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The ongoing refugee crisis is at the forefront of our minds. The suffering of many thousands of people is something we cannot ignore. As Chief Rabbi Mirvis has said: “As Jews, many of us have family members who were refugees and our heritage must inform the way that we respond to the migrant crisis. This is a deep and tragic humanitarian emergency.” The United Synagogue is working in partnership with World Jewish Relief (WJR) to do what we can to help. The WJR Refugee Crisis Appeal has been launched to give people an opportunity to help this important cause. You can find out more and give your support by visiting Refugee+Crisis

In addition, many of our local communities are looking at ways that they can help refugees alongside cross-communal responses in which The US will be playing its part.

Kingston Synagogue Hosts a “Mirv”-ellous Melave Malka

by Hazel Green

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis paid his first visit to Kingston, Surbiton & District Synagogue, the largest United Synagogue shul in South West London, on Motze Shabbat.

Over 100 synagogue members and guests were welcomed by Kingston’s Rabbi Samuel Landau with a Havdalah ceremony, and drosha including traditional Chasidic stories, before enjoying a three-course dinner organized by the Ladies Guild.

The Chief Rabbi congratulated the shul, saying that they were blessed to have the incredible leadership duo of Rabbi Samuel and Rebbetzen Shoshana Landau, and he enthused about the varied synagogue activities ranging from an impressive Holocaust Memorial Day programme for local schools to interfaith work and myriad of social events.

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