What’s On? October 2015


South London Community Support Service

October 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.

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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 everyone.


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

Thursday 1st October, at 2.30 pm. BROMLEY WIZO-Eretz at Bromley Reform Synagogue: “Jewish History in Italy”. Susan Goldstein will talk about the town of Soncino where the first Chumash was printed. Then tea will follow the talk. Men are invited too. Donation £10. Phone Marilyn Burchell on 020 8658 4776

Friday, 2nd October 10.30-12.30am. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: “Art & Literature”. Rabbi Tony Hammond on Amos Oz “Nomad and Viper”. Charge just £1 each. If interested contact Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Monday, 5th October 6.30pm. KINGSTON SURBITON AND DISTRICT SYNAGOGUE: Simchat Torah Ice Cream Party, dancing with the torah and supper for all the family.

Sunday 11th October, 10–11am. BROMLEY REFORM SYNAGOGUE –Conversion Conversations”. A new occasional class led by Rabbi Jason Holtz, for those who are converting or who have just done so. First Meeting. Further information from the Rabbi or Barbara Kurtz on a.bkurtz@ talktalk.net

Wednesday 14th October at 12.30pm, CONVERSATION CAFÉ.  This is a new group for Holocaust Survivors and refugees from that time.  It starts with lunch at 12.30 pm in the Nightingale House, Activity Centre  followed by a talk at 2.15pm by Eleanor Levy. Details in Section 2 below and from Stephen Ison 07881 863237 or Ann Sugarman 0208 202 9844.   Help with transport or transport costs may be available.

Wednesday, 14th October 12.45-14.15pm. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: Lunch & Learn led by Rabbi Larry Tabick on the Kabbala. For details contact Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Thursday, 15th October 8-10pm. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: Philatelic Group. Initial evening meeting for members who collect or are interested in stamp collecting and especially arranged for those unable to attend daytime meetings. First session on each participants collecting interests. For details contact Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Friday, 16th October 10.30-12.30am. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: “Art & Literature” continues with the course on the history of European art, expect to cover Albrecht Durer and the German Renaissance Charge just £ 1 each. If interested contact Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Tuesday, 16th October 12.30-2pm. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: Current Affairs discussion group followed at 14.30-16.30pm: Showing of the Israeli film on problems of obtaining a divorce in Israel “Gett: The trial of Vivian Amsalem” Donations please £1 each. If interested contact Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Sunday 18th October, 10–11am. BROMLEY REFORM SYNAGOGUE –The Bromley Beit Midrash”. First Meeting of a new advanced course led by Rabbi Jason Holtz on “The Ethical Imperative: The Most Important Commandments”. Further information from the Rabbi or Barbara Kurtz a.bkurtz@talktalk.net


Israeli dancing. Ladies Only – New faces welcome!

 Thursday, 22nd October 7.30pm. KINGSTON SYNAGOGUE: “The Great South London Challah Make”. £7 adults, £3 children and everyone takes home 3 challos.

Members from all South London communities are welcome, so please, spread the word and bring your friends. RSVP essential to admin@ksds.org.uk

Thursday, 22nd October 11-12.30am. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: Continue with the history of the Jews taught by Rabbi Tony Hammond. This week the subject is the Jews of Spain, the world of Maimonides. Charge £1 per person. If interested contact Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Friday, 23rd October 10.30-12.30am. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: “Art & Literature” continues with Rabbi Tony Hammond on “Philip Roth and the Conversion of the Jews” Charge just £ 1 each. If interested contact Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Sunday, 27th October 6.30pm. KINGSTON SURBITON AND DISTRICT SYNAGOGUE: After service Succah Festive Meal. Charge £15, children and students free. RSVP essential to allane.lyons@gmail.com

Wednesday 28th October    SOUTH LODGE SOCIAL in Streatham.  Come and enjoy Afternoon Tea with Jewish Care volunteers at South Lodge, 45 Leigham Court Road, Streatham.   2.45 to 4.30 pm.   For more information contact Stephen Ison  sison@jcare.org or 07881 863237.

Thursday 28th October BROMLEY AFTERNOON TEA GROUP.  Come and enjoy Afternoon Tea with Jewish Care volunteers in Bromley.  2.30 – 4.30 pm.   For more information contact Stephen Ison sison@jcare.org or 07881 863237.

