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D’var Torah – Metzora

   Shabbat Shalom everybody. Welcome to visitors to our synagogue and of course the regulars who come every week. A My Bar Mitzvah is today. Bar Mitzvah is something which happens when a Jewish boy turns 13, (a girl is Bat Mitzvah when she turns 13 here too). They lead the service and read from [...]

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D’var Torah – Vayikra

My Torah portion is called Vayikra, it is the first portion in the book of Leviticus. My portion is about giving sacrifices made of flour to God. The instructions to make a sacrifice are very detailed, Leviticus is the third of the five books of the Torah which means it is in the centre. Perhaps [...]

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Chanukah in Mogilev

Chanukah in Mogilev

Our twinned community Keshet (Mogilev, Belarus) is celebrating Chanukah in style! The festival began with master-classes for kids and adults. The congregants were taught the techniques of pottery and ceramics, Riesel art and Jewish cuisine. Everybody got the opportunity to make souvenirs – Jewish symbols, magnets and also decorated the Hanukkah doughnuts with Jewish symbols [...]

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Situations Vacant at FPS

The following jobs are currently available and if you are interested in filling one of these posts and would like further information, please speak to the rabbi or contact either the Chairman at chair@fps.org or the Honorary Secretary at honsec@fps.org, or see one of us during kiddush after services. Kindly note that the remuneration is [...]

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Invitation to  CHAVRUTA STUDY DAY on Shabbat Shuvah 19 September 2015

Invitation to CHAVRUTA STUDY DAY on Shabbat Shuvah 19 September 2015

“FOOD AND NO FOOD, FEASTING AND FASTING”: Rabbis James Baaden and Judith Levitt of Sha-arei Tsedek synagogue will investigate key themes of the Days of Awe: spirituality and ritual; hunger and satisfaction; feasting and fasting. The event will start after the Shabbat Shuvah morning service and finish with Havdalah at around 5:00pm. A catered lunch will [...]

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D’var Torah – Mattot-Massei

D’var Torah – Mattot-Massei

SHABBAT SHALOM! My portion is called Mattot (which means tribes) from the Book of Numbers and is the last one as a double with Massei, which means journeys. You can follow me in your Chumash as we are reading Chapter 30 verses 2-17. The piece I will read is all about vows and keeping your [...]

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Tikkun Olam at FPS

Tikkun Olam at FPS

Our synagogue is at the forefront of increasing local efforts to offer help and practical solutions to the Syrian refugees crisis. Together with Citizens UK, we are are trying to find private landlords in Barnet prepared to house 50 Syrian refugees, so that the local council will agree to accept them. As our Rabbi Rebecca [...]

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Calling all Shabbatots!

Please join us for the year’s first Shabbatots on Shabbat 19 September 10.15-10.40am. Click on ‘Read the full story’ below and then on the word INVITATION

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Syrian Refugee Crisis: your help needed!

Andrea Narcin writes: There are now 4 million Syrian refugees in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, looking for somewhere to be safe. London Citizens, of which FPS is a member, is trying to get Barnet Council to accept just 50 vulnerable Syrians direct from the Refugee camps. The population of Barnet is 356,400 (2011 [...]

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Postcard from (Jewish) Tbilisi, Georgia

Wika Dorosz writes: One of the most impressive buildings I visited on my recent trip to Armenia and Georgia is the Great Synagogue in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. In this ancient and cosmopolitan city you can find a synagogue, a mosque, a Georgian basilica, an Armenian church and a Zoroastrian Fire-Worshippers’ temple all within a [...]

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