy.

The Tanach mentions four more barren

women in addition to the matriarchs.

There is Manolo’s wife (Samson’s

mother) Hannah (Samuel’s mother)

Michal (David’s wife) and finally the

Shulamite woman in Kings II. Each of

these narratives has an important tale.

Each of them shows the psychological

traumas of barreness and the joy of

finally having a successful pregnancy.

These narratives set the scene

highlighting how fundamental to

Judaism is procreation. That despite the

seemingly naturalness of the procreative

process it must not be taken for granted.

The subliminal message here clearly is of

importance . Helping those with fertility

problems wherever possible.

The Tanach highlights these narratives to

show that infertility affects even the most

righteous women. It is not a punishment

for some possible sin and that out of such

barren wombs come exceptional

offspring.

The Talmud states that one of the reasons

why God tested these women with the

curse of infertility was that “God desires

to hear the prayers of the righteous”. This

is a somewhat poor reason to inflict

infertility on these women.

To my mind it is man’s duty to challenge

God in this arena. Doctors, however, were

incapable of doing so until very recently. It

was only in the second half of the 20 th

century that we were able to use hormone

therapy to manipulate menstrual cycles to

stimulate pregnancy. And assisted

conception really only began in 1979 with

the birth of Louise Brown. The pioneers

of in vitro fertilisation, Steptoe and

Edwards were not Jewish. However the

next generation of gynaecologists

included that well-known Jewish scientific

pioneer Lord Winston who developed

many essential innovations to improve this

process.

Ironically, whilst many Jews entered

gynaecology to improve the outcomes of

infertile women it was a Jewish doctor,

Carl Djerassi, who invented the

contraceptive pill which has had such a

profound effect on the latter half of the

20 th century and beyond.

It is a humbling thought to consider that

the mysteries of procreation have been

elucidated by pioneering Jewish doctors.

One who has used his abilities to make

many people’s lives much more

manageable by allowing them to control

their family size painlessly and others who

strive to end the pain of the childless

couple. Perhaps it was the Torah narratives

which sowed the seeds in these doctors

minds to pursue their careers.

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Aviva Landau

A Yahrzeit commemoration with a twist

Having noticed articles in previous

editions of Habimah about lifecycle

events – mainly simchas, I thought I

would share something a little

different. Here is a brief account of

how my family and I found a

meaningful way to commemorate a

grandparent’s yahrzeit.

As my grandmother’s yahrzeit approached

this year, I felt sad that the day would not

mean anything to my children. My

grandmother was taken from us eighteen

years ago following a brief illness, so

unfortunately the next generation does not

remember her.

My children don’t know what we mean

when we discuss Safta Clare’s warmth,

her sense of humour or her courage to

innovate, which was behind her role in

founding the Jewish Marriage Council.

Having never tasted her delectable

“Auntie Bessie’s biscuits”, lovingly

mailed to us when we were at camp or

having never heard her exclaim “men are

just big babies” and other such

witticisms that my Mum is now fond of

repeating, I felt my children do not really

have a connection with their past and

with their own roots.

With these thoughts in mind, I recalled

something I had learnt a couple of years

ago, which gave me a new dimension to

the understanding of life after death.

The way that people live on after death is

through the extension of their actions.

When a person leaves behind descendants

who have been educated to impact the

world in a positive way, the actions of

these descendants are an extension of the

essence and soul of the deceased.

This continuity is not limited to

descendants but includes any people that

were touched, helped or inspired in some

way by the deceased. Similarly, any

mitzvot performed which have ripple

effects years down the line are a

perpetuation of the very being of the

deceased. Their persona is still present

in so many ways in this world.

With this in mind, I decided to bridge

past, present and future by marking my

grandmother’s yahrzeit with an

expression of the commitment to Jewish

values which she instilled in her children

and grandchildren.

My children and I decided to host a

“blessings party”, celebrating the various

blessings we make over food. A trip to

the most exciting aisles of the kosher

store (the snacks section), a flurry of text

messages and a mass gingerbread men

production later and twenty five of my

children’s friends were sitting on my

dining room floor in a circle. They each

received a host of goodies and took

turns at making the relevant blessings

out loud before eating each of the foods.

All the children called out “amen”

together beautifully at the end of each

blessing.

As I looked round the room and saw the

precious young faces smiling back at me,

saying their “amen”s with contagious

enthusiasm, I felt touched and hoped

that my grandmother was getting

“nachas”.

A few words were spoken about the

importance of being grateful for

everything we have – something we

express by blessing before we eat –

although admittedly some of the small

pairs of eyes were already on the gigantic

platter of sour sticks.

We concluded the nosh fest by declaring

that all of the mitzvoth performed

should serve to elevate the soul of Chaya

Rivka bat Aron Shlomo, of blessed

memory and then shepherded our young

guests out of the house before too much

of the sugar high kicked in.

We hope to do this again another year,

perhaps with a get-together themed

around a different mitzvah. It certainly

was a nice way of bringing my

grandmother into my kids’ lives, whilst

also doing something positive for her to

mark the day.

Please be in touch if you have done

something similar – I would love to

hear others’ ideas!

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Melanie Angel

Susan Lipman

She’s one of our Nashim Chachmot

Lev, confesses to being the last

woman to leave Shul every Shabbat

and regularly completes The Times

cryptic crossword but there is

nothing remotely cryptic about Susan

Lipman.

It’s easy to flatter your friends, but I’ll

come right out with it. Susan is one of the

most straightforward people I know. She

is what you see. Friendly, kind, ridiculously

young-looking, helpful and genuinely

interested in other people. She confesses

to being embarrassed about the honour

conferred on her, though thrilled she is

receiving it with her friend, neighbour and

long-suffering Shul colleague Naomi, and

her only concession to admitting she

might just conceivably deserve it, is a

rather self-deprecatory “Well it is nice to

be appreciated and I can’t think of anyone

I’d rather be honoured with than Naomi.

We work really well together.”

That Susan deserves to be recognised in

this way goes hand-in-hand with her longstanding

record of service to Stanmore

Shul, of which she has been a member all

her married life. When her four daughters

were young, she co-ran the Cheder

Parents’ Association, was responsible for

midweek teas and a member of the

Education Committee. As a fieldworker

for Stanmore Synagogue Community

Care, she took over the running of

Brighter Horizons, a group for bereaved

members. Having been “invited” into the

Community Care office, she quickly

became responsible for the volunteers, the

job she describes as an ideal fit. In

addition, she co-organises Stanmore

Seniors. “I love working with older people

who often moan about the world but who

are fabulous to me.” If juggling her life

to fit everything in makes her sound

overly worthy however, it’s worth noting

she is not quite so co-ordinated physically.

“One meeting, they were doing sitting

down exercises, Naomi and I got into a

real muddle with our clapping. It made

everyone laugh and made us realise that’s

the best reason for attending.”

It’s enough to make anyone feel exhausted.

But, as you’d expect, Susan’s day job

doesn’t stop there. As a co-editor of

Susan Lipman

Habimah, she is responsible for, among

other things, making sure the names of

Stanmore’s youngest members appear in

print after the annual Baby Blessing.

“I love being busy, feeling useful and

being part of the community,” Susan

states somewhat superfluously. “I know

a lot of people and their history and I

love all the people I work with. There is

a flip side that on Shabbat there is always

someone to see and talk to and I never

seem to be able to leave Shul, but then

nor does Ian!”

Ian, the boy-next-door in Wembley, to

whom she has now been married for 34

years, is by Susan’s accounts her biggest

fan, always boosting her feelings. “As far

as Shul is concerned, everything I’ve ever

done has been because of him as he has

always been communally minded and has

worked so hard for our community.”

Despite having known each other since

Susan was in her early teens and dragged

by a friend to one of the Lipman

brothers’ legendary parties, it was only

when Susan was at Sussex University

dating someone else that Ian made his

move. Now, Susan rates him and their

daughters as her greatest source of pride.

“I would say my life has panned out OK

and I am pretty content. I am most

proud of Ian and the girls and feel that

my greatest achievement is the fact that

my children are the best of friends.”

It is not surprising to learn the Lipman

girls are as capable as their mother, a

former editor of scientific text books.

Emily, married to Daniel, is on maternity

leave from her job as a Maths teacher.

Says Susan: “I love being a grandma to

their lovely baby, Simeon, and Ian and I

are enjoying a little boy in the family.”

Vanessa is also married to a Daniel and

works as a Management Consultant.

Jennifer, a journalist, tied the knot just

last month to Simon, and Stephanie is in

her second year at Cambridge University

reading French and Spanish. The sisters,

like their parents, have illustrious

communal CVs, covering leadership at

Shul and with both FZY and BA.

The Shul and Zionism are very much

part of the Lipman fabric. Susan loves

“belonging to a club where we have

things in common. I think we are a great,

active, non-judgmental community. I also

love walking round Neve Tzedek in Tel

Aviv, where we have an apartment. My

family and friends make me happy. I

don’t really have any regrets in life but I

do wish my mother was here to see me

now. She’d be dismissive about this

honour but, secretly, she would have been

very proud.”

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Sue Garfield

Naomi Passer

Sensing in advance that Naomi’s

natural modesty would prevent her

from talking about the wide ranging

communal activities she undertakes

for the Shul, I thought it seemed a wise

move to conduct some ‘Eamonn’ style

investigative research before appearing

at the door with my ‘Big Red Book’. It

soon became apparent that Naomi’s

personal attributes and charitable

endeavours make her a very worthy

joint recipient of this year’s Isha

Chachmat Lev award and Naomi is

particularly happy to be sharing this

honour with her good friend and

neighbour, Susan Lipman.

Turning back the clock, Naomi told me

that she grew up in Brondesbury and at

that time, considered Stanmore to be ‘the

end of the world’. Very sadly, Naomi lost

her mother, Sylvia Lichman a’h, in 2011,

but having had the genuine pleasure of

meeting Aubrey and Sylvia on several

occasions in the course of interviewing

Aubrey about his experience as a

Japanese prisoner of war for two years, I

can testify first hand to the warmth of

hospitality and traditional Jewish values

which made every visit so enjoyable.

Naomi met husband Andrew at a

Charity Evening and they married in

Stanmore Shul in 1982. Andrew’s

association with the community goes

back considerably further, having moved

there at the age of ten and celebrating

his barmitzvah under Rabbi Chaitowitz.

He went on to become a founder

member of the JLGB and his dad was

chairman of the Parents Association.

Andrew and Naomi spent several years

in Canons Park with their two children,

Katie and Mark before moving to their

present home in Stanmore. Katie, who

married Adam in September, is an estate

agent and Mark is a trainee surveyor.

Naomi was nominated to the Board,

where she worked closely with Adrienne

Cinna to arrange the first ‘Magic

Moments’ programme. This initiative

was to host children from towns in

Northern Israel, affected by ongoing

disruption and to try to build bridges and

ongoing friendships between themselves

and communities in England. Their task

NaomiPasser

was to plan a programme of special

events during the children’s one week

stay. From there, Naomi started to help

the Ladies’ Guild with weekly Kiddush

duties and is now responsible for

arranging both the Kiddush rota and the

more recent ‘Meet and Greet’ desk

which is designed to welcome visitors

attending a simcha on Shabbat. For both

these tasks she credits her personal

‘computer guru’ Mark for putting in

place the ‘doodle’ rota to ensure that

arrangements run to plan on a weekly

basis.

Moving on to her involvement with

security arrangements for the

community, Naomi traces this back to a

chance conversation with Richard

Hyams and simply offering to help out.

This job has now evolved to Naomi

ensuring that security arrangements are

in place for user groups such as guides

and cubs, as well as consulting with the

appointed security firm and shul office

regarding security for every function that

takes place on the synagogue premises.

In fact security duties and the Passer

family seem to go hand in hand, judging

by the number of times a Passer family

member can be seen guarding the Shul

on any given occasion and in any type of

weather.

More recently, and following concerns

expressed by the Honorary Executive

that ‘there was a pocket of people being

forgotten’, Naomi teamed up with Susan

Lipman and Rochelle Ezra to organise

what has now become affectionately

known as the Stanmore Seniors’. It takes

place on Mondays and Thursdays and

provides a full programme of card and

board games for senior members, as well

as book clubs and discussions on current

affairs. Future events planned for the

group include a variety of guest speakers

and visits to museums, including a

proposed outing to Bletchley Park in

March. Naomi has also found the time

to undertake voluntary work initially for

Jewish Care, and more recently for

Jewish Blind and Disabled, where she

takes great pleasure in acting as a regular

bingo caller, as well as organising lunches

and teas.

When I asked various friends of Naomi

to describe her attributes, instant

sentiments expressed were that she is

someone who always has an open house,

that she is an Eshet Chayil for the shul

and a person who quietly works behind

the scenes without any fuss. ‘Unsung

heroine’ and ‘good friend’ were other

tributes which were forthcoming. It

certainly came as no surprise to anyone,

other than to Naomi herself, that she had

been accorded the honour of receiving

this year’s Isha Chachmat Lev award.

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Joan Sheridan

Nachus

Nachus – it won’t quite translate but

whatever it is my family and I had a

good share of it at Brixton

Synagogue which was founded one

hundred years ago.

Laza and I had a super chupa in the shul

officiated by Rabbi Swift a long, long

time ago, and our two boys Ian and

Dennis celebrated their barmitzvas and

daughter Hazel married Duby from

Israel – a very joyous occasion.

My life at Brixton began a long time

before these events. I was about five years

old when I went with my sister, Vera, to

shul. “Sit next to Sybil Mishcon she will

show you the pages to follow the service”

were our final instructions before we left

home. I remember joining the Hebrew

classes. I must have liked the lessons or

maybe it was the teachers, they were kind

and understanding, but the classrooms

were so dull – no pictures or decoration

to distract the attention of us students.

The books too fitted the scenery and

from them I gathered our history was sad

and dull. Fortunately, I won a prize for

progress and good conduct. “Stories

from the Bible” written by Dr. Gaster

PHD and illustrated by I Lawson and A.

A. Dixon. The stories and coloured

pictures were so colourful and bright they

restored my confidence in Jewish history!

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are

especially memorable. Tony Jaffe stirred us

with his deep bass voice accompanied by

Rev Reuben Turner and the choir. “Oh

yes” we had a choir in its own choir box –

trained and conducted by Mr. L. Cohen

who as a young man had been a musician

but tragically he lost an arm during the

First World War. He terrified disruptive

boys in the classroom by waving his false

arm at them – they dived under their desks

and then quietly returned to their seats.

Sadly Rabbi Mishcon died – I hadn’t

known anyone outside of the family who

had passed away so it was strange to see

so many people upset but I was told at

home he had created a congregation

from a wide area of South London by

his tolerance, devotion, understanding of

people and Judaism. He was much

admired and missed.

Joan pictured with her husband Laza z'l

Rabbi Swift became the new Rabbi and

he at first took the top class on Sundays.

His lessons were lively and interesting

but his tuition didn’t last long as he was

called away to the telephone or to meet

someone and we young teenagers were

left to ourselves - not much studying

then and so ended my pleasant formal

Jewish education! I heard that his

sermons on Yom Kippur in Yiddish

brought some women to tears and they

loved listening to him. Rabbi Swift

introduced what we now know as a

batmitzvah. Groups of us girls sat an

exam and on 13 December 1936 there

was a special ‘consecration’ service with

Chief Rabbi Dr. J H Hertz and Rabbi

Swift officiating. We were presented with

a copy of “The Ways of the Household”

and a certificate which I rolled up and

put away – but then much later showed

it to my husband – “So unique,” he

claimed we had it framed and gave it a

prominent place on his study wall.

There always seemed to be a party or

show being arranged. It was a time when

the members did not live in close

proximity to one another but were able

to meet one another and the same for us

youngsters.

I realise now that much of what we

learned about festivals was enacted on

the shule hall stage. On one occasion I

was an Omer Day and recited a sad

poem, draped in a black and white sheet.

I have never forgotten the Fancy Dress

Party. It was decided at home that I go as

a nurse. My mother made my outfit. It

could hardly have a red cross

on the apron so my mother

made a Magan David with

blue ribbon. I really enjoyed

wearing it. The next day we

were off to a photographer

Jeromes on Brixton Road to

immortalise this splendid

outfit – the Magan David was

gone, my mother had removed

it. When I questioned her she

said that “the photographer

wouldn’t understand it” – she

explained a lot more to me

later. It wasn’t long before I

understood too well when the rumours of

the horror of the Jews on the continent

became fact. Many refugees came to

Brixton and some families stayed but

others especially groups of young people

were moved onto other areas. Also, the

fascist groups were gaining prominence in

the city areas culminating in a march

through London’s East End where they

were forced to disband by very angry

crowds of Jewish people and supporters.

By now it was 1938 – all the news and

conversation was about war. Some

thought it couldn’t be there-were still

scars and suffering from the First World

War, a “War to end all Wars” it was

supposed to have been. I was too old to

be evacuated – the courses of study I

was doing were cancelled so when war

was declared a year later life changed

suddenly – call-ups for certain age

groups in to the services, school children

evacuated to country areas away from

town centres. We were advised not to

congregate in groups – theatres and

cinemas closed, for a while TV, which

was in its infancy, was shut down for the

duration of hostilities – but radio

gathered strength. We would hurry

home to listen to Winston Churchill on

the radio – suddenly life was

transformed, I was now in my teens –

but that’s another story.

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John Marchant

A Man with Sheer Chemistry:

Arthur Israel Vogel 1905-1966

This article came about as a result of

a Lecture given at the Royal Society of

Chemistry by a colleague of Dr Vogel

in September 2012 entitled, “The man

and his contributions to chemistry”.

