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Matzah Ramble

This year’s traditional Matzo ramble took place in Lee Valley Park. After the first challenge of realising that there were two places half a mile apart that each sounded like the meeting point, Fishers Green, the group united for a ramble. The second challenge was the weather – it was really touch and go as to whether we would go ahead with the walk, much less picnic; the forecast was atrocious!  But by some miracle there were only a few drops, and so we took in the lakes, rivers and wildlife of the park, with our varied group of adults and children (some on bicycles leading the way) and dogs. The ramble was followed as usual by a very sociable matzo picnic. Despite the weather, it was a very enjoyable day out for everyone and we were already talking about where to go next year!

Library Relaunch

A colourful new library system created by one of our own members, interior designer Deborah Montlake, will make it easier for you to find a book you’d like to read in our library. Subjects are clearly separated by a colour coded system on the spine of old video cases inserted between books, and each book has a label in a matching colour showing which category it belongs to.

Volunteers have spent a few hours tidying and sorting the books and adding the subject labels to each one. Rabbi Irit Shillor said: “Most of the books have been donated and we have an eclectic mix, including novels, humour, Hebrew and Yiddish dictionaries and lots of Jewish and Israeli history. There’s definitely something for everyone.” 

So next time you’re in the building, have a look at the choice and see if there’s something you’d like to borrow. Just make sure you return it when you’ve read it.

If you have suitable books you’d like to donate, please talk to Rabbi Irit or Lorraine Kirk. 

Rabbi Lionel Blue talks to HJC

Popular speaker and media personality Rabbi Lionel Blue entertained an audience of congregants and non-members at the synagogue last week with jokes on how to cope with the trials that life throws up. He also offered some tips on how to cope with the difficulties of ageing, speaking for nearly two hours without notes.

Rabbi Shillor said: “He charmed us all with his wisdom and wit. It was an impressive and enjoyable performance.”

A collection raised almost £200 for Leo Baeck College.

 

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