The Big Date - Friday 25th May

JOIN OUR MEMBERS IN ATTENDING THE BIG DATE AT NORTH FINCHLEY MOSQUE AFTER SHABBAT SERVICE THIS FRIDAY 25TH MAY.

See what Muslims do during the month of Ramadan, experience the Recitation of Holy Quran (The Holy book of Muslims) & build bridges. Register now and Join us at the IANL on Friday 25th May 2018 (arrival 8:15pm).

This Ramadan IANL will be joining many Mosques around the U.K & Ireland who will open their doors for visitors to come, visit the mosque & join them in breaking their fast.

To register or find more  information click here: https://ianl.org.uk/2018/05/18/the-big-date-fri-25th-may/

 

Finchley Food Bank

Finchley Food Bank

We’ve been contacted by some Jewish students and young professionals working with foodbanks and social action projects.  They say that not many synagogues or Jewish community organisations support their local foodbanks and they think many would be willing to do so and they are starting a network to encourage them. They contacted the Trussell Trust who identified FPS as a synagogue which already collects donations and they have contacted us for information on our experience etc in order to try and encourage other synagogues and organisations to do what we are doing.  FPS leading the way again in social action projects!

Finchley Food Bank posted this on their Facebook page on Saturday 21st April - “despite the amazing weather today we still had 49 Adults and children from homes across the borough leaving stock dangerously low for next week. This week’s most needed items are Tinned Meat/Veg/Fruit/Fish....All Toiletries except sanitary products...Biscuits...Coffee....Sugar...Milk and Rice”

Please buy an extra item when you do your next shop and leave it in the box in the Synagogue hallway – we will ensure that it goes to Finchley Food Bank for distribution.

Thank you for all your help.

Peggy and Alison

PARASHAT K'DOSHIM

Rabbi Rebecca writes:

PARASHAT K'DOSHIM                         27/28 APRIL 2018, 12/13 IYAR 5778

I was reminded this week of Dunbar’s Number. The Anthropologist, Robin Dunbar who first wrote in the 1990’s about the human brain’s ability to only maintain between 100 and 250 human relationships (typically about 150). We do not have the space in our brains for hundreds upon hundreds of relationships. He has of course been ‘unpacking and exploring ‘ what this number means for us especially with the added pressure and (vast numbers) of online interactions. 

Who has time for the 100s if not 1000s of  Facebook friends that might fill up more than your dashboard? If we as human beings have capacity for fewer meaningful connections, what might that mean for us in the lives we build and the reasons why many of us choose to be part of a synagogue? 

Last week I was particularly struck by our Bar Mitzvah inviting a non-related member of the congregation to lead the community prayers. Alex had, he said, become friends with many adult members, not just children at Ivriah, and this made him feel part of the synagogue. Saying Shabbat Shalom set him up for the week ahead. 

Is that true for all of us? Is there a particular place in our brains for congregational connections? Returning to the warmth of community life certainly has had that effect for me. I missed it. 

When I speak about the ‘TAV’, ‘the added value’ of being part of a congregation, as I have done with three new households since returning last week, it’s the relationships I point towards.

This week’s Parashat Kedoshim (we will be in synch again with the Orthodox world next week) ,also known as the Holiness Code, calls on particular social obligations.  The most famous and ubiquitous; Love your neighbour as you love yourself which is approximately the middle sentence of the Torah. 

But it’s not just empty cliche but expounded with practical directives how to fulfil this in community … You must not go about slandering your kin. [19:16] We know the power of unkind words, especially in a small congregation setting. You shall not hate your brother or sister in your heart. [19:17] We know the benefit of speaking when we are troubled directly and with integrity. You may not stand by idly when your neighbour's blood is being shed. [19:16]

Being a member of a community is to empathise with each other’s pain and suffering. How fantastic that this week’s portion speaks so directly, candidly and relevantly to what we know is the greatest joy we create in our lives, the comfort and consolation of friends and those who care about our welfare. 

I hope you have that in your lives, and have found it within Finchley Progressive Synagogue. Let me know if you think we can do better. 

Shabbat Shalom to all

Rabbi Rebecca

 

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)