Monthly Archives: January 2015

 What’s On: Babies and Children & Teenagers

January 2015

This is sent out approximately once a month by email, attached to the ‘What’s On for adults’.

Currently the information is divided into three sections:

1.     Announcements

2.     Babies and toddlers

3.     Children and teenagers, and by day within each section.

Mosaic Jewish Primary School 

The school is currently recruiting staff for September 2015. For more information about Mosaic Jewish Primary School please visit

Maccabi meets this Sunday, 1 February, at Catford, from 12.00 to 2.30pm. Following the moving and powerful contribution to Holocaust Memorial Day by six of its members (five of them from BRS cheder) the club is now running drama workshops alongside the usual Sunday activities. £3.50 per child, £3 sibling price and free for leaders. Lunch is included. Full details from Joe Kat,

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South London Community Support Service

February 2015



Section 1: DIARY


Sunday 1 February at Wimbledon Shul, 10.30-11.20 Decoding God’s Message; and 11.30-12.30 “Are we there yet?” – family strategy in enjoying children at the Seder.

Monday 2 February at Wimbledon Shul, 11.00-12.30 Session led by Eran Kendler on social networking on the internet. What is a browser ? What are URLs ? How to identify links. How to use networks wisely. Charge only £5 pp. Please book as places limited.

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South London News

From Stephen Ison of South London Jewish Community Support:

For any readers who are Holocaust Survivors or refugees from Eastern Europe of around that time, or if you who are, an important announcement about the Six Point Foundation. This is a relatively new fund, set up in 2011, that gives financial grants for many different purposes to improve the quality of life of those survivors. It is a significant fund of money but with a finite time frame is available for individuals who have an income less than £10,000 per year and savings less than £32,000. For more information contact the Jewish Care Holocaust Survivors Centre on 020 8802 5032 or AJR (Association of Jewish Refugees) on 0208 385 3070.

The Kosher Food Supplies list has had some amendments and we are investigating the Kosher Outlet Store in North West London, we are not sure if it is still there! Please do update me if you know of any alterations, additions and other changes.

Upcoming Events as of 30 January 2015

For Your Diary

(This list is not necessarily complete and exhaustive. To see more events (such as the comprehensive What’s On), scroll up and down or click Events in the Categories list in the sidebar in the right-hand column.)

Saturday 7 February Young Adults Beer & Bowling, from 7.30pm at Hollywood (ie Charrington) Bowl, Tolworth. Email if you can attend, or know someone who wants to.

Wednesday 11 February Cheder for Grown Ups. This session’s topic: the concept of “kosher”. 7.30pm in Shul

Saturday 14 February Shabbat Shalom Programme: Endless Love

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Sunday 15 February A Conversation about Israel and Gaza. A workshop by Israel Seminars. 7.30pm in Shul

Saturday 21 February Melave Malka in Shul with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. 7.30pm. £15 per head. RSVP Essential – by Thursday 12 February – to

Thursday 26 February Kaddish Club: an evening of memory, 8pm at 42 Villiers Avenue

Monday 2 March Ladies’ Israeli Dancing, 8pm in Shul

Wednesday 4 March Purim-Palooza!  Megilla followed by party. Circus theme, with real live circus performers and magic!!! 6.30pm. Free admission.

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Israel Update, 29 January 2015


The two IDF soldiers killed in the Hezollah attack on Wednesday morning have been named as Captain Yohai Klangel and Sergeant Dor Nini. Seven others were wounded.,7340,L-4620448,00.html

The military vehicles were travelling on a civilian road in the village of Ghajar two kilometers away from the border when they came under a heavy Hezbollah ambush, consisting of five to six Kornet missiles, a senior army source said, stressing the road was used jointly by military and civilian traffic, and that civilian cars were also in the vicinity of the attack. A house in the village was also struck by a missile.

The United States “strongly condemned” Hezbollah’s rocketing of Israeli territory on Wednesday with anti-tank munitions.

Samir Geagea, a prominent Lebanese Christian leader and senior figure in the country’s anti-Hezbollah political alliance, denounced Hezbollah’s attack on Israel.

On Tuesday at least two rockets launched from Syrian territory exploded in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights…. The IDF returned artillery fire into Syrian territory in response

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 Art and Religion

Christian Imagery in Jewish Art: Can Jews Produce Christian Art?

The guest speaker at a recent (22 January 2015) Kingston Synagogue talk was the Reverend Andrew Williams, chaplain of Kingston University who also specialises in Judeo-Christian Art.

RB Kitaj's Cross and Chimney

RB Kitaj’s “Passion: Cross and Chimney” (1985)

Reverend Williams noted that Jesus, associated with pain and abandonment, could serve as a metaphor for Jewish suffering.  Indeed, many Jewish artists used Christian subject matter.

Reverend Williams explored different ways in which Jewish painters and sculptors depicted the crucifixion, particularly after the Holocaust. One of his examples was the striking 1985 work, “Passion: Cross and Chimney” by the American-born British Jewish artist RB Kitaj (1932-2007).

Two well-known works by Marc Chagall were highlighted: ‘White Crucifixion’ and ‘Yellow Crucifixion’. Chagall portrayed Jesus in more than 100 paintings and drawings.

Also discussed were Jacob Epstein’s ‘Madonna and Child’, and Samuel Bak’s ‘With a Blue Thread’.

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Not the ladies who lunch! These are the ladies who read…and discuss. Watch this space for news of the next meeting – and the name of the book under discussion.

Kingston Synagogue Book Club

Kingston Synagogue Book Club

Kingston HMD Programme

Kingston Synagogue is well represented at this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in Kingston, thanks to the participation of Rabbi Samuel and the cheder. To see the flyer, scroll down.

Kingston HMD 2015 events programme

Kingston Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 Programme

Topic: Holocaust Memorial Programme