Happy New Year to you all. It seems a long time ago that we all met up for a terrific Chanukah gathering in the Peill Room. It was a great opportunity to schmooze and get to know one another better. Big thanks go to Sarah and Hilary for organising this. We don’t have enough opportunities like this where we can socialise with one another. Gershon will be introducing a new project where we learn about each other’s family histories. You can read about it later in this issue and it should be a real catalyst for getting us all talking. Well that was never a problem!
It was lovely to have baby Jacob and baby Eli’s baby blessings. I’m looking forward to seeing them grow up in our community. I can’t believe that when I joined this community, our children, Jo and Adam were 6 and 5 respectively. They’re now 30 and 29 – where does the time go??
Next weekend – January 11th / 12th we will be having our Engaging with Judaism in a member’s home at 7.30 on Friday 11th. Please contact Annie if you want to come along – you’re very welcome. Gershon will be talking about how we are going to organise the family history project, so please try and come along and be enthused. During our service on the Saturday I’m sure that more will be said and there will be time to discuss this afterwards. Exciting times…
Then from January 17th onwards there is the Jewish Way of Life Exhibition (organised by BOD) at Norwich Cathedral. It’s not too late to volunteer for this but if you want to do so try and come to the volunteer training at 4.30pm on January 16th in the Hostry. Marsha, who has been organising the rota and is happy for people just to show up, as she and Tod will be there most days to guide people. It’s open every day except Shabbat.
The Holocaust Memorial Service is at St Peter Mancroft (SPM) on January 28th at 2pm. Roddy has very kindly agreed to prepare the Jewish content of the service and has been planning the service with Fiona Haworth, the assistant priest at SPM. This year the service is being coordinated by City Council. The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) have organised things in previous years and it has always been an excellent event. Please try and support this if you are able.
I look forward to seeing people next weekend either on the Friday night or Saturday or both!