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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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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, [...]

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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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Message from the Rabbi – Shabbat Zachor and Purim

Message from the Rabbi – Shabbat Zachor and Purim

This year in Adar II Shabbat Zachor and Purim celebrations will be on the same day, Saturday 15 March, with FPS Purim celebrations starting at 5.15 pm. With Adar comes joy and the enforced season of Levity as Rabbi John Rayner described. Yet Saturday will have us be reminded of the compulsion to remember the [...]

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