What’s On

Below are the main What’s On,  children’s version and food guide.  There are also some changes in the food guide including  a new phone number and latest opening times for the Kosher Food Outlet.

Some good news for the Service and older members of the communities in South East London and Kent  is that on Thursday 26th March we are starting the second  Afternoon Tea/Supportive Community group in Bromley from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.  It will be once a month on the last Thursday of the month.    It is taking place in a  volunteers flat in Bromley (not far from Bromley South Station).   This will host up to 8 elderly people and is aimed at those who do not have a close family and community life.   If you or anyone you know might be interested in attending please email me on sison@jcare.org or phone on 07881 863237.

Wishing all readers a very Happy Purim.


South London Community Support Service

March 2015

This bulletin is now distributed to over 400 names by email –
including all 12 Synagogues in Catford, Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Richmond, Staines, Streatham, Weybridge and Wimbledon – plus the main Jewish organisations providing support in South London and many individuals.  It is also forwarded by the Synagogues to members and put up on many noticeboards.

ORGANISERS: PLEASE CHECK THE ENTRIES (including the regular ones in section 2) and let us know if anything is incorrect.

To join the distribution list, or if you know someone who would like to receive this by post, please contact Stephen Ison : sison@jcare.org

Please email announcements and events for inclusion to Judi Sheffrin, judishef@aol.com, copied to sison@jcare.orgby the 23rd of the preceding month. Items received too late have to wait until the following month.  This bulletin is for short announcements, text only.  Please submit text that can be copied and pasted, as there is not usually time to retype information sent in encapsulated formats.  Please be advised that if you send whole newsletters, choice of items for inclusion is entirely at our discretion.  If you want a specific date publicised, please send it as a stand-alone item.  Thank you.

STEPHEN ISON, South London Community Support Service
Nightingale/Jewish Care : 07881 863237


Section 1:   DIARY

If you contribute to any of these sections, please take a few moments to check the accuracy of your insertions. Details do change but if we do not know we cannot alter your entries. In the event of unforeseen events (eg weather problems) it is vital for participants to be able to check that events have not been cancelled/postponed, so please ensure that you supply a
contact name and number for every one.


(NB if no contact details are given, please see Synagogue listings on the final page of this newsletter)

Thursday 26 February at Wimbledon Shul, 11.00-1230 Jewish History, taught by Rabbi Tony Hammond: Out of Jerusalem and the rise of rabbinic Judaism. £2pp.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Friday 27 February at Wimbledon Shul, 10.30-12.30 Book club “The Marriage of Chani Kaufman” by Eve Harris, set in Golders Green.  £2 pp. Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Monday 2 March Israeli Dancing at Kingston and Surbiton Synagogue with Judith Rush.  Subsequent sessions on 25 March and 22 April (for Yom Ha’Atzma’ut). 8 to 9.30pm.

Tuesday 3 March at Wimbledon Shul, 12.30-2.00 Current Affairs discussion group; 2.00-4.00 Table Tennis; 2.30-4.00 Yiddish.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Tuesday 3 March Council of Christians & Jews: ‘Sacred Music – How Christians and Jews use music to create sanctity’. Discussions, with examples, will be led by the Deacon at St Stephen’s, South Dulwich and the Rev Cantor Rome of Catford & Bromley Synagogue.  Refreshments, 7.45pm. Venue: Catford & Bromley Synagogue. Details: Stephen Weil, 020-8693 2051 or Stephen.weil@talk21.com

Wednesday 4 March at Wimbledon Shul, 12.45-2.15, Lunch & Learn led by Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild;  2.30-4.30 Fun Bridge. Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Wednesday 4 March Sutton JACS : Topic to be confirmed.  Meetings start at 1.30pm.  Chairman: Hetty Bourne 020 8642 1474. Programmes: Estelle & Barry Heller 020 8643 8038. Welfare: Sheila Harris 01306 640018.  Meetings start at 1.30pm.

Wednesday 4 March Weybridge JACS: Harry Townsend, “Kew Through the Looking Glass”.

Founded in 1840, Kew contains the world’s largest collection of living plants. 2pm sharp, NW Surrey Synagogue, Horvath Close, Rosslyn Park, Weybridge KT13 9QZ.  Chairman: Gay Moss (01932 780013), Vice Chairman: Dennis Lewis (020 8979 1191). In the event of bad weather please check with the above.  Annual sub £4.  Each meeting £3.

Details of some celebrations below.  Also, please check at individual shuls.

Wednesday 4 March:  “Purim Palooza” Amazing Purim party for all at Kingston Synagogue, 6:30pm. Fancy dress, hamentaschen and l’chaim, with special Circus theme and skills.

Wednesday 4 March:  Chabad Wimbledon, Evening Service 6:45pm, Megillah 7pm followed by Hamantashen and Tea.

Wednesday 4 March:  Megillah reading from 7.30pm at Bromley Reform Shul – some chapters read, some sung, some in verse …. Followed by refreshments.  Please come in fancy dress.

Wednesday 4 March 7:30pm  South London Liberal Shul Purim  service, Megillah reading  and a chance to fulfil the  mitzvah of drinking “ad de lo yadah”.  Any chametz-based alcohol you would like to begin cleaning out before Passover may be brought and consumed!

Thursday 5 March, Purim Party at Chabad Wimbledon, Drake House, 44 St Georges Rd, SW19 4ED. Megillah Reading 4:30pm, Party and Dinner 5:15pm  * African Acrobats  * Bouncy Castle  * Hamantash Baking * Fancy Dress Contest with great prizes  * Fun for the entire Family.  Entrance by donation.

Thursday 5 March Kolnoa Film Club, 8pm, S London Liberal Shul.  “Eyes Wide Open” (2009, Israel), Director Haim Tabekman. A married, Orthodox butcher falls in love with his handsome male apprentice. …

Friday 6 March, 10.30-12.30 at Wimbledon Shul, Art & Literature talk by Max Lankester (Friends of Richmond Park) on “The Buildings of Richmond Park”. £2pp.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Sunday 8 March – The BeaTles of Shushan at Bromley Reform Shul.  Refreshments from 10am, doors to Shushan open 10.30am.

Sunday 8 March: “Body and Soul – the State of the Jewish Nation”, a film of the connection between the Land of Israel and the Jewish People, presented by the film-maker, 7:30pm, Kingston Synagogue.

