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  • bimah September-October 2014

    Woodford Liberal


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  • All High Holy Day services will be held at Woodford Liberal Synagogue, Marlborough Road, except the morning service for Rosh Hashanah which will be held at the Memorial Hall on High Road, South Woodford, next to St Mary’s church. The Tots’ and Children’s services will be held in the Memorial Hall’s adjacent rooms.

    All details and times can be found on the back of your High Holy Day tickets.

    Parking in the vicinity of the Memorial Hall is limited. The map shows where the local car parks are situated. Car parking fees apply. There is some parking in the side streets near the Memorial Hall but this is fairly limited.

    As far as we know parking will be charged in Marlborough Road on Yom Kippur as it falls on Saturday this year.

    If you are travelling by public transport, South Woodford tube station is about a 10 minute walk away, and we hope to organise lifts from

    the station. The 179 bus from Chingford Station stops opposite the Memorial Hall and the W13 also stops near the Hall.

    If you require a lift from the tube station please contact Donna at the Synagogue office. Also anyone who can provide lifts to other members from the station please contact Donna with your details.

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    High Holyday Service arrangements

    New Yizkor List Please note that a new Yizkor List is to be compiled for this coming Yom Kippur. If you have any

    names that you wish to be read at the Memorial Service, please ensure the details are sent to the Office, by post or via e-mail – info@woodfordliberal.org.uk, no later than first week of September.

    Please ensure you bring your ticket to all High Holy Day Services. Admission is by ticket only.

    A limited number of tickets will be available, as usual, for non-members. The cost for non-members is £25.00 per ticket; for relatives of WLS members the cost is £20.00 per ticket. Please complete the slip below and send it, by FIRST WEEK IN SEPTEMBER, with payment to the Treasurers, who are responsible for the issue of all High Holy Day tickets.

    To: Hon Treasurers c/o Woodford Liberal Synagogue, Marlborough Road, South Woodford, London E18 1AR

    I/We require _______ High Holy Day ticket(s) and enclose a cheque, made payable to Woodford Liberal Synagogue, in the sum of £ ____________ in payment. Please send tickets to:

    Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    Please state the name(s) of the person(s) who will use the ticket(s):

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    High Holy Day tickets for non-Members


    Derby Road Car park


    179 and W13 bus stops

    Sth Woodford library car park

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    Scholar-in-residence great success!

    We were honoured and privileged to welcome Rabbi Professor Larry Hoffman and his Wife Gayle to spend Shabbat with us at Woodford. On Friday night he shared with us, in his unique way of teaching with humour, his view of how Torah and the cycle of reading Torah can be mirrored in our own life cycle. The evening was further enhanced with a full congregation and an amazing Shabbat Resouled Service.

    We couldn’t wait for Saturday Morning. Once again Rabbi Larry held the congregation in the palm of his hand as he shared his amazing knowledge with us. He explained how he believed, despite many views to the contrary, that Judaism, and particularly Progressive Judaism (Liberal & Reform Judaism in this country) will survive, because people are always looking for something to hold on to, and the moral and ethical teachings of Judaism meet those criteria perfectly. How lucky those Rabbinical students are at Hebrew Union College to have him as their teacher and mentor.

    We were further treated to Merle & Robin Muswell’s hospitality when they opened their home to member’s of Council to schmooze with Larry and Gayle once again. We found this such a meaningful evening, when Larry invited us to share our stories with each other. We found this to be very informative and humbling.

    As is always a highlight of Jewish life we shared tasty food and had plenty of time to socialise and chat with members of our congregation and visitors alike after each service.

    The whole weekend experience left us with a very warm and joyful feeling. We would like to thank our own Rabbi Richard for affording our Congregation this unforgettable experience.

    Jan and Hilton Ellis

    We were very fortunate to have been able to attend the Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat morning service on Saturday 5 July, in the

    presence of the well-known Rabbi and scholar, Larry Hoffman.

    Larry's insightful description of our fundamental needs for truth, laws and meaning, how these needs have been realised as society has changed and how the practice of Judaism has evolved over time really helped us all to contemplate what being Jewish can bring to our lives in the modern world.

    As newly elected members of Council, we were also

    privileged to join the more targeted discussion with Larry on how we can endeavour to make decisions to help WLS best serve the interests of its members and engage with the wider community.

    We are sure that all those who heard Larry speak were as impressed as we were by his clarity of thought and enthusiasm. Thanks must go to Larry for generously giving so much of his time to our community, to all those who contributed to the occasion and to Rabbi Richard for arranging such an inspiring and enriching weekend.

    Zara, Ben and Shifra Fryer

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  • September brings with it the arrival of a new Jewish year, and we will gather to begin the next chapter in the story of Judaism and the Jews. The Hebrew term for the new year, Rosh Hashanah comes from the root h–n–w, which means to repeat or to

    change. A question for us at this time of year is whether the coming year will see us change for the better, or whether we will repeat the failings of the past, and previous, years.

    This question has several levels of poignancy as we end 5774 and begin 5775. The circumstances that led to Operation Protective Edge and the controversial progress of the operation cannot have left anyone untouched. Many people’s views have hardened, while other people have felt conflicted and distressed by the array of emotions evoked by the events and their coverage. Our capacity to influence internationally may seem limited, but we have the moderate message of Liberal Judaism that binds us together as part of this synagogue, and this voice needs to be heard in a public arena that is otherwise filled by fundamentalist extremist hatred.

    Our World Union for Progressive Judaism is a voice heard in Israel, the USA and Europe, and we can rely on its leaders to convey our messages. Will the new year see a repeat of these painfully familiar chains of events, or dare we yet hope for a resolution that will bring an end to fear, and give the prospect of stability and peace? Which kind of h–n–w will 5775 be?

    Here in this country, the year 5775 will see a General Election. One hundred years on from the Great War, all adults have the right to vote, and so to influence the direction our country takes. We should stop and appreciate the progress that has been made, and we should consider our role in the national conversation – what is important to us? What kind of country, what type of society, what values do we wish to see the people who live here uphold? Have we emerged from the long recession as a country that is fairer and better, or are we repeating the

    failings that led to the financial crisis? Does our country live out the values that are woven into our prayers – do we care for the weak and vulnerable, do we love our neighbour and the stranger as Judaism suggests we should, do we use our power and wealth for the good of all? Which kind of h–n–w will 5775 be?

    Even closer to home, those in our congregation who enjoyed spending time with Rabbi Professor Larry Hoffman, when he visited us in early July, are still talking about his concept of the ‘Jewish conversation.’ This conversation takes place both down many generations from our legendary ancestors - Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, Rachel and Leah – and among all those of the same generation, who choose to converse. One thing Rabbi Hoffman taught us,


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