Friday, 30th October 10.30-12.30am. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: “Art & Literature” continues with Rabbi Tony Hammond on “Isaac Bashevis Singer and collections of the friends of Kafka” Charge just £ 1 each. Details from Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Friday 6th November 10.30-12.30pm. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: talk by Sarah Hebblethwaite, art historian, on Modigliani and his connections with Macchaoli, Picasso, Cezanne and primitivism. Charge £5 per person and the planned outing on November 6th will now be on Friday, November 13th same details and the proposed talk on the history of European Art will be removed from the programme until next term. Details from Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Monday 9th November 12– 2.45pm: SOUTH LONDON COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICE FORUM. This is for Community leaders, Welfare volunteers and event organisers. The subject being covered is “Living Well at Home” and guest speakers and product providers will be available. It will be of special benefit to carers and all synagogue welfare volunteers. The only request is that we are informed of names for security and catering purposes.  As you know 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. Please respond to cathybuckingham@nightingale.org.uk.  If you have any questions please contact me directly sison@jcare.org or phone 07881 863237.

Wednesday 11th November at 12.30pm, CONVERSATION CAFÉ.  This is a new group for Holocaust Survivors and refugees from that time.  This session will be a shared lunch in Nightingale House, Activity Centre (Group only) followed by an closed group session. Details in Section 2 below and from: Stephen Ison 07881 863237 or Ann Sugarman 0208 202 9844.

Friday 13th November 12noon. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE: Outside visit to the centenary exhibition of the Ben Uri Gallery at Somerset House “Out of Chaos. 100 years in London” Meet at 12 noon ( it is not open before then) outside Inigo Rooms, Somerset House. Free of charge. Details from Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

Sunday 15th November 8pm: Richmond Synagogue: UNGEFILTERED – Ashley Baker, a stand-up show from the only Charedi Jew in British comedy. For more details and to book, see www.ashleybaker.com/tour

Monday, 23rd November, 10.30am: BROMLEY WIZO-Eretz – A visit to the Hall of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen. Tour with guide, Donation £15. Phone Marilyn Burchell on 020 8658 4776. Men also welcome.

Thursday, 26 November:  SE10 and Beyond – a book club evening discussing “The Marrying of Chani Kaufman” by Eve Harris.  If you would like to go please contact Michelle Brooks Evans: michellebrooksevans@gmail.com or 07956 234309.


Wednesday 9th December at 12.30pm, CONVERSATION CAFÉ.  This is a new group for Holocaust Survivors and refugees from that time.  It starts with lunch in Nightingale House, Activity Centre followed at  2.15pm by a Chanuka concert with Oleg Lapidus. Details in Section 2 below and from: Stephen Ison 07881 863237 or Ann Sugarman 0208 202 9844.


CRITERIA FOR PUBLICISING EVENTS – 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 NIGHTINGALE HAMMERSON 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 8673 3495.

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

CONVERSATION CAFÉ – Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Centre in partnership with Nightingale Hammerson has monthly meetings of 2 types in alternate months. They are either closed sessions for survivors born in Nazi occupied Europe or open to everyone. If you wish to attend and have transport difficulties, help can be arranged possibly by using a special transport fund or volunteer drivers. Details of each meeting is in Section 1 above or contact: Stephen Ison 07881 863237 or Ann Sugarman 0208 202 9844.

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. radio@jcare.org , 020-8922 2233, or

– 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.
SUNDAYS (monthly) – THE FORTY CLUB a social club for Jewish people in South London and surrounds, meets once a month usually on the 3rd Sunday afternoon from 3PM-5.30PM. Twice a year they have a lunch from 12.30-4PM, a “Nosh and Natter” in the summer and a Chanukah party in December with candle lighting. It meets at the home of Susan Zisman in the Kingston upon Thames area where there is plenty of on street parking. If you would like more information please ring Susan on 0208-949-2398.

SUNDAYS, 20th September, 4th & 18th October – WIMBLEDON & DISTRICT SYNAGOGUE: 10.15-11.15am Jewish Pick n.’mix led by Rabbi Tony Hammond on the History of the Jews, charge £ 1 per person then at 1130-1230 Ideas from Kabbalah and spiritual discussion led by Berlin Leiman.