Dr Vogel (the late father of Stanmore

member Merlis Cohen) was born in 1905

in Dembicza, Poland to an orthodox

family. The family (including Dr Vogel,

his parents, grandparents and his two

brothers) on arriving in England in 1908

lived in Wellclose Square, Tower Hamlets.

This must have been quite an arduous task

bearing in mind that Dr Vogel and his two

brothers were all under three years of age.

Details of their voyage to England are

unknown.

Dr Vogel attended the Davenant

Foundation School and then went on to

East London College of the University

of London (now known as Queen Mary

College). A distinguished undergraduate

career was crowned by the award of a

First Class Honours Degree in Chemisty

and of the Neil Arnott Medal of the

University of London. He remained at

College for postgraduate work under the

direction of Professor J.R.Partington and

in 1925 gained the degree of M.Sc. for a

thesis on sulphur sesquioxide (which I am

sure we are all familiar with). During this

period he also collaborated with Dr A.

Ferguson of the Physics Department of

the College in investigating problems

connected with the measurement of the

surface tension of liquids and with the

calculation of the equivalent conductance

of strong electrolytes at infinite dilution:

these investigations had a profound

influence on his subsequent choice of

fields of research. There followed a

short interlude at University College,

London, but after the award of a Beit

Scientific Research Fellowship he

proceeded to the Imperial College and

joined the Research School of Professor

J. F. Thorpe. The years spent here were

a period of intense activity and in 1929

he received the degree of D.Sc. at the

University of London, at the amazingly

young age of 24. He became an A.I.C.

(now A.R.I.C.) in 1928 and F.I.C. (now

F.R.I.C.) in 1931.

Arthur Vogel

After leaving the Imperial College he held

an industrial post for a short time but was

anxious to return to academic

surroundings with freedom to continue

with his research. This ambition was

fulfilled in January 1930 when he was

appointed to a lectureship in the

Chemistry Department of the then

University College of Southampton. His

stay in Southampton was short; his heart

was in London and in January 1932 he

became Lecturer-in-Charge of the

Chemistry Department at Woolwich

Polytechnic. Two years later he was made

Head of Department and for the

remainder of his life the “Department”

was his prime concern. In the early years

conditions were not easy. The problems

to be faced in a Department catering for

the Junior Technical School (which was

at that time housed in the Polytechnic)

and for a wide variety of evening courses

ranging from Matriculation to the

University of London Special Chemistry

Degree, were manifold. The war years

brought their own particular problems,

and later came the development of fulltime

courses. To all of these tasks he

applied himself with unflagging energy

and through his wisdom and foresight

the Department developed steadily and

became the home of a vigorous Research

School. He became a Recognised Teacher

of the University of London and was an

active member of the Board of

Examiners and of the Board of Studies

in Chemistry.

In the late 1920s and the early 1930s there

were great problems for Jews in London.

Apparently non-Jewish students were

giving Dr Vogel a bad time. For example,

documents stored in his locker were

mysteriously destroyed. Hence it was not

surprising that in 1928 he adopted an

additional, very English name, “Arthur”.

Merlis indicated he never liked to discuss

the matter.

The war years brought their own

particular problems; evening classes were

transferred to weekends. As Dr Vogel

was a practising Jew part of his teaching

load was taken over by a colleague.

Periods of “firewatching” during the war

provided opportunities for experimental

work, the results of which were presented

in a number of papers of the series which

appeared in 1948, and in 1966 (a few

months before he passed away) he had the

intense satisfaction of seeing Part 50

published. The manuscript of a further

Part, prepared a few weeks before his

death included data on the one

thousandth pure compound to be

investigated in his laboratory.

Dr Vogel was a workaholic to say the

least. Whilst away on his August holiday

staying in a kosher hotel in Bournemouth,

he was phoned at 10am each day with the

attendance list, had any correspondence

read over, stores orders checked/agreed

etc. A colleague tells that it fell to him

when Dr Vogel was on holiday to sign an

order for 1lb of best senna pods. He

asked “Who is working on senna

alkaloids” “No one, it’s the annual

order.” He duly signed. He often could

be found working in his study at home

into the early hours of the morning.

Despite his enormous workload he still

found time to play bridge. His other

passion was stocks and shares. Unusually

for such an academic he also had an astute

“business brain”. Usually the both do not

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go together. From what I have read, Dr

Vogel was a very private man and rather

shy who compartmentalized his family

and working life. He always made time for

his wife, his daughter Merlis and son

David. He was happily married for thirty

years and tragically was only 60 when he

died. This no doubt was contributed to

by his heavy smoking. David (his son-inlaw)

told me that he was once sitting in his

father-in-law’s smoke filled study while he

was writing his books. David looked

around and saw four cigarettes burning

away in four separate ashtrays!

He is undoubtedly best known, however

as an author of text-books of Practical

Chemistry; books which are known and

used in laboratories throughout the

World. His first venture was Elementary

Practical Chemistry (1936) intended for

use by students up to Matriculation

standard. This was followed by the

Textbook of Qualitative Chemical

Analysis (1937) and the Textbook of

Quantitative Chemical Analysis (1939),

both intended to cater for students

reading for the Intermediate B.Sc. and

Final B.Sc. examinations. The initial

writing and the constant revision of this

large volume of publications represent a

prodigious effort by one author, and

(typical of the man) all new material

incorporated into the books was carefully

checked in the laboratory.

The affairs of the Chemical Society were

of great interest to him; he was a Member

of Council for a number of years and had

been elected in April 1965 to a further

period of service. The welfare of his

students was always of major concern,

and whilst exhorting the able students to

greater efforts, he took particular care to

encourage the weaker ones. He was

particularly attentive to the progress of

junior members of his laboratory staff,

and nothing gave him greater pleasure

than to witness the careers of “lab boys”

who subsequently achieved the status of

qualified chemists.

To his colleagues, the wide breadth of his

interests, the probing mind and the

insistence on high standards were a

constant challenge; he was intolerant of

incompetence and had no hesitation in

condemning it. Dr Vogel was a world

class chemist and it is astounding that he

did not receive the national recognition his

merit deserved and/or awards from the

various bodies previously mentioned. As

often happens, a person’s achievements are

only realised when it is too late to honour

them. Having learnt a little about Dr

Vogel’s life and having seen the vast

number of books he wrote (Merlis kindly

showed me shelves stacked with his

books) I think she and her family can be

enormously proud of her father’s life and

achievements.

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Ilana Metzger

A Muslim, a Hindu, a Roman Catholic

and a Jew Went to Israel……..

Sounds like the start of a joke doesn’t

it That is what everyone said when I

told them that I was going on a girlie

break with my non-Jewish friends to

Israel last June.

We could have gone anywhere. We had

talked about New York, Barcelona,

Prague and Rome so I was delighted

when they enthusiastically agreed to go

to Israel. It was down to me to plan our

trip and I felt an enormous pressure to

fit the best of Israel into three short

days. I decided that the visit had to

include elements of history, religion,

culture and obviously shopping – this

was a girlie trip after all.

I booked the Mamila Hotel in Jerusalem

as I had never stayed there before and

may not stay there again as it is not really

a family hotel but its location was

fantastic as we spent much time walking

through the pedestrianized shopping

area to and from the old city and its

beautifully displayed sculptures and

artwork along the way.

On our first evening we went to the

Anna Ticho House a milky restaurant

with a beautiful garden which has to be

one of my favourite restaurants in Israel.

Unfortunately my carnivorous husband

is not as keen as me to eat there so it was

a real treat for me. One of girls, Mala is

a vegetarian who has given up rice for

religious reasons. Everyone loved the

restaurant particularly Mala. Although

we were all tired from our long day of

travelling we all went to the roof top bar

at our hotel for a drink and were treated

not only to the breath-taking views of

Jerusalem but to a light show that was

taking place throughout the whole of the

old city that week. My timing couldn’t

have been better.

I decided to start our tour with a visit to

Yad Vashem. I thought that the girls

would get a better understanding of the

Jewish people and our homeland if they

went there first.

We had a fantastic guide who waited

until nearly the end of our tour to tell us

that her father was a survivor and he had

left to right- Azmina, Ilana, Mala and Michelle at Regina in theTachana in Tel Aviv

only recently informed her that he had

had another family before the war

including a baby but his first family had

been murdered by the Nazis. He was 80

years old when he told her. My friends

were visibly moved by her story and

impressed with Yad Vashem.

A quick taxi ride back to Mamila – in

typical Israeli fashion it turned out that

our friendly driver was driving his

father’s cab; his father having passed

away recently. The driver himself owned

a company that leased cameras and

camera crews to Fox and Sky News and

was actually a very intelligent and

obviously wealthy man. My friends

found his stories fascinating, as did I.

A super-fast change at the hotel and then

lunch at Rimon in Mamila. Everyone

loved the huge salads and the ‘yummy’

freshly baked breads, then off we rushed

to meet our guide Tzvi Goldwarg. An

Israeli with American parents. He looked

thoroughly modern, wearing a casual

shirt with chinos, sandals and a baseball

hat. The only thing giving away the fact

that he was orthodox was his peyot

tucked neatly behind his ears. When he

greeted us he apologised to my friends

saying that he was sorry that he could

not shake their hands out of respect to

his wife. Their reaction was “Ahh, that is

so sweet!” – we hit it off straight away.

Tzvi was informative and funny and very

very patient. Neither he nor I had ever

spent quite so long in the souk as my

friends went from shop to shop looking

for trinkets whilst I tried to impress on

them that time was short. My Roman

Catholic friend Michelle bought some

rosary beads and my Hindu friend

bought a metal sculpture of two clasped

hands with a Hebrew prayer underneath

that she has put into her temple at home.

My Muslim friend bought a milk pot –

no we don’t know why either!

At the entrance to the Al Aqsa mosque

Azmina (my Muslim friend) was

questioned by security to check that she

was actually Muslim and had to purchase a

floor length dress for modesty as the skirt

I had advised her to wear that covered her

knees was not acceptable. The rest of us

waited outside and I explained to them that

the Mosque together with the Dome of

the Rock were both built on the site of the

Jewish temples – our holiest place.

Next we visited the Church of the Holy

Sepulchre. Having been educated in only

Jewish schools where we didn’t learn

about other religions, my knowledge of

Jesus Christ came (I am embarrassed to

say) from the film ‘Life of Brian’! I

remember Jesus being crucified on top

of a hill – not in a Church. Following my

visit I am now aware that the church was

built over the place where Jesus was

crucified and died. Michelle rubbed the

rosary beads she had just purchased on

the stone where it is said that Jesus was

laid after they took him down from the

cross. I could see that it was a time to

leave her to her own thoughts.

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By the time we got to the Kotel it was

nearly dusk and I gave the girls pens and

paper for them to write their notes on.

They asked me what they should write.

Frustratingly because we had spent so

much time in the other two quarters we

had much less time to spend in the Jewish

area but I know that all the girls were quite

overwhelmed with the start of our tour

and even Mala who is Hindu and has no

religious connection to this part of the

world fell in love with Jerusalem.

A rush again to prepare for the evening at

the Tower of David Light show which was

absolutely magical. If you haven’t been I

would highly recommend it to everyone

but ensure you go on a warmish night as it

takes place outdoors.

Early the next day Tzvi drove us to

Masada and then the Dead Sea. Have you

ever heard of anyone not being able to

float in the Dead Sea No, neither had I,

until that day when two of the girls

struggled to get their feet off the ground

and float. One can’t swim and the other

isn’t a confident swimmer but we managed

to get them to float holding on to us for

just long enough for a photo. Onlookers

must have found the whole situation

comical.

On to Tel Aviv where we checked into the

David Intercontinental hotel. A walk over

to the very pretty Tachana (the old

Palestine Railway Station) and on to

Regina for a Middle Eastern meal

followed by a walk around the port. The

girls were surprised by how safe it was and

how friendly everyone was towards them.

On our final day we walked to the boho

district of Neve Tzedek and then

Nachlat Binyamin and the Carmel

Market for some retail therapy. They all

wanted to buy ‘Israeli’ trousers for their

daughters. How did they know about

Israeli trousers After a quick meal and a

trip to buy chocolates from the Max

Brenner shop we were rushing to the

airport for our flight home.

The girls were exhausted but very happy

and said that they couldn’t wait to come

back with their families one day. I felt a

great sense of pride and I had done a

mitzvah. A non-Jewish person telling

their friends to visit Israel because it is

amazing holds far more gravitas than a

Jew telling people to do the same thing.

We arrived at the airport and it all went

downhill from there. Michelle and

Azmina were taken away by security,

questioned a strip searched. I had no idea

if they would even make the flight.

Finally they re-joined us just before we

had to board. There was no time for duty

free shopping (a disaster for most

women travellers).

Our plane journey conversation focused

almost solely on what had just happened.

Luckily there was a large party of men

(with perfect teeth and suntans) who had

just returned from a Gay Pride visit to

Tel-Aviv who told us how much they love

Israel as it is so accepting of everyone and

it was one of their favourite places to visit.

After a stiff alcoholic drink the girls

relaxed a little for the rest of the flight.

On our return I made up a photo book for

each of my friends and gave it to them as

a memento of their visit. We often talk

about our wonderful trip but the

conversation always ends with the horrible

experience they had with the security at

Ben Gurion. I am not sure if those two

particular friends will be rushing back or

if they will recommend Israel as a tourist

destination but I can only hope that the

memories of Jerusalem and the other

places we visited will outweigh the not so

great memories and that they will return

one day in the future. It would be a shame

if it was all in vain.

Bernard Woolf

Matthew Kayne’s Dream Holiday

About a year ago, I asked Matthew, a

quite exceptional young man and

resident of Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill

Lodge, what his dream would be. He

told me without any hesitation that it

would be to go on holiday to Israel. My

reply was that I’m not promising, but I

would do everything I could do to

make it happen and happen it did.

So, I set to the task of organising a six day

trip that would not only take in several

main places of significance, but would also

leave him time to relax, soak up the

daytime and evening atmosphere of the

Country and meet up with some friends

who were now living there. Some

challenge.

This trip and dream-come- true could not

have happened without the support of

others. Firstly his energetic Mum Myra,

Donna Delane for arranging the transport

to and from Heathrow, and Claire Davies,

the one and only carer extraordinaire. Also,

for the staff at Rela Goldhill for preparing

all his essential medication.

Matthew, who was born with CP, had only

ever been on a plane twice before, the last

time being fifteen years ago and then being

with a disabled group. It was my thought

to afford him the experience of travelling

as much as possible in a regular capacity.

Having the benefit of his bespoke electric

wheelchair (and his manual one for backup)

he was able to have some

independence, which he exercised on a

regular basis.

We travelled with El Al, who were

exceptionally good to us, apart from the

ground staff at Ben Gurion on the return

journey. They managed to drive a truck

into Matthew’s very expensive electric

wheelchair whilst loading the plane,

causing a huge problem which thankfully

has all now been resolved. We were based

at the Dan Panorama hotel in Tel Aviv

who were great, providing Matthew with a

fully functional disabled room

interconnecting to both mine and Claire’s

rooms. He loved that amazing buffet style

breakfast that keeps you going all day.

I had researched how best the trip could

work, taking into account Matthew’s

difficulties and benefitted greatly from the

following helping hands:

Heartway, a new company specializing in

the hiring of adapted vehicles, which

provided a brand new Mercedes with 24

hour assistance at the touch of a button.

This vehicle was essential to our trip for

both safety and comfort.

Etgarim, an amazing charity that

organises sporting activities for the

disabled. On our second day, Matthew

went sailing for two hours from the

Marina at Tel Aviv to Jaffa and loved every

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minute, even pulling the ropes to hoist the

sails.

ISCD is the Israeli Sports Centre for the

Disabled based in Ramat Gan. They offer

a huge amount of disabled children and

young people, some recovering from

injuries sustained in military action, the

regular opportunity to achieve great things

from various sporting activities. They also

have computer and craft classes.

Boaz Cohen, our superb guide, who we

engaged for two days of our trip, to help

us with the main sightseeing.

Day 1

Off to Jerusalem for a long day. We picked

up Matthew’s friend Justin who made

Aliyah earlier this year. Together, we drove

past the Knesset, met a camel at Mount

Scopus, then Mount of Olives and onto

Yad Vashem which was a very moving

experience for Matthew, particularly in the

children’s section; however we cheered

him up with some delicious cheesecake.

Then to the Kotel where a new Sefer

Torah was being unveiled and where

Matthew put on Teffilin and said a prayer

touching the Wall. What a moment,

especially as he bumped into a friend from

Golders Green. Falafel and Pizza

followed at the Jaffa Gate, an arranged

meeting with an old friend Simone and

finally the amazing light show at the David

Citadel Tower.

Matthew on Masada

Matthew with Bernard at the Kotel

Day 2

Sailing with Etgarim from Tel Aviv

Marina. Kobee and Chico, two wounded

soldiers, took us sailing and explained how

vital sailing had become to their own

rehabilitation. A late lunch overlooking the

sea and back to the hotel to get ready for

Shabbat dinner where we were joined by

my sister and cousin.

Day 3

A massage in the Hotel Spa, Matthew’s first

one ever, which he loved followed by a day

of relaxing by the pool and a stroll along

the sea front in beautiful warm sunshine.

Then a taste of Tel Aviv nightlife with one

of Matthew’s friends who joined us for

dinner in Disengoff, finishing off at Max

Brenner’s chocolate shop.

Day 4

The Israeli Sports Centre for Disabled in

Ramat Gan, saw us have a guided tour

around the campus before Matthew was

able to use the swimming pool which he

loved, take part in a wheelchair exercise

class and even go cycling on an adapted

bicycle. We went to a mall for coffee and

shopping and what should have been a 20

minute return drive took an hour and a

quarter when we got lost!! Dinner in the

trendy Neve Tzedek area close to the

hotel.

