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Kingston Liberal Synagogue - Annual Report 2017 A review of our 50th anniversary year

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Social & Cultural Social & Cultural Art gallery visit At end of the summer a dozen members visited the Stanley Picker House in Kingston, an event arranged by Jenny Osorio. Numbers were restricted for the tour and therefore this is possibly an event which could be repeated in the future. Supper quiz Post High Holy Days and following the inauguration of our new rabbi, René Pfertzel, the social calendar continued to attract large numbers and our annual supper quiz boasting a fish and chip supper, an ‘out of town’ quiz master and mistress and a raffle, pulled in around 90 people. KLS Has Got Talent However, the final ‘main event’ of our 50th year was the showcase of our homegrown talent brought together so professionally by Sandra Levene and hosted by our president, ‘man of many talents’, Mike Barnato – the KLS Talent Show. Suffice to say that it was brilliant! Chanukah @ Home 2017 culminated in our second Chanukah of home candle lightings whereby members opened their homes for a few hours to share the lighting of the Chanukah candles with other members of the community and of course enjoy some festive food together. Hosts were found in a range of geographical locations so that most members had the opportunity to visit someone nearby. We would like to thank the many members, family and friends who have been involved in running, or helping with, any of our events during this very special 50th anniversary year. The variety of activities has been impressive and the success of each has been selfevident providing entertainment and enjoyment for all involved. As always, we need new ideas and more members to get involved in future events. This is vital if KLS is to continue to hold social functions and activities which appeal to the whole community. Bookcrashers The KLS book group continues to grow. We meet about every month and welcome people who have read the book and those who haven’t to discuss the book and other topics. In 2017 we read a wide range of books including: • The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons • A Tale of Light and Darkness by Amos Oz • The Gustav Sonata by Rose Temain • All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen • All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan. We are looking forward to hosting a book launch event for Elizabeth Gifford’s book The Good Doctor of Warsaw in 2018. 16 – KLS Annual Report 2017

Exhibitions We were delighted that in December one of our members, Hannah Wurzburger, had a display of her hand weaving work. It was a delight and a privilege to have this work on show and we look forward to having other similar occasions when our talented members could showcase their work. Bridge KLS hosts a small, friendly duplicate bridge club on Thursday evenings at 7pm, which is open to KLS members. New members of all standards are welcome and the club will try to pair up anyone without a partner. Social & Cultural Krav Maga Krav Maga is self defence, but with an Israeli/Jewish twist. It continues to operate on a drop-in basis on most Thursdays at 7pm. After four years, our first instructor, Jamie, became a father to twins and had to stop. We now have Neville an expert in several martial arts, including Krav Maga. Anyone wishing to know more or have a trial session should contact Mike Barnato. Table tennis The KLS table tennis club remains a popular and enjoyable activity. In 2017, we have had good attendances from our regular group of about 8-10 people and one or two new members. We welcome new players, even if homework, work, theatre or football sometimes get in the way. We usually meet on the second Tuesday of the month but please contact Brian Hurwitz or see the KLS website or call the office to check future dates. Doroteinu Doroteinu is Hebrew for ‘our generations’ and was the name given to the social group set up over 20 years ago for all KLS members. It met monthly on a weekday afternoon and offered guest speakers, social events, trips and discussions. Sadly, only one Doroteinu event was held in 2017 as we were unable to find a successor to Stan Moss to chair the group. However, we are looking for new ways for members to meet socially on a weekday and we are delighted that, thanks to Rabbi René and Jenny Osorio, a ‘meet and eat’ initiative has successfully launched in 2018. Journeys to KLS We were delighted to host a series of three talks from members, Bronia Snow, Mike Barnato and Michael Brandon telling their stories which led to them joining us at KLS. We hope to continue this series in 2018. 17KLS Annual Report 2017

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