Israel Update 18 June 2015
By Hazel Green
Raanan Ben Tzur
Danny Gonen, 25, was murdered on Friday after being shot near Dolev in the West Bank. He and another Israeli were driving in the area when a Palestinian signalled for them to stop as if to ask for help, before firing at them at point-blank range.
Despite sustaining critical stab wounds to his neck and chest during an attack near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate on Sunday, Border Police officer Roz Ben-Carmela shot his assailant and was hailed as a hero. Following emergency surgery, the officer remains in serious condition.
We are pleased to invite you to a special, melodic Friday night service on 17th July, followed by a dessert buffet kiddush. Please join us at 7.45 – before or after (or even in the middle of!) your Friday night meal – for some explanations of the traditional Friday night prayers, some singing, and delicious desserts. There is no charge.
Please also note that all teenagers (school years 7 to 13) are invited to Villiers Av for Friday night dinner 10th July for 8.15pm. Dinner to end 10.30/11. Please RSVP. No charge.
Israel Update 18 June 2015
By Hazel Green
A rocket was shot from Gaza toward southern Israel last Thursday night. (11 June) Sirens were heard in the Ashkelon region a little after 10 p.m., sending residents scurrying for shelter. The IDF later said it was unable to locate an impact site and concluded the rocket had fallen short inside Gaza.
Druze communities in Israel have collected more than NIS 10 million ($2.6 million) for the Druze community in Syria to buy weapons and other necessities, MK Ayoub Kara said on Monday. The donations are transferred through Jordan.
Upcoming events as of 12 June 2015
This week 13-19 June
Shabbat 13 June Group! In Shul. From 11am
Wednesday 17 June Learning Programme – Taste of Talmud 2: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. 8pm at 42 Villiers Avenue
Week 20-26 June
Shabbat 20 June Special Kiddush by the Landau’s to celebrate their wedding anniversary!
Sunday 21 June JLGB Youth Trip (to be confirmed)
Tuesday 23 June Ladies Guild outing to Strawberry Hill. Tickets £17.50. Please contact Jenny Strauss for further details and to book a place.
Thursday 25 June Kaddish Club: an evening of memory, reflection and learning, 8pm at 42 Villiers Avenue
Sunday 28 June South London Jewish Youth Group Fete Fun Day, from 2.30pm at Croydon Shul
Tuesday 30 June Book Club meeting. Reading ‘A Scandalous Life – a biography of Jane Digby’ by Mary S. Lovell. Please contact Judith Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the venue. New members are always welcome.
Thursday 2 July LSJS British Museum Tanach Tour. 10:30am – 1:30pm, Contact Rabbi Landau for tickets; booking essential
Shabbat 4 July Shabbat Shalom Programme – Pushing off the Fast
Sunday 5 July First Annual Mosaic Gold Tournament, email@example.com for ticket details
A rocket fired from Gaza exploded near Ashkelon on Saturday night. In response the IDF confirmed that it had struck “terror infrastructure” targets in northern Gaza.
A woman was lightly wounded and hospitalized Wednesday night by a severe rock attack on an Egged bus in Jerusalem.
Dates for your diary: June – October 2015
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Ladies Guild Annual Dinner Ashley Blaker
by Hazel Green
The 80 strong audience at our Ladies Guild annual dinner on Sunday, 7 June were treated to a memorable performance by the self-styled “only Charedi stand-up comedian in the U.K.,” Ashley Blaker.
He also describes himself as “the only person in T.V. who doesn’t own one himself” and “the only cupple, tzitzis and peyos in the whole comedy business”.
In a non-stop series of jokes, Mr Blaker detailed his career as a comedy writer, producer and performer who has worked with Matt Lucas and David Walliams (“Little Britain”), Russell Brand, David Baddiel, Graham Norton, Jonathan Ross and many others.
His Gateshead routine was especially hilarious and many of those present will never hear the words “Shabbat Shira” again without thinking of Alan Shearer.
Yasmin Saunders welcomed the guests and introduced the guest speaker, and Rebbetzin Shoshanna Landau gave the vote of thanks.
The Ladies Guild committee catered a magnificent repast featuring pea soup, salmon and salads, finished off with a superb Eton Mess.
Upcoming events as of 5 June 2015
Shabbat, 6 June. Ladies’ Shabbat and Special Kiddush.
Sunday, 7 June. Ladies Guild dinner, 7.15pm. Guest speaker Ashley Baker (writer for Matt Lucas). £20 per person, RSVP Yasmin Saunders firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 10 June. Learning Programme – Taste of Talmud 1: The Curious Case of the Doubly Claimed Cloak. 8pm at 42 Villiers Avenue (not the Shul)
Thursday, 11 June. Rabbi’s Surgery – Rabbi’s door is open for questions, discussions, anything! (email / phone for appointment). From 8pm at Villiers Avenue.
NEXT Shabbat, 13 June. Group! In Shul. From 11am.
Wednesday, 17 June. Learning Programme – Taste of Talmud 2: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. 8pm at 42 Villiers Avenue.
Sunday, 21 June. JLGB Youth Trip (to be confirmed).
Tuesday, 23 June. Ladies Guild outing to Strawberry Hill. Tickets £17.50. Contact Jenny Strauss.
Thursday, 25 June. Kaddish Club: an evening of memory, reflection and learning, 8pm at 42 Villiers Avenue.
Sunday, 28 June. South London Jewish Youth Group Fete Fun Day, from 2.30pm at Croydon Shul.
Tuesday, 30 June. A Scandalous Life – a Biography of Jane Digby by Mary S. Lovell. Contact Judith Lawson email@example.com.
At least two rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel on Wednesday at around 11 pm. In response the IAF struck three targets in Gaza. Defence Minister Ya’alon said “We will not compromise on the security of Israeli citizens and we will not tolerate a return to the reality of a drizzle of rocket fire.” http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4664831,00.html
May 28 is an annual Jerusalem Hug Day where both Arab and Israeli peace activists “walk hand in hand around the city walls” to “promote a peaceful experience, a life of freedom and joy to all people.” Sadly this year participants were attacked by Arabs opposing “normalization”.