As the summer comes to a close, and the school term recommences for many of us, our thoughts turn to the imminent High Holy Days. Once again, Kim Greenacre and Philip Lawrence are planning community-led services following their vibrant, inspirational services last year. We are so fortunate to be able to call upon members who give so willingly of their time and contribute so ably to the richness of our community.
At our last council meeting, we considered the year ahead. We understand that for many in our community, it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to attend our Saturday Shabbat morning services. From November, once we have navigated the High Holy Days, we will be planning Friday night gatherings as well. This is likely to involve a combination of Erev Shabbat services, discussions and ‘Engaging with Judaism’ sessions. If you have any suggestions or ideas about how we can make this work, please let me or any member of the council know.
Earlier this month, Abigail and I were delighted to accept an invitation from the Norwich Hebrew Congregation to attend a celebratory tea party to mark the 50th anniversary of their Norwich Synagogue’s consecration. It was a lovely occasion and served to underline the long tradition of Judaism in Norwich, which has survived and prospered in the face of past adversity and challenges. Our Jewish presence in this ‘fine city’ is indeed one to be proud of.
As you will know by now, our forthcoming service on 14 September will be followed by a talk by Debra Bruner from The Together Plan, which promises to be very informative and interesting. Please do come and join us if you are interested.
On Sunday 15 September, I shall be representing NLJC at the annual Battle of Britain service at Norwich Cathedral, which is organised by RAFA.
Wishing you and your families good health, happiness, peace and prosperity. Today and all through the year! L’shanah Tovah!