Monday 9 March at Wimbledon Shul, 2.00-4.00 Scrabble . Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Tuesday 10 March at Wimbledon Shul, 12.30-2.00 Current Affairs discussion group; and 2.00-4.00 Table Tennis. Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Wednesday 11 March at Wimbledon Shul, 11.15-12.15 Talmud study led by Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild; and 12.45-2.15 Lunch & Learn led by Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild. Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Wednesday 11 March Sutton JACS : Lynne Julius – “Committee Work of HARIF”. Meetings start at 1.30pm.  Chairman: Hetty Bourne 020 8642 1474. Programmes: Estelle & Barry Heller 020 8643 8038. Welfare: Sheila Harris 01306 640018.

Wednesday 11 March Weybridge JACS: Bernard Jacobs, “Mauchline Souvenir Woodware”. Lots of cute little boxes – decorative antique range named after the town of Mauchline in Scotland. 2pm sharp at NW Surrey Synagogue, Horvath Close, Rosslyn Park, Weybridge KT13 9QZ.  Chairman: Gay Moss (01932 780013), Vice Chairman: Dennis Lewis (020 8979 1191). In the event of bad weather please check with the above.  Annual sub £4.  Each meeting £3.

Friday 13 March Wimbledon Shul visit to the Stanley Spencer Gallery Cookham and walk around related sites in Cookham Village. Cost only £4pp admission if not members of the Art Fund. The plan is to car share so if you are going and can offer car places or want a place please let Raymond Hart know. Passengers will contribute to drivers’ petrol costs.  Details: raymondhart41@gmail.com
Sunday 15 March Sutton Combined Charities Question Time under the auspices of Sutton & District Synagogue in aid of Community Security Trust and the shul at Sutton & District Synagogue, 7.30 to 10pm.  Doors open at 6.45 pm. Light Refreshments. Suggested voluntary donation: £10, Teenagers Free.  Cheques payable to:  Sutton Combined Charities or pay by BACS to Sutton Combined Charities, Sort code: 60-80-07, Number: 60096470.  To submit a question on a current affairs theme, please send it, with your name, to Adrienne Fresko  adrienne@foresight-partnership.co.uk by Sunday 1 March.  Only those attending  may submit questions. Tickets, including refreshments and raffle, from: rinfa25@gmail.com

Monday 16 March Forum at Nightingale, 105 Nightingale Lane, SW12 8NB. The main subject will be “Dementia Friendly Communities”, about what we can do as communities to provide some welcome support to not only those with dementia but also their carers and loved ones.   NB Stephen needs to hear urgently who can and cannot attend.   Full details in Section 3.

Tuesday 17 March, Wimbledon Shul 12.30-2.00 Current Affairs discussion group;

2.00-4.00 Table Tennis. Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Wednesday 18 March, at Wimbledon Shul 12.45-2.15, Lunch & Learn led by Rabbi Larry Tabick; 2.30-4.30 Fun Bridge. Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Wednesday 18 March Weybridge JACS: Ros Luper, “Samson and Delilah – the bible story of love and betrayal depicted in the famous painting by Peter Paul Rubens.”  2pm sharp at NW Surrey Synagogue, Horvath Close, Rosslyn Park, Weybridge KT13 9QZ.  Chairman: Gay Moss (01932 780013), Vice Chairman: Dennis Lewis (020 8979 1191). In the event of bad weather please check with the above.  Annual sub £4.  Each meeting £3.
Thursday 19 March, 10.30am, Catford & Bromley WIZO coffee morning. Hear Marilyn Burchell’s illustrated talk on her recent trip to Israel where she visited WIZO Mother & Baby Homes. Donation: £5. To book a place contact Marilyn on 020 8658 4776.

Thursday 19 March at Wimbledon Shul, 11.30-2.00 Food for Thought. Speaker: Lorna Cohen on “The History of the Wimbledon Guild” ; 2.00-3.30 Conversational French led by Josette Cohen: Subject TBA. Charge £5 pp. Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Friday 20 March at Wimbledon Shul, 10.30-12.30 Continuation of course on History of European Art: Mosaccio and early Renaissance painting and Jan van Eyck and northern Renaissance art. £2 pp Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Shabbat morning, 21 March at S London Liberal Shul: Torah Breakfast, 10am.  Food for body and mind as John Heyderman speaks on “Spinoza’s  Intellectual Love of  God”.  A chance to learn about the ideas of this  philosopher, excommunicated by the Amsterdam Jewish Community.

Sunday 22 March Kingston WIZO meeting entitled “Jews on the Titanic”, presented by Raymond Hart at a private address.  Details and tickets (limited numbers) from Etta Ralton on 020-8390 3613.  Suggested donation £15.  Refreshments to include bridge rolls.

Monday 23 March at Wimbledon Shul 10.30-12.00 Philatelic Group.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Tuesday 24 March at Wimbledon Shul, 12.30-2.00 Current Affairs discussion group;

2.00-4.00 Table Tennis ; 2.30-4.00 Yiddish ; 7.30 for 8.00pm, important panel session about the NHS, a major issue in the forthcoming General Election. All panel members are healthcare professionals. Questions invited in advance about the NHS and how it deals with its problems of finance, personnel, supply and requirements of an ageing population. No charge, but donations please for refreshments.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Wednesday 25 March Weybridge JACS: Brian Darcey, “Living with Ghosts of the Tower of London”.  Since its foundation in the 11th century this awesome fortress and prison has housed many famous names of history.  2pm sharp at NW Surrey Synagogue, Horvath Close, Rosslyn Park, Weybridge KT13 9QZ.  Chairman: Gay Moss (01932 780013), Vice Chairman: Dennis Lewis (020 8979 1191). In the event of bad weather please check with the above.  Annual sub £4.  Each meeting £3.

Wednesday 25 March Israeli Dancing at Kingston and Surbiton Synagogue with Judith Rush.  Subsequent session 22 April (for Yom Ha’Atzma’ut).  8 to 9.30pm.


Friday 27 March at Wimbledon Shul, 10.30-12.30 Art & Literature. Further music talk by Jeff Joseph on mega musicals: Lloyd-Weber and Boubil and Mischeff (Evita and Les Miserables for example).  £2 pp.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Shabbat morning, 28 March, 11am at S London Liberal Synagogue, Memorial and Leaf Dedication for Philip Walker z”l, who died last October.  This will be an opportunity to remember Philip and pay tribute to  him in dedicating a  leaf to his memory on the Eitz Chayim  (Tree  of Life).  The ceremony will be part of the regular Shabbat choral service when the guest preacher will be Rabbi Danny Rich, Executive Director of Liberal Judaism.

