Diverse Doors Open Day

The next Open Day at Park Row will be the ‘Diverse Doors Open Day’ on Sunday 28 February 2016.

Organised by the Bristol Multi-Faith Forum and hosted by members of our community, this will be an opportunity to visit our beautiful synagogue, and find out more about the building, the history of Jews in Bristol and England, and our services, practices and beliefs.

We will be open to the public from 11am-4pm.

Click to view the event leaflet.

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.


A Talk from Jonathan Arkush

A Talk from Jonathan Arkush,
President of the Board of Deputies
28 January

This year, at the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation (BWPJC) AGM, which will be held on Thursday, 28 January, 2016, at 7pm, Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies, will be speaking.

He will be speaking first thing and “BWPJC business” will be discussed afterward. The BWPJC Council would like to extend an invitation to all of the Bristol Hebrew Congregation to join them to hear Mr. Arkush speak at 7pm on the evening (there will be some light refreshments during a short break afterward prior to moving on to the synagogue-specific business).

For more information please contact the BWPJC community here:

Tu BiShvat

Join us for a family walk, Tu Bishvat walk in the woods. BYOpicnic to share with others in Leigh Woods and celebrate the New Year of the Trees.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day falls on January 27th every year, which is the date when the death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated in 1945. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 is “Don’t Stand By.”

For more information visit here.

Light, Camera, Lokshen!

‘Only Human’

August 14th 2014
Park Row Synagogue

Bristol Hebrew Congregation is pleased to announce its first event in a monthly series of film nights.

Curated by Simon Weintroub – a Bristol-based lecturer in film and television studies, and filmmaker – who will scour the world for the best in Jewish film.

August’s choice is the wonderful Spanish farce, ‘Only Human‘, which follows a colourful family during its Friday night dinner with catastrophic and hilarious results.

Simon will briefly introduce each film, and close the evening with a discussion and Q&A session. And, of course, there will be freshly made popcorn and drinks available!

Entry £4, includes popcorn