Mosaic - New West End Synagogue

Mosaic - New West End Synagogue




Magazine of the New West End Synagogue

Rosh Hashanah

5773 / 2012

On Mitzvah day, around the world, thousands of people (of all

denominations) give their time - not their money - to support local charities

and build stronger communities. Mitzvah day’s mission is reduce hardship

and poverty to help our environment and to bring a little joy - all together.

The NWES community is embracing Mitzvah day and we will keep you

informed of the activities we are planning. In the meantime, save the date

- Sunday 18th November - and keep it free in your diaries so you can join us

by donating your time and some energy to support the selected charity (or

charities) in our neighbourhood.

If you are willing to join our Mitzvah day commitee and help with the logistics,

please contact the Shul office asap.

For more information please visit:

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Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler


Chazan Jeremy Lawson


Stanley Blum

Martin Lewin

Financial Representative

Harry Sieratzki

Board of Management

Lynn Brown Michael Sharron

Jeff Hammerschlag Angela Skry

Rachel Magrill Michael Talalay

Jonathan Matheson Trevor Toube

Toni Nagel Bencie Woll

03 Message from the Editor

04 United Synagogue’s Chief Executive’s Message

05 Social and Personal

06 Chief Rabbi’s Rosh Hashanah Message

07 Message from Rabbi Shisler

08 Skry Dive

09 The Choir

10 Choir Biographies

12 Rosh Hashanah Recipes

16 Jewish Genetic Disorders

Message from

the editor

“Even at the lowest point we are still here

and will bounce back to our full glory”

Representatives on the

Council of the United Synagogue

Lynn Brown

Jonathan Matheson

Representative at the

Board of Deputies

Dori Schmetterling

Under 35 Representative at

the Board of Deputies

Josh Morris


Michael Wahnon


Eli Ballon

Office hours

Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm

Friday 8am - 12 noon

Sunday 10am - 12 noon

18 ‘Traditional Nusach’

20 A Zionist on Campus

22 The AL Fund

27 President of the Board of Deputies

Rosh Hashanah Message

30 Coming out in the Media

34 Yom Tov Guide

As you hopefully are aware, I have the

honour of being the ba’al tokea for the New

West End, the person who blows the Shofar

on Rosh Hashana.

When I have finished, there are always a

number of people who let me know how

long the final tekia gedola lasted. I have no

idea how long my longest one has been,

but I do know that no two people have

ever told me the same time!

The truth of the matter is that although I

start to practise my shofar blowing on

Rosh Chodesh Elul, at no time during that

month do I particularly concentrate on that

final blowing – what I do try and perfect is

the consistency.

There are various halachot concerned with

shofar blowing and one of them is that each

note in a set of three notes should be the

same length e.g. the first tekiah should be

the same length as the middle shevarim

teruah which should be the same as the

final tekiah. It’s not about getting the big

note at the end, rather regularity throughout.

Rosh Hashana is also Rosh Chodesh, the New

Moon. Our Rabbis tell us that we celebrate

Rosh Chodesh because just like the moon

waxes and wanes but never completely

disappears, so too the Jewish people go

through troubles in their lives and have ups

and downs, but even at the lowest point we

are still here and will bounce back to our

full glory.

We have both high and low points

throughout the year – from the highs of

Simchat Torah to the lows of Tisha B’Av,

but we should try not to have our Judaism

disappear from our lives at other times

during the year. Just as I have to be consistent

in my shofar blowing, so too should

we try and be consistent in our service

throughout the year.

Although it is wonderful to see as many

people as we do over Rosh Hashana and

Yom Kippur, please remember that we do

exist the rest of the year too! Try and come

on the occasional random Shabbat during

the year, when nothing particular is happening

– it will be wonderful to see you!

Together with my wife Shana, I wish you a

happy, healthy and sweet New Year.

Eli Ballon

Eli Ballon

Telephone 020 7229 2631

Fax 020 7229 2355



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The Board of Management

along with the members,

as well as visitors to the

NWES, wish to thank all

those who have sponsored

Kiddushim over recent


The Kiddushim provides a

time to make new friends

and catch up with old

ones. We would like to

thank you all!

Social and


Dear Friends,

As you probably know, the Executive

of the New West End Synagogue currently

consists of 2 Wardens and the Financial

Representative, with no Chairman or

Vice-Chairman. Despite the difficulties

of the past few months, this new team

feels very positive about the degree of

understanding and co-operation within

the Executive and is working well together.

We look forward to this continuing in the

coming year.

The past year also brought the transition

to a new choir led by Michael Etherton,

the conductor of the London Jewish

Male Choir. We are looking forward to

wonderful choral performances during

the Yamim Noraim.

Please make an extra effort to attend

on all the High Holidays, to fulfil the

Mitzvoth, to learn from the instructive

sermons of Rabbi Shisler and to

participate in the up -lifting services

with our Chazan Jeremy Lawson.

Since last Pesach our community has

had the privilege of participating in a

number of memorable occasions. These

have included the Barmitzvah of George

Rosenfeld; the Second Barmitzvahs of

Michael Cutler and Bobby Jayson; and

many happy wedding anniversaries and

celebrations. We also had the privilege

of hosting a Shabbat Lunch in honour

of Stephen Pack, the President of the

United Synagogue.

As always, we are indebted to many

members of our community for their

untiring efforts in support of so many

activities. In particular our thanks are

due amongst many others to, (in no

particular order!) Patricia Fisher and

her team for running our very

successful Friendship Club; Michael

Sharon and his team for running a

very popular Cheder - in co-operation

with Holland Park Synagogue; Toni

Rosenfeld and her supporters for

looking after and encouraging our

young people with Club Sameach,

children’s services and TRIBE; Michael

Talalay and his team for keeping us

safe and Caryl and John Harris for

generously giving their talent and time

for designing the publications of our

synagogue. Finally to our fantastic

Rebbetzin, Anne Shisler, and the Guild

for all their efforts , for feeding us on

all occasions, and organising our

functions ranging from our communal

seder to a very successful Supper Quiz

(presented by Derry and Tony Dinkin).

We are also fortunate to have an

exceptional and dedicated Baal Keriah

in Eli Kohn; an excellent Administrator

in Mesod Wahnon; an efficient and

friendly Beadle (and editor of our

Mosaic magazine and the weekly

“Spirit of the Community” and our

website) in Eli Ballon; and caring and

efficient Caretakers - to all of whom

our thanks are due.

We wish Rabbi and Rebbetzin Shisler,

Chazan Jeremy Lawson, the Members

of our Board of Management and all

members of the New West End

Community and their families

Shanah Tova veGmar Chatimah Tova.

Stanley Blum and Martin Lewin -


Harry Sieratzki -

Financial Representative



We have introduced

the practice of reciting

Memorial Prayers to

recognise the generosity

of those who have left

legacies to the Synagogue

in their Wills, and who

will be permanently

acknowledged in our

Yizkor Book. We are

extremely grateful to

those congregants who

have made bequests,

which enable us to

maintain and preserve

our beautiful Synagogue

together with its activities.

If you would like to make

provision in your Will for

the future benefit of the

Synagogue please contact

the office.

