The Royal British Legion is encouraging everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014 – leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope. There is a Service of Remembrance at Bevis Marks Synagogue and events are organised around the country, or you can remember at home.
The music service on Friday 25 July will feature the KLS Choir and the Shabbat Island Discs of our new Chair and his young family which could make the choice of music very interesting! Service starts at 8pm.
This week’s class has been postponed and will take place on Wednesday 16 July. Click here for more details of the evening.
LJY-Netzer has announced its new line-up: KLS member, Gabriel Webber, is one of the new Movement Workers (or MoWos as they like to be known), succeeding another KLS Beiteinu alumnus, Bethany Stone. Gabriel has been an active member of KLS since his early days, leading services and running the Youth Club, before taking a break to study for a degree at Sussex University, although he did take on the role of Cheder Head at Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue, become an elected member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (representing the Union of Jewish Students) and spend most holidays on LJY-Netzer activities just to keep his mind off the boring business of getting a degree! The KLS children are looking forward to seeing more of Gabriel at Kadimah in August, and hearing more of his (unusual) poetry.
Congratulations to Bethany for a great year as MoWo, and best wishes from KLS for your future plans.
From Luke Akehurst (Director, We Believe in Israel
The Community feels that we should find a visible way to express our collective grief at the murder of our three students, Eyal, Gilad and Naftali, and our solidarity with the people of Israel at this time of sadness.
We have therefore organised a candle lit vigil of reflection, comfort of the mourners and support against terrorism taking place tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd July. The event will take place outside the Embassy of Israel, 2 Palace Green, London W8 4QB (nearest tube, High St Kensington). Please gather at 6.45pm.
The event will be addressed by the Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and others will offer their reflections.
It is being supported by the Embassy of Israel, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, BICOM, UJIA, the Zionist Federation, We Believe in Israel and the UJS. The event will be secured by the CST.
May the families be comforted amongst the mourners for Zion and for Jerusalem.
Party in the Park 2013 was such a success, we thought that we would do it again. In 2013 we we revived the ancient British game of mangold hurling. If you missed it, you can’t even begin to imagine the fun we had. For 2014 we are bringing back Wellie Wanging! Can you possibly miss out on this amazing interactive high spot of the year? No, you cannot! For more information click here
Rabbi Pete Tobias, Rabbi at The Liberal Synagogue Elstree, author and a regular on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, is going to be sharing his Shabbat Island Discs as part of the music service led by Rabbi Charley Baginsky, with the KLS Choir. Friday 27 June at 8pm.
Student Rabbi Adam Frankenberg will be introducing Bibliodrama to KLS at the Erev Shavout Service (8pm on Tuesday 3 June). Bibliodrama is a fun and dynamic way of interacting with the Biblical Text in a new and personal way, through responses in character. It is a great way to encourage midrashic thinking. There will be participation, but it will be light-hearted and fun. (Props will be provided……)
We are proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. On behalf of all of us at the Kingston Liberal Synagogue, welcome! Our old website served us fine for a number of years, but technology continues to develop, and with this redesign we will be able to take advantage of the most current tools to disseminate information about our upcoming events and other news.
The new site has a modern layout and design; it is optimized to view in multiple devices. So whether you are on an iPad at home, Android phone in the field, or on that trusted desktop computer, you will be able to join our online community.
Why not share what you see with your friends and colleagues? We are focusing more on multimedia, so images, videos and other content are emphasized to maximize the impact of our messaging. Hit those tweet and facebook buttons at the bottom of the page whenever you see something you want to share.
We encourage you to explore the new site and give feedback on how you’re finding it.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the new site, especially Nora Zimerman, Helen Mendelson, Craig Simmons and Karen Nicholas.