Dear Members and Friends of the NLJC,
I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful weather we’re having. We were fortunate to be blessed with sunshine on Saturday the 7th of May, which enabled us to have the community meeting outside. I’d like to thank Paul and Jean for their generosity in setting up tables and chairs for us.
Although we were small in numbers, I think all who were there would agree that we had a good discussion. Not least, it was an opportunity to engage with different members of the community whom we had perhaps not met properly before.
Charley Baginsky, the Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism, introduced the meeting. We considered the following questions and statements in a series of rotating “speed dates” where we each asked and answered, with a different person for each item, the following:
- My favourite Jewish memory
- What brought you to Norfolk?
- What would be in your NLJC treasure box?
- What do you want this community to do for you?
Afterwards, people raised their particular concerns and there will be a group of people both from the Council and from the general community, who will take these forward. We agreed to have regular community meetings to build up the engagement and commitment of members.
We also had our first Cheder for a long while and three children attended. My son Adam supported me in doing this and Charley spent some time with us. Both Adam and Charley have a special way with young people. Adam enjoyed working with the children and has agreed to come along on a regular basis. He is also happy to take over from his dad in documenting our community through photography.
Our next service weekend is June 10/11th at which we will be welcoming Julisa and Carlos as full members of our community. They had a successful visit to the Beit Din in March. Thanks as ever to Hannah for her calm and spiritually uplifting services. SEE YOU ALL in JUNE!
Annie – May 2022