Sunday 29 March Brideshead Afternoon Cream Tea. from 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA Tickets  £75.  A nostalgic afternoon with stars of the award winning TV series Brideshead Revisited with guest speakers, Anthony Andrews, producer Derek Granger,  Jeremy Irons, Claire Bloom, Nickolas Grace, Diana Quick and other cast members.  1920’s/1930’s short Jazz Concert and performance by The Pink Champagne Sisters. Please contact: Ruby Fernandes 020 8673 3495 or  rfernandes@nightingalehammerson.org: OR Book online:  http://www.nightingalehammerson.org/order-your-tickets-online.html

Sunday 29 March 7pm: The Catford Music Club presents an evening with Jazz Pianist Extraordinaire Alan Ferner, together with vocalist Cantor David Rome. Tickets: £10 pp. Venue: Catford & Bromley Synagogue.

Monday 30 March at Wimbledon Shul, 2.00-4.00 Scrabble.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Tuesday 31 March at Wimbledon Shul, 12.30-2.00 Current Affairs discussion group; and 2.00-4.00 Table Tennis. Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Wednesday 1 April at Wimbledon Shul, 12.45-4.15 Lunch & Learn led by Rabbi Tony Hammond ; 2.30-4.40 Fun Bridge.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Thursday 2 April at Wimbledon Shul, 11.00-12.30 Jewish History taught by Rabbi Tony Hammond on : Spain and beyond: from prosperity to exile. £2 pp.  Details: raymondhart41@gmail.com


Friday 3 April : FIRST SEDER NIGHT – contact individual shuls for full details.
Friday 3 April and Saturday 4 April. Join the Seder at Staines. Everyone welcome. For more details contact revdkale@gmail.com

Tuesday 7 April at Wimbledon Shul, 12.30-2.00 Current Affairs discussion group; and 2.00-400 Table Tennis.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Wednesday 8 April at Wimbledon Shul, 12.45-2.15 Lunch & Learn led by Rabbi Tony Hammond. Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)


Friday 10 April at Wimbledon Shul, 10.30-12.30 Irish film “Grandad, Speak to me in Russian” by Louis Lentin about a Lithuanian boy aged 14 arriving in Dublin in 1895. Donations £2.  Details: Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com)

Wednesday 15 April at 7.00 pm at North West Surrey Synagogue, Weybridge, Guest speaker Agnes Grunwald-Spier on ‘The Holocaust in Hungary, one Family’s Story’, followed by annual Yom Hashoah service.   Agnes is a Holocaust survivor, writer, campaigner and experienced speaker.  Everyone is welcome, especially younger people, and there is no charge.  Given the current security situation, it would be appreciated if anyone planning to come would contact the NWSS office (01932 855400 or admin@nwss.org.uk).


Sunday 19 April Private Showing of: Wot? No Fish!! from 3.00 pm – 4.15pm – followed by afternoon tea: Tickets £25 – to be held at Nightingale, 105 Nightingale Lane, London SW12 8NB. A true story of a Jewish family living in the 20th century London from falling in love to quarrels about fish balls.  In 1926 shoe maker, Ab Solomon drew or paintedon over 3000 of his weekly wage packets which he gave to his wife. These illustrations depict, with remarkable honesty, the ups and downs of their life together. Ab Solomon actually lived and died at Nightingale House.  Please contact: Ruby Fernandes 020 8673 3495 or  rfernandes@nightingalehammerson.org: OR book online: http://www.nightingalehammerson.org/order-your-tickets-online.html


Wednesday 22 April Yom Ha’Atzmaut at Kingston & Surbiton, this year in combination with Sutton Shul, from 6.30pm. Live music from Shir; Israeli Cuisine; Singing and Dancing; service for Yom HaZikaron.  £10 adults; children and students free.  Further information, jkprager@aol.com

May – June Kingston Book Circle led by Dr Helen Setright.  4 weekly meetings.  Please register interest with Anne Lyons on 020-8399 1452 or email ajlyons@onetel.com

Sunday 7 June, 7.30pm. The South London Council of Christians and Jews presents a concert entitled: “Faith in Music”, featuring music from Judaism and Christianity throughout the ages. To be held at the prestigious Dulwich College with internationally acclaimed critic Norman Lebrecht as compere. The concert features Cantor Rome, Sharona Joshua, The London Cantorial Singers under the baton of David Druce and a selection of other musicians.

Wednesday 10 June Proposed Wimbledon coach outing to Canterbury and planned visits to the Cathedral with a guide and also the Chaucer Canterbury Tales.  Please contact Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com) if you are interested.

Sunday 21 June, The South London Summer Fete, Venue: Croydon Federation Synagogue. This is an event for all the communities, run by the communities so you are needed, whether you are a dab hand in the kitchen, or someone who loves an excel spreadsheet.  Volunteers are needed for catering, stalls and entertainment. If you can help please contact slsummerfete@gmail.com

Wednesday 9 September Proposed Wimbledon coach outing to the Dickens Centre at Rochester and then a guided visit to the historic Chatham Synagogue.  Please contact Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com) if you are interested.

October 8th-11th Proposed Wimbledon trip to Jewish Amsterdam.  Please contact Raymond Hart (raymondhart41@gmail.com) if you are interested.



Stephen Ison writes: If you wish me to publicise events here, PLEASE EMAIL ME THE DETAILS.  Much of the information is taken from synagogue emails that are sent to us.  We extract the events that are appropriate to advertise.   We advertise only events that are taking place in South London and seldom mention events that are people’s private homes – unless asked to specifically.  Some synagogues have asked us not to publicise their address so you may need to look these up on the appropriate websites.  If you are involved in an event that is not already mentioned, you are welcome to contact me. This list is emailed to all synagogues in South London, Forum members and a number of individuals who wish to receive this information.

VOLUNTEERING AT NIGHTINGALEHAMMERSON Do you have some free time during the week?  Would you like to support some of the many activities in the Home? Nightingale, the nursing and residential home based in Clapham housing around 180 residents, always needs volunteers who enjoy working with the older generation.  Whether it is 2.5 hours in the shop once a month, half a day in the Activity Centre once a week or spending time befriending a resident, there is something that will match your interests.  To find our more go to www.nightingalehammerson.org or phone 020 8772 2378.

Lots more volunteering opportunities are advertised on the Jewish Volunteering Network website, which also lists 250 opportunities from other charities. For details, go to www.jvn.org.uk

Tune in at 12 noon each week, 558AM, DAB, online and elsewhere. Sunday Jewish Radio is brought through the charity Jewish Care and is presented by professional broadcasters Jon Kaye (LBC), Clive Roslin (BBC) and Vivien Creegor (Sky News), the Sunday lunchtime programme includes topical issues, culture, religion and entertainment. http://www.spectrumradio.net/programmes/SundayJewish , radio@jcare.org , 020-8922 2233.

