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Rabbi’s Word

Rabbi’s Word

Parashat Chukkat     Miriam and Aaron both die in this week’s parasha. The people are mourning. Explicitly for Aaron ’30 days’, and indirectly for Miriam; surely their distress about water is linked to her demise. Here at FPS we’ve chosen to offer a mini series at Beit Midrash on attitudes to and experiences of [...]

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Attention all campers!

We look forward to welcoming you to our Shabbat Camp. For evening visitors the gate will be open 5.30-6.30pm Friday 20 June to allow cars to drive up to our camp and service area. Anyone wishing to stay for dinner after Shabbat Resouled SHOULD BRING A VEGETARIAN DISH TO SHARE and their own plate and [...]

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THE END OF THINGS?

THE END OF THINGS?

June 19 – July 10, Beit Midrash presents a series of four evenings on aspects of death and dying from a Progressive Jewish perspective, led by Rabbi Rebecca Qassim Birk and Rabbi Janet Burden. 1. Leading Shivah Prayers: practical and thoughtful responses to the service. 2. Power and Powerlessness at the End of Life. 3. [...]

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TIKKUN LEYL SHAVUOT @ FPS

TIKKUN LEYL SHAVUOT @ FPS

For One Night Only Tikkun Leil Shavuot Three North London Communities come together for a night of REVELATION        Finchley Progressive ● Sha’arei Tsedek Reform ● Southgate Progressive                                                   [...]

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Girls making tallitot

Girls making tallitot

  Last Sunday (18 May) some of our B’not Mitzvah and their mothers joined Ruth and David Hoffman to make tallitot. Hugely honoured to have such a master tailor guiding them, the girls painted and embroidered their atarot and corners ready to attach tzizit. It is the vision of community we aspire to:  having folk [...]

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Update from our Twinned Community Keshet – May 2014

As coordinator of the FPS twinning with the Keshet community in Mogilev (Belarus) I am pleased to report that we are now supporting the following new project: we have transferred funds to cover the cost  (initially for one year) of a part time position of a community administrator.  The job description includes: working with the chair [...]

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Liberal Judaism Biennial 2014

The LJ Biennial which took place last weekend was a great opportunity to meet other Liberal Jews from all over the country, to talk, pray, study and eat together. Our FPS community was very well represented this year and two of our members received Chairman awards for their contribution to Liberal Judaism (Sheila and Lionel [...]

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WELFARE COUNSELLING

WELFARE COUNSELLING

Have you ever been lost for words? We are aware that many people find it difficult to make a phone call or visit bereaved or sick people because they just can’t find the right words. Trained bereavement counsellor Bobbi Riesel is coming to Southgate Progressive Synagogue to help you find the right words and make [...]

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Shavuot: Revealing and Learning

Beit Midrash presents, Thursdays 7.30-9.30 pm: May 1st – Justin Wise: Unexpected revelation - Seeing the text through different eyes. May 8th – Student Rabbi Rene Pfertzel: A Rabbinic strategy of encountering the Other:  Looking at Avodah Zarah 3:4. May 15th – Rabbi Rebecca Qassim Birk: The Book of Ruth - Love and Intertextuality. 

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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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