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KLS-Annual Report-17-18-ONLINE

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

Care Care Our community

Care Care Our community is underpinned by mutual care sharing each other’s ups and downs along our life journeys. KIT care team During 2017 we held three KIT tea parties which, as usual, were greatly enjoyed by those who attended. We thank those members who hosted these tea parties over the last few years for being such warm and welcoming hosts. Our most regular hosts were Helen Greene, Jill & Norman Hyman, Tony Spevack and Judy Thwaites. We are grateful to them and to all the other members who helped by offering transport, cakes or other refreshments. So far in 2018 we have had a very successful Meet & Eat with the Rabbi. Some 30 people attended and enjoyed a light lunch, socialising with other members and, of course, hearing from and meeting Rabbi René. We are seeking feedback as to whether we should continue with either or both the tea parties and the Meet & Eat. If so, offers of help (be it homes, cake making, transport etc.) are needed to make these occasions possible. With our new rabbi now in place, the KIT care team has had a makeover. Jenny Osorio has stood down as Chair and Rabbi René is in this position. However, the core care team has been expanded and now includes Sandra and Paul Levene and Mary Simmons (besides Rabbi René and Jenny Osorio). Meetings will be infrequent, but members wishing to be part of this organising team can let either Rabbi René or Jenny Osorio know. We thank Judy Parish, Fran Milesi and Helen Greene, who are standing down from the core team, for their work over several years supporting KLS. However, they will be part of an extended group who will be keeping in contact with members, either by phone or by visits. The group is looking for further help. Visiting the sick Whilst Jenny Osorio and others have visited members during the year, particular thanks must go to our Kingston Hospital Chaplains who are regularly at the hospital. Thank you to Jill Hyman and Irene Gould. 18KLS Annual Report 2017

Care Bereavement support If any member has experience in Bereavement Counselling or would be willing to take some training in this work, we would like to include them in our core team. To make KLS a more inclusive, caring and responsive community we do need volunteers and look forward to more members coming forward. Business network From time to time we try to introduce other initiatives for members who are interested in the more financial or business aspects of life. Our KLS Business network group was one such initiative where we’ve tried to bring members together over a coffee to discuss their business issues and to get their ideas for those issues facing by KLS. 19 – KLS Annual Report 2017

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