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

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

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:  

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

Shared Spaces Arts Festival 2016

Salaam Shalom is delighted to announce the launch of
Shared Spaces Festival
19th May- 3rd July 2016 across the city of Bristol.

Our unique programme of visual art, performance and interaction, centres around an extraordinary exhibition of contemporary art by British Muslim and Jewish Artists. The exhibition itself is the 3rd of June to the 3rd of July 2016 but the accompanying programme of creative events and workshops kicks off from the 19th of May!

We hope you will be able to join us over the next couple of months… Highlights include the Live Night, with eight Muslim and Jewish award winning spoken-word artists, poets and musicians from Bristol and beyond. And the launch evening of Shared Spaces Art Exhibition, bringing together the works of 13 Muslim and Jewish British Artists, including a very special Muslim-Jewish collaboration especially for Shared Spaces.

If we’ve captured your interest, please take a look at the programme visit www.sharedspacesfestival.co.uk Made possible thanks to funding from the Arts Council.

FREE Exhibition: 
Shared Spaces Muslim and Jewish contemporary British Art Exhibition.

FREE Exhibition:
(Re)collecting Muslim and Jewish Bristol in the Archives Exhibition

FREE Pre-Show Talk:
‘The World of Marc Chagall’ (Bristol Old Vic)

FREE Ladies Henna Event

FREE Dialogue Feast

Film Screenings and talks:
Lawrence of Arabia and Theeb (Bristol Festival of Ideas)

Film screening of ‘Arranged’ and ‘Shoah’ (Watershed)

FREE Creative Workshops for adults, children and young people

FREE Mapping Muslim and Jewish Bristol -Tell Your Stories

Bristol Festival of Ideas Talk ‘Free Speech’

Please help us promote this festival!

If you can show your support for this project through a donation, it would be gratefully received. https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/10247

 

Salaam Shalom
www.salaamshalom.org.uk
DIALOGUE MEDIA EDUCATION ARTS

Registered Charity # 1121252

Purim Party & Megillah Reading

Wednesday March 23
5.30pm Purim Party for Children
7pm Megillah reading
Adults £10, children 6 and over £3, under 5s free!
Please note, the Megillah reading is free.

Starting at 5.30pm, dress up and bring your children for a festival of making, shaking, booing, hissing, singing, dancing and feasting. There will be food from 5.30, (falafel, pitta, hummus, salad and the children’s own delicious home-made hamantaschen), and we will be making shakers and noise-makers (to be used during the Megillah reading at 7pm) with our artists in the Frank Cohen Hall. The musicians among us will be playing live music until…

At 7pm Rabbi Mark Daniels will be reading the Megillah in our beautiful synagogue. All are welcome and this will be followed by a delicious buffet provided by Bristol’s own Falafel King. (There’ll be falafel, pitta, hummus, salads, and beer (for the parents)!)

We hope to see you there! And remember, dress up!!!

Once again we are collecting for the ‘East Bristol Food Bank’, in the Purim tradition of giving gifts of food, mishloach manot.  Please bring donations (unopened, non-perishable food items) either to the party.

Forced Walks

Honouring Esther

The line of a Nazi Death March transposed and returned. 

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February, Lower Saxony.

Repatriating memories. Making the connections. Generating the resonances.

Join the walk. Take part on foot or online. Thurs/Fri 4 and 5 Feb 2016

A performative walk-in-witness on the original death march route from slave labour camp to death camp. In Germany, 71 years later, to the day.  10 interventions at the same ‘stations’ as the Somerset walk. Resonances.

Richard White and Lorna Brunstein and other walkers will complete follow as far as possible the exact route of the death march into Bergen-Belsen. They invite others to join them on foot and online. Seventy-one years after Esther Brunstein and other survivors of the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz were marched at gunpoint from the slave labour camp near Hanover to Belsen, their steps will be retraced.

If you would like to join the walk complete the contact form at the bottom of the page. More information click here

The walk follows the same model as the walk in Somerset actively seeking to generate human rights resonances.  For second and third generation survivors, liberators, perpetrators and witnesses as well as those more recently exiled and dispossessed by war and prejudice, the walk offers a space for moments of reconnection, reconciliation, reflection and solidarity. Given the welcome extended by Germany to refugees these resonances will be strong.

The walk will remind us that a refugee’s journey continues until they find safety and a welcome and a sense of belonging. For many it is a life long search. In the end we are all migrants and we all need safety, security, love and friendship.

https://forcedwalks.wordpress.com