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Mazal tov, Clive!

Mazal tov, Clive!

The FPS community honoured Clive Winston last Shabbat (18 April) with a special Kiddush in celebration of his 90th birthday. FPS President, Alan Banes, said: “… nothing could give me greater pleasure than being able to wish you, Clive, a very happy birthday.  This is a very special occasion not just for you but also for [...]

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Yom Ha’Atzmaut at FPS

Israel’s Independence Day: join us on Thursday 23 April at 6.30pm for a bite to eat (a small dish would be welcome, but not necessary), an informal chat about our relationship with Israel and a screening of last year’s Israeli hit, Cupcakes.   The film will start at 7.30pm.   “WATCHING CUPCAKES IS LIKE TAKING [...]

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A special Shabbat Resouled

     At the ever popular Shabbat Resouled service this week (17 April 2015) we celebrated a special coming of (Jewish) age. The leader and ‘soul’ of ‘Resouled’ is Dean Staker and his only son Eimonn has just turned 13! While the father played the guitar, sang and led the band as usual (but with [...]

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Czech Scrolls Service

Last Shabbat (11 April), as every year, we held a special service to honour our Czech Scrolls. They were among the nearly 1600 Torah scrolls which were rescued from the Holocaust by the Prague Jewish community and later found their way to London. Many were restored and sent out on permanent loan to dozens of [...]

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D’var Torah – Tsav

D’var Torah – Tsav

A critical part of my Batmitzvah ceremony involves me reading from the Torah scroll. The portion of the Torah that I will read is called Tsav and is from Leviticus Chapter 7. Learning to chant these 16 verses has taken many months of practice but I recognise that understanding the meaning of my portion is just as [...]

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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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