Day 5

An early start heading for Masada and the

Dead Sea, the long drive broken up with a

camel and souvenir stop at the ‘Sea Level’

sign. After watching the historic film, we

ascended Masada via the cable car, another

first for Matthew. A good tour around the

top, seeing the old Shul amongst other

things as Masada has been made really

wheelchair friendly now. So, off to the

Dead Sea for a great lunch and a close

look at the people floating. Matthew went

swimming in the main Crown Plaza Hotel

pool with the assistance of a clever hoist

before buying some Dead Sea gifts to take

home. Back to the hotel, where yet

another friend came to see him for a drink

in the bar.

Day 6

We had the morning free before leaving

for the airport and spent it is the market

which Matthew absolutely loved, food and

gifts galore.

And so ended Matthew’s dream holiday,

I’m certain one he will never forget. It was

mine and Claire’s ‘privilege’ to be involved

in making a special dream come true for

this amazing and inspirational young man.

I hope others will be inspired to encourage

and facilitate more disabled people to be

given the opportunity to visit our great

country and realise just what can be

achieved.

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Sara Greenfield

A Week of Firsts

The children in London for a Duck tour

In the Rosh Hashanah edition of

Habimah in 2011, I wrote about the

wonderful experience of taking part

in the Emunah Mother and Daughter

Israel Trip, when our Bat Mitzvah

age daughters were able to visit the

Sarah Herzog Children’s Centre in

Afula and meet the girls they had

twinned their B’nei Mitzvah with.

We appreciate how lucky our families are

to be able to visit Israel on numerous

occasions, as well as taking holidays in

many other parts of the world,

something that the children from Afula

have never been fortunate enough to do.

With this in mind, a small group of

“Emunah” mums decided it was time to

do something about this, and through

the wonderful generosity of our families,

friends and communities, we raised

enough money to bring 15 children, plus

two of their counsellors, over to London

during Chanukah for a very much

deserved holiday.

The children arrived late on the Monday

evening (3rd night of Chanukah) and

after lighting candles and the giving of

gifts (much needed hats, scarves and

gloves as temperatures plummeted to

just above freezing that week), they were

dispatched off to bed, as we had planned

a very full few days of activities ahead.

The first morning they went off to see

Buckingham Palace and then the

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Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards

Parade. This was followed by a trip

around some of London’s other famous

landmarks on the Duck Tour. The

children returned for supper to their host

families and then all the families got

together for an evening of bowling and

fun. The following morning we were

back in Central London, this time on a

guided tour of the National Gallery. The

children were amazed to see the huge

Chanukiah in Trafalgar Square and had

fun climbing up the base of one of the

lions. In the afternoon, one of the

highlights of the trip was the matinee

performance of the Lion King, and in

the evening they were hosted at the B’nei

Akiva Bayit, where there was candlelighting,

entertainment and doughnuts.

Thursday morning the boys spent at Top

Golf, whilst the girls went on an eagerly

awaited shopping trip to Primark.

Accompanied by some of the host

mothers, the girls were able to experience

the sort of mother and daughter activity

our own girls would take for granted, but

one that they had never had the

opportunity to do before. The children

were invited to the Independent Jewish

Day School in Hendon for lunch and a

Chanukah concert. From here it was on

to Hasmonean High School, where the

boys were entertained by a graffiti artist

at the boys’ campus, whilst the girls went

to a Chanukah fair at the girls’ school. In

the evening all the children were

generously hosted at the home of Lisa

Ronson and her husband, Paul Altheson,

where they had a wonderful supper and

were entertained by a magician.

Erev Shabbat the children went to the

Harry Potter experience, where they

were able to go behind the scenes of the

famous movie(s), look at room sets,

costumes and studio lots. They then

returned to their host families for a rest

and to prepare for Shabbat. Many of the

host families joined up to share their

Friday night dinner, and in Stanmore

alone, there were 25 of us on Friday

night kindly hosted by the Bower family

(themselves hosting two of the boys).

Some of the Stanmore families joined

together again on Shabbat for lunch

hosted by the Sudaks.

Motzei Shabbat, their final evening in

London, the Emunah Executive put on a

Malava Malka farewell party, with

burgers, JooDoo drums (another

Stanmore favourite) and dancing. It was

a fabulous party, enjoyed by all, young

and old.

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Before we knew it, we were helping our

visitors to once again pack their cases. It

was an early start on Sunday morning as

we dropped the children back to Luton

for their flight back to Israel. As we said

our goodbyes, there were lots of tears, as

in the few short days these children had

been staying in our homes they had

become part of our extended families.

The entire week, whilst pretty hectic, gave

the children the most incredible

experience of their lives. For the majority,

it was a week of “firsts” - their first time

on an aeroplane, their first time, away

from Israel, their first theatre trip and,

even more significantly, the first time

they spent a Shabbat with a family

instead of in their home. None of this

would have been possible without the

most amazing group of girls getting

together to make this trip a reality. Once

again we give our heartfelt thanks to

everyone who supported our mission

both financially, by offering to host the

children, chauffeuring them to the

outings and providing copious amounts

of packed lunches and dinners.

At the farewell Jo Jo drum party

Please consider twinning your child’s

bat/bar mitzvah with a child in Afula, or

visit the home and spend some time

there with the children when you are

next in Israel, where you will see firsthand

the incredible difference Emunah

has made to the lives of the children in

its care.

We are already planning for another

group of children to come to London in

the future, and if you would be

interested in sponsoring or donating

towards the flights or outings, or any of

the other vital projects funded by

Emunah, please contact Emunah Head

Office on 020 8203 6066 or email

info@emunah.org.uk.

Professor Andrew Eder appointed

Associate Vice-Provost at UCL

Mazaltov to our Warden, Professor

Andrew Eder, who has been

appointed Associate Vice-Provost at

University College London. This new

position is to facilitate development

of new courses in all disciplines

across the University and follows

Andrew’s recently completed ten year

term as Director of Education at the

UCL Eastman Dental Institute, for

which he was recognised for his

excellence and innovation in teaching

and learning at UCL as a recipient of

a Provost’s Teaching Award in 2010.

“With a background in educational

entrepreneurship and leadership, I am delighted to

have been invited to play a leading role in this

exciting initiative at UCL,” said Andrew. “As

the global demand for high quality lifelong learning

continues to expand almost exponentially, UCL

is superbly placed to be a leading provider.”

Andrew will also continue to be involved

in teaching at the Eastman and in

Specialist practice in Wimpole Street. He

is a past President of Alpha Omega, the

British Society for Restorative Dentistry

and the Royal Society of Medicine’s

Dental Section, is an examiner at UCL

and the Royal College of Surgeons and

serves on the Editorial Boards of several

international dental journals. Andrew’s

academic interests include innovative

teaching methods and the impact of

training on patient outcomes in practice.

Professor Andrew Eder

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Alistair de Kare Silver

Get involved!

I have recently been working in

Parliament with Bob Blackman, MP

for Harrow East, with the aim of

going into public affairs. During the

past year I became a deputy on the

Board of Deputies of British Jews

representing Stanmore Synagogue

and, in the summer, I was then

elected to the Community Issues

Division. The intention of this body

is to launch initiatives which increase

communal involvement in many

different areas such as education,

heritage and social action.

Given my interests in political activity, I

decided that I want to create a working

group to increase political engagement

with MPs at a grass roots level. I believe

that we need a concerted effort to ensure

we have strong relationships in place

with MPs of all political persuasions in

order that the relationship is already

there, should issues arise. At the

moment there are a number of MPs who

have strong ties to Conservative Friends

of Israel, but have little or no

relationship with the wider Jewish

community. Whilst it is usually perceived

that Israel is the most pressing issue

facing the Jewish community, recent

events have clearly demonstrated that we

are going to face renewed difficulties and

threats to core Jewish practices such as

Shechita and Brit Milah. It is important

therefore that we bring these MPs on

board and engage them with the wider

community. It is also important to

consolidate existing relationships with

them, as well as forge new relationships

with MPs with whom we have no

contact.

In constituencies where there are large

Jewish populations, strong relationships

already do exist; for example with

Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon, Mike

Freer, MP for Hendon and Golders

Green, and Bob Blackman, MP for

Harrow East. The importance of these

relationships cannot be underestimated

and these MPs have been the most vocal

in their unequivocal support for Israel, in

particular during the recent crisis in Gaza.

In the summer Bob Blackman MP

secured a debate on the 40th Anniversary

Bob Blackman with a group of Stanmore members at the AJEX Remembrance Parade

of the massacre at the Munich Olympic

Games. In a speech to the House of

Commons he said:

Everyone will have their own views on the

opening and closing ceremonies of the London

Games. I think that it was right that we

remembered the fallen of two world wars and,

of course, the victims of the 7/7 terrorist

attacks, but the one thing that was not mentioned

was the darkest hour of the Olympic games—the

Munich massacre. I think that it is indeed

shameful that the International Olympic

Committee could not find one minute during the

six weeks of the games to commemorate the

victims of the worst terrorist attack in Olympic

history. I feel very strongly about this and have

been very vocal in my belief. I have trumpeted it

not only in the House of Commons, but at every

event during the summer to do with the Olympics.

Whilst it is essential that these excellent

relationships are maintained and

consolidated, the wider aim of this

project is to move beyond the confines

of North West London and establish

relationships where they either don’t exist

or in areas where there are few or no

Jewish constituents.

Consolidating existing relationships and

establishing ones where they don’t exist

can be done in a number of ways. What we

need to do as members of Harrow East,

together with other groups who live in

heavily Jewish populated areas, is to

maintain regular email contact with MPs

and invite them to communal events. I

have already started to do this with Bob

Blackman MP as demonstrated recently

when he attended the AJEX memorial

parade and subsequently events taking

place in Stanmore Synagogue as part of

Mitzvah day. He recently attended the

annual doughnut party.

In order to establish new relationships with

MPs which are not already in place, I am

going to start inviting them to high profile

activities in the communal calendar such as

Mitzvah Day and other important services

that take place during Holocaust Memorial

Day. Over time the objective is to see more

and more MPs at important events

throughout the communal calendar such

as the Ajex parade, Mitzvah Day and

Israel’s Independence Day. I am convinced

that the more MPs we have on board over

time, the more support we will have in

times of crisis.

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Sue Garfield

The Other Side of the Wall – Christy’s Story

Christy is a Palestinian Christian law

student from the West Bank who has

endured intafadas and occupation by

Israeli soldiers but who views the

situation from a unique perspective:

she stands with Israel.

Howard Stern is a mediator who works

to reconcile the UK church to Israel and

who, in the course of a visit to Israel,

found himself staying at Christy’s family

guesthouse in the West Bank. Together,

Howard and Christy went on to form the

Emmaus Project with a view to working

with Arab Christians, Palestinians and

the UK church to raise awareness of all

the key issues surrounding Israel and to

simply speak the truth.

Christy’s extraordinary journey and the

vision of the Emmaus Project made for

a compelling evening organised by the

Stanmore & Canons Park and Belmont

Synagogues Israel Committees, together

with the Zionist Federation. The subject

of the talk was ‘The Other Side of the

Wall’ and Dani Goldberg welcomed

Gary Zakol from the Zionist Federation

before inviting Howard Stern to take the

microphone.

Howard told the large audience that he

wanted to share two narratives: Christy’s

incredibly brave and personal journey, as

well as information concerning Palestinian

Christians which does not reach the

mainstream media. He movingly told how

he and his wife had ‘adopted’ Christy as a

member of their family now that she was

in the UK and he was hopeful that the

newly formed Emmaus Project would be

a dynamic and effective force to educate

those who needed to be enlightened.

Howard introduced Christy who, for

obvious reasons did not wish to have

further details disclosed, nor have

photographs taken. He told how Christy

had been rejected by her own family and

was experiencing great emotional pain.

Christy told how she had been born in

Bethlehem and described how life had

been peaceful before Palestinians started

throwing stones and the Israeli army

occupied buildings, often conducting

their searches when she was half asleep.

Their house was surrounded on all sides

by the Wall and she had already decided

that she wanted to learn more about

Human Rights and Justice at the time

when Howard was looking for

accommodation and her mother was the

only person to reply. Christy started to

question how Israel could win so many

wars with massive numbers stacked

against them, sometimes 500 against

80,000 soldiers, and concluded that it

must be ‘the work of God’s hand’. She

recalls weeping at Yad Vashem and how

she insisted on taking friends there to

share the experience. She became

increasingly convinced that ‘As a

Christian, you can’t stand against Israel’.

Talking about the problems which had

beset her people, Christy identified three

key words which epitomised the situation

as she sees it:

WAR – people are indiscriminately

killing each other.

WEALTH – benefits are taken by the

corrupt Palestinian Government.

WOMEN – wives and daughters are

only regarded as ‘property’ and hitting is

permissible, other than to the face which

is seen in public.

Furthermore, she told how regular

contact with the Christian community

showed that corruption was widespread

in both the State and the church, tribal

law preceded Christian values and radical

Islam was rising. Honour killings were

commonplace and bodies could just be

thrown into the garbage.

‘First we will finish with the Saturday

people, then the Sunday people’, was the

chilling message which was being openly

and increasingly conveyed.

Christy decided she would apply for a

visa to come to the UK, but was shocked

to find that barbaric Islamic rituals such

as female circumcision could be rife,

even in this country. She stated that it

would be her mission to speak out and

tell the truth.

At this point people were invited to ask

Christy and Howard questions and the

hope was universally expressed that

Christy’s inspiring story and the work of

Emmaus would be heard by a wider

audience, especially those who were

hostile to Israel’s very right to exist.

Someone suggested she should speak to

the House of Commons and challenge

the financial aid which is being given to

the West Bank, as well as highlight the

position of Israel. Appreciation of all

Christy had achieved was expressed on

behalf of everyone by adding, ‘We are

behind you every step of the way’ which

was greeted with long applause.

Dani gave a personal vote of thanks to

Christy and Howard for their moving and

inspiring talk and presented them both

with books as a token of appreciation.

Gary Sakol added his thanks on behalf of

the Zionist Federation and showed a film

on the work of the Zionist Federation.

His message to the audience was direct –

‘Don’t Let Others Determine Israel’s Fate

– Get Involved’.

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Martin Kisner

Postcards from Israel

‘By my calculations this card should

arrive the same time as I get home’

———

So I started the last postcard from Israel

to my parents and brother, posted from

Eilat in August 1964, a very different

place from the one we know today.

The variety of instant communication

that we now take for granted was then

but a dream in a science fiction writer’s

mind. The humble postcard was

generally the way we stayed in touch.

First postcard posted 12 July 1964 - El Al Boeing 720

When I recently came across those

postcards and airmail letters I sent home

during that 6 week visit to Israel, it

occurred to me that had I been able to

communicate via email and text those

writings would have long been deleted or

consigned to the recycle bin.

Now, 48 years on, as I hold and read

those postcards and letters, I can still feel

the excitement and the thoughts I

experienced on that first visit to Israel. I

was also struck by the amount of

information I could cram onto one card

and the legibility of my writing. Thank

goodness for Microsoft Word today!

I set out for my first visit to Israel on the

12th July 1964, as part of a Jewish Agency

Youth and Hechalutz group. The trip

lasted six weeks and was the fulfilment of

a childhood dream.

First postcard - posted from Lod

Airport.

‘Have landed safely at Lod Airport’…

A picture of an El Al Boeing 720 on the

front. Details of the flight, places we

passed over and the novelty of an in-flight

kosher meal. The excitement of setting

foot in Israel. The heat experienced as we

left the aircraft, which I remember

likening to walking into a blast from a

hairdryer. Next stop Jerusalem.

There were two airmail letters posted

from Jerusalem over the next 12 days.

‘The building is large and cool, food

good and plentiful, sanitary

arrangements could be better’…

We were based in Beth Hakerem at a

teachers training college, which in the

summer became the Summer Institute.

This is a divided city. We visit the

Mandlebaum Gate and see the Jordanian

soldiers on the other side. No visit to the

Kotel, no walk down the Suk and along

the Cardo. But there is plenty to see in

West Jerusalem. The image from that

first visit to Yad Vashem, entering a

darkened hall and looking down on the

candles flickering on a relief map of the

concentration camps across Europe

named in Hebrew and English will

always stay with me.

Memorably some of us attended

a concert given by Yehudi and

Hepzibah Menuhin or

Menuchin as the Israelis call

him. I managed with one other

member of the group to visit the

Kol Israel radio studios of the

then Israel Broadcasting

Company. We were shown

around the studios, watched a

programme being recorded and

were treated extremely well by

the staff.

The second letter covers a sixday

tour of the Galil. We stayed

in a hostel on the unspoilt shores

of the Kinneret, a beautiful

place. The night sky on the

shores of the lake was

unforgettable. We visited

Kibbutz Ein Gev, where we had

a fish and chip lunch on the

other side of the lake beneath

the Golan Heights. It was a

dangerous place to be in those days.

We travelled to Rosh Hanikra, Akko, and

Safed and stayed on Kibbutz Ayelet

Hashachar with a much-appreciated

swimming pool.

On our return to Jerusalem on 21st July

we repacked and set off to Tel Aviv for

2 days where we stayed at the Maccabi

Village. ‘ It was a wonderful place to

stay if only for two days’ ...

I visited the Weitzman Institute and also

went to a Beethoven Concert at the

Mann Auditorium given by the Israel

Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by

Josef Krips.

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Second postcard – 24 July, posted

from Haifa, although strangely the

picture on the front shows Jerusalem.

‘I’m writing this card from Haifa,

where I’m staying with Uncle’s

relatives for the weekend’… the only

two members of his family to survive

the Holocaust. I’m the first member of

our family to visit them. They made me

very welcome and I spent an extremely

enjoyable two days there taking in a more

relaxed view of the city.