We offer a very warm welcome to the

following new Members of the Synagogue:

Mr Glenn and Mrs. Victoria Portnoy

Mr Ron Gelberg

Mazeltov to:

George Rosenfeld

on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah

Bobby Jayson

on the occasion of his second Bar Mitzvah

Michael Cutler

on the occasion of his second Bar Mitzvah

Stanley Blum

on the occasion of his 80th birthday

Caryl and John Harris

on their daughter Sarah’s wedding

Lynn and Alan Meltzer

on their 25th wedding anniversary

Stephaney and Peter Featherman

on their 40th wedding anniversary

Michelle Hammerschlag

on her engagement to Jonathan Singer

and to her parents Pamela and

Jeff Hammerschlag

Neva and Arnold Temple

on their 65th wedding anniversary

Bencie Woll

in honour of her election as a

Fellow of the British Academy

Debbie Talalay

in honour of her being this year’s

Eishet Chayil

Mazeltov to all who

were married at the

New West End over

the last few months:

Miss Cheryl Kirsh and Mr Jonathan Miller

Miss Janine Mann and Mr Daniel Gross

Miss Amy Hall and Mr Jonathan Lightstone

Miss Shelley Portnoy and Mr Elliott Prayer

Miss Sarah Harris and Mr Spencer Marks

Miss Amy Goodman and Mr Alex Graves

Miss Danielle Cohen and Mr Adam Baron

Miss Lauren Wober and Mr Nicholas Stern

Miss Vicki Franks and Mr Bradley Goldenberg

We extend our

condolences to:

Mrs Marcella Spelman on the loss of

her sister.

May the Almighty comfort you among the

other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem




Chief Rabbi

“Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are times

for stock-taking, individually and collectively”



Message 5773

Rabbi Shisler’s

“One thing’s for sure and that is, you will

never be bored if you’re an observant Jew!”

As we pray for God’s blessings for

the future, we reflect on the past: where

we have come from, how far we have

travelled, and what remains to be done.

As I think back personally to the day 21

years ago when I became Chief Rabbi,

my overwhelming feeling is one of thanks

and indebtedness to a community that

has renewed itself beyond expectation.

Most spectacular has been the growth

in education. There have been more

new Jewish day schools opened in the

past two decades than in any comparable

period in the 356-year history of Anglo-

Jewry. The percentage of Jewish children

at Jewish day schools has moved from

some 25 per cent to almost 70 per cent.

This is an immense achievement on the

part of many people: builders, funders,

governors, teachers, parents and children.

Together they have given us a future to

be proud of.

Nor has the growth in education been

confined to schools. There has been an

explosion of adult, family and informal

education. Never before has there been

so much learning taking place in our

community. We are better Jewishly

educated than we were, and our children

and grandchildren will be yet more so.

Then there has been the creativity and

exuberance of Jewish life in general. I

think of the new London Jewish Cultural

Centre, the London Jewish Community

Centre currently being built, and events

like Jewish Book Week that attract ever

larger crowds. Most of our synagogues

are no longer simply houses of prayer.

They have become community centres

with active and dynamic programmes of

all kinds.

Jewish welfare organisations like Jewish

Care, JBD, Norwood, Nightingale House,

Langdon and others throughout the

country have achieved unparalleled

standards of excellence. Chessed

activities thread through almost all of our

organisations and schools, and Mitzvah

Day has inspired other faith communities,

becoming this year a national project

backed by the government.

The Jewish voice has become a significant

part of the national conversation on moral

and social issues, listened to respectfully

by people of all faiths or none. Even the

demography of Anglo-Jewry has changed.

Having declined year-on-year for 60 years,

in 2005 the tide began to turn, largely thanks

to the growth of the Haredi community.

We are now growing, albeit slowly.

And yes, there are negatives: the growth

of antisemitism and the various campaigns

against Israel. But Britain remains, for the

most part, a tolerant society. Jews and

Judaism are admired, and in the fight

against prejudice we have good and often

courageous friends. Were our Victorian

predecessors 150 years ago to see us now,

they would be frankly astonished at the

richness and exuberance of Jewish life.

Lo alecha ha-melakhah ligmor: It is not

for us to complete the task, but neither

have we desisted from it, and together

we have achieved great things. Our

children and grandchildren will have new

challenges to face, but they will do so

with more knowledge and confidence than

any Anglo-Jewish generation in the past.

So let us give collective thanks to God

shehecheyanu ve-kiyemanu ve-higiyanu

lazman hazeh, who has brought us safely

to this day. May the shofar of Rosh

Hashanah summon us to yet greater

achievements. May we remain true to our

faith and a blessing to others regardless

of their faith. May God write us and our

families in the Book of Life.

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks



Message 5773

One of the greatest pleasures for

me of being a Jew is that there’s always

something to look forward to. As soon as

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are over,

there’s Succot, and after pausing during

Marcheshvan to get our breath back, we

have Chanukah, then Purim and only one

month later it’s Pesach. In my lifetime I’ve

been privileged to see the establishment

of two new Yom Tov’s, Yom HaAtzmaut

- Israel’s Independence Day and Yom

Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day, then it’s into

Shavuot and back again to Rosh Hashanah!

And as if this isn’t enough, there’s Shabbat

every week - a day that’s so different from

the other six days of the week, that it’s a

holiday all of itself!

One thing’s for sure and that is, you will

never be bored if you’re an observant

Jew! I can’t help feeling that people who

profess no religion at all must lead pretty

humdrum lives. Out of the fifty-two weeks

of the year they probably go to work five

days of every week for about forty-eight

of those weeks. On Saturdays they go

shopping in the morning and, during the

season, to football in the afternoon (what

do they do when there’s no football).

On Sundays they crawl out of bed at 12

noon and spend the rest of the afternoon

and/or evening feeding and watering

themselves in a pub or restaurant. The

only interruptions to their weekly grind are

annual holidays, anniversaries, weddings

and deaths! And if no-one gets engaged

or married, or dies, it must be almost the

same routine year in and year out.

For me, this is one of the most wonderful

things about Judaism – there’s never a

dull moment. Judaism also gives purpose

to life. Some years ago I went to talk to a

group of sixth-form students at a college.

During the course of the discussion we got

round to speaking about the meaning

of life (no, not the Monty Python film!)

and what we’re doing here. One young

lady said she believed that the reason she

was on earth was to have a good time. She

intended to spend her life enjoying herself

by doing anything she wanted that didn’t

hurt anyone else, but her goals were set

firmly on a life of pleasure.

Well, my life’s firmly set on pleasure

too. In fact our Rabbis tell us that when

we depart this world, one of the first

questions we will be asked is to explain

why we denied ourselves any of the

legitimate pleasures that God put on this

world for our enjoyment. But the main

difference between me and that young

lady is that I believe that my life is also

directed towards a purpose, and that is

to serve the Almighty. And I’m confident

that I get at least the same amount of

pleasure trying to do this as she gets from

the passing amusements that whittle away

her time.

A life spent as a member of a loving

family, and with warm and close friends,

making a contribution to the welfare of

mankind, and complemented by the varied

celebrations and commemorations that fill

the cycle of the Jewish year, will be, not

just a productive one, but one full of purpose

and value and overwhelmingly happy.

And this is exactly what Anne and I

sincerely wish for you all in the coming year.

Rabbi Shisler




Thanks to everyone that

sponsored Rachel and if

anyone else would like to,

her just giving page is open

until 8th November:


Skry Dive

for the US




Skry Dive

Angela Skry

On Thursday 9th August 2012, my

siren alarm clock woke me at 4:55am.

The start was earlier than usual as Jon

and I were heading off to the North

London Skydiving Centre in March,

Cambridgeshire (surprisingly from its

name) to watch my daughter, Rachel

jump out of an aeroplane. Although

she is 19, you might think I would try

to stop her, but I did not. She has wanted

to do a sky dive since she was very

young. I blame Jon for that, as he did

13 jumps as a mad youth. Anyway, I

was delighted when Rachel said she

would raise sponsorship for a charity

very dear to my heart – the US Chesed

Bursary Fund. The charity provides

Bursaries for Jewish youngsters to enable

them to join Tribe tours to Israel, Poland

and Summer camps. This is especially

important in times of recession, when

many Jewish families are struggling.

We set off at 6.30am as we had to be at

the centre by 8.30am. The conversation

in the car was quite manic, especially as

we were giving a lift to another jumper,

Ilai, who was afraid of heights. Rachel

kept suggesting that if she got seriously

injured or worse, she would raise a lot

more money. After 2 hours, we found

ourselves on a dirt track leading to the

centre. The first image we saw were

about 8 people dressed in bright pink

t-shirts and leg warmers – not very

flattering especially on the men. We

referred to them as the “pink people”

for the rest of the day. Rachel and Ilai

met up with Simone – the third person

jumping for the same charity. They

completed umpteen forms waiving

liability for all sorts of eventualities and

then went for their extensive training.