SUNDAYS AND BANK HOLIDAYS – THE SENIOR JEWISH RAMBLING GROUP meets most Sundays and Bank Holidays and has a walking programme covering all areas of London.  Email countrywalkers@yahoo.com  with JSR in the subject line or phone Michael Shore: 020 8806 7539.

MONDAYS – Staines Synagogue. TheThames Side Club joins with the ‘Guild’ (which now includes male members) on the first Monday of the month at 2pm, except in May (because it is a Bank Holiday).  Staines.synagogue@btinternet.com

MONDAY AFTERNOONS – Sutton Shul Friendship Club meets on Monday afternoons from 1.30 – 3.30 in the shul hall, to play games including Scrabble, Rummikub and cards, then have tea and a chat. They would very much like to welcome some new members and are open to suggestions about different activities. Please contact Melanie Gold on 0208 661 0754 or nose@sirnose.demon.co.uk

North West Surrey Adult Education Mondays: Hebrew & Judaism Class with Avril Hallé 19.45 — 21.45. If you are interested, whether it be to brush up on your Jewish knowledge or to find out more about Judaism, please contact Avril on 01784 259245 or dhalle@gmail.com

MONDAYS: North West Surrey Adult Education: Israeli Dancing with Sharon Barnett. To confirm dates, and details, please contact Sharon 01784 251458 or ricshabarnett@btinternet.com  (on hold pending redecoration work).

MONDAY EVENINGS Zumba Dance Fitness at South London Liberal Synagogue 7– 8pm with Chico Charlie. Cost £7 / session.  info@chicocharlie.co.uk

MONDAY EVENINGS – South London Synagogue, Leigham Court Road, Streatham.  Talmud Shiur, 7- 8pm. Information from 020-8677 0234 . No charge.

MONDAY EVENINGS – Bromley Synagogue – John Posner’s Torah Classes are held on roughly alternate Monday evenings at 7.30 pm.  Check dates with John on 020-8650 7521.

TUESDAY MORNINGS – Rev David Rome gives a Midrash Shiur at Catford & Bromley Synagogue on at 11 am. The lesson is interactive and covers the oral tradition as handed down by our Sages.

TUESDAYS – Catford & Bromley Friendship And Social Club at the Synagogue every week from 10.30am to 3 pm, with a hot meal every Tuesday lunch time – alternate weeks £3  or  £5  depending on food  starting at 10.30 with coffee/tea and biscuits.  Lunch 1pm. Contact Rowena 020 8467 5280.

TUESDAYS – Riverside Club at Kingston, Surbiton & District Synagogue, 33 Uxbridge Road, Kingston upon Thames.  020 8339 2689  Every other week, 10am-3.30pm.  Morning: refreshments.  Discussion group on current affairs.  3- course home-cooked lunch.  Afternoon entertainment and tea.  £5 per session. All welcome. Contact Carol Lando on Laurence.lando@ntlworld.com

TUESDAY MORNINGS Catford Shul at 11.00 am, Shiur with Rev David Rome.

TUESDAYS (occasional) Croydon Shul Book Club, 2.30pm. This small group would really welcome some new members.  Future reading matter is to be thrown open for discussion. If you have any questions, email or phone marilynarbisman@aol.com, 020 8657 5589.

TUESDAY AFTERNOONS – Wimbledon Synagogue – CURRENT AFFAIRS DISCUSSION GROUP   12.30 – 2 pm.  A lively group of the young retired led by Raymond Hart.

TUESDAY EVENINGS Discovery – a new perspective ladies discussion group with Shoshana for Kingston, Surbiton & District Shul.  First Tuesday of the month, 8pm, contact: rebbetzin@kingston-synagogue.org.uk or go to https://www.facebook.com/kingston.synagogue

TUESDAY EVENINGS Table Tennis Club at Kingston Liberal Synagogue —monthly on Tuesdays at 8pm. KLS’s cup-winning club meets once a month.  All levels welcome; just turn up. Check the website www.klsonline.org for more information and dates.

TUESDAY EVENINGS – Wimbledon Synagogue – HOLIDAY HEBREW CLASS – at 7pm.   Also FURTHER HEBREW CLASS at 8 pm.  Info: rabbisheridan@wimshul.org

TUESDAY EVENINGS – Bridge classes at Catford, 7.45-9.30, with Pip Wolfson. £4, including refreshments.  Profits to the Maccabi Youth Club.  If you are interested, please contact Pip on 020 8402 0752 or e-mail wolfson100@hotmail.co.uk

TUESDAY EVENINGS Kingston Liberal Synagogue Choir rehearses – usually once or twice monthly – on Tuesdays at 8pm (and enjoys tea, cake and chat!), and sings at the monthly choral service on the 4th Friday of the month and at other services. You don’t have to read music, you don’t have to read Hebrew.  Singing is a great way to meet people, blow away life’s cobwebs, contribute to services and learn about prayers and Jewish music.  Check www.klsonline.org for more information and dates.

Hatha Yoga Class at S London Liberal Synagogue, 7-8:15pm. Contact: carrie.rodd@virgin.net

TUESDAY EVENINGS (except Bank Holidays and 1st Tuesday of month), 8pm: Basic Judaism at Kingston Liberal Synagogue. Contact for more information: office@klsonline.org 020 8398 7400.

WEDNESDAY – Wimbledon Shul: Bible translation 11-11.30am; Biblical Hebrew class 11.30 -12.15.  Non-members £2.50.  12.30- 2pm, study of Tanakh.  No charge, bring lunch but please observe shul kashrut rules.

WEDNESDAYS – BROMLEY SYNAGOGUE SOCIAL CENTRE – meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month  10.30 – 2.30 pm.  Contact Dianne Mathews 01689 826096/ diannem3@googlemail.com

WEDNESDAYS – SUTTON JACS at Sutton Synagogue every Wednesday from 1.30 pm.  New members will be made very welcome.  12.30-1pm before every meeting, armchair exercises are led by a professional trainer from Help the Aged.  Details: Chairman Hetty Bourne 020 8642 1474 or Vice Chairman Barry Heller 020 8643 8038 or eheller1@me.com

WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIMES – Wimbledon Synagogue – LUNCH & LEARN, 12.30-2pm.  Bring your own vegetarian lunch and an enquiring mind – everything else provided.  No Hebrew or previous knowledge required.

WEDNESDAYS  – CHAI SOCIETY – Alternative weeks at Catford & Bromley Synagogue, 2– 4 pm (meets in the evening in the inbetween weeks – see below).  Social, discussion and guest speakers. £2, includes tea and biscuits.  Liane: on 020 8290 5984 or 07770 870840.

