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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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Letter from Beijing

FPS member John Olbrich, ‘our China correspondent’, writes: For the past eighteen months I have been living in a hutong, one of the small alleyways in the centre of Beijing, within the second ring road. For the curious, Beijing is designed around the Forbidden City, or the old Imperial Palace, which of course under imperial [...]

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People of Faith ‘Bring and Share’

People of Faith ‘Bring and Share’

The day after the One World Day visit to FPS on Saturday the 25th of October, I  met up, with some of those visitors who had joined us, at North Finchley’s Methodist Church. The programme was  billed as ‘Cake & Reflections & Prayer’. FPS member Jane Rosenberg led the singing. A couple who accompanied us [...]

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Mitzvah Day 16 November 2014

Mitzvah Day 16 November 2014

  Each year on Mitzvah Day people in Jewish communities all over the world take this special opportunity to do a Good Deed for the wider community. Here at FPS, as in previous years: There will be a group of musicians visiting Rosetrees Residential Home. Dean Staker has already volunteered to lead this group. Residents also appreciated [...]

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Musical Havdalah @ FPS is one year old!

Musical Havdalah @ FPS is one year old!

The first anniversary of our increasingly popular musical Havdalah had a record number of participants this month (25 October).  Nearly forty people – including many guests from the One World Week group (local churches) -came for the traditional ceremony of farewell to Shabbat, followed by a concert by the young all female Zeitgeist Ensemble who [...]

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