Details from Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com

SUNDAYS, 8, 22, 29 November, 6 and 13 December 1030-12 noon. WIMBLEDON & DISTRICT SYNAGOGUE: Learn to read Hebrew with Anne Clark, an expert on learning to read Hebrew script to enable you to follow a service more easily. Especially arranged for a Sunday morning and at a very attractive fee for such an expert of £30 for the 5 classes, payment required in advance. Please contact Judith Ish-Horowicz or Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com  if you wish to attend. The classes will only take place if a guaranteed minimum of 6 people participate.

MONDAYS – Staines Synagogue. The Thames 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
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 10.30 with a three course hot meal at a cost of £5 every week. 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 020 8398 0828 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 at 12.30-2pm. WIMBLEDON SYNAGOGUE Current Affairs Discussion group.  A lively group of the young retired led by Raymond Hart where all the current issues of the week are deliberated upon and new members always welcome. Express your thoughts on local, national and international political, social and cultural issues. If interested contact Raymond Hart on 020-8286-8111 or raymondhart41@gmail.com


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

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

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 – 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.

TUESDAY EVENINGS (alternate weeks) Beginners Hebrew at Bromley Shul, 7.30pm.  Do you feel Hebrew is just a language of incomprehensible symbols? Do you wish you could follow and participate in the Shabbat and Festival Services?  We may have the solution for you: fortnightly Siddur Hebrew class for Beginners.  Details: john.posner@talk21.com

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 EVENINGS at SOUTH LONDON LIBERAL SYNAGOGUE: 7.00 pm Hebrew and 8.00pm Basic Judaism contact office@southlondon.org

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.  Chairman: Hetty Bourne 020 8642 1474 Vice Chair: Brian Benjamin: brianmalcolmbenjamin@gmail.com  Welfare: Sheila Harris 01306 640018.

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  Catford & Bromley Chai Society is at present meeting on Wednesday afternoons ONLY until further notice and the cost is £2.50 per week.   Social, discussion and guest speakers, tea and biscuits.  Liane: on 020 8290 5984 or 07770 870840.

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

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 – 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, Cobham, Dorking and adjacent areas 8.00 – 10.30pm. Held at members’ homes. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Regular and occasional players welcome. Friendly, informal, fun and entertaining. £3.00 pp, which goes to North West Surrey Synagogue. Please contact Dorothea Cave tel. 01932 865414. email-dorotheacave@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS – NWSS Bridge Club Club 2015 7.30pm to at 10pm.

At bridge each week the venue for the following week(s) will be decided and sent out via email to our contact list. You do not need to commit to playing regularly – an odd occasion is just fine. We raise some very valuable income for the Synagogue by our £3 collection. For more details please call and we will add your name to our contact list: Jill Attfield 01306 882040/07861 172261  JillAttfield@ChartHouse.uk.com

or Dorothea Cave 01932 865414/07973 548980  dorotheacavw@gmail.com


THURSDAYS  3rd, 10th & 17th September,  7.30 – 9.30pm -Taste  of Judaism! At Bromley Reform Synagogue • Three-­week introductory course. Free and open to all. Comes with lots of “tastes” – a sampling of a wide variety of Jewish food.  Details: janet@bromleyshul.org.uk or 020-8460 5460.

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 – Bromley Afternoon Tea Social – last Thursday of every month.  “Afternoon Tea”  is a new social group, run by Jewish Care but hosted by local residents in their own homes for up to eight elderly people who would welcome the opportunity to meet others enjoying an afternoon tea: 2.30 to 4.30pm in Bromley.  Details: Stephen Ison 07881 863237 or sison@jcare.org

THURSDAYS (approx. alternate weeks) 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.  More information: Rabbi Jason Holtz 020 8460 5460 or Barbara Kurtz a.bkurtz@talktalk.net.

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 Surbiton & District Synagogue 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

THURSDAY EVENINGS (monthly) Kaddish Club, at Kingston Surbiton & District Synagogue Synagogue, Uxbridge Road. An evening of memory, reflection and learning. For further details email ksdsoffice@gmail.com

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT 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!

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.

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

Occasional Israeli Dancing at N W Surrey Synagogue: Contact Sharon Barnett for dates/details: ricshabarnett@btinternet.com or 01784 251458.