1st Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 4pm. Meet at  Starbucks, 14 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NQ.  (Nearest Station/Underground is Charing X. Villiers Street is just at the side of Charing X Station & Starbucks is on the right hand side going down).   For more information contact Avril or Sophia on 020-8458 2223 or info@jamiuk.org

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS – SOUTH LODGE SOCIAL –  Afternoon Tea every fortnight at South Lodge, 45 Leigham Court Road, Streatham, SW16 2NF,  2.45 to 4.15.  Cost 50p.  This is a social run by Jewish Care.  Please phone Stephen Ison on 07881 863237 or email sison@jcare.org

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS – WEYBRIDGE JACS at North West Surrey Synagogue.  Varied programme every week with Guest speakers followed by tea, cakes and a chat.  Meetings start at 2pm.  Details from Ted Newton: 01372 463949.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS – FORTNIGHTLY BRIDGE at Wimbledon Synagogue 2.30 – 4 pm.  A mentor is available and all levels are welcome. £2.50 for members, £3.50 for non members. Refreshments – tea, coffee and cake provided.  Contact Raymond Hart at raymondhart41@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS – South London Liberal Synagogue Learning Night. Adult Education: Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Hebrew, all at 7pm. Access to Judaism at 8pm. New participants welcome at any time. It’s never too late. Classes are open to all adults. Please email Rabbi Janet Darley janetdarley@southlondon.org or leave a message in the office, 020 8769 4787.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS – The A -Z of Shacharit: Wimbledon Chabad at 8.15 pm.  An hour and a quarter of wisdom, wit and humour with Rabbi Nissim Dubov.  Each class is self-contained and is good both for beginners and for seasoned learners.  Next door to Chabad Centre, 1st Floor Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED.  For more information : 020 8944 7770 or rabbi@dubov.org

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS – RUBBER BRIDGE in Weybridge and area.  8 – 10.30 pm.  Regular or occasional players welcome.  Non-competitive, informal, fun and entertaining.   £3 per person goes to N W Surrey Synagogue .  Contact Simone Aslan on 01932 351230 or freddiesim@hotmail.com

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS – CHAI SOCIETY – Alternate weeks at Catford & Bromley Synagogue
8 – 10 pm  (meets in the afternoon in the in between weeks – see above).  Social discussion and guest speakers.  Cost, £2.50, includes tea and biscuits.  Contact Liane: 020 8290 5984 or 07770 870840.

THURSDAYS – CHAI CANCER CARE – Counselling and Reiki are available at Nightingale to provide support for anyone with a cancer diagnosis or their families. As the service expands other types of therapy will be added.  Contact:- Anne Shine, Client Liaison Manager on 020 8457 2074 anneshine@chaicancercare.org

THURSDAYS Talmud Study Classes at Bromley Shul with Rabbi Jason Holtz.  The Talmud is the foundational literature of Rabbinic Judaism.  Full of legend and law, its teachings have guided Jews for thousands of years, and it is still hugely influential.  Students will need their own copies of Tractate Berakhot, and are recommended to bring a Tanakh as well.  The Koren Talmud, with a translation and commentary by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, is recommended.  This version can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk   Course resumes on 15 January 2015.  For more information, please contact Rabbi Jason Holtz 020 8460 5460 or Barbara Kurtz a.bkurtz@talktalk.net.

THURSDAYS at Wimbledon Synagogue. 10-11.15 am. Beginners’ Hebrew. £4 per lesson.   For more information, phone the shul office on 020-8946 4836.

THURSDAYS – Richmond Luncheon Club, 10.30 am – 3pm at the synagogue. Includes coffee in the morning, a sumptuous 3-course lunch, cooked in-house from fresh, and afternoon tea; lively topical discussion and entertainment including musical recitals.  Also, occasional outings (e.g. to Syon House and Pembroke Lodge for tea). £3.50 per visit.  New members are very welcome.  Contact Helene Fireman c/o the Shul office: 020-8940 3526.

THURSDAY EVENINGS – IVRIT CONVERSATION CLASS at South London Synagogue,  Leigham Court Road, Streatham.  Intermediate:  7.30 – 8.45pm.  Details: Brian Mantell, 020-8693 8141.  Cost £8 per person, but if more people attend the price will be lowered.

THURSDAY EVENINGS – Zumba Dance Fitness at South London Liberal Synagogue,
7 – 8pm. with Chico Charlie. Cost £7 / session.  info@chicocharlie.co.uk

THURSDAY EVENINGS  Kingston Liberal Synagogue, 7pm:  Adult self-defence classes (Urban Krav Maga) run on most Thursdays at 7pm.  Be aware, confident, safe!  Burn calories and improve fitness!  An additional warm up takes place at 7.30pm. Sessions last for 90 mins. First class free – but please book in advance via the office (020 8398 7400).  Geared to mixed ages and beginners.  £10 per session direct to the external trainer. Check www.klsonline.org for information and dates.

THURSDAY EVENINGS (monthly) Ladies-only Israeli dancing, led by Hazel Green, at Kingston and Surbiton Synagogue, Uxbridge Road. This friendly group of ladies has been dancing together for a little while and would welcome others. 8pm till 9pm, followed by refreshments and a chance to chat. Donation £4. For further details, please contact Jill at jkprager@aol.com

at Richmond Shul, a lively Carlebach style Kabbalat Shabbat service, starting at 7.00 and finishing for 7.40, including a 5 minute address by Rabbi Hughes. This is followed by a Kiddush of malt whisky, herring and cucumber for 10-15 minutes. Everyone is welcome to join in this great start to Shabbat!  richmond@lachaimtish.com!

SOME FRIDAY NIGHTS  (Please check with Elizabeth Canter – canter@hotmail.com for exact dates) A young, South London-based Jewish committee is working to establish a fairly regular Friday night meal for South London Jewish people to take place in Wimbledon Reform Shul. It is organised by young people for young people from the ages of 20-35.  http://tinyurl.com/FNDFeb21

REGULAR WEEKDAY MINYAN IN SOUTH LONDON – South London Synagogue has a regular minyan every Sunday morning (8.30 am) and also on Monday and Thursday mornings at 7.40 am.  They can also arrange, with prior notice, a minyan on other mornings if required.  Phone 020-8677 0234.