They were back in five minutes, fully

trained. After that it was a waiting game,

but finally at about 1:15pm, it was their

turn. They got dressed in their kit, met

the instructor who held their lives in their

parachutes and headed off to the twin

engine plane that looked at least

100 years old.

As they took off into the sky, I looked

forward to seeing Rachel on solid ground.

She told us to look out for the blue and

gold parachute, Simone green and white

and Ilai green. As the little specks left the

plane 10,000 feet up, we could just about

make out a person. The parachutes started

to spin and slowly get closer to earth.

When she was about 100 feet up, Rachel

gave us a wave and then held up her feet

to ensure a safe landing. Although she felt

quite nauseous, she did enjoy the freefall

and the whole experience. Simone had

loved it and Ilai said “never again!”

So a great day out, 3 young Jewish people

doing a mad but brave event to raise

money for other Jewish youngsters less

fortunate than themselves. What could

be better or make a parent more proud.

“As the little specks left the plane 10,000 feet

up, we could just about make out a person”

It is difficult to imagine the grief

that a family who have recently suffered

bereavement must go through. Just

supposing though if the deceased is a

young person who is not a member of

a Shul and is not covered by the insurance

of the Burial Society. This creates many

problems not only for the deceased

person’s family but also the staff of the

Burial Society.

Recently I attended the United Synagogue

Council and listened to a talk by the head

of the society. He explained some of the

difficulties of approaching a family in

exactly that tragic situation. Firstly it is

necessary to confirm Jewish status by

asking the family for a birth certificate

or other proof that the deceased is

halachically Jewish. Then he has to raise

the question of costs. This has to be one

Every parent’s


Lynn Brown

of the most difficult parts of their job

especially in the case of a young person

– discussing finances with a family who

is suffering at such a traumatic time. The

costs involved for a burial are substantial

and it is not just to cover the cost of the

funeral but also the general up-keep

of the United Synagogue cemeteries,

staffing costs etc.

If you are a member of the United

Synagogue you pay your burial fees

together with your synagogue

membership and become part of the

United Synagogue family. Many people

are unaware though that children stop

being covered by their parents’ membership

at the age of 21. This situation can so

easily be avoided. Please try to ensure

that you are not placed in this position

by encouraging your children and other

family members to join a synagogue.

Anyone between the ages of 21 and 30

can join TCM (Tribe Community Member)

and for £60.00 per year not only will you

get lots of benefits you will also be

covered for burial.

When our children go on holiday we make

sure they have insurance (just in case),

when they buy a car they insure it fully

comprehensive (just in case) so, go online

and join TCM (just in case)

The staff of the Burial Society do their

best to show compassion and consideration

in helping anyone who has lost a close

relative. They do not want to have to sit

with another family and discuss money

when all that family should be concerned

about is burying their loved one.



The choir

Michael Etherton


Music has always been an integral

part of Jewish life and prayer, and

nowhere more so than at New West End.

Here is a community where the Rabbi is

also a composer, cantor and authority on

Jewish music; where the cantor has at the

ready a dazzling array of virtuoso music;

where the congregants can be heard

exchanging pithy critiques on the latest

productions at Covent Garden,

No surprise then that New West End

treats its choral tradition with the kind

of care and respect normally reserved

for a newborn child. Choral music links

us emotionally as well as intellectually

not only with the venerable choral legacy

of New West End, but also through the

centuries right back to the time of the

Temple – the longest choral tradition

known to mankind. The Mishnah tells

us that the Temple’s regular ensemble

comprised twelve male singers and

twelve instrumentalists.

We no longer have those instrumentalists

but the participation of a chorus of male

singers within the luturgy remains central.

As you may know, over the last few months

a new choir has been engaged by New

West End for this important role within

the community and it is a task I, as musical

director, and the choir, have embarked

upon with both great seriousness and

enthusiasm. As a conductor with both

a classical training and a passion and

background in Jewish music, it is so

important for me that New West End

can experience ensemble singing of

real quality that respects the richness

and uniqueness of our unique musical

heritage, as well as developing it by

exploring new arrangements and music

from a new generation of composers

and musicians.

At the same time the new choir faces

the challenging task of finding a balance

between moments when it can inspire

the congregants through the excellence

of its singing, and moments when it

can encourage the particiption of the

congregants, leading them to experience

the joy of singing and daveing together

as a community. Finding this balance

is part of the process of integrating the

new choir within the community, and

over the first few months we have

begun on this journey and hugely

appreciated your warm support.

The singers that I have brought

together for the new choir encourage

some continuity with the musical past,

with the much appreciated participation

of choristers Elliot Berman and Jack

Ferro;and also introduce some wonderful

and formidable new musicians. I would

like to take this opportunity to highlight

to you some of these new choristers,

with the extraordinary diverse range of

talent and experience that they bring:

Experience the joy of singing and

davening together as a community

Robert Jacobs:

Conductor/ Singer

Robert began his musical career as a

scholar at Eltham College before being

offered a choral scholarship at King’s

College, Cambridge where he obtained

his Honours Degree.

He was appointed Senior Choral Scholar

and toured extensively both in the UK

and abroad. Robert leads a varied career

as a singer, conductor and teacher. He

is Assistant Conductor of The National

Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and

Founder and Artistic Director of The

Omega Consort.

Elliot Berman

Elliot has been singing at New West End

since 2008, although he first started singing

in Jewish choirs a long time before that;

some 30 years ago, in fact, as a pupil at

Ilford Jewish Primary School. Today, Elliot

also sings with the London Jewish Male

and Kol Kehilla choirs and has also been

involved in amateur dramatics and operatics,

taking roles in productions including

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, La Vie

Parisienne by Offenbach and that

perennial favourite, Fiddler on the Roof.

In his professional life, Elliot is a Sales

Director for an investment management

firm, specialising in emerging markets.

He lives in Mill Hill with his wife, Rachelle

and their two children, Amelie and Leo.

Dickon Gough

Dickon trained at the LIPA, studied

Opera at Birkbeck University and is a

former member of the National Youth

Choir of Great Britain. Credits include:

Don Giovanni, Pirates of Penzance, La

Boheme, La Traviata, and Jesus Christ

Superstar. Film/TV programmes including

‘The Tudors’, ‘The Borgias’ and Ridley

Scott’s ‘Robin Hood’.

Toby Young

Toby Young is a composer and singer

from London. He studied composition with

Robin Holloway at Cambridge whilst also

being a choral scholar in the prestigious

King’s College Chapel Choir. Since winning

numerous competitions, most notably

theInternational ABRSM Composition

Competition (2009) and the Guardian/

BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year

(2006), Toby has been much in demand,

both in the UK and abroad, with works

being performed at numerous prestigious

venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and

Sadlers Wells by renowned ensembles and

orchestras including the London Symphony

Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic

Orchestra In 2009-10, Toby was composer

in residence at the University of Perugia,

and a Panufnik scholar with the LSO.

Upcoming performances include newly

commissioned works for the London

Symphony Orchestra, the Choir of

Westminster Abbey, and an opera for the

Cambridge Festival of Ideas in collaboration

with the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Marc Joseph

Born and raised in Liverpool, Marc trained

at Arts Educational where he was the first

winner of the highly prestigious Andrew

Lloyd Webber Scholarship. West End

credits include: the UK Premiere of ‘The

Fields Of Ambrosia’ (Aldwych Theatre)

in which he played the show-stopping

leading role of Jimmy Crawford to wide

critical acclaim, ‘Les Miserables’ (Palace

Theatre), ‘Annie’ (Victoria Palace),

and ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ (London

Palladium). TV credits include: Carlton in

‘Eastenders’ and a guest appearance on

the ‘This Morning’ with Richard and Judy

singing songs from ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

with Su Pollard. Marc has also been guest

soloist on BBC Radios 2’s ‘Friday Night Is

Music Night’.

