Channukah 2018 in Bristol

Family Channukah Party
Sunday December 2nd
2pm
@ Park Row Synagogue

Bring your family along to our communal celebration of Channukah. There will be games, music, dancing, spinning, crafts, and lots of latkes & doughnuts!

£2.50 per child / £5 per adult
Children 0-2 FREE

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Community Candle Lighting 
Sunday December 2nd
4pm
@ College Green

With Doughnuts n’ Latkes, Chocolate Gelt, Hot Drinks, Fire Show and Free Raffle, this celebration will be fun for all ages!

For more details see here www.jewishbristol.com/eventlist

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The History of Jews of Bristol
Sunday December 9
@ Park Row Synagogue
7pm
£9 per head

Park Row Synagogue are hosting a talk from Alex Schlesinger on The History of the Jews of Bristol & Bath, followed by candle lighting, and a delicious supper.

All are welcome, for more information or to book a place please contact Eve Gordon on 962 0187.

“Semites” at Bristol’s Loco Klub 6 – 10 November 2018

“Semites” at Bristol’s Loco Klub
[in the vaults under Bristol Temple Meads Station]
6 – 10 November 2018

Bristol’s Muslim-Jewish charity, Salaam Shalom, and local actor Ben Nathan, are set to bring a new theatre production to the City (6-10 Nov), hot on the heels of its London premier (30 Oct-3 Nov).

“Semites” is the culmination of three years’ research and interviews on location in Israel and Palestine by creator and Executive Producer, Ben.  Interviewees included students, farmers, yoga practitioners, lawyers, engineers, journalists, peace activists, settlers, combatants.

Ben heard stories from those who are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, secular, orthodox, settler, ideological, military and political, on both sides of the Israel/Palestine Green Line. Using family and friends in the region, and his familiarity with life on the ground, he gained the commitment and trust of these individuals, groups and organisations. Now those stories will be told in a ‘verbatim’ theatre production with Ben acting alongside Lara Sawalha.

The name was conceived because Palestinians and Israelis have one indisputable thing in common: they are all Semites. “Semites”, directed by London-based Daniel Goldman, “explores the challenges of living an ordinary life under extraordinary circumstances, of having dialogue with ‘the other’, of loss and hope, of staying alive. In a world of echo chambers, fake news and fear.”  According to Producer, Arsalan Sattari: “Audiences are invited to leave their preconceptions at the door, and open their eyes, ears and heart”.

As well as the production itself, Salaam Shalom plans to work with members of the production team to deliver workshops, based around the topic of dialogue, to community organisations and schools in London and the South West.

For Ben Nathan: “Using the interviewees’ words, verbatim, I want to encourage insightful discourse on this complex subject.  This rarely happens because of our often linear and simplistic view of the conflict. By presenting genuine, human experiences from those living this story, I want to challenge polarised perspectives and encourage audiences to reflect and re-examine what they thought they knew.”

Martin Vegoda, Chair of Salaam Shalom: “We’ve been delighted to support Ben’s concept of workshops around a verbatim theatre performance.  Using Israeli and Palestinian voices telling their own story fits us perfectly.  Over the past 12 years Salaam Shalom has offered arts and media activities which enable people from different cultural backgrounds to learn more about each other and challenge their not always valid perceptions.”

“Semites” website is www.semites.one    To book at the Loco Klub, go to www.locobristol.com

Invest in Peace

Bristol Hebrew Congregation, together with the Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation and Clifton Cathedral, invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian.

Jews, Christians and people of all faiths and none, are invited to this free interfaith event, in partnership with Solutions Not Sides.

Date: Wednesday 31st October

Time: 6:30pm – Doors open and refreshments served

7:00pm – Event begins

Venue: A Bristol location. Full address will be sent to registered attendees via Eventbrite.

Ticketing website: PeaceBristol.eventbrite.co.uk

Enquiries: 020 7543 5407

High Holiday’s 2018

Below you will see a table of all the dates and times for this year’s high holidays. Please feel free to come along to any of our beautiful and inclusive services…there is no need to book. Shana Tova to one and all!