I returned to Jerusalem on the 26th July

where the next few days were spent

attending lectures and cultural events,

prior to setting out for 10 days working

on a kibbutz.

Third Postcard – 9 August, posted from

Kibbutz Tel Re’im in the Negev, close to

the Gaza border, picture of views of

Be’er Sheva and camels on the front.

‘The work is hard the heat intense

and the accommodation lousy’…

More details of Kibbutz life covered in

airmail letter postmarked Be’er Sheva -

6th August.

Up at 5.00 am. A tractor and trailer

collects us at 5.30am and takes us to the

orchards.

We then spend over three hours of

backbreaking work hoeing weeds between

the grape vines. Collected at 9.00 am by

tractor and taken back to the kibbutz for

wash and breakfast. 10.00 am to

2.00 pm rest period, spent mainly

in the swimming pool. Then back

to the orchards in the afternoon

heat for over three hours picking

and packing plums. After supper,

collapse worn out into bed to be

ready for the next day’s labour.

Return to Jerusalem then

straight up to Haifa to spend my

final free weekend with my

uncle’ relatives. Exhausted, sleep

the clock round.

Final letter postmarked Haifa 15

August ends ‘Time is now 5.15

and all the buses and trains

have stopped and the shops

and cinemas have closed and

the streets are becoming

quiet as very shortly the sun

will set and it will be Shabbat

in Israel’

Second postcard posted 24 July 1964 - Jerusalem

Third postcard posted 8 August 1964 - scenes from Beer Sheva

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Fourth postcard posted 18 August - Dead Sea views

Fifth postcard posted 19 August - unspolit Eilat

Fourth postcard - 18 August,

postmarked Beersheva. Staying at

Kibbutz Ein Boker. Picture of views of

the Dead Sea and surroundings on the

front.

‘I’m writing this card from the lowest

place in the world, the Dead Sea’…

We were amazed at the amount of

greenery and cultivation on the Kibbutz

close to the shores of the Dead Sea.

Enjoyed the strange sensation of

floating and attempting to swim in the

mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea.

Took a refreshing dip in the pool

beneath the waterfall at Ein Gedi. A lot

more water there then than now.

Travelled past Masada but were unable

to visit because excavations were still

ongoing.

Also the cable car was yet to be

constructed! Visited Be’er Sheva on the

day of the Bedouin Market.

Photographed with camel outside a

petrol station. Only in Israel…

Fifth postcard – 19 August, posted

from Eilat.

‘Arrived in Eilat after fabulous 4 to 5

hour journey through the Negev’…

Picture of a small wooden pier stretching

into the crystal clear waters of the Red

Sea with a couple of people boarding a

small launch. Needless to say the

shoreline was completely undeveloped.

There was one hotel, The Queen of

Sheba. In our hostel the water

was turned off at midday.

Daytime temperatures were as

high as 120 degrees. In spite of

the heat of the day we toured

the Negev visiting kibbutzim

and exploring some of the

amazing landscape.

Some evenings were spent at a

nightclub called The End of the

World (they served a mean iced

chocolate) and occasionally lying

on the deserted beach watching

the (shooting) stars fall out of a

clear night sky. Too much light

pollution to do that today!

I next returned to Israel in 1979,

but on this occasion it was with

my family. It is absolutely true

to say that however many times I

have visited Israel since then it

has been with the same

excitement of that very first trip.

Thanks to Palphot (www.palphot.com) for permission to use copies of the postcards in this article. Thanks too to Simon Kisner for assembling the

image on the cover showing Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion as it was in 1964 and now.

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FEATURES

Sue Garfield

Before And Afters

HEARTACHE

CHOCOLATE CAKE

This cake is very rich .......... you

have been warned!

Elad whilst working at the Shul

Renowned for his ready smile and

personable disposition, Elad has

been working as the regular security

officer for Stanmore Synagogue

during the last two years, having lived

in England for the last seven. By the

time this magazine is published, he

will have left and taken up a

somewhat different position as

patisserie chef at a leading London

restaurant. He told me his story.

Elad was born in Jerusalem and moved

with his family to Givat Ze’ev. He

recalled how as a youngster he always

loved to cook and enjoyed nothing more

than watching Jamie Oliver on television,

‘The Naked Chef ’ being a favourite.

Karate was also a passion and after he

had completed his army training he

decided to come to England, work and

save enough money to travel further

afield to Thailand and India. Elad

wasn’t sure what he would do here, only

that he wanted to join his brother who

was already living in London and ‘do

something different’. Tragically, Elad

shared with me that his brother has now

passed away following a sudden illness.

Security seemed a natural career choice

given Elad’s ‘Israeli mentality’, basic

common sense and skills learnt from his

army days. Elad told me that his

heightened ability to profile people was a

natural instinct and he proceeded to

obtain the SIA licence, a pre-requisite for

doing security work in this Country. He

worked privately at the headquarters for

CST training, as well as at JFS and

Kinloss Synagogue.

At the same time Elad sought to perfect

his culinary skills and undertook a

Cordon Bleu Patisserie Diploma

specialising in French Patisseries,

Chocolate and Sugar. Achieving the

results required to apply for work at the

highest level, Elad applied for a position

at The Dorchester Hotel, as well as a

new restaurant opening in London

which had already established its

reputation in New York. He was

actually offered both jobs, but incredibly

turned down The Dorchester in favour of

starting afresh with the exciting new

restaurant venture at The Balthazar.

When Elad was assigned to security

duties at Stanmore he was sincerely

touched and surprised by the kindness

of all the families who showed him such

warm hospitality and said that he very

much wanted to retain links with the

Stanmore community. He hopes that by

sharing his signature chocolate cake

recipe with Habimah readers he will be

remembered in the sweetest way.

Elad in his new role

lngredients

400g aubergines

300g dark chocolate

50g cocoa powder

60g ground almonds

3 eggs

200g clear honey

2 tablespoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

I tablespoon brandy

Oil, for brushing

Method

1. Preheat the oven to l80c

2. Brush a 23cm tin (square tin is

better) on base and sides and line

baking paper at the base

3. Cook the aubergine by

puncturing the skin then place

them in a plastic bowl cover in

cling-film and microwave on high

for 8 minutes.

4. Skin the aubergine and discard

any water

5. Break the chocolate to pieces

and mix with the aubergine until

the chocolate is melted

6. Puree the aubergine and

chocolate in a blender until smooth

7. In a different bowl sieve the

cocoa powder, baking powder, salt

and ground almonds and whisk

8. Add the eggs slowly then add the

honey and the brandy

9. Whisk for I minute until well

blended then fold in the aubergine

10. Pour the mixture to the tin

11. Place at the bottom of the oven

and bake for 35 minutes

12. Remove from the oven and

leave lo cool to room temperature

13. Tum the cake out of the tin,

place on a flat surface and peel off

the baking paper (be careful when

you remove the cake as it’s very

delicate)

14. You can dust cocoa powder or

icing sugar for presentation

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Graham Newman

What is Spiritual Healing

I have asked many well-known

healers and only one has given me

the hint of a good reply. He said that

there is a source of energy in the

universe. If you are religious it is

God, but if you declare yourself as a

non-believer, you would describe it as

universal energy. It is similar to a

source of electrical energy with a

patient being like a light bulb. The

healer is the inert wire that joins the

two.

Spiritual healing does not require a

statement of faith in a religion either on

the part of the healer or the patient.

Often people have been cured of quite

serious illnesses by a spiritual healer and

they did not even know it was

happening. I personally have seen many

people healed of physical illnesses. A big

change has happened in their body

merely by somebody putting their hands

on the body or even near their body. I

can often feel a physical pain in a person

merely by putting my hand in his or her

aura. That is the electrical body a few

inches from their physical body and is

part of the “Daled Amut” or 4 cubits,

which we Jews believe is around all our

bodies.

Many healers also do absent healing.

This can be over telephone or even just

thinking of somebody. That may sound

very strange to a non-believer, but it is

not an enormous leap from accepting

that if a cure can pass through

someone’s hands, to accepting that the

cure can be passed by merely thinking

strongly of someone wanting to be

cured. After all it is the brain or outside

“energies” that affect the healing, not

necessarily the hands.

I came across “healing” by accident.

One evening about 36 years ago I was

with a friend who comes from a medical

family. He told me that his mother had

suffered a tumour on her brain 15 years

previously and had been given up by the

doctors. She had seen a man called Harry

Edwards who put his hand on her head

and the tumour went and she was still

alive.

Two days later I was arranging a

mortgage for David, a hotel manager

running a 200- bedroom hotel. He saw

that I had a plastic brace on my wrist as

I was suffering from a serious form of

carpal tunnel syndrome and asked if I

would like him to cure me. I asked him if

he was a doctor as well as a hotel

manager and he replied that he was a

spiritual healer. It meant little to me at

the time, but his next sentence was vital

for changing my life. He said ‘ I could

cure you myself or I could send you to

Harry Edwards ‘. As it was only two days

since I heard that Harry Edwards could

cure people of cancer, my knee-jerk

reaction was to say ‘ I have heard of

Harry Edwards but I have never heard

of you. I would prefer to see Harry

Edwards, with all due respect’.

David then phoned Harry Edwards’

secretary and booked me an

appointment within six weeks. This was

a big favour as his queue was normally a

year. He took 30 seconds to cure my

wrist that had necessitated my going 3

times per week to hospital and having 2

hot wax baths every day plus many

unpleasant injections. A further 2

minutes cured my spine of a problem for

which I had traction 3 or 4 times a year

and regular physiotherapy. I felt I had

experienced a true miracle and watched

30 other people being cured at the same

session.

About 5 years later, again by coincidence,

I found that I had the gift - later

remembering my family having

mentioned that my late Grandmother

had also been able to heal people.

I introduced David to a very frum family

friend with a son who was hardly able to

get out of bed because of M.E. After

consulting a Dayan, they agreed for

David to come to their home, and his

cure was so good that the young man

was soon able to marry, and became a

Rabbi. David was then recommended

from one person to another and made

regular trips to Stamford Hill. At the

aforementioned “Charedi” wedding,

David and his wife (who were not

Jewish) were invited and I was amazed

how many of the other guests came up

to David to thank him for his successful

healing. Both David and I have healed

several Rabbis and their wives amongst

many others, so I guess there is no

problem as it is for “pikuach nefesh” and

not seeking information from “spirits”.

The latter is, of course, strictly forbidden.

No form of medicine is 100%

successful, but my own (and most other

healers’) experience is that everyone gets

some relief or at least temporary

comfort, and a good proportion are fully

cured.

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OBITUARY

Seymour Saideman

Sidney Frosh z”l

Sidney and Ruth Frosh

Sidney Frosh was born in Stepney on

22 August 1923 and died in the Royal

London Hospital in Whitechapel on 12

August 2012, aged 88. He was

passionate about Anglo-Jewry and

devoted his life to the service of the

community, focusing on its religious,

educational and welfare organisations.

He joined the Stanmore & Canons Park

Synagogue in 1955, became Chairman of

the Building Fund Committee 3 years later

and in 1959 was elected to the Board of

Management. From 1961 to 1965 he

served as the Synagogue’s Financial

Representative.

This launched Sidney into his love affair

with the United Synagogue, first as the

Stanmore representative on the US District

Synagogue Council, then as Treasurer and

later Chairman of the District Synagogue

Council and ultimately in 1973 he was

elected as an Honorary Officer of the

United Synagogue, serving as Treasurer

Bequests & Trusts. In 1977 he was elected

Treasurer of the United Synagogue,

became its Vice President in 1984 and

elected President of the United Synagogue

in 1987, which position he held for 5 years.

Sidney firmly believed that the United

Synagogue’s mission was to take care of

Anglo-Jewry and ensure its wellbeing and

growth. Where in his opinion there was

a gap in the provision of any community

service or a need to improve standards of

delivery, he enlisted the United Synagogue

to do the work, maintaining that the US

had the responsibility to provide services

from cradle-to-grave. Not only was the US

to provide religious services, it was to

become involved in Jewish education,

university chaplaincy, supervision of

kosher food and youth and welfare

services. Whilst there was no selfaggrandisement

in his expansion of the

United Synagogue, nevertheless it

gradually became clear that there were

insufficient resources to match the

demands on the organisation. This led

Sidney to take a courageous step in

October 1991, and call in outside help, by

asking Stanley (now Lord) Kalms to lead a

group to review the United Synagogue.

A year later, the Kalms’s report “A Time

for Change” pulled no punches. It said

that while the expansion intentions were

honourable, the commitments outstripped

the financial capacity of the United

Synagogue to meet them, and that it was in

a state of “acute financial decline”. Sidney

accepted the report’s findings and whilst it

did not call for his resignation, he took the

honourable course and stood down. His

legacy is that lessons were learnt and the

report he commissioned has guided the

revitalisation of the United Synagogue

over the past 20 years.

Sidney Frosh was the son of an East End

tailor, and like most of the boys of the era,

was a pupil at the Jews’ Free School, then

in Bell Lane and an active member of the

Jewish Lads Brigade, where he witnessed

the dayanim of the London Beth Din lead

Shabbat services in full Brigade uniform.

He was enormously gratified in later life to

have had a child and three grandchildren

attend JFS, of which he was in due course

to become a Governor and a Trustee.

But it was in his teenage years that he first

gave a hint of his future communal life, by

volunteering at the London Jewish

Hospital during the Blitz, going straight

from work, often sleeping overnight on

one of the hospital beds. During one

attack, the force and proximity of the

explosion threw him from his make-shift

bed to another side of the room. When

called up, he joined the Royal Corps of

Signals, and saw active service in France.

On his return from France, Sidney became

a leader of a local youth club, heralding a

life of total commitment to young Jewish

people. It was at this time that he married

his forces sweetheart Ruth Glicksman with

whom he shared 48 very happy years,

most of which were spent in Stanmore.

Ruth was his constant support and took

pride in his achievements. After the war he

ran and developed several successful

furniture businesses and served as a JP, but

always found the time to carry on with his

voluntary work.

In the early 1950s Sidney was invited to

join the Boys Welfare Committee of the

Jewish Board of Guardians, the

forerunner of today’s Jewish Care. This

committee took responsibility for orphans,

delinquents and youth at risk. In due

course, this led him to become active in

Norwood and he was responsible for the

transfer of troubled and challenged

youngsters from the Board of Guardians

to Norwood. This was the start of a major

influence he had on modernising

Norwood at that time, encouraging the

closure of the orphanage and advocating

for child care services to be provided in

local communities rather than an

institution in South London. He was also

instrumental in establishing joint meetings

of the Norwood and Ravenswood

trustees which eventually led to the merger

of these two charities. In the 1970s Sidney

was Chair of the Education Committee of

the European Council of Jewish

Communities.

After 15 years of active service with

Norwood, during which he chaired the

Norwood Welfare Committee and was at

one time as Joint Treasurer, he became

involved in the development of Jewish

day schools through the London Board

of Jewish Religious Education and later

the United Synagogue. He encouraged the

relocation of the Stepney Jewish Primary

School to Ilford and the Bayswater Jewish

Primary School to Kenton, where it

became the Michael Sobell Sinai School.

In the 1990s, he continued to play an

active role in support of the creation of

the Wolfson Hillel Primary School in

Southgate, the Moriah Primary School in

Pinner and the King Solomon High

School in Redbridge.

Following Sidney’s appointment as an

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OBITUARY

Synagogue in 1973, it was through his

leadership that the London Jewish

Chaplaincy Board was created and the first

Jewish student chaplain was appointed, and

he headed committees recommending the

creation of informal youth activities under

the auspices of the United Synagogue.

With a policy paper called “Beginning

Anew” published in 1980, he put the

appointment, pay and terms of service of

Rabbonim on a professional footing and

created in-service training and mentoring

programmes for them. Whilst US

President, Sidney presided over the

publication of the Centenary Edition of

the Singer’s Siddur and led the Chief

Rabbinate Council in the appointment of

Chief Rabbi Jonathan (now Lord) Sacks,

consulting widely with the provinces, the

Commonwealth and all strands of British

Jewry.

After standing down as President of the

United Synagogue in 1992, Sidney took

on a new lease of communal life. He

became a Trustee of various grant

making charities including the Jews

Temporary Shelter, and returning to one

of his communal passions, served a

second term as Governor and then

Trustee of the JFS, where he was involved

in the relocation of his alma mater, from

Camden Town to Kenton.

Sidney brought to all his communal

activity, energy, enthusiasm, optimism and

a deep compassion. He was convinced

that by working harder, challenges that

seemed intractable could be resolved. He

was the first member of the Stanmore

community to be elected President of the

United Synagogue, followed in succession

by Seymour Saideman and Elkan Levy, to

become known as the “Three Presidents”.

Sidney was honoured by the Stanmore &

Canons Park Synagogue as Chatan

Bereshit in 1966 and appointed an Elder

in 1993. He always felt relaxed and at

home sitting in his Elder’s seat and is

sorely missed by all.

He is survived by his three children

Professor Stephen Frosh who is Pro-Vice

Master Birkbeck College, University of

London; Hendon GP Dr Barbara Frosh

and Professor Paul Frosh of the Hebrew

University, their spouses Judith, David and

Caroline and nine grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held on 5

February 2013.

May his memory serve as a blessing.

Glynis Kuzuk

Celia Levy z’l

A past prominent member of our

Community, Celia Levy sadly passed

away in Israel just two days after

Rosh Hashanah after a long illness.

Daughter of Rabbi (later Dayan) and

Mrs. Michael Fisher, Celia was born on

6 th October 1946, and grew up in

Hackney. Her love of Israel began when,

as a teenager, she often visited her

Grandparents in Israel. On one such trip,

in 1963, she was crowned Beauty Queen

on the ship Theodore Herzl.