Robert Davis

Robert Davis (tenor and occasional

conductor, sometimes simultaneously)

is a singing teacher and opera singer.

Recent roles have included Tito La

Clemenza di Tito with Giornata Opera

and Ballad Singer and cover Hugh Hugh

the Drover with Hampstead Garden

Opera as well as Prince Leopold in a

concert performance of La Juive with

Alyth Choral Society. Robert has also

sung a principal role in a new opera at

Montepulciano Festival Opera and in

the choruses of ENO, Grange Park and

Dutch Touring Opera as well as concert

appearances from Messiah to Kodaly’s

Psalmus Hungaricus.

Gabriel Gottlieb

As well as singing with New West

Synagogue choir, Japanese speaking

Gabriel sings with the Neimah Singers at

St John’s Wood Synagogue under Marc

Temerlies and with the Rinah Ensemble

under Eliot Alderman. As a professional

singer he is a regular member of the extra

chorus of the Royal Opera House and sings

with The Monteverdi Choir and BBC Singers.

Roles include Enrico ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’,

Figaro ‘The Barber of Seville ‘and Papageno

‘The Magic Flute’; and solo concert work

includes the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms

and Fauré.

Benjamin Ellis

Born in Leeds to a very non-musical family,

Benjamin has been leading synagogue

services since age 13. He first took up

choral singing in 2006 and joined the NWE

choir in January of this year - the first time

he has ever sung with a synagogue choir.

He was surprised to recently discover in

his parents’ house a copy of a first edition

“Blue Book” that was owned by his great

uncle, Cantor Raymond Ellis.

When he’s not singing, Benjamin works

half his week as an NHS rheumatologist

and half the week as senior clinical policy

advisor for Arthritis Research UK, where he

has an interest in health services research

and national health policy.




Quinoa makes an extremely unusual

but versatile ingredient. It can be enjoyed

hot, cold or warm which makes it perfect

during the forthcoming Yom Tovim.

It is the fruit of a leaf plant and classified

as a seed. Originating from South America

about 5000 years ago, the Incas people

used it as their staple food, followed by

potatoes and corn. Before cooking, it

should be thoroughly rinsed in a strainer

under running water and drained to remove

‘saponin’ which has a bitter taste. Requiring

barely 15 minutes to cook and using a ratio

of approximately one part quinoa to 2-3

parts liquid, this is a very healthy quick

fix ingredient.

For best results sauté briefly before

adding the liquid.

To celebrate Rosh Hashanah the culinary

way, apple cake has got to be on the menu.

Beetroot is also symbolic at this time of

year as it represents thoughts of prosperity

and a life of good fortune. Combining

beetroot and apples subsequently fulfills

a meaningful tasty experience.

Beetroot is a remarkably healthy and

delicious vegetable. Beetroot gets their

distinctive colour from betanin antioxidant

pigments. Betanin also help the body make

carnitine which is a nutrient that helps the

body turn fat into energy. These nutrients

have been shown to provide good sources

of antioxidants and anti- inflammatory and

detoxification support. In addition beetroot

is high in vitamin C. If you are lucky enough

to buy beetroots with their leaves, remove

them, keep them and use like spinach –

they taste amazing!

This cake is an unusual mix of ingredients

but they merge well to produce a very

moist recipe that is full of goodness. It

slices easily and can be used as a dessert

with chocolate custard or ice cream or for

tea with thick cream.

NB: If you have a family member who

says they don’t like beetroot ~ don’t tell

them the ingredients as they will never

know! they might change their mind on


Denise Phillips

Beetroot and Apple Cake

Date Quinoa

Preparation Time:


Cooking Time





360g quinoa

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic – peeled and crushed

900ml Hot vegetable or chicken stock

150g fresh or dried dates – stone

removed and roughly chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons fresh parsley – leaves only

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Place the quinoa in a sieve and rinse

well under cold water.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying

pan and sauté the quinoa and garlic

stirring continuously it starts to

become translucent. This will take

about 5 minutes.

3. Add the stock and dates. Cover and

cook for about 10 minutes or until it

is soft.

4. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley

and season well.

Beetroot and

Apple Cake

Preparation Time:


Cooking Time





250g cooked beetroot –

vacuum packed non vinegar

200ml vegetable oil

75g cocoa

180g plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

250g caster sugar

2 eating apples – peeled and cored

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Garnish: Dusting of Icing Sugar


1. Grease and line a 1kg loaf tin with

baking parchment paper.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 350F /

Gas mark 4.

3. Whizz the beetroot and apple into a

purée and add the eggs, and then

the oil.

4. Mix the remaining ingredients in a

bowl and add the beetroot purée


5. Bake in the preheated oven for about

an hour or until a skewer is inserted

and comes out clean.

6. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before

inverting onto a plate.

Date Quinoa

To serve the stylish way:

Dust the plate with icing sugar.




Turkey and pomegranate

salad with honey mayonnaise

Wishing You A Happy & Healthy New Year

Turkey and


Salad With



The ingredients in this

recipe will appeal to the

whole family and make

an ideal colourful buffet

main course for Yom

Tov or Shabbat lunch.

Roasting turkey drumsticks

is an economical way

of making a meal for

when extra guests come

round. The recipe uses

apples, pomegranates

and honey which all have

symbolic connections for a

forthcoming year of good

fortune and luck.

Preparation Time:


Cooking Time





900g cubed turkey (white or brown meat)

1 lemon – sliced

4 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped

100ml white wine

2 eating apples cored and sliced

300g frozen garden peas defrosted

2 tablespoons fresh mint roughly chopped

Honey Mayonnaise

100ml mayonnaise

1 tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons Dijon style mustard

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Pinch of salt


50g walnuts

75g pomegranate seeds

75g dried cranberries

Baby gem lettuce leaves


1. Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F /

Gas mark 6.

2. Place the cubed turkey in an

ovenware dish. Add the lemon slices,

garlic and season well with salt and

pepper. Pour over the white wine.

3. Cover with foil and bake for 30

minutes or until the meat is cooked.

4. To toast the walnuts, place on a tray and

bake at the same time as the turkey for

10 minutes or until just golden.

Remove and set aside.

5. When the turkey is cooked, discard the

cooking juices and leave to cool.

6. Make the mayonnaise by combing all

the ingredients. Set aside and

refrigerate until ready to use.

7. Add the apples, peas, mint to the

turkey mixture.

8. Stir the mayonnaise into the salad and

mix well.

To serve the stylish way:

Arrange the baby gem lettuce around

the edge of a large round plate. Transfer

the chicken salad to the centre of the

plate, top with the toasted walnuts,

pomegranate seeds and dried cranberries.

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It’s not just


To learn more about Jewish

genetic disorders, genetic testing,

and the services mentioned in this

article please visit our website:

More than just a quirky sense of

humour and a fondness for chicken

soup, there tends to be a common bond

between Jews wherever they meet in

the world. Along with the religious and

cultural influences on our collective

identity, scientists have established a

common genetic origin that defines us

physically as well.

As a distinct and historically isolated

population, the Jewish people have

a unique genetic profile. Though there

are arguably some great benefits to

having ‘Jewish genes’, it also leaves our

community, like every ethnic group, at

higher risk of certain genetic disorders.

Scientific research has identified a group

of genetic disorders that, while among

people with Jewish ancestry relative to

the general population. Some of these

conditions involve mild or even no

symptoms, yet others lead to chronic

disability and shortened lifespan, and

a few - like Tay-Sachs - are tragically

fatal in childhood.