The next Forum will be held on Monday 16 March at Nightingale, 105 Nightingale Lane, SW12 8NB.
The main subject at this forum will be “Dementia Friendly Communities”, which is obviously about what we can do as communities to provide some welcome support to not only those with dementia but also their carers and loved ones.  This is a topic that was requested following the very successful last Forum where we discussed the type of resources that we could consider in South London.

At this Forum, we have decided to open up the attendance to include anyone you know in your community who might wish to come along, as the session will include information about “how to be a dementia friend”.  This could include husbands, wives, sons or daughters looking after a loved one with dementia.  It could be volunteers or potential volunteers who may be prepared to do short visits  to people with dementia.  Please consider forwarding this email or speaking to anyone you know in your communities who might wish to attend.   If you are involved in your synagogue weekly emails, you are welcome to mention this but please stress that we need to know in advance who is coming.

The presentation will be made by Gill Yentis who is Jewish Care’s Dementia Development Practitioner and is experienced in training for the “Dementia Friends Project”.

The Forum will start at 12.15 and end at 2.45 pm.   A light lunch will be served from 12.15 pm.  For catering purposes, it would be helpful if you could indicate whether you will be attending, and if so, how many people.  Please respond to cathybuckingham@nightingalehouse.org.uk or 020 8673 3495. If you are aware of anyone who does not normally attend the Forum, who has a particular interest or expertise in this area, please contact Stephen Ison on sison@jcare.org or 07881 863237.  This meeting is intended for representatives of South London Synagogues (including Rabbonim, Ministers, Board/Council Members and welfare workers) together with representatives from Jewish Communal  organisations involved in South London.  It is most important that at least one representative from each Synagogue and each organisation attends.  If you are no longer the person involved with the Forum, please contact Stephen Ison or Cathy Buckingham at Nightingale so they can re-direct this information.   Nightingale is easily reached by train. Nearest main line station is Wandsworth Common, nearest undergound is Clapham South and there is local parking off street for those arriving by car.  More details:  http://www.nightingalehammerson.org/about-us/where-we-are.html

PESACH COMMUNAL SEDER being held in Staines on Friday night 3 April and Saturday night 4 April. Everyone welcome.  For more details contact  revdkale@gmail.com

The Paperweight Trust
is looking to recruit additional voluntary caseworkers in South London, Kent & Surrey.  This is to help the community’s most vulnerable – those alone and weighed under by their paperwork and domestic crises. The ideal candidates will be retired or practising professionals in the legal, accounting, finance or social work fields, though this is not a prerequisite.  Common sense and an ability to deal with bureaucracy is a must. Contact: Bayla Perrin at info@paperweighttrust.com copy Lia@jvn.org.uk
Kosher Kingdom (probably the largest Jewish Supermarket in the country) – considering extending deliveries  If you would appreciate deliveries from Kosher Kingdom, they have a facility to consider potential  demand on their website.  Please go to http://www.kosherkingdom.co.uk/site/ and enter your postcode.  If the pop up then states they do not deliver (most likely) then enter your details.   If enough people in a few areas do that, they might consider.   This is well worth a few seconds of your time and could benefit many people.

NATIONAL ANGLO-JEWISH HERITAGE TRAIL website JTrails believes that Anglo-Jewish history and heritage is an important national, cultural resource that deserves general recognition, and aims to promote it through programmes and by working with existing Jewish and non-Jewish community, historical and heritage organisations, communities and individuals. This website has a search facility where you can look for trails with Jewish connections around the country: www.jtrails.org.uk/trails

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO PEOPLE’S LIVES AND EARN A BIT TOOhelping clients of the South London Community Support Service and the community generally.  Chevrat Bikkur Cholim (reg charity no. 210472) is looking for members of the South London communities who would be willing to act as companions/carers for elderly or convalescing clients.  Currently all the companion/carers live in North West London but the South London Community Support Service feels that this could be a valuable service, providing Jewish companions to its clients at a maximum of half the cost of private care agencies. (Indeed in cases of financial hardship, as a charity we are able to reduce or even waive the cost in exceptional circumstances.)   The work is flexible and does not involve personal care.   WE WILL PAY YOU FOR YOUR TIME SPENT AND CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS YOUR TRAVEL EXPENSES.  This is a rewarding way to make a big difference in the lives of the unwell and frail in the Jewish community.  For more information please contact Nelly Brotzen on 020 7435 0836 (ideally 8.30 am to 1 pm Monday to Thursday) or email info@ukfos.org

Visiting Jewish patients in Hospitals (and possibly volunteering to visit). At a recent South London Forum, Rabbi Salasnick, senior hospital chaplain and Michelle Minsky, United Synagogue Head of Chesed, explained about the Hospital Visiting Service.   Michelle explained that chaplains and lay visitors from across the whole Jewish community regularly visit hospitals throughout London and the Home Counties. The service is looking for more hospital visitors to visit in the areas south of the river and anyone interested in becoming a hospital visitor should let me know by emailing sison@jcare.org and I can forward an application form.    If you are interested but want to find out more you can phone Michelle: 020 8343 5688 or email mminsky@theus.org.uk   www.theus.org.uk Telephone 020 8343 6238. E- mail address is admin@jvisit.org.uk At present these numbers are not checked at the weekends. A volunteers form is available from Stephen, sison@jcare.org

Morrisons in Sutton
recently significantly increased its stock of kosher foods, including cold meats and other items in the refrigerated section. They also have Yahrzeit candles and kosher wine.

Short Respite Break Deal at Nightingale House
You’re only old once, as the Nightingale Hammerson catch phrase has it. So if you have a relative who needs a place to stay while you go on your travels or some respite care just for a week or two, you – and they – can get peace of mind from respite care at Nightingale House, which offers a place where they can relax, chat, join in and simply be… in the knowledge that they are safe and supported and ready to return home rested and rejuvenated. It is currently offering a fantastic deal (£899.99 per week). To find out more, please contact Nightingale House on 020-8673 3495 www.nightingalehammerson.org

 We would like to build up a  list of volunteer drivers ideally to cover South London, South East, South West, North Kent and North Surrey.  This is for occasional need.  It might be to drive and accompany a client to a GP or hospital or perhaps to a Friendship Club or other resource.  There is a possibility of a regular situation (eg once a month to a group) but it is mainly ad hoc.  This could make an enormous difference to a client who may be isolated and not have family or friends to help.  For the volunteer, this should provide a worthwhile experience with the knowledge of the help you are giving.  You will need to complete a volunteer application form, Jewish Care Drivers Checklist and valid insurance.  We will request two references and also a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.  Please contact me for a chat if you are interested.  Stephen Ison: sison@jcare.org or 07881 863237.