Celia was introduced to her husband-tobe

Elkan Levy in 1964 but they were soon

parted due to Celia’s plans to spend a year

in Aix-les-Bains to study French and

Jewish Studies. Elkan meanwhile spent

two years at The Jewish Theological

Seminary in New York where he was

awarded a Masters Degree for a Thesis on

“Anglo Jewry in the Great War.”

Despite the distance between them, Celia

and Elkan exchanged letters and in March

1967 they became engaged and were

married by their Fathers in the New West

End Synagogue on 13 th September 1967.

In May 1968 the young couple moved to

Stanmore where they lived for 28 years and

were heavily involved in our kehillah. Celia

served on the Board of Management,

while Elkan became a Warden. Elkan was

also honoured as Chatan Torah in 1995,

and went on to become US President

from 1996 to 1999.

Celia started the publicity committee (the

forerunner of the current Communications

committee), chaired a WIZO committee

and helped run New Horizons, but her

proudest time was being a founder

member of the Women’s Tephillah

Group. Their first Shabbat services were

held at the Levys’ home in Glanleam

Road and Celia became a regular Baalat

Koreh at these services.

She was very proud to hear that the

Group (having changed its name to “The

Women’s Learning Experience”) was

now permitted to gather on shul

premises, but sadly she was not able to

visit and take part due to ill health.

When Elkan became Minister for Small

Communities, the Levys moved to

Radlett in 2005, but for Celia her love of

Israel meant that having a holiday home

in Netanya from 1986 was not enough

and they finally made Aliyah in 2011.

Whilst settling well in Israel and

spending quality time with her son,

daughter, their spouses and all the

grandchildren, Celia still remembered

their US roots and was finally laid to rest

in the beautiful and serene United

Synagogue cemetery in the foothills of

Jerusalem.

We wish long life to her husband Elkan,

son Julian with daughter- in-law Edwina,

daughter Abigail and son- in-law Lior

and her 4 Israeli grandchildren Jasmine,

Jamie, Joshua and Sam.

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AROUND SHUL

Purim Shpiel

We put on first ever Purim Shpiel on

24 February, “Saving Stanmore”, to a

packed audience seated cabaret style

with their Michelin-starred meal of

shwarma in pitta, top of the range

Diet Coke and artisan baked

hamantaschen. It truly was a classy

do.

It was high-class art-house theatre –

Purim style. An alien with semicha, a

ladies guild meeting circa 1953, a shul

where every seat “belongs” to someone

choreography, sound engineering and

casting were faultless, leading to an

unmissable production.

Now we are just waiting for the script for

Purim Shpiel 5774!

Thanks to Daniel Bower for the great photos. It

was a pity that space prevented us from being

able to include more.

else – even if they are dead, Monty

Python’s Jewish Yorkshiremen joining a

Kiddush club and a high-kicking Chorus

Line finale were all in the mix.

The script, written by Rabbi Andrew

Shaw, was complex, involving three

aliens seeking the four segments of their

sacred stone which has been scattered in

the Stanmore of the 1950s – in the shul,

the cheder, a ladies guild meetings and at

the Kiddush.

The minimalism of the set – blue simcha

chairs, cheder tables and not a lot else –

served to emphasise the theme of

alienation versus community. The

lighting by well-known lighting designer,

Wayne (aka the shul caretaker) enhanced

the production through its creative and

innovative use of black-outs at the end

of each scene. The costuming,

Torah Scroll cover presented

to the Shul by the

family of Stephanie z'l and

Jonathan Kosky z'l at the

Memorial Service held in

November 2012.

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Susan Lipman

Baby Blessings

Tammy Ava Calvert

Tammy Ava Calvert was born on 14

December 2011, she has an older

brother Joshua who is thrilled to have a

little sister to play with and who

throughly enjoyed showing off his new

sister on the bimah at the baby blessing.

They love matching shul teddies they

received. Tammy enjoys spending time

with her grandparents and all her family

and friends.

Matan Chaim Cohen

My name is Matan Chaim Cohen and I

was born on the 15 June 2011. My name

means “gift”...and my mummy and

daddy say that I am the best present ever

I LOVE staying at my Grandma Ruth

(“ffff ”) and Grandpa David (“Pa”)

Proops’ house and coming to Stanmore

Shul and seeing all their friends and

Mummy’s second family the Hertz’s!

When I was on the bimah bring blessed,

I spent the whole time grinning and

waving to everyone. It was a very happy

day - thank you for my teddy bear!

Jacob Yaron Courts

Born on 31 July 2012, Jacob arrived just

in time for the Olympics. He is a very

lively and alert baby, and always wants to

watch everything that is going on. At 5

months he is growing fast and on course

to be taller than his daddy by his bar

mitzvah! He loves playing with his older

cousins, who all adore him; as do his

grandparents. Jacob loves to go for

walks, play on his rainforest mat and

dance with his mummy at Hartbeeps

baby group! We are enjoying every

minute, seeing him try to sit up and

crawl, as well as entertaining him with

the saxophone and piano which we hope

he will learn to play one day too!

Matan Chaim

Cohen

Jacob Yaron

Courts

Sophia Hakkak

Simeon Moses

Levere

Frankie Theo

Lipowicz

pink teddy to show for it. I look forward

to seeing you all in shul soon.

Simeon Moses Levere

Simeon was born on 1 September and is

named, in a somewhat convoluted

manner, after Daniel’s Grandpa and

Emily’s Nana. He is the first member of

the next generation on both sides of the

family so has attention lavished on him by

his doting Grandparents, Aunts and

Uncles. He has learnt to reward them with

lots of gorgeous smiles and gurgles as well

as plenty of sick on their best clothes. Ask

Nana Susan about her interesting

conversations with him and Grandpa Ian

about what happened to his suit!.

Frankie Theo Lipowicz

Frankie Theo Lipowicz was born on 10

December 2011 and is now 1 year. He is

always happy and smiling and loves

playing with all his cousins, Louis in Leeds

and Tyler, Ava, Anya and Leo in London.

He loves going to music group, playing

with his toys and watching baby TV.

Frankie loves saying two things - DaDa

and Uh Oh!

Gavriella Odette Relevy

My name is Gavriella Odette Relevy and I

was born on the 18 May 2012. Mummy

and daddy say I am an absolute joy. I eat

well, sleep well, and always have a smile

and a giggle to share. I have two beautiful

older sisters Adina and Saphira who play

with me all the time and teach me how to

be princess number 6. Oh yes, I meant to

mention I am also known as princess

number 6 as Grandma Linda and Papa

Ronnie have another 3 granddaughters

Sophie, Amy and Lucy so all in all they

have 6 princesses. How lucky they are!!!

Sophia Hakkak

Hiya! I’m Sophia (aka ‘princess’ to my

parents). I was born on 26 December

2011 just in time for lunch. I’m a real

cutie and have bought my parents and

family so much delight and happiness. I

love music, talking lots and playing with

all my friends. I really enjoyed my first

shul experience. Standing on the bimah

made me feel so special and I even got a

Gavriella Odette

Relevy

Sacha Tyler Rosen

Hello. My name is Sacha Tyler Rosen and

I was born on 16 May 2012. I am the

fourth Rosen boy, and my brothers are

Jake, Nathan, and Ashley, so I have good

protectia.

I am a happy chappy. Everything amuses

me. I like biting things and I don’t sleep

much.

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Sydney Ray Rubens

Sydney Ray Rubens born 29 July 2012, a

daughter for Katy and Ian Rubens.

Sydney always has a knowing look and

smile for those closest: grandparents,

great grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Nathan Slatkin

Hovering around the 9th percentile, our

little Nathan may be small in stature but

he is certainly big on heart He joined the

Slatkin clan on the 20 April 2012, and

besides his aversion to sleeping for

long stretches, he has brought to our

household a new sense of calm and

patience this is where he differs from his

favourite person in the whole world (big

brother Ollie), who at 3, is and always has

been rather more demanding! Most of

the time

Nathan wears a quiet smile and is ready

to be made to giggle with tickles and

peekaboo. He can regularly be seen

hanging with Grandma and Grandpa,

Linda and Robert Brody of Kenton, and

skyping with his long distance Bubbe and

Papa, Trudy and Mark Slatkin of Kansas

City, who are delighted with his newly

acquired waving skills. Come and say hi

– Nathan’s looking for new friends.

Sydney Ray

Rubens

Nathan Slatkin

Talia-Chloe Lexi

Tash

Zara Yaros

Talia-Chloe Lexi Tash

My name is Talia-Chloe Lexi Tash and I

am now 10 months old. I can now crawl

forwards as well as backwards which

means that all my big brother’s toys are

within easy reach. My favourite games are

eating anything I can lay my hands on,

throwing things off my high chair and

then looking for them and giggling lots. I

am always smiling and my mummy,

daddy, sister and brother love me lots and

lots.

Zara Yaros

Zara’s favourite activities are eating food

of all types, singing and dancing to

music. She loves spending time with all

of her family and her best friend, cousin

Ruby Kober.Her favourite toys are her

teapot, handbag and cookie jar. She also

loves having books read to her.

Harrow’s Holocaust Memorial Day

Commemoration

The theme of this year’s Holocaust

Memorial Day Commemoration

at Harrow Civic Centre was

‘Communities Together: Build a

Bridge’ and all who attended the

ceremony from Stanmore were most

grateful to Glynis Kuzuk for her

endeavours in reserving 25 seats in the

Council Chamber.

Following the lighting of the Yahrzeit

candle by Rabbi Michael Hilton and one

minute’s silence, two police cadets

introduced the Worshipful Mayor

Councillor Nizam Ismail who reflected

on how we should live our lives today to

create a better future. Rabbi Hilton of

Hatch End Kol Chai Synagogue

expressed his hope that we would live in

a world of justice and peace for all

people and Olivia Marks-Woldman from

the Holocaust Memorial Trust reminded

the audience that everybody is a member

of some kind of community. Hannah

Nathanson from the Harrow Youth

Parliament presented a moving video.

The Holocaust Testimony was presented

by Bob and Ann Kirk who each gave

harrowing accounts of their escape from

Nazi Germany as kindertransport

children. They recalled the horrors of

‘Kristallnacht’ and all the notices of

‘Juden Verboden’. Ann told how her

parents had sent her to live with ‘two

aunties’ in London for her safety and

that when she saw her parents waving to

her from the train platform, it was the

last time she ever saw them. Ann and

Bob married and went on to have two

sons, but could not discuss their

holocaust experiences for over 40 years.

The Moriah Jewish Primary Day School

Choir performed two beautiful songs

and were joined later in the evening by

blues singer, Cathy Edgar for a specially

commissioned rendition of ‘A Bridge of

Voice’. Ten year old Max Adam from

Stanmore, who formed part of the choir,

is no stranger to performing publicly as

he has sung Anim Zemirot with younger

brother, Theo, on several occasions in

Shul. Max’s mother Nadine and Theo

watched proudly from the audience in

the Council Chamber.

The ceremony closed with thanks to all

the contributors and concluded with

kosher refreshments for all the guests.

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Stanmore Synagogue Community Care

What Stanmore Synagogue Community

Care does is best summed up in the

words of one of our volunteers and of

someone who has experienced their

help.

My Friendly Experience

If it’s Tuesday it’s Friendship Club Day.

Having retired during 2011, I decided to

look around at volunteering prospects.

One of the first opportunities was the

most local - our very own Stanmore

Synagogue Community Care staffed by

the marvellously dedicated and caring

volunteers with whom it has been my

pleasure to work. I chose to help taking

and bringing home ladies and gentlemen

to the Friendship Club run by the

admirable Sylvia Michaels every Tuesday.

This project has proved to be one of the

most rewarding of my life. It helps

people who live alone to get out of their

homes at least once a week and meet up

with others in a similar situation to play

cards, chat, enjoy a lunch together. On

Craig Kent

Editors’ Note: We are very sad to

report the passing of Michael Reveres,

the first permanent Editor of

Habimah in the late 1960s. He served

another three years at the helm from

Rosh Hashanah edition 1998 to Rosh

Hashanah 2001. Under Michael’s

Editorship, our magazine reached new

heights, receiving the best synagogue

magazine award from the Board of

Deputies in 2001. For more than two

years Michael suffered from a form of

Pancreatic Cancer. Soon after

Michael’s death last December, his

son-in-law Craig decided to raise

money for research into this particular

cancer which claimed the lives of both

his Father and Father-in-law. This is

Craig’s story………………

my short journeys with them I am able

to share some of their stories, hear about

their families, commiserate about some

of their ailments and complaints and

enjoy some of their life experiences. It

has been a great honour and pleasure.

During the year a few special lunches are

organised such as birthday celebrations,

Chanukah, Pesach and other light

entertainment which of course adds to

the experience

As a volunteer driver I can help by

reporting any difficulties that I might

hear about or notice, such as health

problems back to the Community Care

Office, who can then take the matters

further if necessary. Confidentiality is, of

course, crucial at all times.

If you know of somebody who could

benefit from the Friendship Club

facilities please contact the Community

Care Office. Anyone who has some

spare time and wishes to give back

something to the community please get

in touch with the Office. As well as

Running the Marathon to

beat Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic and Bile Duct cancers have a

survival rate of less than 3% but they are

increasingly common forms of illness that

in the last 18 months has claimed the lives

of both my father, Alan Kent and my

father-in-law Michael Reveres. As a

lifelong member of the Stanmore

community I am attempting to raise

awareness of these horrible forms of

cancer and raise as many donations as I

can as I prepare to run the London

Marathon for the first (and most likely

only) time on 21st April.

The grief that we have been experiencing

is unimaginable as both men were

wonderful people, dedicated to their

families, and who will both be missed by

a great many of you. It was Michael

himself who actually started the Habimah

taking people to the Friendship Club you

might be asked to take someone to a

hospital appointment or home visiting,

taking someone shopping or even going

to the barbers.

You will find it most rewarding and

satisfying.

Michael Stephens, SSCC Volunteer

In Praise of SSCC

I can only speak as I find and I have had

only help and kindness from everyone in

the cabin, and all their volunteers. You

can ring anytime during their working

hours and someone will help you, If not,

then they will phone you back. They sit

in their office in the car park away from

the Shul and are completely vulnerable,

but they turn up whatever the weather

and give their all. AlI I can say is a very

big thank you, and long may you

continue.

Faye Serota, SSCC Client

and his input and service to the Stanmore

community will be cherished by all who

enjoyed the benefits of his wholehearted

contribution to the shul and wider

charities.

A few months ago I approached the

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

(PCRF) who agreed to designate a

charity place for me on this year’s

London Marathon. The goal of running

26.2 miles is the biggest physical

challenge I have ever undertaken but it

is allowing me to channel my grief in a

positive way and to involve my family in

the memory of lost relatives.

The PCRF and I would be most grateful

for any donations to this extremely

worthy cause. Every penny raised will go

towards research to try to improve future

survival rates for pancreatic cancer, a

shocking disease that could affect any

one of us.

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Jacob Levy

Sephardi Shabbaton

David Kibel

Yad Sarah

Ground-breaking – not a word one

readily associates with a Shabbaton.

Yet on Shabbat 16 February 2013

something truly ground-breaking did

indeed take place at Stanmore and

Canons Park Synagogue; and it wasn’t

just the difference in catering either.

On Shabbat Terumah with the

Stanmore Sephardi Minyan having

entered its third glorious year – the

occasion was marked by a Communal

Sephardi Shabbaton.

The Synagogue halls were wired with

anticipation as 120 congregants convened

in the Community Centre (a change of

location and pace from its usual home in

the Boardroom) to celebrate the monthly

Sephardi Service. Swollen by the ranks of

four visiting Rabbonim and their families,

a healthy phalanx of Stanmore’s Sephardi

members and supporters as well as

curious, interested Ashkenazim from the

main Shul – we were treated to an awe

inspiring Service. The tunes were melodic,

robust, rousing and represented a perfect

fusion of competing styles (Persian,

Moroccan, Afghan, Spanish and

Portuguese, Iraqi and Bombay Baghdadi).

The supremely talented Amran Mamane

led an engaging Shacharit and Haftarah,

whilst Baal Koreh David Chazan, making

his debut at the Sephardi Minyan, was a

jaw-dropping revelation. The sermon was

delivered with style and humour by Rav

Mashiach Kelaty followed by a short,

interesting daroosh on Sephardic minhags

by Rabbi Yitzy David – and this was a

foretaste of great things to come.

After a communal Kiddush and with the

numbers now at 250 – the congregation

amassed in the Shul to hear an inspiring

daroosh on the meaning of ‘happiness’

from Rav Moshe Levy. His humour and

wit set us up wonderfully for what would

be an even more moving and spine

tingling lunch. From the Sephardic

catering to the welcome address by Nissan

Moradoff whose energy has wrought this

occasion through to the specially sent

blessing from the Sephardi Chief Rabbi

of Netanya wishing the Stanmore Minyan

good fortune, relayed by Simon Monk –

the diners were treated to speeches of

great emotion from Rabbi Lew and the

honoured guest and visiting Rabbi Farhi.

In their own ways they shared a common

vision – not a vision of differences and

distinctions; of foreign minhags or alien

ways; but one of collaborative efforts and

shared philosophies. As I looked around

the room at my Sephardi and Ashkenazi

friends (and at my Ashkefardi family) I

was struck by the warmth, the glow, the

true wonder of people enjoying

something new, something traditional,

something highly charged and emotional.

