Book Club meets in members’ homes at 8pm on the second Wednesday of each month. It discusses a wide variety of books, both modern and classic, many - but by no means all - of Jewish interest. The only condition is that the person who recommends a book has read it (and loved it!) and that it is available in paperback. For more information contact the synagogue office.
Our Bridge Club is open both to members of FPS and to visitors. The club meets at FPS on Monday evenings (closed only on religious holidays) at 7.30pm, and rubber bridge is played until about 10.00pm, with a short break for tea/coffee and biscuits. You do not need a partner to participate, as long as you are flexible enough to play with whoever is available. The bridge is “friendly social”, with skill levels varied, and the emphasis on the “friendly”. Beginners are welcome. If you are interested, please contact the office.
Cafe Ivriah (Shabbat morning discussion)
Ivriah is the Saturday morning religion school for our children, and Cafe Ivriah is where their parents and other members repair for lively discussion over real coffee and cake. The discussions are informal but are always structured around a theme, which may be triggered by world affairs, the weekly Torah portion, or the challenges of parenthood. Viewpoints often differ, but are expressed in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual respect. Drop in any Shabbat during Ivriah term from 10 to 11am.
These monthly concerts, taking place on the last Shabbat of each month, have now embedded themselves as a regular feature in the FPS calendar. Over the years we have had recitals by professional musicians, many talented young performers, a poetry reading, and even a baby blessing! We start with a short havdalah (end of Shabbat) ceremony, followed by music and refreshments – an uplifting start to the week!
A small group of FPS members and others meets every Thursday evening 6.30-7.15pm for Pilates led by a highly qualified and enthusiastic teacher, Tali Swart. The level is beginners’ to intermediate and individually tailored instruction is given. We pay in advance in blocks of six lessons, at a rate of roughly £8 per lesson, depending on numbers. If you would like to join or come for a trial session, please contact Tali directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via the office in advance.
Rikud (Youth Dance Group)
If you are aged between 6 and 18 and enjoy dancing, then FPS has a group for you! Rikud is a modern Israeli dance group with a difference. We learn modern Israeli dances which are currently being danced in Israel and choreograph new dances to Israeli pop and traditional music as well as socialising and having fun! We perform in many shows and festivals throughout our community. We have very cool costumes too.
Sound interesting? Then come along and see what it’s all about. We meet every Saturday in term time at the Synagogue from 3-5pm. It’s only £1 a week, just come along and give it a go! For more details contact Denny Kingston on 020 8482 2149.
Rosh Chodesh (Women's Group)
Celebration of the new moon by women gathering for sharing, learning and spiritual exploration. The groupo meets monthly (following the lunar calendar) in the synagogue library. After the traditional blessing for the new moon we have lively discussions on different subjects over a glass of wine and nibbles. We cover a vast range of topics: Hannah Arendt (as a Jewish female intellectual); the Ismaili Muslim community in London (presented by one of its members); the meaning of names; immigration; women in prisons; women and revolution; modern families – to name but a few. You don’t have to be an FPS member to join us – but you do have to identify as a woman! For more details and date of the next meeting check the Shofar magazine, the calendar or contact the office.
Walk and Talk
Join a group of FPS members and friends (and the occasional dog!) for a walk over Hampstead Heath on the first Sunday morning of the month. We meet at 10.00am behind Kenwood House, walk for an hour or so, then repair to the cafeteria for tea or coffee. Contact the synagogue office or check the calendar for dates.