Tay-Sachs is widely recognised – but

how many of us can name any of the

other genetic conditions below that

disproportionately affect our community

Jane Pearl and Chanochi




It is estimated that 1 in 5 Ashkenazi Jews

are carriers of at least one Jewish genetic

disorder. However, Tay-Sachs remains

the only disorder for which there is any

organised community education and for

which NHS carrier testing is available to

the Jewish population. For all the other

disorders, awareness in our community

remains very low and testing opportunities

are limited.

Jewish Genetic Disorders UK (JGD

UK) was established to address the

gap between scientific advances and

community awareness. Our charity,

supported by its expert scientific and

medical advisory committee, is dedicated

to improving the awareness, prevention

and management of Jewish genetic

disorders in the UK.

With funding from Jeans for Genes

and in consultation with affected families,

we have recently developed a service

to help people access the best available

information, services and support for

Jewish genetic disorders. This web-based

resource provides details on the disorders,

how they are inherited, testing options,

and links to further resources and support.

It also includes the option of sending

individual queries to our specialist genetic

counselor who will answer confidentially.

Responding to needs highlighted in a

study last year involving over 60

community and health organisations, we

are also working to help facilitate access

to responsible testing services for the

Jewish community within a general

awareness raising programme.

Too often people find out they are carriers

only after they have a child born with a

disease. A carrier is unaffected themselves

but at high risk of passing on a disorder if

their partner is also a carrier of the same

condition. Knowledge about carrier

status enables people to make informed

decisions and to have the most options

for their future family.

This is a view held strongly by Ian

and Jane Pearl. Following the diagnosis

of their son Chanochi with Familial

Dysautonomia, they were astounded to

find out about the Jewish connection and

now feel passionately that Jewish couples

should be made aware of carrier testing.

For several years, Guy’s Hospital has been

running a weekly drop-in clinic offering

free carrier testing for Tay-Sachs.Alongside

this, the clinic is now offering a private

carrier testing service that covers 9 of

the most severe Jewish genetic disorders

and involves a simple blood test. These

conditions are very rare but absolutely

devastating and can occur even when

there is no known family history. Thanks

to scientific advances, we now have an

amazing opportunity to better prevent

and manage these genetic conditions. As

a community, we invest much in exploring

religious and cultural elements of our

heritage yet tend to know little about the

genetic threads that weave us together

– it is time to change that.

As a new charity, JGD UK are working

with limited human and financial resources

– and would welcome contact from

anyone interested in helping us progress

our activities.

What we do

Please make cheques and

vouchers payable to:

Ezer V’Hatzlah Ltd

Reg. Charity number


Send to:

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Ezer V’Hatzalah Ltd.

52 East Bank, London

N16 5PZ

The fund provides basic nutritional

staples such as bread, meat and fish on a

regular basis. The fund also focuses mainly

on providing food in the holiday seasons,

specifically before the holidays of Passover

and Sukkot, thus easing the financial

burden at the time of great expense.

Now that the holidays of Rosh Hashana

and Sukkot are approaching, we are

relying on your support more than ever.

Hundred of families in dire need are

relying on us to provide them with the

basics needed to get them through the

holidays. We cannot do it without you!

We are in desperate need of funds, in

particular now, before these financially

stressful times. The needy families view

the donations as deliverance from G-d’s

angels themselves.

We can be those heavenly angels sent

to lay their empty tables in their times

of greatest need. May those worthy

donations bring all supporters protection

from all accident and misfortune, bringing

them all blessings, with health, tranquillity

and long life.

The AL fund

memory of Rabbi A.L. Teitelboum killed

in the Mumbai terror attack in 2008

The recession of recent years

has had an international effect; no

community or sector was left untouched.

But perhaps harder hit than most are

breadwinners of large families in Israel,

who have difficulties in making ends meet

in the best of times. It is not unusual for

children of these large families to go to

bed hungry or wear shoes a few sizes

too small! Many employers are unable

to pay regularly since they are facing

financial difficulties themselves, and

they optimistically promise weekly that

‘things will soon be better, hopefully’.

Meanwhile, fathers unfortunately content

with the utility companies’ threats of

halting their gas and electric supplies

midwinter. They receive politely veiled

warning letters from the banks, and live


It was shortly before the holiday season

when this fine man was out shopping for

his family at the local supermarket. The

store was exceptionally busy, as would

be expected at that time of the year.

Large numbers of local residents were

rushing around, filling their trolleys with

seasonal goods for their families. Having

collected all the items he needed, he

waiting patiently in the line to pay for his

purchases. He waited and waited, and

soon began to wonder who was holding

the queue up. It was a busy day and he

had no time to waste.

The caring man decided to move over

from his place in line to investigate the

cause of the delay, and was deeply upset

at what he saw. A young local resident was

there, his face red with humiliation. He was

being ordered to return the items from

his trolley back onto the shelves, since his

credit card was declined.

Assessing the situation, this man rushed

over to the cashier, and quietly indicated to

him that he would settle the bill. The poor

man’s face lit up with gratitude, having

with the constant stress that accompanies

an unstable financial situation. These

people do not have the means to pay

for basic necessities such as dental care

for themselves or their children clothing,

shoes, and unbelieveable as it may sound

in 2012, many of them constantly live

with empty fridges and larders.

In an attempt to assist those hit by the

recent recession, several community

representatives have established the

AL Fund to provide for these poor,

undernourished families.

Rabbi A, the founder of the funds relates

what the final catalyst for the

establishment of the AL Fund was:

been saved the shame of coming home to

his large family empty handed. He assured

his anonymous benefactor that he would

repay him…one day…when he is able. The

two men engaged in conversation until the

pitiable situation was clarified. It had been

several months already that his wages had

been irregular. Some months he received

nothing at all, and some months his

employer made a token payment, assuring

him that the payments would be received

soon. The job market was not kind to new

workers either, so finding another job was

not an option.

This incident occurred just a short time

after the Mumbai Massacre, in which Rabbi

Aryeh Leibish Teitelbaum, a close friend of

Rabbi A, was murdered. Rabbi A decided

to name the fund in the memory of this

pure, kind hearted soul who was renowned

for his special understanding of every

human being, and generous assistance of

those in need of support. And thus, the AL

(Aryeh Leibish) Fund was born.





Rabbi Geoffey Shisler

At this time of the year, when

many congregations have to employ

extra Ba’alei Tefillah to lead parallel

services, the question of ‘traditional’

melodies becomes of serious concern,

not only for people with a specific

interest in Synagogue music, but also for

the regular Shul-goer who recognises

and relies on his familiarity with these

melodies, and uses them to aid him in

his concentration.

That musical traditions vary from

one community to another is readily

discernable to every visitor, but many

people don’t realise that there’s a clear

distinction between what’s traditional,

and what’s patently incorrect. A Baal

Tephilla who begins the repetition of

the Amidah on Rosh Hashana in the

same way that he would on Shabbat,

is not just following the tradition of his

community, even if it’s been done there

for fifty years. He’s simply wrong!

Many congregations have melodies

that have been used in their services

for many years, and such tunes are

obviously ‘traditional’ in that particular

community. Very often, you won’t even

hear them in another Shul. There are

also tunes that are well-established in

London congregations that you might

not hear in a provincial community, and


In terms of ‘traditional melodies’, we

must distinguish between individual

compositions and ‘modes’. The prayer

modes are called ‘Nusach Hatephillah’,

and the same ones will be heard, with

minor variations, throughout the world.

(Those used by the Sephardim are totally

different from the ones employed by

Ashkenazim.) A thorough explanation of

what Nusach Hatephilla is, is outside the

scope of this brief article, but it may best

be described by drawing your attention

to the theme used for the repetition of

the Amidah.

You will notice that, whereas Ba’alei

Tephillah will sing a variety of melodies

for Unetaneh Tokef, they will all use the

same basic modes for the paragraphs

beginning with Uvechein Tein. They will

sing different tunes to Ya’aleh, on Kol

Nidrei night, but will use the same basic

modes for the Penitential prayers -

the Selichot.