I am certain that none of us will forget the

electricity in the room or the sight of 3

young children aged between 3 and 6

standing on their chairs separately reciting

to the whole hall in small, firm, tuneful

voices beautiful Sephardic Shevachot

(Zemirot) whilst the surrounding tables

joined in. Who could forget the visceral

power of Rabbi Farhi’s daroosh, or the

whiskey that we all consumed, or the food

served in copious quantities, or the sense

of unity of purpose - Sephardi showing

Ashkenazi the dignity of difference - or

the room as a whole embracing the event

with purpose. Ashkenazi Sephardi For

me, none of these phrases capture it.

There was only one phrase that had

meaning in that room: “Am Yisrael Chai”

Last year’s Kol Nidre appeal partly

benefited Yad Sarah, an Israeli charity

little known by the diaspora, but which

is actually one of Israel’s largest

charities helping some 420,000 Israelis

annually. It is known as Israel’s best

kept secret – outside of Israel. It is a

charity which operates mainly through

volunteers (95% of its personnel are

unpaid volunteers) helping Israelis of

all persuasions – orthodox and nonorthodox,

Arab and Jew, young and

old. It has an annual budget of around

NIS 100m, of which 97 percent is

funded by donations from either

Israelis who have used equipment,

and from overseas donors.

During 2011, Yad Sarah assisted 420,000

people around the country via its 100 plus

branches and saved NIS 1.5bn that

otherwise would have come from public

coffers. This included the lending of

270,000 pieces of medical equipment -

from walkers and wheelchairs, to air

mattresses for the bedridden, breast

pumps for mothers of new born babies,

bed hoists, oxygen-producing machines,

and myriad other pieces of equipment

both at home or following their release

from hospital. Additionally they have

occupational therapists to help severely

disabled people, run groups for mentally

challenged persons, provides meals for

them, and collects and takes them home.

It also provides day centre care for the

disabled, dental clinics for the elderly and

a host of other activities for those with

disabilities and special needs.

The organization, founded by former

Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski, also

repairs medical equipment, runs a

laundry service for the bedridden, has

A recipient of help from Yad Sarah was 24 year old Odelia Lavie, who was

taken in her wheelchair to the hairdresser, makeup artist and bridal gown

salon, and then to her wedding ceremony, in a specially converted van.

Born with disability, Odelia had been receiving the organisation’s help in

getting around for many years, and her bridegroom who became disabled

in school when he was 17 also uses a Yad Sarah wheelchair.

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medical devices that are available for

purchase, provides an emergency call

centre for the elderly, gives legal advice to

those in need, and answers medical

questions.

One particular service offered by Yad

Sarah is for visiting tourists who may

need assistance with wheelchairs or other

medical equipment while in Israel, or

special transport to get to their hotel or

families. The Jerusalem head office has a

dedicated department which helps

tourists who have such special needs.

If anyone would like further information

about Yad Sarah, please contact David

Kibel on:

david@kibel .co.uk.

Rachel Karabon

An Exercise Class with a Difference

About 10 years ago, I was watching

my grandma and my mum with my

two young children. My mum was

on the floor playing and my

grandma was on a chair watching.

She loved all her greatgrandchildren

but there was a limit

as to how much she could play with

them, because she had bad

arthritis and many of her joints

were stiff. Although active when

younger, always working hard, she

didn’t do any exercise as she got

older. It made me wonder whether,

if she had done anything different

and tried to use her joints and

muscles, she could have stayed

more mobile for longer.

I was already an exercise instructor,

teaching in gyms, aerobics classes and

personal training, so I decided to look

into teaching exercise to older adults,

specifically those who couldn’t go to

regular exercise classes, through

medical conditions, age, or even just

choice. Not everybody wants to get

hot and sweaty but most people want

to stay mobile and active and retain

use of their muscles and joints for as

long as possible. In addition I really

wanted my mum to be like this.

I researched the idea and found a

company I liked the sound of. They

had been endorsed by the Department

of Health and some noteworthy

professionals. In September 2003 I

began my training with Extend. They

were very thorough and, despite my

previous courses and qualifications, I

still found it quite rigorous and learnt

a completely new approach to teaching

this older section of the population.

Extend classes are suitable for

absolutely everyone. It is possible to

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cater for a completely mixed ability

class at the same time. For example,

at least 20 minutes of every class is

done sitting down, but the whole class

can be done seated if necessary,

meaning that those in wheelchairs, or

the chairbound, or those who are

simply having an “off ” day can still

join in and get the full benefit.

Also, the class is designed to work

through every body part and joint, so

it might start with a warm-up to get

the blood flowing and the joints

moving, followed by a few minutes of

mobility of all the major body parts

and then move on to concentrate on

strengthening and mobilising the legs,

the shoulders, then the hands and

wrists, feet and ankles and tummies

and neck.

Another great thing about these

classes is that it emphasises the fun

part of exercise. We use lively music

mostly from the 50s, 60s and 70s. A

few minutes of each class usually

includes use of equipment such as

ribbons, squeezy balls, dynabands and

even paper towels, all of which

provides lots of merriment as well as

encouraging participants to exercise

various body parts without even

realising they are doing so.

Perhaps most importantly for some, the

classes mean a chance to get together

with other people, to chat, share advice

and enjoy themselves. They get to flex

their mental muscles too with a section

on co-ordination and it’s amazing to see

how quickly people’s reactions and

memory improves after only a few

weeks and how pleased they are when

they can do something one week that

was impossible previously, even

something as small as lifting their arm a

little higher above their head than they

have done for a long time. All these

things contribute to maintaining

independence and quality of life for

longer.

Current participants in my classes have

commented on the benefits they feel: for

Len Rickman it means that he will have

the strength and ability to get down and

play with his current and forthcoming

grandchildren for longer. Barbara Glass

says that the exercises help her to feel

‘looser’and without them her joints start

to stiffen up.

There is a class every Wednesday

morning at Stanmore Synagogue from

11.15 -12 noon. For more information

on this class and others in the area please

contact Rachel Karbaron on:

07931 543502, or

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Youth Department Update

The past few months have been nonstop

in the youth department. We’ve

had a busy festival season, followed by

trips, activities, events, clubs,

rehearsals and plays. At Stanmore

Tribe we create programmes for all the

year-groups between Year 5 and Year

13, and make sure that there is

something for everyone. The following

is made up of different pieces written

by the youth of our community. We’re

looking forward to another six months

full of exciting programmes for our

youth.

Josh Pyzer

Inters Service

The Intermediates’ Service, for Years 5-

7 runs every Shabbat from 10.30-11.30

and aims to provide a fun, interactive

Shabbat morning experience. We

recently said farewell to our devoted

Year 8s, as they moved up to the Youth

Service, and we watch proudly as the

Chatanim become essential members of

that service.

At the same time, we were delighted to

welcome Year 5 into the Intermediates,

and there were so many graduates from

the Children’s Service that it was difficult

to find a seat.

Accompanied by all their favourite tunes,

sweets, and a quiz based on the Parsha,

everyone who comes to the

Intermediates’ Service has only good

things to say about it. Oh, and of course

there is a great Kiddush afterwards too.

Sam Adler

Learn To Lead

Learn to Lead teaches us how to become

responsible members of our community,

whilst growing into young adults. It is

an interactive course where we learn

about different issues affecting everyday

lives, whether Jewish or not. Learn to

Lead is an excellent course, which

although run through Stanmore Shul, is

not religion based. The course does

exactly as the title says.

So far, we have been taught the

beginning stages of First Aid –

comprising of CPR, choking and

recovery position. The second part of

First Aid is coming up. Streetwise has

shown us how to keep ourselves safe on

the streets, by protecting ourselves on

the buses, trains, shopping malls and any

public place. Also, if we are in the

unfortunate event of being mugged, we

have been shown how to deal with the

situation.

Rabbi Landau has taught us the

importance of how a leader thinks and

acts for themselves. Peer pressure is

something all teenagers are faced with

during everyday life and being able to

keep to your own principles is a positive

way of dealing with it.

I know we have plenty more to learn

including the problems of addiction and

dangers of drugs, taking responsibility

of being in charge at a campsite, as well

as the basics of camping skills, disability

awareness and Israel awareness.

Our group, of approximately 15-20, all

studied at SMILE together. We know

each other well and have all become

good friends so we are extremely lucky

to be able to work together again and

continue to enjoy this worthwhile and

necessary course.

I’m proud to say I’m taking part in Learn

to Lead!

Harriet Zulman

Tribe Poland Trip

On the 24-28 October, a group of 36 left

for Poland. Though many of us didn’t

know what was ahead of us, it is safe to

say this trip was one of the most

memorable experiences any of us would

have. We arrived early on Wednesday

and were taken around part of the

Warsaw Ghetto, followed by a mass

graveyard. At this point we began to

realise the brutality of the Holocaust and

how it is still affective today.

On the first night, the Group had itsfirst

sikum, which is a general discussion

about our day. These nightly talks

became a large part of the trip and

helped us all to deal with our emotions.

The next day, we journeyed to Majdanek

concentration camp, just outside Lublin.

Inside the gas chamber and

crematorium, though they were difficult

to bear, we knew it was all necessary in

order to try and relate to our ancestors

who had been killed in the very place we

were standing, just less than 70 years ago.

In an attempt to lift our spirits, the group

briefly visited Avimelech’s grave, which

resulted in an unexpected tisch with

Israeli strangers. We began to appreciate

how lucky we were to be living as part of

the Jewish nation in the 21st century.

The following day, Friday, we went to

Auschwitz. We davened at the entrance,

looked around the museum camp and

then at the real thing. After the March of

Living, where as a group we walked the

path from the gates to the crematorium,

and shortly after lit candles in the coldest

barracks, we all felt the importance of

the experience and our duty as Jewish

teenagers.

We then experienced an uplifting

Shabbat in Krakow that put the whole

trip into perspective and left us all on a

spiritual high for the last few stops on

our way back to London.

Michael Bower

SHED

Every week, Shabbat is really enjoyable

for me. The Youth Service plays a big

role in my life and it is always full of joy

and enthusiasm from the youngsters of

the Stanmore kehilla. After B’nei Akiva,

I attend SHED. This stands for seudah,

havdallah, entertainment, dinner.

After an enjoyable seudah and Maariv,

we head up to the very well developed

youth lounge and get the chance to chill

with our friends, play FIFA, and indulge

in a delicious take away from Met Su

Yan, K Grill or Pizaza. The great thing

about SHED is that whilst it is long

enough to have fun, it isn’t too long that

it eats into your Saturday evening. This

allows you to still be able to do your

regular evening activities. In my view,

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SHED is an awesome way to bond with

Rabbi Landau and the madrichim and

have loads of fun!!!

I think this programme will attract more

youngsters who may not attend Shul

regularly and encourage them to come

more often and be yet another addition

to the amazing Stanmore Youth Service.

Maddy Assor

Year 9 Trip to York

Stanmore and Hampstead Garden

Suburb Tribe organised a York trip for

Year 9.

We left Stanmore Shul shortly after

Shabbat and headed up to York. We

arrived at the Premier Inn hotel and

watched a movie.

We woke up bright and early Sunday

morning ready to have a long and

exciting day. First, we went to Clifford’s

Tower. Thanks to Rabbi Landau and

Rabbi Levene, we learnt all about the

history of York. We said prayers in

memory of the many Jews that died and

explored the monument.

Next, we went to a Viking center called

Jorvik. It taught us all about the history of

the Vikings in York and it was great fun.

By the time we had finished, we were all

starving. We headed to a site to eat and a

delicious lunch came. We had schnitzels,

pita and salads.

After lunch we went to a museum called

DIG. A very helpful man gave us a tour

around and showed us what they

managed to dig up in the city of York!

The archaeologists had found objects

that date back to the 1600s. The centre

also had an archaeological dig. The

museum workers made pits full of

shredded rubber and put in objects that

you would find underground. The man

then gave us each a small shovel and we

had to dig up the objects. I think that it

was fun and I learnt so much.

Finally, after a very long day, we went to

the York Wheel. It is a big wheel similar

to the London Eye but just a bit smaller!

It was a great chance to see all the

buildings of York and the beautiful view.

We headed back to London after a very

long day, yet so much fun.

Natalie Saideman

Year 9 Trip to York

Year 9 from Stanmore and Hampstead

Garden Suburb visited York for a 24 hour

trip. On Saturday night as Shabbat went

out we gathered our bags and arrived at

Shul, all excited for this incredible

experience. After a long and tiring journey,

we reached the Premier Inn and watched

a film, before going to our rooms.

In the morning, after a sleepless night we

had a quick breakfast and davening

session, and set off for the day. We first

visited Clifford’s Tower where we learnt

about the awful events that occurred there.

I found this part of the trip very moving

as we listened to a diary entry written by a

girl around my age, making me realize how

lucky I am that I can be Jewish and proud,

without massacres and attacks like the

Jews of York had to face. After a look

around the tower and a climb to the top

to see the stunning view of York, we left

for the Jorvick Viking Museum.

It was an interesting experience, and I

learnt about Viking life in York. We went

on a small train which took us around a

model Viking village, with smells, sounds

and wax work models. By then, we were all

hungry and we went to a site called DIG,

where we ate a delicious lunch and chatted

for a while. After that we learnt about

archaeologists, and were given small

shovels to find the hidden artefacts in the

pits and try to identify them. We also saw

many bones of humans and animals, and

tried to identify what part of the body they

were from and where they had come from.

To finish off the fantastic day we visited

the York Wheel. We could see the whole

of York and the view was incredible. After

a long day we headed back to Stanmore,

sad to leave such a fun experience behind

us.

Overall the day was inspirational, a

learning experience and a chance to meet

new friends and learn about how

important it is to be a proud Jew. I would

like to thank all the amazing leaders who

made this trip so incredible and enjoyable.

The group with Rabbi Landau at the foot of York Castle

Gaby Schwarzmann

Shabbat Morning Girls’ Discussion

with Aviva Landau

Each Shabbat morning during the Youth

Service all the Year 9 girls go to the

Brides’ Room with Aviva. Each week one

of the girls gives a short D’var Torah on

the Parsha from that week, then Aviva

asks us questions related to that Parsha. It

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is a great opportunity to discuss what has

happened during that week in the news

and our own lives while learning a lot at

the same time. Recently we have discussed

many fascinating topics such as modesty

and, most recently, self-esteem, what it is

and how and why it is important to have.

Each week we go home having learnt

something new, and that is really amazing.

After our session we all go back to the

Youth Service together to daven Musaf.

A scene from Haim Potter and the Chanukiah of Good and Evil

It is a really nice way to catch up with

your friends as well as making sure you

have someone to sit with in the service.

We all really enjoy going and are really

grateful to Aviva for having set this up.

Zoe Hajioff

Mitzvah Day

The project which the youth worked on for

Mitzvah Day was to put together special

Chanukiah packages for Jewish servicemen

and women in the British Armed Forces.

Doing something for the Jewish soldiers

who could not be with their families was

indeed a very special thing to be part

of. Every child present at Mitzvah Day,

made a lovely card wishing the soldiers a

happy Chanukiah. This was done on

behalf of the Stanmore Community.

We then wrapped some presents which

included a Chanukiah, candles, dreidels

and, of course, chocolate coins which I am

sure they were very grateful for. It really

made everyone appreciate what we already

have at home. A movie was also shown

about the Jewish soldiers in the British

army, which was very moving and

interesting.

There were many clothes, shoes and

other goods donated to World Jewish

Relief. Time and effort came from every

person who took part in the event and

everyone should be very proud.

From the young to the old, there were so

many people who did something on the

day!

Rabbi Landau

Haim Potter and the Chanukiah of

Good and Evil

Ten years on and the latest production of

Haim Potter was just as exciting, just as

fun and just as busy. We had a cast of

more than 30 children who came together

Rabbi Benji and Aviva Landau with the Haim Potter cast on the

Harry Potter studio tour

for rehearsals for weeks and months, and

despite lots of hiccups along the way, they

performed a most beautiful production

of ‘Haim Potter and the Chanukiah of

Good and Evil’.

After the conclusion of the second night’s

performance in mid-December I handed

out some gifts to those who had helped

make the production possible. One of the

things I said then was that in Stanmore,

Haim Potter is not just a play – it’s a way

of lif This series of plays has done so

much for the youth of our community

and still continues to bring the children

together and forms the basis of

relationships that continue for many years.

.

Jason Saidel

Harry Potter Studio Tour

On the 16 December 2012 the cast from

Haim Potter and the Chanukiah of

Good and Evil visited the Harry Potter

studios in Watford.

It was a wet and drizzly night but the

weather did not dampen our spirits. We

were met by Rabbi Landau and our tour

began.

The tour started in a screening room

where we watched a factual video about

the life inside Harry Potter. The video

highlighted how the actors lived and

worked as characters on the set and how

the set was made and later destroyed.

We then moved on to the Great Hall

which was not so GREAT in real life.

(That was the only part of the tour with a

guide). We saw the costumes for all the

teachers in the movies and learnt that

Snape wore the same costume the whole

time, as well as the secrets of the floating

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candles, how real food became pretend,

how the hall was decorated for Christmas

and the weather changing roof. We were

all amazed by the trickery and special

effects.

Next we entered a grand room which

housed the gate to Hogwarts, the

headmaster’s office, the potions’

classroom and many more scenes. I had

two favourite scenes – the potions’

classroom with moving wands that stirred

potions in cauldrons and the burrow with

interactive visual displays. We also had a

chance to fly on a broomstick and sit in

the flying car. I felt as if I was Harry.

After that we went outside where we had

our snacks surrounded by the ‘night bus’

which was 22 feet tall, the bridge where

Neville killed Nagini and the Potter’s old,

destroyed house in Godrics Hollow. There

were also kiosks selling butterbeer and

firewhisky which I was dying to try but

unfortunately were not kosher.

