It seems a long time since our January service but I, for one, am pleased that February has started and spring is just around the corner. We had a lovely service weekend – we started with an interesting Erev Shabbat at Venetia’s. We had a beautiful meal and then discussed the Toldot Mishpechotenu, which Gershon is introducing to the community. This is an oral history project, which we hope will help community members to get to know each other better. More of this later.
We had a lovely service and I really think that our singing is getting better. Gershon, you have inspired us. A small group of people was discussing forming a small choir to help lead the singing from the congregation. Martha is researching different tunes and talking to Gershon about this. Some members went down to Suffolk for a Tu B’shvat service with David Hulbert and I know they thoroughly enjoyed it – I’m sure you can spot a few familiar faces.
Roddy led the Jewish content for the Holocaust Memorial Service on January 28th. He and Fiona Haworth from St Peter Mancroft did an amazing job of pulling it all together very much at the last minute. And thanks to Hilary for reading with Maureen Leverton. Stuart came with a group of children from Wensum Juniors where he is a governor. Some of them were upset by what they heard.
Thanks to people who have supported Marsha and Todd in volunteering at the Board of Deputies Jewish Living Experience exhibition at the Hostry and shortly moving to Norwich Girls School. You know who you are – it was very worthwhile helping to add a more Liberal perspective.
We will be having an Engaging with Judaism session in the Peill Room at 7.30pm on February 8th. We will be looking at some familiar and less familiar songs and I hope that people come along whether or not they consider themselves as singers. On Shabbat morning, Gershon will be leading the service followed by a chavurah lunch where people are going to come along and tell their Jewish story (3 minute version). If you can’t make it, please send me a brief biog and it will be read out. We’re still working out how to record this and how to move this on. You can come just for the lunch and the start of the project – we’re aiming to start about 1.00pm.
I’m looking forward to seeing people for what promises to be a very interesting weekend.