What a wonderful month it’s been! Gorgeous sunshine for the most part, our daughter turned 30 and we celebrated Donna’s admission in style. With two small people on the bimah it was amazing how smoothly things went. No baby in the ark this time round! Donna we welcome you and your family to our community and may there be many more mitzvot to come.
The next two months are busy ones for us. Roddy is leading a service using the draft Siddur this Saturday, June 9th so make sure you bring your copies to shul. We have plenty of community copies so don’t worry if you haven’t got one. After Kiddush, Helen is leading a working group that is looking more closely at the draft Siddur. Helen is going to the Biennial at the end of the month when the feedback process regarding the new siddur will be launched. So we should be ahead of the game!
On Saturday June 23rd, Gershon Silins is visiting us and after an informal chavurah lunch. Please bring a dish to share. He is Canadian and has worked there, in the US, and more recently in this country. Please try and come along to meet him and experience the musical element that he brings to the service. He is after all music adviser to Liberal Judaism.
Then just two weeks later on July 7th, we have to say our sad farewells to Leah. We are having a chavurah lunch so please bring something to share to make this special for her. Leah is off to the States on June 13th until a couple of days before the July service, so if you need to contact her for any reason, now is the time to do it.
And lastly, we have a joint service with the Suffolk Community on July 14th. I’m aware this means two service weekends in a row but it was the only day that we could get the Quaker Meeting House in Diss. It promises to be an excellent venue. Kim and Sam will be working with Nick Feldman of the Suffolk Community to take the service. Afterwards we are bringing food to share and I’m reliably informed that the grounds are lovely. So if the weather is good it should be lovely. If you need a lift, please talk to me or Hilary. There are more details of the venue on the website.
Lastly, Steve Pruner is now our representative on the Board of Deputies (BOD). As he said in his manifesto, he would welcome people talking to him about their views so he can take these to BOD meetings. Thank you Steve for putting yourself forward and congratulations!
I hope to see many of you this Saturday.