Our next destination was the room filled

with electronics where I was in my

element as I could press lots of buttons

which controlled mandrakes (plants that

scream), baby Voldermort, Hadrig’s head

and Dobby. Another favourite of mine

were miniature models of different places

depicted in the movies e.g. Hogsmead and

Hogwarts.

The last room was a massive structure of

Hogwarts that was used for pan out

viewing of the castle. I was disappointed

not to see the Whomping Willow and

Hagrid’s hut but I had a great time. It is a

must see for Harry Potter lovers.

HaCheder visits ‘GIFT’

Following hot on the heels of ‘Mitzvah

day’ the pupils of HaCheder could not

resist the chance to be involved in

some more practical mitzvot. Having

learnt that Judaism involves more than

Hebrew reading, Jewish history and

learning about Shabbat and Festivals,

the classes took the opportunity to

volunteer at the ‘GIFT’ centre in

Hendon on 2 December 2012 to pack

some food parcels for those less

fortunate than themselves.

GIFT is an independent charity, based in

Hendon, whose purpose it is to encourage,

educate and promote a culture of giving

and volunteering in the community.

Was the visit a success This is what some

of the pupils had to say:

‘I felt happy coming today because we are helping

people who do not have food and can’t afford food.

Today we pack food into bags and put them into

big boxes and we filled about 150 big boxes.

It was good fun. We packed things like toothpaste

sweeties and cans! They are going to feel very

lucky.’ Ellie

‘We packed food for poor people. We are sad for

them. The food we packed was sweeties and pasta.’

Chloe

‘We packed food for poor people. We are sad for

them. The food we packed was pasta.’ Samantha

‘We packed food. It was very fun. It was for people

that can’t afford it. We packed 150 bags.’

Benjamin

‘Today at GIFT I put lemon Jif and grape juice

into a bag with other food. It was tied up and put

in a box and it will get taken to people who cannot

afford it. The other food that was packed was

pasta, cans, toiletries and cereal.’ Daniel

‘I put tins of stuff in big bags and the big bags

went in a big box for 2 hours. I did 2 big boxes.

We got 150 bags in the big boxes. It was fun

!!!!!!!!!!!! But we are sad for the people who don’t

have food. I hope they enjoy it.’ Leo

‘Today I put honey, sugar and crackers in a bag.

We packed about 150 bags and I bet that the

people who recieve the bags are going to feel lovely.’

Annabel

‘I really enjoyed this morning., because when we

were packing the bags I thought of poor people and

how happy they will be.’ Jess.

‘Today we packed food and toiletries for charity.

We packed the bags by passing the bags around.

Each bit of a table each person packed their own

type of thing. After we finished we helped other

people to pack their food. It was very fun and a

little bit crazy with all the bags going around.’

Hannah

‘Today I went to a place where we pack bags. We

packed food and things like toothpast, soap and

other stuff. We did it for poor people who have no

food or water. We each had some food and we

packed it in a bag and put it in a box. We filled

more than 100 bags. It was so fun and exiting. I

fell very happy to be here and help people who are

poor and I hope they enjoy all the food. I put a lot

of pasta and tins in lots of bags.’ Charlotte.

‘Today we packed food for about two hours for

people who are poor and do not have any money to

buy food and toiletries. Some may have money but

they do not have enough for everything. We packed

some sweets, pasta, toiletries. We packed about

150 bags.’ Stephanie.

When we are not volunteering HaCheder

meets in the Synagogue every Sunday

during term time from 9.30-12.30 (Years

1 to 6).

The Cheder children at the GIFT centre

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Laura Jaffe

Toddler Service

“We light the Shabbat candles, the

Challahs on the plate. Make Kiddush,

make Kiddush and stay up LATE!” our

littlest members shriek with delight.

Starting at 11am every Shabbat and Yom

Tov morning, the Toddler Service actively

involves all children from birth to age five

with a warm, welcoming sing-song. No

newborn is too small for this service,

keeping them involved until the end of

their reception year at school.

We say “hello and Shabbat Shalom” (or

Chag Sameach) to each of the children

and invite them to tell us about their own

Jewish experiences from home. Around

our cosy circle, we sing about the family

traditions of Shabbat and festivals to

familiar tunes, as we act out what happens

at home and in shul: making a giant pot

of chicken soup from everyone’s favourite

foods, saying bedtime Shema as we go to

sleep and Modeh Ani when we wake up.

We bless the boys and the girls, we jump

up and down to show how ‘Hashem is

here, there and everywhere’ and every

child is given their very own call-up to

bounce/crawl/dance/run around with

our cuddly Torah!

We often talk briefly about the weekly

Torah portion or an upcoming festival, or

sit down quietly for a picture book story.

And for some fun, we sing about a

‘Shabbat/Yom Tov feeling’ in different

areas of our body that we name in

Hebrew. Let us know when it’s your child’s

birthday so we can include it in the

celebrations. After joining together in a

circle for Adon Olam, we meet up with

our older brothers and sisters in the

Children’s service, where there is a

children’s Kiddush full of delicious treats.

For the High Holydays 2012 we brought

in some new games and activities to the

Toddler Service. The children did so well

to raise the roof with the tooting of paper

shofars, for which they certainly deserved

their special Yomtov badge! If you haven’t

yet been hopping with the ‘Shabbat

bunnies’ or caught a cuddly falling star for

Shema prayers, please do come join us

soon. We are very proud of the five and

six year olds who moved up to the older

children’s service in our graduation

ceremony in September. Special thanks to

Niki Caplan whose talented handiwork

has brought us such beautiful new props

for the children to play with this year, and

to all the parents on our rota team who

lead the service bringing their own unique

contribution. Bring your little ones along,

they will love it. We hope to see you there

soon.

Tots to Tens

Since its creation last year, the Tots

to Tens Committee has had a flying

start. We have held four fantastic

events for the families of our

Community.

Lunch on Yom Kippur was a sell out and

we hope to make this an continuing event

for years to come. We learnt Circus skills

at the Succot Party and boogied away at

the Chanukah Disco. Our last event, on

Purim, was a huge amount of fun, with a

fantastic Fancy Dress Parade, and loads

of arts and crafts. We are extremely

pleased that each event we organise is

attended by more and more people.

Our focus is always the same, to create an

enjoyable and safe enviroment for the

families of the community to meet up,

celebrate and have fun, and as anyone

who has attended will know, there is

always an abundance of sweets!!!

We look forward to seeing our regulars

and lots of new families at our future

events.

Please look out for our posters and flyers

and check out the shul website for details

of upcoming events. You can also

email us at totstoten@hotmail.com.

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Ashleigh Jacobs

One Girl, Three Hospitals and many

Lafas on the Side

In November 2011, like many other

16 year olds I was going through the

gruelling task of wondering which

tour to pick. The dilemma was

whether to join my friends, or go with

just a few people I know, so I could

make new friends. It was a very tough

time in the Jacobs’ household during

that period until I had an epiphany to

venture onto FZY.

Fast-forward seven months, and the day

which every 16 year old anticipates from

receiving their tour list to changing their

tour in April, arrives. I had to make sure

I had all the right equipment to get

through tour, this being nothing less

then 20 pairs of a plethora of Jack Wills,

Abercrombie and Topshop shorts, with

matching t-shirts of course. Add to this

the minimal six pairs of shoes, and six

Shabbat outfits, as well as the many other

elements to the survival kit; constantly

being added to the suitcase by your

Jewish mother, naturally. Then realising

that you are only allowed 25 kg, when in

reality your suitcase is currently weighing

30 kg and you have not even finished

packing, the day becomes somewhat

more stressful than planned.

Nonetheless, 120 FZY participants

entered the doors of Stanmore and

Canons Park Synagogue on Sunday 8

July 2012, after an as expected, heart-felt

Jewish goodbye. I was one of these

participants. However, I had already

started my Tour Experience slightly

differently to them. Living so close to the

shul, I was made to walk down my road,

while pulling my own suitcase, and

holding my hand luggage, this needless

to say being bigger then me, while trying

not to get run over. After arriving at the

shul successfully and saying my Jewish

goodbye, I knew that I was about to have

a month to remember. As you will see I

was not wrong there.

Skip ahead a week later, having had an

extremely smooth week on tour, I knew

that something was not right. After

arriving at the Bedouin tents that day, I

noticed that I had managed to drink

seven litres of water. This, for someone

like me, was a very abnormal occurrence,

even though I am often known to be in

constant need of the toilet, which I get

from my Dad no doubt. Nevertheless I

decided that there was no harm in going

to the medic. My medic asked my

symptoms, and then came to the

conclusion that I was over-hydrated, but

I was not satisfied with this answer. I

pestered him more, much like my Mum

did to get me to write this article, and it

was decided I should go to the hospital

for the night.

Arriving at Be’er Sheva Hospital, I was

slightly taken aback, as I have been very

privileged to be able to utilise the private

health care system in the UK. The

difference in facilities was not what

initially surprised me. My initial reaction

was in fact amazement at the people

surrounding me, as I had always thought

that arriving at a hospital in Israel would

be dominated by Israelis who had been

wounded after being attacked by rockets.

However I could not have been more

wrong as there were many people who

were not Jewish, let alone Israeli. This in

fact was a key reason for my view on

Israeli hospitals to immediately change,

as well as on the media. The media,

while constantly slating Israel, seem to

naively overlook the ‘tiny’ detail that

Ashleigh in the Hadasah Hospital

Israeli hospitals are in fact extremely apt

in dealing with not only Israelis but sick

Arabs too. Needless to say I’m not sure

that if an Israeli was to end up in an

Arab/Palestinian hospital they would be

treated with such care and respect.

Another element the media fail to report

is the work ethic, which entails Israelis

and Arabs working alongside each other.

The media implies that Israel are not

willing to get along with Arabs.

However after being an integral part of

that society, I would beg to differ.

Anyway, after being in the hospital for

little under an hour, and already seen by

two nurses, I was sent into a doctor’s

room after just a 45 minute wait. The

doctor was Palestinian and working in an

Israeli hospital. I was given blood tests

immediately, and various other tests, until

only two hours later, I was given the very

quick diagnosis of Type One Diabetes.

This astonished me, for I was not

expecting the Israeli medical system to

be so advanced in comparison to Britain.

This became even more apparent when I

was sent to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem

and, again, seen quickly and sent for more

tests. Eventually I was taken up to the

room where I would be staying for

the next few days. My time in

Hadassah was yet again an eye

opener into the Israeli medical

system. For again I was seeing how

Arabs and Israelis were working in

harmony together, and how

wrongly the media seems to

portray their relationships.

Not only that but within my first

meeting with my doctor, Professor

Weiss, I was straight away put on

insulin, being taught carbohydrate

counting, as well as the many

different aspects of Type One

Diabetes, that I did not know of.

For someone who is not often

shocked by things, this certainly

was peculiar time for me, as there

was a constant sense of shock due

to everything that the Hospital was

doing for me. I had no idea how

incredible the Israeli health care

system is.

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Two days into my stay, an Arab girl joined

me. At first I have to admit I was not too

pleased about sharing, but after a while I

got used to the idea and she had the space

she needed, and use of the computer too.

This once more highlighted how unfairly

the relationship between Jews and Arabs

is portrayed. For it is clear to see that after

all Israel is put through by other countries

they do not let the political differences

affect medical care.

Not long after my roommate arrived, I

was given the opportunity with great

thanks to FZY, and especially Dr Stewart

alongside my most incredible madricha

Aimee Nathan, to go back on tour. Even

though I was not initially too pleased

to have to join the Tikkun Olam,

volunteering track, if anything it created

an extremely poignant way for me to

spend my first week out of hospital, giving

back to the country that had helped me so

much.

This event happened six months ago, but

the entirety of my journey only really

ended recently, after taking a trip to

Poland with my school. As when entering

in Poland we were told “Take one week

for the rest of your life.’ This quote

instantly took me back to this time of my

life, as after visiting the concentration

camps it made me finally come to terms

with the idea that a nation who can keep

picking themselves up after such hardhitting

situations, surely deserves a better

portrayal within the Israel never seem to

be in the press for the positive actions

they take, only their negative aspects.

People fail to realise that Israel being such

a small country, has achieved far more

than those that are so much bigger.

From their delicious cuisine, which I was

lucky enough to enjoy for the month, to

technical abilities, to their medical care

which I received on the same level as that

of a larger country like America. They are

far too often knocked down unjustly, for

what the media fail to realise is although

Israel are often seen to be firing rockets,

as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin

Netanyahu recently said ‘If Gaza put

their weapons down there would be

peace, If Israel put their weapons down

there would be no Israel’. Putting religion

aside, it goes without saying that a world

without Israel would most certainly not

be a better place.

Representing

the UK

Fifteen year old Gregory Berg Fifteen

Gregory Berg

Fifteen year old Gregory Berg (Grandson

of our members Simone and Richard

Ward) has been chosen to represent the

UK Team in the Maccabiah Games this

July in Israel. He will be part of the under

18's Golf Team.

BARMITZSVAHS AND

BATMITZVAHS

We are delighted to wish a

hearty mazeltov to the following

boys and girls who have

celebrated their Barmitzvah or

Batmitzvah :

Barmitzvah

Sam Friend

Benjamin Fraser

Alexander Sacks

Joshua Koffman

Benjamin Markham

Elliot Solomon

Oliver Light

Ben Lazarus

Harry Lane

Daniel Bower

Joshua Lack

Jonah Magar

Batmitzvah

Emily Green

Isabel Minkof

Eden Fixman

Francesca Wall

Amy & Natasha Hertz

Tatiana Magar

Abbie Saul

Raizy Lew

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GROUP REPORT

YITZCHAK RABIN LODGE OF B’NAI

B’RITH

Our Lodge meets about one a month and

we have a wide variety of events and

activities. Recent events have included a

speaker from the new Jewish Cultural

Centre in Finchley Road, which is due to

open this year.

We celebrated Jewish Heritage week with

a very successful evening of Jewish

humour comprising contributions from

members of the Lodge and a supper. Our

outing to Hampstead Theatre to see “Old

Money” with Maureen Lipman was a sell

out. We had a private visit to the British

Library to view ancient Jewish manuscripts

with the curator, Ilana Tahun. We also

arranged an annual summer outing to

Chartwell House, which proved of

immense interest.

In addition to our successful Bridge

Group which meets once a month, our

future plans include the formation of

special interest groups which meet from

time to time covering Current Affairs, an

easy walking/rambling group and the

regular showing of films of Jewish interest

in private homes.

Our annual Musical Soiree is one of the

highlights of our year, with professional

musicians carefully chosen to enable us to

enjoy a convivial evening in a lovely setting.

The funds we collect support medical and

food programmes for Holocaust survivors

and Righteous Gentiles in the Ukraine,

and also provide help for needy families in

Kiryat Gat, Israel.

You do not have to join in order to attend

our meetings we are a very friendly Group,

we always welcome new faces. If you

would like to attend a meeting, please

contact either our President, Carole

Orchover on 020 8958 8867 or our

Membership Secretary, Karol Bernstein

on 020 8907 6547, both of whom will be

happy to help you.

1ST STANMORE RAINBOWS

We meet on Wednesdays 4.30-5.30pm and

its for girls aged 5 and 6. We have great fun

with arts and crafts, games and songs, as

an introduction to Girl Guiding. If your

daughter would like to join us please

contact Niki Caplan on 020 8954 4330.

6TH STANMORE GUIDES

Mitzvah Day

On the evening of Monday 19th

November, the 6th Stanmore Guides all

came to Stanmore Shul with empty shoe

boxes and gifts to make Mitzvah boxes to

send to children less fortunate than us. We

started off by wrapping our shoe boxes in

tissue paper; pink and light blue for girls

and red and green for the boys. Once we

had wrapped up the boxes we then got a

notelet and wrote a message to our friend

(the person who would receive the box.) In

this message we wrote that we hoped they

would enjoy the gifts and to wish them

well. Our Guiding leaders, Katy and Sarah,

then gave us some more little gifts that they

had provided to put into our Mitzvah

boxes. These included nail varnish, lipgloss,

crayons and bracelets for the girls

with paper aeroplanes, bouncy balls and

colouring pencils for the boys. After we

had put the gifts and letter into the box we

tied the lid and box together with some

ribbon, and then wrote the age of the

person that the box should go to and the

gender on a sticker and stuck it onto the

box. These boxes have now all been sent

to the Barnardo’s Children’s Home in

Harlesden. We had a great evening making

them and we all hope that the children

receiving these boxes enjoy the box filled

with gifts. Thanks to Katy and Sarah for

organising such a fun evening.

By Gemma Adamis

STANMORE JACS

Stanmore JACS continues to meet every

Wednesday afternoon in the synagogue

hall at approximately 1.30. We are now

beginning to get some new members and

everyone is made very welcome.

We were lucky enough to have Lord Levy

as one of our many speakers during the

year, when we had about 150 in

attendance. He spoke about his role as

Middle Eastern Envoy for Great Britain.

In appreciation of his visit, we donated

£100 to Jewish Care. Among our other

activities were trips to the seaside, a visit

an Old Time Musical and our annual

Chanukah tea party.

Betty and I were delighted to have

celebrated our Diamond (60th) wedding

anniversary with a tea for the members of

Stanmore JACS. It was a great success.

We look forward to JACS having a very

bright future. Albert Arnold

STANMORE AND EDGWARE LEAGUE OF

JEWISH WOMEN

As usual we are very busy. Our regular

welfare work continues weekly. A number

of our members are involved in the Way

Ahead Scheme. They visit hospitals in

London and the provinces or people’s

homes and advise and support people

with hair loss due to chemotherapy. They

demonstrate how to tie attractive scarves,

if people do not want to wear a wig. This

has proved a very successful venture and is

expanding all the time.