Cross-communal Jewish youth activities As mentioned in Section 2, we commend to you the “youth” section of this bulletin.  Just this once, for information in this section: Robin Moss of UJIA runs a programme called JAMS (Jewish Activities in Mainstream Schools) and would like to explore whether there might be demand in South London for educational activities for Jewish young people, organised on a cross-communal basis. JAMS has access to over 100 speakers and organisations willing to run the sessions, and wants to work in partnership with any synagogue or other group in South London that might be interested. Robin is looking to listen, learn and understand the “lay of the land”, so if you are interested in exploring future collaboration, please email him on robin.moss@ujia.org or give him a call on 020-7424 6479.

South London Jewish Primary School, Mosaic, opened in September 2013.  This exciting new inclusive free school follows National Curriculum guidelines and offers an integrated Jewish curriculum, with an emphasis on core skills drawn from strong literacy and numeracy teaching, with an ethos of inclusiveness and diversity. 50% of places are offered to children local to the school and 50% to those of Jewish faith from across the community. www.sljps.org.uk or 020 8123 8075.

Jobs+ offers free advice and support to unemployed people in South London aged 20+ including: CV advice, employability skills, job application support, work placements, enterprise, job brokerage, occupational employers workshops, mentoring  and volunteering, volunteer adviser training; and numeracy and literacy support. In Lambeth, Southwark, Wandsworth, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Croydon, Merton, Bexley and Greenwich please contact Ripe Enterprises on 020 3176 6186 or at contactus@ripe-enterprises.com; www.ripe-enterprises.com/employment-skills/jobs-plus  If you are in Bromley, contact Africa Advocacy Foundation http://www.a-af.org/

WIMBLEDON KNITTING CLUB The knitting club has members who knit from their own homes and is mainly involved in knitting to support World Jewish Relief. Members are currently putting together squares for blankets.  In addition, the group is also now making scarves, hats and gloves to provide to WJR.  If you are a “knitter” and might be interested in supporting this effort,  please contact Mel Angel for a chat. She also has simple hat and glove patterns.  Occasionally the group has get-togethers but Mel is always happy to talk to anyone interested and help them get started.  020-8399 5285 or theangels@ukgateway.net

There are also knitters at Sutton,
whose League of Jewish Women-Knitters and Natters have procured the services of the lovely Annick so as to assemble their own blankets! She will crochet them together in Sutton (e-mail: Sutton@theus.org.uk)

… and at Bromley, which supports a premature baby unit at Kings College Hospital (details from Pauline.Jeffree@btinternet.com, 020-8650 4860)

TfL’s Mobility Aid Recognition card, is designed to remove uncertainty for both the holder and the bus driver on whether a mobility aid, such as a motor scooter, is permitted on the London bus network, giving passengers more freedom and confidence to travel around the capital. To check whether you qualify, or for other information, contact TfL’s Travel Mentoring Service at travelmentor@tfl.gov.uk>travelmentor@tfl.gov.uk or 020 3054 3461.

PRIVATE CARE AGENCIES The South London Community Service now has a list of Private Care Agencies which might be helpful to those looking for personal care or help at home.  It is designed for elderly people or anyone with a disability. This information is not intended as a recommendation but rather as a useful point of reference for those considering domiciliary care. The detail is accurate at the time of printing. All the firms are regulated by the Care Quality Commission and a number of the firms listed have attended cultural awareness training in working with the Jewish Community. The list includes certain branches of Bluebird Care, Prestige Nursing, HFH Homecare, Carewatch and Share & Care. Two of the agencies offer homeshare as well. Please contact Stephen Ison for a copy of this list: sison@jcare.org or 07881 863 237.

‘THE WAY AHEAD’ PROJECT IN SOUTH LONDON – Volunteers are sought by the League of Jewish Women for this highly successful project, which offers help and advice to women suffering hair loss as a result of chemotherapy. Volunteers give demonstrations of easy-to-tie styles with cotton scarves, or pre-tied scarves and hats, tailored to clients’ individual needs, as an alternative to wearing wigs. Full training is given and involvement is once monthly. Clients are seen at Kingston Hospital. The work is enormously rewarding, as clients always leave feeling a lot more confident at a very difficult time. Details: Margaret Morris 020 8393 9374 or Annick Lever 01932 344275.

SOUTH LONDON COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICE WEBSITE – This resource offers an enormous amount of information about South London as well as national organisations.  This ebulletin and the other ebulletins – such as the one for children and the kosher guide – are also downloadable.   The reference section enables you to search by keywords or subjects and much of the information can be printed also.

BABIES, CHILDREN, TEENAGERS & YOUNG ADULTS – This is a popular communication and we are delighted that a volunteer is operating this very effectively and providing a monthly up-to-date list of activities and events, primarily as a good list for all those living in South London and wanting to know what is available.  However we do sometimes receive enquiries from people thinking of moving to South London and this is very important information for those with families.  If you have anything to add to the list please email pmackenzie5@googlemail.com.

YouTube Production by Rabbi Dubov .  A video is available YouTube and ChabadWimbledon.com entitled Services Made Simple to guide you through the maze of synagogue services and rituals.  Learn how to lay tefillin, get called to the Torah, light Shabbat candles, don a tallis, say kaddish and havdalah and more, with this easy, step by step illustrative film, www.youtube.com/chabadwimbledon    SMS on ChabadWimbledon.com

provides a range of audio material on CD, direct to your door. There’s an edited audio version of the Jewish Chronicle posted each Friday on an MP3 CD. It is also available online. Sounds Jewish is an award-winning monthly audio magazine produced in the style of a Jewish radio programme featuring  interviews with personalities, newsmakers, authors and interesting members of our community. Another monthly audio magazine, Jewish Extra, features fascinating articles from various newspapers, magazines and the internet. We also have a library of over 1400 talking books. Each book is on one MP3CD and we’re happy to talk you through how you can listen to these CD’s. The department was set up for people who struggle to read standard size print in a newspaper. Other people who find it difficult to hold a book or a magazine also benefit from this unique audio service. Membership is £40 per year and more information can be obtained from Jon or Wendi on 020 89 222 333 or at audio@jcare.org

LAUGHTER YOGA – This is a unique technique whereby you can learn to laugh for no reason  You don’t even need a sense of humour – just a willingness to laugh –  and in the current climate everyone needs to laugh more.  Laughter Therapy has wonderful therapeutic and preventative health benefits.  Scientists and medical doctors alike are amazed at what happens when we laugh.   I have qualified as a Laughter Yoga Teacher with the aim of occasionally running Laughter Therapy sessions at Nightingale and Jewish Care homes.   If you are involved in any organisation and would like me to introduce the concept please let me know.   It needs about 30 minutes, involves an explanation of benefits and the brief history.   Stephen Ison  – sison@jcare.org

