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Rabbi’s Word

Rabbi’s Word

PARASHAT TSAV – SHABBAT HAGADOL Traditionally, Rabbis would preach twice a year. On Yom Kippur, to teach the laws of Teshuva, repentance, and on Shabbat Ha-Gadol, to explain the complex laws of Pesach. Judaism is a religion of deeds, and we try to make sense of this world by abiding by a complex set of [...]

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Discussion with Rabbi Rene

Discussion with Rabbi Rene

Save the date:  Shabbat the 14th of March (Vayakhel-Pequde) FPS has a unique take on Jewish identity in North Finchley. As a constituent of Liberal Judaism, we recognize as Jewish a person when at least one parent is Jewish. That means that a person whose father is Jewish is, according our regulations, considered fully Jewish. [...]

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Tu B’Shvat Seder

Tu B’Shvat Seder

31 January was a busy Shabbat for the FPS community: after the service led by both our rabbis – with the traditional rendition of Shirat HaYam by Rabbi Rebecca – we combined kiddush with Tu B’Shvat Seder. Four cups of wine/juice of appropriate colours were duly consumed, together with vast quantities of fruit of four [...]

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‘Just Water’ campaign

Laura Lassman writes:  Wateraid invited people to undertake a sponsored ‘Just Water’ for the month of January to help prevent people from needless sickness and death through lack of clean water. It seemed an excellent way to mark the arrival of my first grandchild who is fortunate to have been born into an environment flowing [...]

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From our friends in Belarus

Dear FPS Community, We would like to send you our warmest regards, wishing you and your families all the best for this  Holiday of Lights! May your home be filled with light and blessed during this celebration! May the warmth and glow of each candle you light make your heart  happy, and your Hanukkah bright. The chair [...]

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Baby Blessing at FPS Musical Havdalah

Baby Blessing at FPS Musical Havdalah

Our November Musical Havdalah was packed with people and special events. It was a “wider family” occasion: the FPS community was celebrating the baby blessing of Reuben Jack Israel with his family – the Kingstons – who have been instrumental in shaping such distinctive elements of FPS life as Shabbat Resouled and Rikud. The evening [...]

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AJEX visits FPS

On the 8th November FPS honoured Jewish ex-servicemen and women with a special Shabbat service. It was also an opportunity for our Ivriah students to find out about the Jewish role in past conflicts in a lively and interesting assembly led by Ron Shelley from AJEX. We were quizzed on military knowledge (impressive answers) and [...]

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Chanukah Party at FPS: 5-7pm, 20 December 2014

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Mitzvah Day 2014

Many FPS members contributed to the success of this year’s Mitzvah Day – thank you! Throughout the day (11am-5pm) a group of people was encouraging shoppers outside the local Waitrose to purchase additional items to be donated to HAB (Homeless in Barnet), the charity we liaise with for the Together in Barnet Night Shelter. We ended [...]

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Fundraising Concert: 7 December 2014

Fundraising Concert: 7 December 2014

Sunday 7 December 2014 7.30 pm Barnet Symphony Orchestra: “If Music Be the Food of Love”  Concert at St John’s Church, Friern Barnet Road, London, N11 3EQ, supporting Ruben Qassim’s fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Programme includes pieces by Beethoven, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Elgar. Tickets £12.50 or £15.00 from FPS member Gillian Stern gillybethstern@hotmail.com     You may [...]

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