 

Shavuot 2018

In the Hebrew year 2448, just weeks after leaving Egypt, we all stood together at the foot of Mount Sinai where G-d gave the Torah.

3,330 years later, we are still celebrating!
We re-live the Sinai experience and the Giving Of The Torah by hearing the 10 Commandments being read from the Torah on Shavuot morning and enjoying dairy foods. (Cheesecake is a favourite, although customary not obligatory.)

Rabbi Mendy & Chaya Singer will be hosting a celebration this weekend at the Park Row Synagogue on Shavuot morning for the reading of the 10 Commandments and a Grand Dairy Feast (vegan options too) following the prayer service. On Sunday, 20 May, 11am. We hope you can join us.

As Children are the future and the ones who carry the Torah on to the next generation, they will be included in the celebration with a fun Children’s Service and Ice Cream Party!

Looking forward to celebrating together this Sunday.

Un Wine’d- Wine Tasting – 15 May, 2018

What does Kosher wine bring to mind? Palwin or Kedem?

You may be amazed at how the kosher wine market has developed over recent years. Today there are many award-winning kosher wines available. The best selling Moscato in the USA happens to be Kosher, with only a fraction of its sales actually to the Kosher market!

On Tuesday evening 15 MayWine educator Ian Abrahams Dip WSET will be leading us with a guided tasting of eight selected wines. From California Zinfandel to Israeli Chardonnay to French Riesling to Spanish Rioja there will be something for all tastes.

Served up with fine Kosher cheeses and light refreshments, this will be an evening to Un•wine•d in great company!

Tickets are £12 online at www.jewishbristol.com/wine or £15 at the door.
15 May, 7:30 PM at the Park Row Synagogue.

We look forward to meeting you at this unique and special evening.

Rabbi Mendy & Chaya Singer

P.S. RSVP here www.jewishbristol.com/wine

Pesach Cheder this Sunday!

It’s time for a Pesach Cheder!
Sunday March 25th

Pesach Themed Cheder
10am – 12.15pm
£2 for non members, 50p for members

12.30pm Chametz in Egypt! 
Watch the Prince of Egypt (PG)whilst eating a falafel,
pita, cake and popcorn!
Children £2.50 Adults £4

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Pesach Themed Cheder

10am 
Welcome and songs (Modeh Ani, Shema, numbers to 10, Aleph bet).
Breif intro to Pesach and splitting the kids into groups.
10.30am 
The older children will do a challah vs Matzah making workshop
They’ll get to see the difference between the two and learn about Matzah and why we eat it at Pesach.
The younger groups will take part in Pesach themed arts and craft activities.
11.10am
The younger group(s) will take part in a baking activity.
The older groups will split into their 2 groups, the older to learn about Pesach through group discussion and activities- thinking about the exodus, what that means for us, being a stranger in foreign lands, etc. The younger group will be learning through games and crafts.
11.45am 
We’ll come together to say blessings over fruit/veg/ kosher snacks and eat them!
12.15 End.

Please bring your kids in clothes that you dont mind being stained/ or bring an apron/old shirt for them to wear to protect their clothes.

Please bring snacks with a Hechsher (kosher symbol) or fresh/ dried fruit or veg. It’s always lovely when people bring a little extra so there’s some to share with friends.

Cheder costs 50p for members or £2 for non-members per child. 

12.30pm Chametz in Egypt! 
Watch the Prince of Egypt (PG) whilst eating falafel, pita, cake and popcorn!

There’ll be a space set up for younger children to play and eat too, as the film is long and a little scary.

Children £2.50 Adults £4
Please RSVP by Friday 23rd March to shelley_star@hotmail.com

We hope to see lots of your lovely faces there! Please feel free to invite friends and family too- just let Shelley know by email so that we can cater for you.

Purim 2018 @ Park Row Synagogue in partnership with Chabad Bristol

It’s almost Purim! Here’s what is happening
in Bristol this year to celebrate.

Sunday Feb 25th
10am-12pm Family creative Cheder @ Park Row Synagogue~~~~~

Monday Feb 26th
7pm It’s No Job for a Nice Jewish Girl by Rachel Creeger
Find out more about the performance here.