A very significant, and instantly

recognisable element of these modes is

the way that the Beracha and its Amen

are sung. In the unlikely event that one

had lost track of time, a regular-Shul goer

would be able to identify the day of the

Jewish calendar by hearing just one

Beracha in the Amidah.

These modes are exceedingly important

since they help to create the atmosphere

of the day, and if the wrong one is used,

it can be very disorientating and totally

spoil one’s concentration.

“There’s a clear distinction between what’s

traditional and what’s patently incorrect”

Among the fascinating aspects of the

Nusach for the Yamim Noraim are the

threads which connect it with other

occasions of the Jewish year.

In some communities extra prayers

are added in the Shacharit service on

the Shalosh Regalim. These are called

Yotzerot and Kerovot. The modes used

for them are very similar to some of those

used in the Shacharit service on the

Yamim Noraim.

We utilise the Succot themes in the

Kedusha, as well as the flavour of Tal and

Geshem, the prayers for dew and rain, in

the Kaddish of Neilah.

There’s also an association between the

Shavuot hymn, Az Sheish Meiot and Kol

Nidrei, and Lewandowski, at least, makes

an arrangement of Ya’aleh to his themes

for Tal.

Although it is difficult to establish why

these specific associations were made,

it’s not out of chance, or ignorance. It’s

as if the Nusach itself is reaching out to

us from beyond the Yamim Noraim and

saying, ‘Come back and hear me on other

occasions too.’

A rather surprising aspect of the melodies

for the High Holydays is the preponderance

of happy tunes. It’s only because most of

us don’t understand what we’re singing,

and don’t even take the trouble to glance

across at the translation, that we don’t

recognise the apparent incongruity of the

lustiness with which we sing, ‘Ashamnu,

Bagadnu...’ or ‘Veal Chataim.’

There is a variety of reasons for the

utilisation of these tunes on the most

solemn days of the year, the days on which

we are literally begging for our lives.

Firstly, singing them joyfully demonstrates

our confidence that the Almighty has

indeed forgiven our sins. The trial through

which we go on these awesome days is

unlike a trial by a human court. We know

that, if we have prayed with devotion, if

we have made a sincere commitment to

try to improve our ways, then with absolute

certainty, we shall be forgiven.

Also, I believe the rabbis did not object

to them because they inspire communal

participation much more readily than

sombre tunes would. And the notion that,

being very attractive, they may encourage

people to return next year, should not be

too readily dismissed.

The importance of utilising the ‘traditional’

Nusach cannot be overstated. The

Chachamim were insistent on the correct

melodies being used, and it’s incumbent

on a congregation to do everything in its

power to employ as Baalei Tephillah, only

those who can demonstrate their total

familiarity with it, before allowing them

to officiate!




A Zionist

on campus

Jack Mayorcas

“I share just as much compassion and concern

for the suffering of people on all sides as the

next person regardless of ther stance”

The word Zionist is perhaps the most

troublesome word when it comes to

discussions and arguments between

those who see themselves as pro-

Palestine and those who strive to defend

Israel from scathing and often untrue

attacks and slander. The main problem

with it being that not many people who

aren’t Zionists actually truly understand

what it means, or the varying nature of

Zionism and the various different forms

which it comes in. Until I explained what

it meant to a somewhat close friend of

mine mid-way through my first term at

the University of East Anglia in Norwich,

he genuinely thought that it simply

described the violent religious settlers

that one often comes across in the news.

These images which we see often are

taken as the ‘true’ face of Zionism by

many who have little understanding of

the topic and this is what leads to much

of the negative sentiment when it comes

to Israel.

It is difficult to know as a proud Zionist

what the best approach is, particularly

when moving into halls in a University

with a minimal Jewish population. On

the one hand one wants to simply slip

into university life with minimal conflict,

or at least with minimal risk of causing

it by bringing up the fact that you are a

proud advocate of a country which, put

simply and harshly, is hated by many

around campuses in the UK. Made more

problematic is the fact that I work for a

Zionist Youth Movement and so there

is little hiding that fact when you are

constantly around people. I decided

ultimately that all things considered,

particularly the fact I had just returned

from a gap year in Israel, I could only be

completely honest about my views. After

all what do I have to be ashamed of

My Zionism is that of the old fashioned

kind, hoping for a home for the Jewish

people that doesn’t compromise on

democratic and social values. I share just

as much compassion and concern for the

suffering of people on all sides as the next

person regardless of their stance. With

this attitude I decided to be completely

open. It turned out that the girl in the

room next to me was very anti-Israel and

was on the first night out went round the

other people living in our flat saying ‘can

you believe we have a Zionist living with

us How disgusting! How terrible etc’.

Through conversation with her it turns out

that she actually knew relatively little and

had only been told what to believe by

her parents who were involved in the PSC

movement. After a number of positive

discussions she turned round and said

that she was so thankful that I was able to

share my views with her as she had never

come across someone on the ‘the other

side’, particularly someone who didn’t

seem to come across as the ‘raving violent

Zionist’ she presumed that we must all be.

Despite this being positive, by the end

of the year I came to the conclusion that,

unfortunately, I felt her family was simply

anti-Semitic, due to some of the things

they had reportedly said about me and

Jews in general.

Having made some close friends within

the flat I was able to explain to them

broadly the situation with as little bias

as I could manage, they either took the

view that they didn’t know enough, or

didn’t care enough to form an opinion.

The safest option I would say overall. To

discuss more broadly, it is important to

talk about the Palestinian society which

exists at my University, and all round the

country with growing numbers and

influence. The one at UEA now numbers

around 100 people and holds regular

meetings, most alarmingly they are often

run by local adult members of the PSC (an

organisation that in the past has got into

trouble for posting videos made by a well

known holocaust denier).

Along with some friends from the Jewish

society, I went along to a talk that was

supposed to be a factual explanation of

the conflict, we found there to be so many

purely historical mistakes it was astounding,

and staged a walk out when one person

compared the IDF to the Nazis. I then did

have a more productive discussion with

some people outside the meeting who

said they also had never had the chance

to find out views from the other side and

were glad that I had gone.

Another major thing to mention is an

attempt by members of the PalSoc to

politicise the Union by putting forward

a motion that called on the Union to stock

Palestinian goods and to essentially support

the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in

general, although not a member of the

Union I went along to the meeting and

spoke against the bill. Luckily most people

seemed to realise the true nature of the

bill and the implications that passing it

would have and so it was voted against

quite heavily.

It is difficult to know whether it is best

to engage constantly with people, thus

igniting perhaps bigger arguments and

drawing in more people who will most

likely be drawn in by the larger and more

fashionable Palestinian cause, or to just

leave it and accept that there will always

be a small group. It is a decision I have

not yet reached, however there are ways

in which one doesn’t have to engage and

can still have an impact. For example,

towards the end of term I noticed a large

Palestinian flag hanging on the Union

high-street, I duly emailed estates and

asked what the rules were regarding flags,

to which the response was that flags aren’t

allowed. I then emailed them to say there

was such a flag hanging, and they went to

take it down, no arguments, no conflict.

Of course it will not always be this easy,

and I need to think about how much I will

be involved next year and how worthwhile

any effort expended is.

As President of the Jewish society next

year, it will be important to ensure that

the Jewish society remains purely one

for Jewish activities and not necessarily

Israel related ones. Of course the two

are closely related but it is important

for people to feel that they can attend

JSoc events without the fear that they

will be political or always Israel-related.

In a way I feel quite lucky that, although

at a University with minimal Jewish

population, the Palestinian Solidarity

Campaign is not as big and successful as

it is at other Universities around the UK.

