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Magazine of Wembley Synagogue (UK) September 2012 - Rosh Hashana issue

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    Yom Kippur is such a special time. Its when our thoughts turn not only to our own lives, but to the lives of others.

    For decades, the Kol Nidre Campaign has been helping thousands of Jewish people across the UK and of course in Israel.

    Last year, we came together in our Shuls and made an enormous difference to thousands of lives. Thank you!

    This year we really need your support again. Please help us.

    Together we can make an amazing difference.

    ...we can change lives


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    inside your wsn...

    The editor wishes to thank our contributors, advertisers, printers and everyone who has assisted in the production of this magazine, including: Helen Reisman, Phyllis Vangelder, Vivien Korn, David Fisher, and Sheila Games.

    Cover and all photos marked ds by David Simmons

    Synagogue and Communal Directory 4A busy year for the US, Chief Executive, Jeremy Jacobs writes 5Various venues, Experiences of a professional musician at home and abroad by David Richmond


    Jewish Themes in Italian Renaissance Art by Hillier Wise 7National Service, 1947 by Stanley Fox 8Youre in the army now, National Service, 1958 by Harvey Pollins 9Chief Rabbis Rosh Hashanah message - 5773 10Message from our rabbi, Rosh Hashanah 5773/2012 by Rabbi S Harris 11The S.M.I.L.E shiur by Joel CarmelBnai Brith Friendship Club by Pat JacobsBageled at Boggle 12Bernie, whisky and the minyan 131948 and all that! by David Zelin 14Now we are 5 by Esther Gershuny 15Special needs charity Kisharon launches national helplineMazal Tovs 16Making Sarah a rabbi by Jonathan Gershuny 17New Year greetings 18Phoebe Welcome Leon WIZO by Diana PollinsEditor's page 19CST: working together with Jewish communities 20Mazal Tov to this year's chatanim!The wedding of Dan Jacobs and Jemma Lerner by Pat Jacobs 21Where do you think you were by Brenda HymanLetter from Vivian Wineman President of the Board of Deputies 22Diamond Jubilee teawsn recipes by Judith Simmons 23Report from the Executive 24ZAKA always there 25Obituary, David Games by Stephen Games 26The Koren/Sacks Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur machzorim

    by Brian Cowan 27Live long and prosper by David Miller 28Membership statistics for Wembley Synagogue - courtesy United Synagogue


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    wsnthe magazine of Wembley Synagogue

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    Rosh Hashana 5773 - September 2012 Issue: 116

    Synagogue and communal directoryWembley Synagogue Forty Avenue, Wembley HA9 8JW tel : 020 8904 6565email: office@wembleysynagogue.orgweb : www.wembleysynagogue.orgAdministrator: Mrs Elaine WeinerOffice hours: Sunday & Thursday 10.30 am to 12.30 pm excluding first Sunday of month Rabbi: Rabbi Simon HarrisChair Stuart HartVice-chair Esther GershunyFinancial Representative: Charles VitezBoard of Management: Edith Andresier David Druce Vivien Freeman Alison Friend Jack Friend Helen Reisman Eve Willman Hillier Wise Morris Wiseman David Zelinex officio Issack CohenRepresentative on Board of Deputies: Leila CumberMembers of United Synagogue Council: Esther Gershuny, Stuart Hart Ladies Guild: Maureen Rose; Minyan: Manny BergEducation: Esther Gershuny and Issack CohenSecurity: Martin Kirsch; SEED One to One: Ray FeatherWelfare: Vivien Freeman and Helen ReismanFriendship Club: Clarice Ofstein; SMILE: Joel Carmel

    Contact for any of the above is through the synagogue office

    United Synagogue: 305 Ballards Lane London N12 8GB; tel: 020 8343 8989; email:; website: TRIBE 305 Ballards Lane, London N12 8GB 020 8343 5656,,