I have given talks at most Synagogues, JACs, Friendship and Luncheon Clubs and met with a number of organisations.  I would like to arrange to do the same in future.   If you are responsible for programme planning please do let me know, but if I do not hear from you I will be in contact.   I can also introduce the Laughter Yoga concept – see paragraph above.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS & REFUGEES – THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH REFUGEES provides social and welfare services for Holocaust survivors and refugees and can arrange for financial assistance for those with the greatest need. It also operates two social groups in south London, in Bromley and Kingston, which provide a unique opportunity to socialise and share experiences. All members receive the highly respected monthly AJR Journal.  For more information about their work, including opportunities to offer your services as a volunteer, email enquiries@ajr.org.uk.   Details of all their services and activities are at www.ajr.org.uk

JEWISH ACTION AND TRAINING FOR SEXUAL HEALTH was established in 1988 as the Jewish response to the emergence of HIV/AIDS.  It is the only charity actively supporting people affected by HIV/AIDS and working to promote good sexual health for the adult Jewish community.  It is run by a dedicated team of volunteers with relevant professional backgrounds and lay leaders and is a non-judgemental organisation, aiming to work with the whole community from the orthodox to the unaffiliated. It also works with adult groups raising awareness about relationships and sexual health issues and is involved in sharing best practice in the wider community.  Its patrons include Professor Michael Adler, the Chief Rabbi, Lady Morris of Kenwood, Rabbi Laura Janner–Klausner and Clive Lawton.  To discover more about JAT’s invaluable work, please visit www.jat-uk.org; or e-mail South London JAT volunteer Dr Janet Mantell janetmantell@yahoo.co.uk

Befrienders sought.
AJR is looking for volunteers to befriend holocaust survivors/refugees suffering with dementia. The requirement is to visit holocaust survivors/refugees with dementia on a regular basis in order to reduce their isolation and loneliness and give them a specialised one to one befriending.  You will be providing what may be the only “one to one” contact a client has all week.  All training will be given. Please contact: lesley@ajr.org.uk or 07985 422372.

also has a “Holocaust Survivors’ Centre” offering a Social and Therapeutic service for Holocaust Survivors and Refugees from Nazi Europe who arrived in this country after Kristallnacht.  If you are interested in learning more, please phone 020 8202 9844.

CARER SUPPORT Within Jewish Care’s Community Support Service, Carer Support has 8 staff members and 6 volunteers who are able to provide support to family carers in South London through regular telephone contact.   This can give carers the time they deserve to discuss what’s going on in their caring role and how they feel about it and also provide information, practical advice, advocacy and signposting to other services or organisations if need be.  Each of them has specialist knowledge around a group of illnesses and disabilities and is available to provide carers with in-depth knowledge of dealing with the illness, learning about services and coping strategies, and giving carers the opportunity to focus on themselves – something that those in a caring situation find very hard to do.   As well as supporting carers of people with dementia and physical disabilities, we can offer specialist support to carers where someone has an enduring mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder, or where they are affected by another person’s addictive behaviour – whether they be addicted to a substance or to behaviour such as gambling or spending.  To access Carer Support, phone either Jewish Care Direct on 020 8922 2222 or me (Stephen Ison) at Nightingale on 020 8673 3495 or mobile 07881 863237.

 I have been to most S London Synagogues to give talks about my wide-ranging work assisting individuals in South London.  In addition, I can help Synagogues to start “walking groups”.  I am an experienced walk leader and keen to plan a few 45-minute to 1 hour circular routes around your synagogue (or close by parks and open spaces).  I have a supply of free Step-O-Meters, a really excellent information pack setting out the benefits of walking, and a 12-week walking plan full of suggestions how to build more walking into your life.  In the meantime, look at www.getwalking.org.uk.  There are some new walks in South London.   I am also willing to discuss a walking programme with individuals.  I now belong to, walk with and occasionally lead walks for the Jewish Country Walkers and the Senior Jewish Rambling Club.   I will gladly give you their details if you want to consider walking with these groups on Sundays and Bank Holidays.  Please contact me to discuss this really beneficial and enjoyable year-round activity.  07881 863237 or sison@jcare.org.

“WHAT’S ON” DISTRIBUTION  Every week I add a few more names to the distribution list.  It goes to all synagogues in South London, many Jewish organisations that are actively involved and more and more individuals who wish to be notified of events.  I also guess that some of you are sending this on to your communities who are on email.  If you do that, though, I would be grateful if you would ask receivers to be cautious whom they send it on to, first for obvious security issues and secondly because it is only a Jewish resource and many events are held in small venues.  Please let me know of anyone (or organisation) who might like to receive “What’s On”.  mailto:sison@jcare.org

“NIGHTINGALE ACTIVITY DAY” – Nightingale offers around 200 residents a high quality, varied, interesting and enjoyable programme of activities and entertainment every week.  This includes special celebrations for festivals etc.   They are able on certain days to welcome a few members of the community to join in with the activities and entertainment programme on a one-off or regular basis.   The cost is only £10 including lunch.  The guests would need to be assessed first as being self-sufficient, as Nightingale is not able to allocate any staff to assist. They will need to arrange their own transport (but I would try to provide advice if appropriate) and choose their own programme.  I can provide a copy of the weekly activities programme. Please let me know if you would like to see this or if you want any more information.  sison@jcare.org

“NIGHTINGALE HAMMERSON: A CELEBRATION OF JEWISH LIFE- BY THE RESIDENTS” 40 residents from Nightingale House and Hammerson House told their life stories to more than 30 volunteer interviewers. For a copy of the Booklet please email rinfa25@gmail.com  Minimum donation:  £15. Proceeds to variable height electric beds at Nightingale and music therapy at Hammerson.

In the attached guide about the availability of food supplies by delivery and all shops stocking kosher selections in South London, please note the information about Nightingale facilities and also the Shul Shops at Croydon Synagogue and Chabad in Wimbledon.  Please do let me know if you know a shop no longer stocks or starts to stock kosher food.  One Shul has added the whole list onto their website and if you are an administrator, Chairman etc reading this, you may wish to consider this as well as many members probably live beyond your locality.

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  1. Agnes Grunwald-Spier

    I am the speaker for 15 April at NWSS. You might wish to add that I grew up in Sutton and I will also be talking about how I came to write my book on Holocaust rescuers ‘The Other Schindlers’.
    All the best,
    Agnes Grunwald-Spier.

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