The Community has been pretty busy and developing, as usual. Welcome to those who’ve become Members and Friends in the past couple of months. We also provide a warm welcome for new interested people*. We had an excellent, warm, relaxed Service in February. I am truly excited about our 8th March Shabbat morning Service, which Rabbi Leah will be leading with the help of our young people, as well as our more mature community members. We will also be having a special Kiddush where we will learn something about a Charity to help third world Children.
Our Mitzvah Day (2 hours actually) did take place in and around the OMH and Peill Room. We will plan another in the not too distant future. It’s certainly more friendly and possible to get more work done in a group than on your own. I wasn’t sure what we could do in the Peill Room, but it cleaned up well. And Jess and Keith did a splendid job on and around the steps to improve access. Most of the slippery moss is gone as well as branches pruned back over the handrail. Good progress was also made clearing away leaves and weeds around the OMH (curb appeal?). We’re also progressing clearing up an area in the Shul for a quiet seating area, as well as a possible space for our Library. Have a look on 8th March.
Thus we’re cleared up in time for our Service on the 8th and our AGM in the Peill Room on Monday evening at 7:30 17th March. We’re also looking forward to receiving nominations for Council 7 clear days in advance. I do look forward to seeing you there. We are using the Peill Room more often for Engaging with Judaism. This usually starts at 7:30, so it’s possible to attend after Friday evening meal, often for dessert as well as discussion. It has more space and car parking facilities than most people’s homes. Please remember to look at the calendar on our website and let us know if you plan to be there.
Speaking of the Peill Room, I hope you have booked for our Purim Event on 16th March – in the Peill Room. Don’t forget your fancy dress, no matter how minimal!!
I would like to announce that Shelagh Philips has stood down as Jewish Representative for SACRE (Standing Religious Education). Marsha Parker has taken up the mantle and attended a Council Meeting recently. We thank Shelagh for all of the educational outreach and other work she has done for our Community.
For those wishing to improve their confidence on the Bimah, Byron will be leading a hands on workshop in managing the Ark and Scroll at 10:30 on 12th April Service. Additionally, The LJ Biennial takes place from 9 – 11 May and I am planning to attend. I’m sure it will be an amazing learning experience, as every Limmud has been. We have also recently enlarged our Library with educational books for prospective converts and those undertaking the Ba’al Tefillah course.
April will be busy too. Engaging with Judaism is on 11th April in the Peill Room. 12th April is our morning Shabbat Service with a workshop. AND our Passover Seder is to be led by Rabbi Leah on Tuesday 15th April at 6:45 at the Mangreen Trust, which is a lovely place. Don’t forget to book early so we can sort food and other arrangements in good time.
I look forward to seeing everyone. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact any of the Council via the website contacts or 07460849472.
- Sarah Boosey, Chair, NLJC