Remembering Yom Hashoah - Sunday 15th April 2018

From Maureen Lobatto:

We've just had a week of Remembrance , firstly with the joint FPS/FRS evening event on the Wednesday, again on Shabbat morning when newly-returned Rabbi Rebecca  and Danny Rich raised it, and Yom Hashoah UK’s Remembrance ceremony  We Are One at Hyde Park on Sunday morning, 15th April,  which Stanley and I attended.

Thankfully the April weather stayed dry and just about warm enough to sit in the open air, as near enough 1000 of us sat, stood and often clapped the uplifting speakers, cantors and choirs.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis spoke impactfully about the importance of Defiance and how Jews should no longer be Victims, echoed by Mayor Sadiq Khan and Israel’s Ambassador Mark Regev in the fight against anti-Semitism and “the Oldest Hatred” from whichever part of the world it comes.

There were particularly touching moments as the elderly survivors told of their harsh stories and how they’d transcended the effects, the Jewish Male Voice Choir singing the Partisan Song, In my own lifetime and joining with the Jewish Primary Schools Choirs to perform a new song “Never Again”, and  Oseh Shalom.

It was a very moving ceremony which takes place every year to ensure We must never forget the Shoah and the lessons we can take from it, nor happen Never Again for our and the next generation.

Maureen Lobatto

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Delving into Judaism - April to July 2018 programme

DELVING INTO JUDAISM: LEARNING ANEW OR REFRESHING YOUR JEWISH KNOWLEDGE.

FPS SHAVUOT TERM  WITH RABBI REBECCA BIRK  & STUDENT RABBI ELLIOTT KARSTADT

APRIL 19 THURSDAY 7pm YOM HA’ATZMA’UT CONVERSATION & FOOD AS WE CELEBRATE ISRAEL: OUR UNRULY BUT MUCH LOVED RELATIVE

MAY 3 THURSDAY 7pm  LAG B’OMER INHERITING MEMORY: BEING A SUPPORTIVE PART OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY ? Converting or otherwise…

MAY 11 FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER 7.45PM AFTER SHABBAT SERVICE AT RABBI REBECCA’S HOME  [RSVP] All welcome

MAY 17   THURSDAY 7pm JOINING FPS BEIT MIDRASH LED BY RABBI REBECCA

MAY 19 SATURDAY 6.30pm SHAVUOT SERVICE DINNER & STUDY HELD AT SHAAREI TZEDEK COMMUNITY N20 9EZ /SUNDAY 20 MAY SHAVUOT SERVICE 11AM FPS WITH CHEESECAKE.

MAY 24 THURSDAY 7PM THE FESTIVAL YEAR AND NEW BEGINNINGS: ROSH HASHANAH

JUNE 7 THURSDAY 7PM THE JOYS OF YOM KIPPUR

JUNE 21 THURSDAY 7PM SUKKOT & SIMCHAT TORAH

JULY 5 THURSDAY 7PM TISHA B’AV : HOW TO MOURN IN JUDAISM?

JULY 21 SATURDAY 7.30pm LAMENTATIONS: TISHA B’AV REFLECTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY [calendar will confirm]

 

Pesach services

Please note that there will be Pesach services at 11am on:

Saturday 31st March

Friday 6th April

There is no service at FPS on Friday 30th March (Erev Pesach)

 

 

Auction of Promises - update

Fifteen refugee families from Syria are being supported by the Barnet Refugee Welcome Board (BRWB), which is made up of volunteers from a number of local faith organisations (Jewish, Quaker, Muslim, Catholic and Agnostic), working together with Barnet Council. We hold coffee mornings (Coffee Club) and parenting skills workshops hosted by Finchley Progressive Synagogue, provide English lessons to adults and extra tuition for school age children in their homes.  We are helping the families to integrate, study and find work, as well as feel settled in their homes and local community.  We need funds to continue this vital work and hope to raise money by our Auction of Promises.

Click on the link below for the list of promises and details on how to make a bid:

Auction of Promises

Volunteer at FPS

At FPS we are always looking for volunteers to help in a number of different ways. Whatever your particular skills we're sure you could find something to attract you.

It's now even easier to volunteer using the new page on our website:

http://www.fps.org/volunteering-at-fps/

Take a look and see what YOU can do! 

Wed 28th February - Purim Service CANCELLED

We have decided to cancel this evening’s Purim service and Saturday evening’s Purim Spiel due to the bad weather.

We’re very sorry to do so, and are grateful to all the people who have worked hard in preparation for both events.

For those who are sorry to be missing the festivities, please check Finchley Reform Synagogue’s website to find out if their celebrations are continuing (www.frsonline.org), or if you’d rather stay in the warm, please join us on the FPS Facebook page at 6.30pm to share photos of your would-be Purim outfits and join our virtual community space.  

Wishing you a warm, safe chag sameach.

Cathy Burnstone (Chair)

Havdalah Spring concerts

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Join us for a Havdalah service followed by a beautiful concert.

Coming up:

Saturday 10th March at 17:30
Young members of FPS perform classic or modern music for your enjoyment, with a suggested theme of Purim and everything that is funny!

Saturday 24th March at 17:30
FPS musicians Dean Staker and Franklyn Gellnick join together to offer us a taste of modern liturgy.

 

Emeritus Rabbi Frank Hellner

On Shabbat 6 January, our Emeritus Rabbi Dr Frank Hellner celebrated his 2nd Barmitzvah! Rabbi Frank read from the Torah and recited the Haftarah just as he did for his Barmitzvah 70 years ago. The service was led by Student Rabbi Nathan Godleman.

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As commented on by one congregant:

This has to be one of the finest and enjoyable services I have attended for many years. The service was carried out in Nathan's safe hands, there was so much love and good will, and what a Kiddush!

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Mitzvah Day 2017

This year at FPS we turned inwards for Mitzvah Day and looked after our own community – building friendships and support networks within the shul, ensuring those who needed help felt supported, and the jobs that always fell to the same people were shared amongst all of us.

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We had 4 projects:

Gardening: this is part of a bigger project to make the back garden beautiful. If you’d like to join the team and garden for 1 hour a week please do get in touch!

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Caring and Repairing: looking around the synagogue, making the place beautiful – we polished lots of silver, tidied the bima and ark, and painted a beautiful mural to welcome visitors to the shul.

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Baking and Taking: we made delicious lemon drizzle cakes for members of the community who are struggling, lonely or needing a cake-based hug!

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Knitting: we made gorgeous mini kippot and tallitot for teddy bears – these will be given as welcome gifts for babies in our community!

 

 

 

 

An enormous thank you to everyone who joined us for the day, it was a lot of fun! If you’d like to get involved in our on-going mitzvot, please contact me on zoe@fps.org.

Zoe Jacobs
Community Education and Development Manager

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