We also take people to the

Edgware Day Centre and

some of us stay and help with

discussion groups, keep fit,

and socialising. Our members

help out at the Norwood

family centre in Hendon in

their Nursery as well as the

Twins group when we watch

the children while mothers

attend a support group. Once

again we stood outside

supermarkets as well as

collecting door to door for

Macmillan Nurses.

Our monthly meetings are always well

attended. Speakers have covered some

very interesting subjects including lip and

cleft pallet repairs in Shri Lanka, Jews in

the British forces, behind the scenes at

Covent Garden, and how to manage back

pain. Last summer, on a very wet day, we

went by coach to High Clere, where

Downton Abbey was filmed.

Stanmore and Edgware LJW’s year ended

when we joined with Stanmore Synagogue

to collect goods outside Edgware’s

Broadwalk Shopping Centre for Mitvah

Day. These were then sent to a homeless

centre in Watford.

If you are interested in volunteering and

our activities, please call either Jean Levy

0209 958 4979 or Caryll Rose

020 8958 8146

LITTLE GEMS NURSERY

Under New Management, but with its

existing fantastic and caring staff, Little

Gems has had a great start to the

Academic year.

During our open days in the first term,

many prospective parents visited and

chose to enrol their children for both

the January and April 2013 Terms,

resulting in ever increasing attendance.

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We were fortunate to procure a number

of beneficial changes during the January

2013 Term, primarily, that of extended

hours on Mondays and Wednesdays to

2.30pm, which includes lunch. This has

proved extremely popular with our

parents.

Little Gems complies with all the

government standards and regulations

regarding nurseries and infant and child

education. All staff members have

completed EYFS training and are CRB

accredited. The nursery is listed on the

London Borough of Harrow’s register of

nurseries and is subject to inspections and

support from the Borough.

We are now confirming places for the

September 2013 Term and urge parents

who are thinking of sending their children,

to get in touch soon. Due to the quality of

care we offer, we have a limit as to the size

of our classes, and with a much greater

demand on places this year, we extend an

invitation to all parents to pop in to see us

during term time. (By appointment only).

We look forward to seeing both our

returning and new children for the start of

the Summer Term. Please call Jo or Ruth

on 0208 954 0841 or email little.gem

s@mail.com to book an appointment.

STANMORE SENIORS

Since our return from the summer break,

Stanmore Seniors has continued with its

regular programme of monthly cards and

games, a book club, a current affairs

discussion group led by Eric Silver and

Sheila and Gerald Hart hosting a music

appreciation afternoon. All these groups

have their loyal followers and we greatly

appreciate the help from all the leaders of

these groups.

As well as our regular activities, we had our

first and very successful outing. We took

36 people by coach to the Jewish Museum

in Camden, where they enjoyed an

introductory talk put

on by the museum

and were then free to

wander round the

exhibits. We supplied

a light lunch and, on

the strength of this

outing, other trips

are in the planning.

We also enjoyed a

fascinating talk by

Howard Lanning,

full of anecdotes on

his family’s business

in the Film Industry.

An equally amusing

afternoon was spent

listening to Ruth Sheer talk about her life

in Colonial Africa and another with

Geoff Bowden talking about British

Comediennes from the 1930s to the

1950s. A slightly more interactive time

was spent exchanging tales of

coincidences, led by Bernard Ecker.

Rabbi Lew joined us to light the Chanukah

candles and, of course, led us in singing

Moaz Tsur, after which we all enjoyed the

doughnuts.

There is also an exercise class every

Wednesday morning which consists of

gentle seated exercises for the over 60s

using the extend programme, which is

specially devised for the less sprightly.

Rachel who runs it came to one of our

afternoon gatherings and showed us the

programme and a hilarious afternoon

followed.

We would like to thank Ram and Wayne

for their invaluable help in setting up all

our meetings, including regular slide shows

and all the necessary for the tea we always

conclude with.

All our events are well supported and

much enjoyed by those who attend and we

always welcome new faces. As well as our

regular activities, we have an exciting

programme lined up for the coming

months. For further details please contact

us through the Shul office.

STANMORE WIZO

Stanmore WIZO programme for 2012

ended with a Bridge Luncheon in

September followed by an Open Meeting

on 5 November. The guest speaker was

Jill Shaw who is WIZO UK National

Chairman. The subject of her address was

most inspiring, detailing the work of

WIZO UK.

Supporting a wide range of charitable

activities in Israel WIZO UK also makes

contribution to the social welfare of so

many living in the State of Israel. She

added that Stanmore WIZO is a large and

major contributor of the money raised for

WIZO UK. The total raised for Jewish

Women’s Week this year by Stanmore

WIZO is £12,514.

A Chanukah Supper hosted by Gena

Turgel MBE at her home in December

was a great success and included lighting

the 8th candle and a most enjoyable

musical entertainment by Douglas Poster.

Gena Turgel, together with the Executive

Committee wish everyone a kosher Pesach

WOMEN’S LEARNING EXPERIENCE

We are well settled now in our new home

– the Board Room at Stanmore Shul. We

hold our shabbat morning service for

women once a quarter plus enjoying pre

yom tov shiurim given by our members.

It is a great sense of pride that we were the

first of the speciality services to hold a

shabbaton last December, and are

confident of this being an annual event.

Our future services are confirmed in the

Shul’s calendar for 15 June, 12 October

and 14 December. Our services start at

9.45 am and we welcome all women and

girls whatever their knowledge or level of

observance. For further information

please contact Pauline Newman on

020 8954 9486

JEWISH WOMEN’S WEEK (‘JWW’)

JWW started in 1947 with an

overwhelming number of women

volunteers. £50,000 was raised in that

first year alone. By l997 JWW had more

than 2,000 collectors and was on target

to raise in excess of £2,000,000. Last

year the campaign celebrated 65 years

but had just 800 collectors. Even so,

more than £240,000 (including Gift

Aid) was raised which we consider to

be a remarkable achievement in the

current economic climate. Stanmore

JWW raised £2,500 towards that total.

The JWW campaign continues to

protect children at risk, help to alleviate

child poverty, shelter victims of

domestic violence and provide

vocational training for vulnerable

teenagers - key aspects of WIZO’s

work in Israel.

You don’t need to be a member of

WIZO to help with JWW. If you are

interested in helping please contact

Ruth Synett on rutisynett@aol.com.

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CALENDAR 5773–5774

2013 5773

Monday 25 March Fast of the Firstborn

Tuesday 26 March Pesach 1

Wednesday 27 March Pesach 2

Thurs-Sun 28-31 March Chol Ha’moed

Monday 1 April Pesach 7

Tuesday 2 April Pesach 8

Sunday 7 April Yom HaShoah

Monday 15 April Yom HaZicharon

Tuesday 16 April Yom Ha’atzmaut

Sunday 28 April Lag b’Omer

Wednesday 8 May Yom Yerushalayim

Wednesday 15 May Shavout 1

Thursday 16 May Shavout 2

Sunday 25 June Fast of Tammuz

Tuesday 16 July Fast of Av

5774

Thursday 5 September Rosh Hashanah 1

Friday 6 September Rosh Hashanah 2

Saturday 14 September Yom Kippur

Thursday 19 September Succot 1

Friday 20 September Succot 2

Sat-Tues 21-24 September Chol Ha’moed

Wednesday 25 September Hoshana Rabbah

Thursday 26 September Shemini Atzeret

Friday 27 September Simchat Torah

Thursday 28 November Chanukah 1

WHEN YOU ARE 21

Unmarried sons and daughters of members are only

covered under the funeral expenses scheme until they reach

the age of 21 years. They are recommended to enrol as

members, in their own right. Please contact the synagogue

office for full details.

Alternatively, Tribe Community Membership (TCM) is the

new membership scheme for singles aged 21-30. For just

£5 per month TCM makes young adults part of their local

community by giving full membership to Stanmore

(including burial). They will receive a TCM card that will

give great deals including Tribe Tuesday Restaurant

promotions. Join TCM via its website www.

tribeuk.com/tcm

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PESACH TIMES

Sunday 24 March

Search for Chametz after

Monday 25 March

EREV PESACH

Fast of the firstborn

Shacharit

Followed by Siyyum

Stop eating Chametz by

Chametz to be burnt by

Pesach begins and

candle lighting

Mincha and Ma’ariv

7.06 pm

7.00 am

10.02 am

11.04 am

The correct time for the seder to

start is from 7.09 pm

Tuesday 26 March

FIRST DAY PESACH

Shacharit

Mincha and Ma’ariv

(begin Sefirat Ha’Omer)

6.07 pm

6.15 pm

9.00 am

6.11 pm

The correct time for candles to be lit

and the seder to start is from 7.11 pm

Wednesday 27 March

SECOND DAY PESACH

Shacharit

Mincha

Ma’ariv at end of Yom Tov

Thursday 28 March

FIRST DAY CHOL HAMOED

Shacharit

Ma’ariv

9.00 am

6.13 pm

7.13 pm

7.00 am

7.30 pm

Friday 29 March

SECOND DAY CHOL HAMOED (BANK

HOLIDAY)

Shacharit

Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat

Candle Lighting

8.15 am

6.15 pm

6.14 pm

Shabbat 30 March

THIRD DAY CHOL HAMOED

Shacharit

9.00 am

Mincha and Ma’ariv 6.18 pm

Shabbat ends

7.18pm

Clocks go forward 1 hour tonight

Sunday 31 March

FOURTH DAY CHOL HAMOED

Shacharit

Mincha and Ma’ariv

Yom Tov begins/

candle lighting

8.15 am

7.30 pm

7.17 pm

Monday 1 April (bank holiday)

SEVENTH DAY PESACH

Shacharit

9.00 am

Mincha and Ma’ariv 7.22 pm

Candles should be lit after 8.22 pm

Tuesday 2 April

EIGHTH DAY PESACH

Shacharit

Yizkor not before

Mincha

Ma’ariv at end of Yom Tov

9.00 am

10.30am

7.22 pm

8.22 pm

Rabbi Lew is available for the sale of

Chametz after the Shacharit service

or by appointment.

DEATHS

We are sad to report the deaths of

the following members and wish

their families Long Life :

Rivella Manners

Jennie Harvey

Gillian Lewis

Murial Silver

Jean Gilbert

Barry Taylor

Sidney Frosh

Sandra Silver

Max Silver

June Gold

Yitzchak Perl

Dora Ostwind

Freda Helman

Nachum Stechler

Lily Egan

Sheila Grant

Murray Marks

Walter Rosen

Henry Milich

Judith Fox

Israel (Ivor) Miller

George Ansell

Sybil Tankel

Norma Newman

Martin Levy

Marion Daniels

Dora Jackson

Alan Grant

Esther Cohen

Pamela Newman

Michael Reveres

Ettie Shoolman

Susan Deen

CONDOLENCES

We wish Long Life to the following

members of our community who

have recently suffered a loss :

Sybil Manners

Howard Sherbourne

Angela Gordon

Hedva Goldberg

Joanne Lewis

Lynton Stock

Hilton Lewis

Deborah Orelowitz

Max Silver

Corinne Chilton

Ros Allen

Raymond Pollock

Judith Taylor

Stuart Eppel

Peter Silver

Nathanial Singer

Ramon Gold

Michael Margo

Murial Kauffer

Ruth Synett

Rina Greenaway

Lisa Benzaken

Martin Grant

Helena Marks

Karen Zeff

Andrew Rosen

Valerie Rosen

Shirley Miller

Michael Goodman

Karena & Manny Selman

Gerald Tankel

Bev Newman

Jean Levy

Graham Levy

Evelyn Mendelsohn

Rachel Krol

Helena Marks

Daphne Hyman

Edmund Allen

Sidney Klein

Steven Lewis

Richard Rose

Willy (Wolf) Cohen

Paul Cohen

Marilyn Ashton

Harold Newman

Lorraine Mullem

Carol Weintroub

Nicky Ginsberg

Lewis Bennett

Shelley Morris

Josephine Reveres

Nicola Hall

Karen Kent

Rosalind Barnett

Myra Tordjman

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CONTACT INFORMATION

YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ALL OF THE GROUPS LISTED BELOW

VIA THE SYNAGOGUE OFFICE.

AJEX

Myer Malin

ART CLASS

Marion Lewis

ARTS & CRAFTS

Margaret

Rochelle

BEAVERS

Susan Glass

susan@16thedgware.org

YITZCHAK RABIN LODGE OF

B’NAI B’RITH

Carole Orchover

B’NEI AKIVA

Josh Pyzer

jbpyzer@gmail.com

BROWNIES

Carol-Ann Sevitt

Carole Waller

HACHEDER

Headteacher:

Alan Wilkinson

CRP (CERTIFICATE OF

RELIGIOUS PRACTICE)

Howard Greenfield

mail@stanmoresynagogue.org

CHEVRA KADISHA

Gentlemen

CHILDREN’S SERVICE

& KIDDUSH

Jeremy Saideman / Danny Isman

Jeremy Harris

CUBS

Alison Jacobs

akela@16thedgware.org

FRIENDSHIP CLUB

Sylvia Michaels

GUIDES

Sarah Harris

Katy Lesner

katyandscott@dsl.pipex.com

ISRAEL COMMITTEE

Allen Gaon / Stewart Cass /

Dani Goldberg

c/o Shul Office

JACS

Albert Arnold

KADIMAH WIZO

Shirley Josephs

LADIES SIDRA DISCUSSION

GROUP

Tuesday morning at 10.30 in the

Shul library led by Shelley Morris

LEAGUE OF JEWISH WOMEN

Jean Levy

Caryll Rose

LIMMUD MINYAN

Dani Goldberg

dani@danigoldberg.com

LITTLE GEMS NURSERY

Jo or Ruth

little.gems@mail.com

PARENT & TODDLER

Laura Jaffe

RAINBOWS

Wednesdays:

Niki Caplan

SCOUTS

Colin Glass

gsl@16thedgware.org

Sam Gaus

sam@16thedgware.org

SECURITY

security@

stanmoresynagogue.org

SEPHARDI MINYAN

Nissen Moradoff

nissmor@writeme.com

SMILE & FILE

Lynn Shaw

communitydept@

stanmoresynagogue.org

STANMORE SENIORS

Naomi Passer

the_nome@hotmail.com

STANMORE SYNAGOGUE

COMMUNITY CARE

STANMORE WIZO

Gena Turgel

TODDLER SERVICE

Laura Jaffe

TOTS TO TEN

Emma Brown / Elliot Welby

emmadebson@hotmail.com

WOMEN’S LEARNING

EXPERIENCE

Pauline Newman

Ruth de Kare-Silver

WHO’S WHO IN

STANMORE SYNAGOGUE

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Mendel Lew

69 London Road, Stanmore

Telephone: 020 8954 2877

Mobile: 07717 202559

rabbilew@aol.com

Community Development

Rabbi

Rabbi Andrew Shaw

Tel: 020 8385 7263

rabbishaw@

stanmoresynagogue.org

Assistant Community Rabbi

Rabbi Benji Landau

rabbilandau@

stanmoresynagogue.org

020 8385 7263

Chazan

Chazan Jonny Turgel

Jonnyturgel@gmail.com

07740 334 737

Community and Youth

Department

PA to Community Dept:

Lynn Shaw

020 8385 7263

communitydept@

stanmoresynagogue.org

Youth Director

Josh Pyzer

stanmore@tribeuk.com

Synagogue Administrator

Brenda Dresner

mail@stanmoresynagogue.org

Synagogue Office:

Shelley Mordecai

Lauren Wolman

Telephone: 020 8954 2210

Fax: 020 8954 4369

office@stanmore

synagogue.org

Synagogue Office Hours

Office hours are:

Monday to Thursday

10.00am - 3.00pm

Friday and Sunday

10.00am - 12.30pm

Caretakers

Wayne Brooks and

Ram Ragoobir

HABIMAH

Editors

Stewart Cass

Sue Garfield

Glynis Kuzuk

Susan Lipman

editor@habimah.org.uk

Advertising

Gabrielle Perez

adverts@habimah.org..uk

Typsetting

Mick Alabaster

claretnblue46@aol.com

STANMORE & CANONS PARK

SYNAGOGUE

YEAR 2012/13

REPRESENTATIVES

Honorary Life President

Jack Lewis

Elders

Ronnie Metzger

Seymour Saideman

Chairman

Philip Hertz

Vice Chairman

Jacqui Rudolph

Anthony Angel

Wardens

Lewis Bloch

Andrew Eder

Ian Pyzer

Financial representative

Robert Schneiderman

Board of Management

Emma Brown

Stewart Cass

Howard Davis

Suzi Davis

Nicky Ginsberg

Jeremy Harris

Glynis Kuzuk

Ian Lipman

Nicki Marks

Naomi Passer

Jeremy Saideman

Saul Taylor

Oliver Tenzer

Nicole Wall

US Council Representatives

Suzi Davis

Andrew Eder

Philip Hertz

Glynis Kuzuk

Ian Pyzer

Jacqui Rudolph

Jeremy Saideman

Robert Schneiderman

Saul Taylor

Board of Deputies

Alistair De Kare-Silver

Nigel De Kare-Silver

Pier Lambiase

David Saul

Committee Chairs

18-30

Ian Lipman

Adult Education

Jacqui Rudolph

Catering

Nicky Ginsberg/Nicki Marks

Nicole Wall

Communication

Stewart Cass

Eruv

Nigel de Kare-Silver

Finance

Robert Schneiderman

Functions

Naomi Passer/Gabrielle Perez

Israel

Allen Gaon / Stewart Cass /

Dani Goldberg

New Members

Judy Singer

Premises

Martin Leigh

Security

Adam c/o Shul Office

Strategy

Anthony Angel

Youth & Education

Jeremy Harris/Jeremy Saideman

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