    Community telephone numbersOffice of Chief Rabbi 020 8343 6301Kashrus Division of London Beth Din 020 8343 6255London Beth Din 020 8343 6270Initiation Society (Brit Milah) 020 8203 1352Board of Deputies of British Jews 020 7543 5400Agency for Jewish Education 020 8457 9700AJEX 020 8202 2323JNF 020 8732 6100UJIA 020 7424 6400Jewish Care 020 8922 2000Jewish Blind & Disabled 020 8371 6611Jewish Assoc'n for Mentally Ill ( JAMI) 020 8458 2223Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service 020 8457 9710Jewish Deaf Association 020 8446 0502Israeli Embassy 020 7957 9500Community Security Trust (CST) 020 8457 9999CST Emergency 24 hr pager 0800 980 0668Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321Childline 0800 1111Womens Aid Helpline 0808 2000 247 Jewish Womens Aid Helpline 0800 591 203Jewish Helpline (Miyad) 0800 652 9249Chai Cancer Care Helpline 0808 808 4567Chabad Drugsline 0808 160 6606Jewish Marriage Council 020 8203 6311Jewish Chronicle 020 7415 1500The Jewish News 020 7692 6929Jewish Tribune 020 8458 9988Hamodia 020 8442 7777Belmont Synagogue 020 8426 0104Kenton Synagogue 020 8907 5959Kingsbury Synagogue 020 8204 8089Neve Shalom Synagogue 020 8427 0613Wembley Sephardi Synagogue 020 8904 9912London Borough of Brent 020 8937 1234Citizens Advice Bureau 020 8451 7817Raphael - Jewish Counselling Service 0800 234 6236

    wsn (Wembley Synagogue News) Editor: David Simmons - email:; Advertising: David Fisher - tel: 020 8907 5410wsn is published by Wembley Synagogue, Forty Avenue, Wembley HA9 8JW and printed by City Printers, 171 Hornsey Road, London N7 6RAArticles should preferably be submitted by email as a document attachment in *.doc format; otherwise please hand in to the synagogue office, marked WSN. Photographs are always welcome. All articles are accepted subject to inclusion and editing at the editors discretion. The views expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect the current policies or practices of Wembley Synagogue. All photos and articles are the copyright of the author of the article unless otherwise indicated. Wembley Synagogue is a member synagogue and part of the United Synagogue, a charity registered in England, Charity No: 242552

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    A busy year for the USChief Executive, Jeremy Jacobs writes ...

    The past year has been a busy one as the US has been working hard to engage members with our values of Jewish living, learning and caring. We have launched a number of new inspiring initiatives and when added to all the activities developed at our local shuls, we have an impressive list of high-class programmes, delivered by top quality leaders, which are so valued by our members.

    Across the US we have employed more Tribe youth directors to ensure our communities can offer their children an array of exciting events and educational projects throughout the year.

    Tribe has launched a number of new programmes including; the pre bar & bat mitzvah challenge, which teaches about the fundamentals of Judaism; Aleph Champ, a new Hebrew reading programme now offered to all US chedarim and at schools; and Shabbat Interactive, a revolutionary course where children learn about Shabbat through the use of the latest technology.

    These new programmes form part of the Tribe curriculum to enrich our childrens lives with education and social knowledge to use when they reach various life cycle moments.

    I was delighted with the initial response to the new Tribe childrens siddur (Shevet Asher) which makes prayer easy to understand and an enlightening experience for children. The reaction from both children and parents has shown that it was an essential product and the dedicated team who produced the siddur deserve the highest praise for their outstanding work.

    This past summer saw hundreds of US kids and teens take part in Tribe summer programmes, including schemes at US communities, residential summer camps in the UK and Europe and the Tribe

    Israel tour which provided our teenagers with an amazing three and a half weeks. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are seeing an increased demand for Israel tour places.

    For the US, young professionals and students are a vital generation which will ultimately shape our Jewish future. While we have fantastic Tribe campus ambassadors, once university is over and the students move back home, it is crucial that we increase what we have to offer them. In areas such as Hampstead where there is a large number of young professionals and unaffiliated young Jews, we have appointed programme educators to run events and services to excite, inspire and engage them.

    So far we have had held popular Friday night dinners at Hampstead and Stanmore and provided inspirational guest speakers such as Sarri Singer, a survivor of a bus bomb in Israel who spoke to a large audience at Hackney and East London Synagogue. For the newly married, our Newlyweds Learning Programme run by US Living and Learning also continues to be a great success.

    As for our established members, with the help of our central administrative resource, they have been able to explore their Jewish backgrounds through, for instance, our community heritage tours across Europe, often led by their community rabbis and exciting Jewish learning programmes.

    Just as important are the elderly. With years of dedication to their communities, it is essential that we can provide assistance for them in times of need. Isolated and vulnerable members are cared for by local US community care teams whose many activities include weekly bridge games and coffee meetings, day trips, befriending schemes and help

    with daily tasks. These are just a very few of the types of help on offer and I would like to thank the tea