One hears horror stories of PSC groups

creating ‘checkpoints’ which students

have to walk through to get to lectures

and staging huge ‘apartheid’ weeks

which are packed with vitriolic speech

and blatant hatred. I am coming round

to the idea that is going to become

increasingly important to stage events

and put out statements that highlight

the peaceful nature of most modern day

Zionists and try and expose the hatred

and xenophobia which exists within many

Palestinian groups. A way to do this is

to be aware of events they are running

and ensure that one knows the rules of

Campaigning on Campus to make sure

they are not taking advantage or breaking

those rules.

In conclusion, it is fair to say that it is not

easy to be an open Zionist on Campus

in the UK, this is of course only from

my personal experience and I am sure

that at Universities with bigger Jewish

activities it is a different story. However

from conversations with people and

following things in the news it is safe to

say that here are many problems and

this is something that has to be deal

with. Jewish students and those who

are involved in Israel actives need to be

less afraid of saying when something

goes beyond arguments and discussion

becomes offensive. It is also the role of

the UJS and other Jewish organisations

to provide more support for Zionists on

Campus. There are plenty of ways in

which Jewish students can get guidance

and advice on being Jewish on campus,

but not enough on how to deal with

anti-Israel sentiment. No-one should be

afraid to stand up and say that they are

proud of Israel. Although it is a country

that faces many problems and sometimes

makes mistakes, it should be a country

that all Jewish students in the UK have an

affiliation to and are not ashamed often

any way. They should especially never

be made to feel so by aggressive and

intense opposition.

Jack Mayorcas and other members of University of East Anglia JSOC




Happy New Year!

New Year Greetings

Rabbi and Mrs. Shisler and family wish the

community a healthy and peaceful New Year

Best wishes

for a sweet

and happy

New Year

Sandra Blackman

Derry and

Tony Dinkin

wish everyone

a happy and

healthy New

Year and well

over the Fast

Shanah tovah to all our dear friends!

Arnold and Dora Boom

Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy and

happy New Year -

Zara Brickman

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy

and peaceful New Year –

Jane and Cyril Hodes

We wish Rabbi and Anne Shisler, Chazan

Jeremy Lawson, Eli and Shana Ballon

and all members of the NWES a healthy,

happy and peaceful New Year –

Marcia and Perry Goodman

Geoffrey and Valerie Green wish all the

community a happy and healthy New Year

Wishing Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, Honorary

Officers and the entire New West End

Community a happy and healthy New Year

- the Hammerschlag Family

Bobby Jayson wishes all his friends a

very happy and healthy New Year

Happy New Year to Rabbi, Anne,

Jeremy and the Congregation -

Roy and Barbara Levin

With our best wishes for a healthy and

happy New Year to all our community -

Linda and Martin Lewin

Denise and Melvyn Lux wish all our

friends and relatives at the New West End

Synagogue a good New Year and well

over the Fast

Maxine & Michael Margolis and Family

wish Rabbi & Mrs. Shisler, the Honorary

Officers and the entire Community a

happy and peaceful New Year

Hilde and Jonathan Matheson wish Rabbi

and Mrs. Shisler and all their friends a

happy and healthy New Year

David and Sandy Montague wish

everyone health and peace in the

New Year

Wishing health and happiness to the

whole community –

Collette, David, Jordana and Keely Price

Happy New Year to all -

Renee and Valerie Richman

Mrs. Phyllis Shapro and Stuart wish the

community a contented and peaceful

year and well over the Fast

Wishing everyone a happy New Year

and well over the Fast from

Eric and Sharon Shapshak

Happy New Year and best wishes to

family and friends from Marcella Spelman

Happy New Year to all the community

from the Steinfield Family

A very happy New Year to all at NWES

from Jeremy, Sally, Rosalind and

Nicholas Stone

May the New Year bring you good health

and happiness –

Morris Weintroub

Norma and Thelma

Epstein wish

the Rabbi and

Mrs Shisler, The

Honorary Officers

and the whole

congregation a

happy New Year

and a good fast

David B. Frank and

Emilie Szasz-Frank

wish Rabbi and

Mrs. Shisler and

New West End

Community a

happy and

peaceful 5773




Carol and Laurence

Lando together

with Jessica wish

all the community

a healthy, happy

and peaceful New

Year and well over

the Fast

L’Shana Tova

to all our

friends at the

New West End


From your Texas amigos Pat

Kalmans and Mike Ozer

Wishing Rabbi and

Mrs Shisler, Chazan

Jeremy Lawson

and all family and

friends a healthy,

happy and peaceful

New Year

Susan and Harvey

Katz wish Rabbi and

Mrs Shisler, family

and friends and all

the Congregation a

healthy and happy

New Year

The Miller Family The Miller Wishes Family Rabbi wishes and Mrs Shisler,

Chazan Rabbi and Lawson,the Mrs Shisler, Board Chazan of Management Lawson,

the and Board all the of community Management a

and all the Community very happy a and very sweet happy new and year sweet new year

Jacquie and Stuart Katz




Victor, Esther, Rudi,

Theo and Nathalie

Fieldgrass wish all

our families and

friend a happy, healthy


of the Board

of Deputies




September 2012

Tishrei 5773

and joyous New Year

A sweet and

peaceful New Year

to all the NWES

community from

Gaby and Howard,

Lucy and Joshua


Dear Friends,

I am delighted that, at the beginning

of the New Year and the start of the new

triennium, we have a new team of Honorary

Officers all of whom are enthusiastic about

their portfolios and have hit the ground

running. I look forward to working with

them during the next three years to face

the challenges and opportunities

confronting us.

One can also only be enormously heartened

by the unprecedented interest that the

community has shown in the Board

during the election period. In addition

to having a host of new synagogues

and organisations represented on the

Board, we had more Deputies standing

for Divisional elections than ever before

and we are privileged to have elected

Deputies of an extremely high calibre

to the Divisional Committees. All this is

good for the Board and good for the

community that it represents. The Board’s

mission to promote the welfare and

vitality of the community of which we

have good reason to be proud.

Our increasing dynamism over the last

few decades has confounded the prophets

of gloom. With record numbers of pupils

at Jewish schools, with institutions such

as Limmud, the Jewish Film Festival,

Book Week and the Jewish Music Institute

to name but a few, the community is an

example to others in the Diaspora of how to

integrate into one’s host community while

retaining one’s own identity and vitality.

At the same time we face increasing

challenges and the Board’s mission is also

to lead the defence of the community on

these. Living as we do in a pluralistic and

tolerant democracy, our rights to carry

out our religious practices should never

be in doubt. In fact, however, in the last

few years threats have emerged both in

this country and in Europe against some

of our practices; principally Shechita and

Brit Milah. It would not be fair to attribute

these to antisemitism, but nevertheless

their effect could seriously jeopardise our

way of life. The latest attack at the time of

writing, of course, comes from Germany

on Brit Milah.

The Board is at the heart of a crosscontinental

initiative approaching German

ambassadors and lobbying parliamentarians

whilst trying to ensure that, here in the UK,

the community speaks with one voice which

is both cogent and rational. I am pleased

to say our representations have been well

received and we have been able to punch

beyond our weight. At some future date we

may need a grass roots campaign and here

the Board will look to the community to play

its part, whether in lobbying MPs or in

engaging in the media debate generally.

Above all we have to face the continual

attacks on Israel which are now coming

from the media, the unions, academia

and the churches - the latest being the

decision of the Church of England Synod

to endorse EAPPI, a grossly unbalanced

programme taking people to the West

Bank without showing them the Israeli

side of the conflict. We must not fall

into the trap, however, of branding

all critics of Israel as anti-Semites. On

the contrary, I see from conversations

with senior churchmen that many of

them regard themselves as firm friends

albeit critical ones of both Jewry and

of Israel. Often they are unaware of the

unfortunate antisemitic overtones of the

debate instigated. Our task is therefore

to confront the antisemites, expose them

and ensure that Israel’s case is made

effectively to the moderates. Again this

is something which must be done in a

calm and rational manner, and it falls to

all of us to engage with our Christian

neighbours to form relationships through

which we can express our views. With the

support of the community the Board will

be ideally equipped to do this in the year

ahead. How successful we will be one

cannot say at this point but it will not be

for want of trying.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy

New Year.