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Wednesday Feb 28th
6:00pm Family Cheder – come in fancy dress!
6:30pm Megillah reading, followed by a Falafel King feast* 

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Thursday March 1st
8am Minyan & Megillah
1:00pm Purim Power Hour Lunch Break – Festive Lunch* & Megillah – Young n’ Old
5:00pm Student & Young Professionals Party – Purim in the Shtetel. Book tickets @ https://www.facebook.com/events/152551702110228/

*The food is generously sponsored by the Park Row Synagogue. For catering purposes, please RSVP so the food can be ordered accordingly here www.jewishbristol.com/eventlist/purim 

Matanot La’evyonim

One of the special Purim Mitzvot is Matanot La’evyonim, giving gifts to the Jewish needy. There will be a special collection box in the Shul on Purim which will be distributed to local Jewish families in need of support and to the poor in Israel.

You can also donate online here and your gift will be distributed on Purim day. (Please mark your donation “Purim”.)

Do you know of someone in the community who is housebound and unable to join the Purim celebrations? If so, please contact Rabbi Mendy Singer so we can schedule a home visit to bring the warmth and joy of Purim to their door.

Run in partnership with:  

Dates over the High Holidays

Wed 20 Sep
Rosh Hashana Eve
18:55 – Candle lighting for 1st day Rosh Hashana
Evening service then Community Dinner (RSVP)

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Thurs 21 Sep
Rosh Hashana
09:00 – 1st day Rosh Hashana Morning Service
20:00 – Candle lighting for 2nd Day Rosh Hashana

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Fri 22 Sep
Rosh Hashana
09:00 – 2nd day Rosh Hashana Morning Service
18:50 – Candle lighting for Shabbat Shuva

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Sat 23 Sep
Shabbat Shuva
10:00 – Shabbat Morning Service
19:56 – Shabbat ends

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Sun 24 Sep
Fast of Gedaliah
05:14 – Fast of Gedaliah starts
19:37 – Fast ends

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Fri 29 Sep
Yom Kippur
18:34 – Yom Kippur candle lighting & Fast begins
Kol Nidre Evening Service

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Sat 30 Sep
Yom Kippur
10:00 – Yom Kippur Morning Service
13:00 – Yizkor (approx)
19:39 – Fast ends

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Wed 4 Oct
Sukkot
18:23 – Candle lighting for 1st Day Sukkot

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Thurs 5 Oct
Sukkot
10:00 – 1st Day Sukkot Morning Service
19:28 – Candle lighting for 2nd Day Sukkot (after this time)

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Fri 6 Oct
Sukkot
10:00 – 2nd Day Sukkot Morning Service
18:19 – Candle lighting for Shabbat Chol Ha’moed

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Sat 7 Oct
Shabbat – Sukkot
10:00 – Shabbat Morning Service
19:24 – Shabbat ends

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Wed 11 Oct
Shemini Atzeret
18:07 – Candle lighting for Shemini Atzeret

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Thurs 12 Oct
Shemini Atzeret
10:00 – Shemini Atzeret Morning Service
12:00 – (approx) – Yizkor
19:00 – Evening Service for Simchat Torah & Hakafot
19:13 – Candle lighting for Simchat Torah (after this time)

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Fri 13 Oct
Simchat Torah
10:00 – Simchat Torah Morning Service & Hakafot
18:03 – Candle lighting for Shabbat Bereishit

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Sat 14 Oct
Shabbat
10:00 – Shabbat Morning Service
19:09 – Shabbat ends

Jewish Cuisine Workshop Rosh Hashana Sephardi Style

Jewish Cuisine Workshop
Rosh Hashana Sephardi Style

Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 7:00 pm

A hands on cuisine workshop guided by Jewish Master Chef and author of six kosher cookbooks, Denise Phillips.

We will be cooking up a varied menu of Sephardi style delicacies using Rosh Hashanah themed foods.

You will learn a few new tricks and recipes, taste the Simanim of Rosh Hashanah and take home your own masterpieces to enjoy.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 7:00 pm @ Park Row Synagogue.

Adult £8, Student £5 – Pay at the door
RSVP online by 07/09 at www.jewishbristol.com/rh-workshop