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

Learning Kabbalat Torah

Learning Kabbalat Torah Most students continue attending Beiteinu after B’nei Mitzvah to age 15 with a programme which allows them to have a more mature and personal understanding of Jewish values. This culminates in a Kabbalat Torah (KT) ceremony in which they affirm their commitment to Judaism as a consequence of a personal decision. The KT class of 2017 (Lily Roberts; Nathan Simmons; Joshua Wuggenig; Fran Fornasiero; Gideon Farrer; Zoë Mendelson; Guy Morad; Max Fornasiero; and Hannah Royle) led a wonderful, thought-provoking and innovative service which they had created. It was clear they enjoyed doing it and we admired how well they worked together as a team. Mental health awareness As a synagogue, we understand the importance of support for all those suffering from ill health, including mental health issues. As such we were delighted to highlight Mental Health Awareness Shabbat through a study session led jointly by Hannah Kingston and Sara Alston. Adult education There are now three different opportunities for adults to learn about Judaism: 1. On Shabbat afternoon, after the service, a class named ‘Exploring Judaism’ is offered for those who want to refresh their knowledge of Judaism. This class is mandatory for those who want to convert to Judaism. 2. On Tuesday lunchtime, ‘Lunch and Learn’ is an opportunity to come, have lunch together, and discuss Jewish texts of Judaism related topics. 3. Thursday evening has become a ‘Beit Midrash’. Several teachers come and share their passion about a subject, whether religious, cultural, political, or artistic. Conversion We have now half a dozen people registered on the conversion programme. After the completion of their 12-18 months of study and attending community life, they will go before the Beit-Din and become fullyfledged members of KLS and of the Jewish people. Youth KLS continued to be highly involved with LJY-Netzer in 2017 holding two events in the synagogue. KLS members continued to be active participants in the movement, well represented on all LJY-Netzer events and committed to bringing their learning and enthusiasm back to the community. KLS notably hosted the Kinus LJY-Netzer democratic decisionmaking event. We also welcomed committed LJY- Netzernich Tom Smith to our community. KLS was once again well represented by both participants and leaders at LJY-Netzer UK based camps with 7 leaders and 7 participants on the Summer camp Kadimah. All of them did their part to contribute to a positive welcoming atmosphere. They led and took part in all ages groups some for the first time, some returning for their tenth camp. Five people also ventured onto LJY-Netzer Israel tour and had an excellent time learning and experiencing Israel. Kingston has a long tradition of sending a high proportion of its members to LJY-Netzer events and also their continued involvement within the movement, 2017 marking the sixth continuous year of having a movement worker from KLS. This tradition was continued by yet more KLS members beginning the LJY-Netzer leadership journey, completing the leadership course and leading on the first event. In 2018 KLS members can look forward to greater involvement with LJY-Netzer, bringing back their enthusiasm and learning from Israel and Kadimah. We can look forward to a large cohort of Kingston teaching assistants leading on spring camp, their first camp as leaders. We also hope to see how LJY-Netzer’s new theme of year, Minorities within minorities, allows our members to see Judaism in a different light and empowers them to bring these ideas back into the community. 8 – KLS Annual Report 2017

9 – KLS Annual Report 2017 Learning

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