Warm wishes,

Vivian Wineman





Will it be a

sweet New

Year for

all Jewish


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Yom Tov Guide

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday 16th September

Saturday 22nd September

Kol Nidrei

Light the Yom Tov candles before

6.59p.m. and recite the following

two blessings:

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo b’mitzvotav

v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Yom Tov.”

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,

vehigianoo lazman hazeh.”

Prior to lighting the candles, it is

important to light a twenty-five hour

candle e.g. a Yahrzeit candle, so that

one can transfer the flame from the

twenty-five hour candle to a new candle

in order to light the Yom Tov candles

on the second night of Yom Tov.

Sevices in the synagogue commence

at 6.45pm

Following services, and your return

home, make Yom Tov Kiddush, then wash

hands ritually and make the blessing over

the challah. The challot for Rosh Hashanah

are traditionally round and represent

continuity and wholeness. After eating

some challah, dipped in honey, we take

an apple and dip a piece in honey and

say the following prior to eating it:

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam, Borei Peri Haeitz”

After eating it recite the following:

“Yehi ratzon milfanecha Adonye Eloheinoo

veilohei avoteinoo, she’techadesh aleinoo

Shana Tova oometooko”

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

of our forefathers that this year will be a

happy and sweet year for us.”

Monday 17th September

Shacharit services begin at 8.00am

It is important for every man,

woman and child to hear the blowing

of the Shofar which commences at

approximately 10.00am It is important to

hear the blessings recited by the Ba’al

Tekiah (the one who actually blows) and

to answer “Amein” to each of the three

blessings. Then, during the course of the

morning, we are obliged to hear one

hundred blasts of the Shofar.

It is forbidden to talk from the time one

hears the first note of the 100, right up

until the last one.

In the afternoon of the first day

of Rosh Hashanah, we will return to the

Synagogue at 4.45pm to walk together

towards the Serpentine for the traditional

Tashlich Service at 5.15pm at the Peter

Pan Statue. This is performed by reciting

several prayers at a source of water.

Afterwards, the pockets are symbolically

emptied as if a person is shaking off his

sins and casting them into the water. As

a source for this ceremony the verses in

Michah are often quoted:

“He will again have compassion upon us;

He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou will

cast all our sins into the depth of the sea ....”

We then return to the Synagogue for

Mincha and Ma’ariv at 6.30pm

Monday night 18th september

We usher in the second day of

Rosh Hashanah by lighting the Yom

Tov candles as soon as possible after

7.58pm We do this by transferring the

flame from the existing flame which was

lit before the first night Rosh Hashanah

began (see above) and then reciting the

two blessings. Since there is a doubt

about whether we should recite the

She’hecheyanu Beracha on the second

night, it is traditional to have on the table a

new fruit that one has not eaten yet that

year, while one makes the blessings over

the candles. Alternatively one can wear

a new item of clothing. However, if one

does not have a new fruit or a new item of

clothing, one still makes both blessings

including “She’hecheyanu”.

Tuesday 19th september

Shacharit services begin at 8.00am

Mincha and Ma’ariv will be read at

7.00pm Yom Tov ends at 7.55pm

The Fast

Of Gedaliah

Wednesday 20th October

The day after Rosh Hashanah is

observed as a fast day, in memory of

Gedaliah ben Achikam. Gedaliah had

been appointed Governor of Judea by

Nebuchadnezzar, after the destruction

of the first Temple in 586 BCE. He had

been charged with the responsibility

of rebuilding Jewish life among the

remnant of the Jews still in the Holy Land.

As a result of internal strife among

the people, Gedaliah was assassinated

and, many of those Jews who had

remained in Judea, fled to Egypt. Since

this represented the final stage of the

destruction of Jerusalem, it is observed

as a fast day, when we recite special

Selichot prayers. Shacharit will be at

6.45am Fast ends at 7.47pm.

Shabbat Shuva

Friday 21st September

Shabbat commences 6.47pm Mincha

and Kabbalat Shabbat will be read

at 6.45pm.

Shacharit will be at 9.15 am and will be

followed by Rabbi Shisler’s Shabbat

Shuva Lilmod.

Mincha followed by Seudah will be held

at 6.30pm and Ma’ariv will be held when

Shabbat ends at 7.46pm.

Yom Kippur

Tuesday 25th September

On Erev Yom Kippur, Wednesday 8th

October, at 1.30pm, we will conduct

the pre-Yom Kippur Mincha (afternoon)

service, in the Synagogue. Included in

this service is the first of the ten

times that we recite “Al-cheit” prayer

(confession) throughout Yom Kippur.

A festival meal on Erev Yom Kippur

is a mitzvah (obligation) because one

thereby reveals joy over the approach

of his or her time of forgiveness. This

meal is called the “seudat hamafseket”

(meal of cessation). There is no Kiddush

prior to this meal, but we do wash our

hands ritually, make the “Hamotzi”

(usually over a Challah) and say Grace

after Meals... The meal should be

concluded well before 6.38pm, allowing

enough time to light candles and to get

to the Synagogue in time.

The following Berachot are said over

the candles:

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo b’mitzvotav

v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Yom


“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,

vehigianoo lazman hazeh.

Wearing non-leather shoes. It is

forbidden for men, women and children

to wear leather shoes on Yom Kippur.

Services in the Synagogue commence

at 7.00pm. The Yom Kippur prayers

begin with the chanting of Kol Nidrei.

We have to commence before sunset

since this prayer is a form of the repealing

of vows, and we are not permitted to

repeal vows on Yom Tov.

Thursday 26th September

Shacharit commences at 9.30

Yizkor on Yom Kippur Day will be at

approximately 1.15pm.

If one’s parents are still alive, it is

permissible, but not essential, to leave

the Synagogue during Yizkor. However,

it is our custom that we commence

with a public Yizkor, which includes

Memorial Prayers for the victims of the

Holocaust and for Israel’s fallen soldiers,

for which everyone should remain in the

Synagogue. There will then be a short

break to allow those who wish to leave

to go out before we commence the

private Yizkor.

The Fast ends at 7.37pm.


The building of Succah

If you haven’t built a Succah before

and intend to do so this year, the Rabbi

will be very happy to advise on the

requirements to ensure that it is Kosher.

It is a Mitzvah to decorate the Succah.

If you are able to assist with the Shul’s

Succah, please contact the Synagogue

office for details of when it will be done.

Also please let us know if you are able

to donate laurel branches, fruit, etc.

Dwelling in Succah

Sunday 30th September

It is a great Mitzvah to eat in the

Succah. The congregation is invited to

join us for a festive dinner in our Shul

Succah following services on Sunday

evening 30th September. Please make

reservations at the Synagogue Office on

020 7229 2631.

Kindling of lights.

Lights are kindled on the first Yom Tov

night in the Succah (if you have one -

or else indoors) and two Berachot

are said:

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam, asher kiddshanoo b’mitzvotav

v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shel Yom Tov.”

“Barooch atah Adonye Eloheinoo melech

ha’olam she’hecheyanoo, vekiyemanoo,

vehigianoo lazman hazeh.”

Note that the same requirements

regarding the 25-hour candle apply

as they did for Rosh Hashanah.

Four Species - The lulav

The four species are taken hold of

each of the seven festival days (except

Shabbat) and a Berachah is said over

them daily. Anyone who wishes to have

a set of lulav and etrog, please contact

our Shammash Eli Ballon in the Shul

Office. Even if you do not have your

own Lulav and Etrog there will be several

sets in the Synagogue for your use.

Simchat Torah

Please note that our annual Simchat

Torah party will take place this year on

Monday 8th October following the

evening service which commences at

7.30pm. Please bring your children

both on the Thursday night and Friday

morning for Hakafot - there will also be

a special Kiddush after the service on

the Friday morning.



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