It seems a long while since the last newsletter and a lot has happened. What a memorable weekend we had with Max’s barmitzvah. Kim, you really worked miracles and Max’s Hebrew reading was amazing. It was really nice welcoming Charley Baginsky and her wonderful children Josh, Ellie and Cassie. Stu and I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with them. Max did his family proud and it was lovely to welcome Abi’s mum and dad. The look on their faces when Abi danced with Max – one of the highlights of the evening. Did anyone else notice that it was much quicker getting home from the party venue than it was getting there!
It was good to get to know Gershon better. We had an absorbing Engaging with Judaism session where we studied the interactive Torah. This meant that we looked at different aspects of the Noah parsha and I’m sure all of those who attended, learnt something new. We enjoyed Lily’s singing from the Bimah and Gershon’s singing of the Haftarah added to this. Aren’t we lucky to have such wonderful musicians in our midst!
I know some of you are looking forward to meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury on November 7th at the NHC. If you haven’t let me know you’ll be there, it’s not too late to get your name included! Then on Friday November 9th, Gershon will be leading an EWJ session on singing familiar songs from the siddur. This is in the Peill Room at 7:30. We already have some good singers but things can only get better with Gershon at the helm. Cheder is at its usual 10 o’clock slot (Hebrew primers have been ordered) followed by the Shabbat morning service at 11:15.
On Sunday, November 11th, our community is laying a wreath at the War Memorial outside City Hall at 11 o’clock. This is the first year that our community has been invited to lay a wreath so it would be good to see people there. There is also a candle lit procession in the evening from the Cathedral. Details are on the website.
And people that are going to Limmud – I think Byron, Beverley, Helen, Chris and Tom are all going. Have a great time and perhaps we can find time for you to tell us all about it. Enjoy enjoy!!
Here’s hoping for a bit of autumnal sunshine. Those lovely sunny days in October seem like a distant memory.