We have had a challenging yet busy year since last Rosh Hashanah and the shul has grown in both membership and spirituality over the past year. We remained open when Government guidelines allowed with stringent standards to protect the members from Covid-19 which were generally respected. During lockdown we put various online programmes into action including our popular Kabbalat Shabbat led by Dayan Danny and Chazan Dado, weekly learning on Zoom which attracted over 100 devices most sessions, and daily halachas by Dayan Danny and Rav Udi on WhatsApp which again attract numbers in the hundreds. So we are reaching out well beyond our physical boundaries!
Now that restrictions have eased we have resumed our in Shul learning as well. Every Monday and Thursday before Mincha Dayan Danny hosts Derech Hashem, and after Arvit on Thursday evenings he gives a shiur followed by one-to-one learning under his supervision. Rav Udi ran the Dor Ledor family learning programme which will resume under the leadership of Dayan Danny in the Winter.
All who visit the Shul are impressed by our well-stocked library and this year we added over 130,000 seforim on our newly installed computer which is a superb resource. Our plan for the coming year is to utilise this attractive space more fully and to encourage people to come and learn in the afternoons with us.
We started selling plaques on the Memorial Board that has been on the shul wall unused for many years. This is proving popular and Dayan Danny is helping with the wording so anyone wanting to dedicate a plaque to a loved one please speak with him. These cost £260 and artwork is supplied for approval pre-engraving. The candle remains lit all year
Rav Udi Ibgui is making aliyah to Israel in October. He has been an inspiration and we wish him every success in his new post there in the computer industry. We are delighted to be able to announce that Ben Nassimi will join us on 1st October. He is the Registrar at the Sephardi Bet Din and halfway through his Semicha programme and we are confident that he will continue to build on Udi’s legacy.
The Federation have just officially launched their Burial Society’s new site at Edgwarebury Lane, and they can also offer members burial in Israel. There will be leaflets in Shul outlining their services and fees and more details will emerge over the next few weeks. If you need further information please email us on email@example.com
We are looking forward to Yom Tov services at the Shul and are pleased to announce our Chatanim for Simchat Torah as follows:
Chatan Torah: Benny Dabora
Chatan Bereshit: Abie Simon
Chatan Meonah: Mordechai Kahen
Mazal Tov to our members who had simchas during the year:
Mark Ezekiel, Abie Simon and Raphael Luzon on the marriages of their daughters.
Our Bar Mitzvah boys Mordechai Kahen, Yonatan Rotshtine and Yonatan Amouyal.
Zara Abraham on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah.
And we look forward to Yaakov Chai David’s Bar Mitzvah on Shabbat Shuva.
Regular attenders at our daily shacharit services miss Raymond Elias z’l, fondly known as Pun Pun, who always had their favourite hot drink ready for them. In his memory his family have kindly donated a pod coffee machine so members can enjoy the coffee of their choice early morning once again!
Our thanks go to CST who are constantly taking care of our community and making us aware of any local risks in real time. We passed a test set by them a few months ago where we refused a parcel that we were not expecting. You should be aware that they keep a constant 24/7 vigil on the outside of our premises via our CCTV system.
Finally we thank our hardworking teams that keep the Shul running smoothly. Your committee keep a constant watch over every aspect of the administration and Dayan Danny Kada heads up our spiritual development. Rav Udi has done a terrific job for us under his guidance and Chazan David Raymond elevates all our services with a voice that is world class. Samuel Benosiglio has done much of the leining this year, and read the Megilla most competently at Purim, and is now our official leiner.
We are truly blessed to have them all at our Kehilla