February is the coldest month of the year here and where I come from as well, just after the secular new year. Giving it a bit of thought we can realise that we do have many new years: personal, religious, secular, financial, NJLC, new beginnings, etc.
The secular new year, for Norwich LJC, brings about the renewal community membership subscriptions. Enabling us to have the many benefits of the support of our Rabbi, education, events, growing & publicising our Community, which we’re doing.
Tu B’Shevat is New Year for the Trees for which we had a cosy and warm event. A lovely, thoughtful festival of what we have and receive from our trees, which are so important, first fruits, husbanding our natural world… Excellent event led by Jess, with many different fruits and insights. Come along and find out next year. The year does go round & round, the days are now obviously getting longer & soon it’s spring. Soon to be Purim and Passover!
Norwich LJC has grown over this past year; we plan to continue to do so. We welcome new, interested individuals and families, and any former members.
New things such as Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, our open day/25th anniversary, Kabbalat Torah have been organised. We hope to have some new things in the forthcoming year. Come along and find out about them. We have quite a few community volunteers; the volunteers make it a community. Many hands make light work. We do try not to give people too much to do!
We have also been mindful of our Norfolk wider community. Meike, one of our members, initiated a Citizens UK action group in Norwich regarding the resettlement needs of Syrian refugees. Also, as a result of the local Mosque being recently vandalised many in Norfolk have contacted them with sympathy and support, including from the Norwich Jewish Community through the president of Norwich Hebrew Congregation and myself. Multi-faith mutual contact and support also facilitates good community. We hope to continue in this way also.