I really can’t believe that I’ve been chair of our community for four years! That means this must be the 48th time I’ve written my article “from the chair”. I’ll be handing over the chair at the AGM and a new chair and council members will be elected at this meeting. I don’t want to preempt my full report for the AGM but I’d like to thank everyone in the community for making my time as chair such a pleasurable one. I’m sure you’ll look after my successor! Make sure you get the date in your dairy. The AGM is on March 18th at 7pm in the Peill Room.
I hope people enjoyed our initial session re the Toldot Mishepetenu (families project). It was good that so many people were able to stay but this was just the beginning. There is a project that has been launched by Liberal Judaism called Lily’s legacy. It aims to develop oral histories of different communities across the UK. Shaan Knan, the Heritage Director of this project is coming up to get us going. I’ll be able to give you the date of his visit on the weekend. We’re going to need a committee to lead on this and keep us on track. Myself and other council members will be talking to people whom we think may be interested in doing this but please let us know if you want to put yourself forward. The idea is to formulate some kind of community archive and Stu has already offered his photographic services.
And don’t forget our joint Purim event with the NHC. Roddy is organizing the Megillah reading in as many different languages as possible. If you can contribute a language, please talk to me or Sarah and we’ll let Roddy know. That’s on March 20th at the NHC at 6pm.
I’m looking forward to seeing people this weekend. How about coming along to our Engaging with Judaism session this Friday, March 8th at 730pm in the vestry. Gershon will be leading a session on “Why we read Torah on an annual cycle” – it promises to be really interesting. See you there!