VOLUNTEER DRIVERS WANTED FOR S. LONDON COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICE  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 (all subject to insurance, references and DBS checks).  Please contact me (Stephen Ison) for a chat if you are interested: sison@jcare.org or 07881 863237.
WANTED: Bromley Reform Shul needs One Kind Soul. Our cheder is looking for someone to tutor a child with special needs. Because of his needs, this child cannot join the other children in the classroom. However, he is still a member of our community, and although he cannot join us in the building, he is with us in our hearts and minds. We are looking for someone who will go to his home for one hour a week during term time and teach him the cheder curriculum at his own speed. A parent will be present to make sure both tutor and student are happy. This is a paid position, and although it not a highly paid one, it certainly brings its own rewards. Could you be the person who could help us fulfil the Mitzvah: “V’sheenantam livanecha: And you shall teach it to your children”? Details from Vicki: vickiashmore@icloud.com


The Wimbledon Synagogue Community Cookbook second print! If you’ve been waiting for your copy, we now have more cookbooks available. Payment can be made at the office (cheque or cash) or by bank transfer (Wimshul Cooks, Account number 00023035, Sort code 405240, Reference “Wimshul Cooks”). Details from Jackie jackie=wimshul.org@mail222.atl121.mcsv.net


The Paperweight Trust seeks additional voluntary caseworkers in South London, Kent and Surrey to help the community’s most vulnerable – those alone and weighed under by their paperwork and domestic crises. 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

Sainsbury’s at Riverside Charlton has a dry goods kosher section which carries a variety of Osem products, biscuits, candles, pickles kiddish juice, Bamba, wafers, soups, baked beans, cubes, crackers and various other things.

The management will consider a cold kosher section if there is enough demand.

ALSO The new big Sainsbury’s in Abbey Wood has a rather good cold kosher section with every deli meat imaginable and what appears to be the whole range of Yarden dips among many other things such as fish balls, falafal, pickles etc. They also have a dry goods kosher section.

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.


“South East London Jewish Community”. A new Facebook group as a hub for the Jewish community of south east London. It is for Jews of all walks of life, the secular to the observant where people can connect and share recipes, socialise, meet for coffee or at the pub, make a minyan, offer a ride to shul, find where to find a mohel, organise or find a Shabbat with other locals. A place to offer if anyone needs something picked up from a north London shop, a place for Israeli expats to socialise, a place to plan a seder or find a sukka, plan days out or an event, to find others that may want to ride with you on the train to an event in north London, look after older members of the community and get advice for younger members, to talk about restaurants, shul events and of course food. Pretty much anything that relates to the community.
It is a closed group, which means that anyone can find the group, but only members can see posts. https://www.facebook.com/groups/549193395218386/

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.  To 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

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, among other things, 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

JEWISH CARE’S KC SHASHA CENTRE FOR TALKING NEWS & BOOKS 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.  For 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.

JEWISH CARE 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.

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 has specialist knowledge on a group of illnesses and disabilities and can help carers in terms of dealing with the illness, learning about services and coping strategies, and taking 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 on 020 8922 2222 or 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.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES:  To find out about availability of religious services, chedarim and activities for children and teenagers, please contact the individual synagogues.   These are the synagogues that are part of the South London Forum:

Bromley (Reform) – www.bromleyshul.org.uk
Catford & Bromley (United) – www.catfordsynagogue.org.uk
Croydon  (Federation) – www.croydonsynagogue.org.uk
Kingston, Surbiton & District (United) – www.ksds.org.uk
Kingston (Liberal)  – www.klsonline.org
Richmond (United) – www.richmondsynagogue.org.uk
South London (Liberal) – www.southlondon.org
South London (United)  – www.sls1.org.uk
Staines (United) – www.staines-synagogue.org.uk
Sutton  (United) – www.suttonsynagogue.org.uk
Weybridge – North West Surrey (Reform) – www.nwss.org.uk
Wimbledon (Chabad) – www.chabadwimbledon.com
Wimbledon (Reform) – www.wimshul.org



Stephen Ison
South London Community Support Service
Telephone: 020 8673 3495
Mobile 07881 863 237
Email: sison@jcare.org

Website:  www.southlondonjewishservices.org.uk

Nightingale House

105 Nightingale Lane

London SW12 8NB

This post is jointly funded by Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson to serve members of the the Jewish Community in South London.  Please take a look at our websites. www.jewishcare.org and www.nightingale.org.uk