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Board of Deputies European hustings and Manifesto MEDITATION COURSE Welcome to Curtain Up! Biennial 9-11 May 2014
 

Board of Deputies European hustings and Manifesto

You are invited to an European hustings meeting on 29 April (full text below). The European elections are on 22nd May. In view of various recent European incidents threatening Jewish life, this election is important to our community. The text of the full Board of Deputies European manifesto can be found on the BoD website. You are invited to [...]

MEDITATION COURSE – new for Spring 2014 @ FPS

YOGA FOR ALL - MEDITATION COURSE-2014 This is a 6 week course aimed at enabling you to establish a meditation practice using methods designed to help you change your life and develop greater emotional positivity and awareness. These classes allow you to practice meditation, relaxation and visualisation techniques in a safe, friendly group environment. All [...]

Welcome to Curtain Up!

Welcome to Curtain Up!

  Curtain up! is for those members of our community – and their friends – who are theatre enthusiasts. We go together to matinee shows followed by dinner and chat in a nearby restaurant.  Our meetings take place on the third Wednesday of those months when a theatre outing is not scheduled. Starting from February 2014, [...]

Biennial 9-11 May 2014

Biennial 9-11 May 2014

Following on from this year’s successful Day of Celebration, Liberal Judaism is preparing for next year’s Biennial Conference, which will run between the 9th and 11th May 2014. We are delighted to introduce Wokefield Park in Reading as a new venue for Liberal Judaism’s flagship weekend event. To compliment the full and exciting programme on offer there [...]

Shabbat Resouled is 7!

Shabbat Resouled plays a vital part in the life of our synagogue and the group’s fame goes far beyond our own community. Last Friday we celebrated its 7th birthday. One of the group’s members, Elliott Karstadt, said: “I was asked to say a few words to mark the seventh anniversary of Shabbat Resouled. When Dean [...]

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Czech Scrolls Annual Memorial Service

This year’s service (Shabbat Chol Ha-Mo’ed Pesach) was particularly moving and meaningful. It was a truly communal event: a number of people led the service which started with David Hoffman reminding us of the amazing history of the scrolls and particularly of our debt of gratitude to David Brand, a sofer (scribe) who spent decades [...]

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How should the Holocaust be remembered? add your voice now:

“The Holocaust is unique in man’s inhumanity to man and it stands alone as the darkest hour of human history.” So states the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission website, set up to investigate what measures should be taken to ensure Britain has a permanent and fitting memorial to the Holocaust. Our responsibility is to make sure [...]

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Film night @ FPS

Film night @ FPS

Screen on the Grove at 7.30 pm on Sunday, 6 April, shows Live and Become the epic story of an Ethiopian boy who is airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in 1984 during Operation Moses.  Shlomo is plagued by two big secrets: he is neither a Jew nor an orphan, just an African boy who [...]

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Rabbi’s Word

Rabbi’s Word

What do Alan Ginsberg, the Haggadah and Franz Kafka have in common? Come to an unusual learning session this Thursday evening 7.30pm at Beit Midrash.   Rabbi Howard Cooper and I hope to see you here. As Franz Rosenzweig wrote , This is a new sort of Jewish learning ... The second in our series on [...]

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Getting ready for Pesach

Ivriah news:  on 29th March we had a Family Learning morning at Ivriah, with Rabbi Rebecca leading a session for B’nei Mitzvah students and some Ivriah parents, all about ‘Spicing up the Seder’! The rest of Ivriah prepared for Pesach by learning to sing parts of Hallel, writing letters to ourselves, making crafty Plague Puppets [...]

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FPS Musical Havdalah

FPS Musical Havdalah

Abigail and David Dolan, both professional musicians, joined FPS in 2012 with their sons Daniel and Tom. Here, Abigail introduces the monthly FPS Musical Havdalah and invites everyone to come along:   Communicating through music is central to our lives. As we joined the very musical community of FPS and were looking for ways to [...]

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Mazal tov to Mogilev!

Mazal tov to Mogilev!

This Shabbat (22 March) our twinned Keshet Community in Mogilev celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of Leonard (Arie Leor) and Bat Mitzvah of Maria (Miriam). Rabbi Grisha Abramovich comes from Minsk to lead them – he also serves over 11 other progressive Jewish communities in Belarus – so every year the young people have a group [...]

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FREEDOM – Beit Midrash celebrates Passover

 Thursdays March 27th, April 3rd and 10th at 7.30 pm,  FPS presents a series on FREEDOM, in the run-up to Passover.  Speakers will include Shauna Leven (pictured), Director of René Cassin (The Jewish Voice for Human Rights), on Freedom and Human Rights; and Dr Elliott Karstadt on Freedom in Political Philosophy. Further details to follow.  

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Update from our Twinned Community Keshet

Along with the public Belarusian holidays Mogilev’s Jewish community lives in accordance with the Jewish calendar. Purim is very close and this means that each member of Keshet tries to bring its contribution to the preparation for the celebration of this wonderful spring holiday. The educators of the daily kindergarten “Aleph” have developed an ingenious [...]

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