Park Row will be closing

Dear Fellow Congregants,

With considerable reluctance, but bowing to what has clearly become inevitable, I am writing to inform you that the Office of the Chief Rabbi has today issued halachic guidance to the effect that Orthodox Synagogues throughout the United Kingdom should suspend their prayer services and all other public communal activities in light of the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the Coronavirus. This is similar to the approach being taken by the leaders of the other Abrahamic faiths in the United Kingdom.

As a consequence, please be aware that with effect from this weekend, the Park Row Synagogue will be closed; the Sabbath morning service this Saturday is cancelled, and no services or communal events will take place there until further notice.

Difficult as it is to contemplate, congregants are also asked to refrain from organising, however informally, any minyanim or groups of any kind to say prayers or celebrate religious occasions in private homes. Further halachic guidance and detailed suggestions, and notably on observance in these circumstances of the Festival of Pesach, which is not far off, will be sent in the coming days by Rabbi Mendy Singer, but in essence, the Chief Rabbi’s guidance is that prayers can always be recited on an individual basis at home.

I will inform you when it is deemed safe to re-open our shul for prayer services and other communal events, but you will appreciate that at present it is completely impossible to predict when that will happen: it will be weeks at least, more likely months.

We have all been taken aback by the speed and virulence with which this new virus has extended its grip on life in this country, as in many others. By exercising the greatest care and caution, and heeding the advice of the Government and Public Health authorities, we can hope to return to a more normal existence as soon as possible. Help will be made available in the coming days, within the community, to those who are in need of it.

In closing, on behalf of the Honorary Officers and Council of the Congregation, I would like to wish all those who are indisposed a refuah shleimah; and, to those who have Yohrtzeit or are bereaved, I wish you a long life and freedom from further sorrow.

And may we all, as well as all our loved ones, come through this difficult time and emerge strong and in good health.

With best wishes to you all,

David Turns
President, Bristol Hebrew Congregation

Purim Carnival

The Purim Carnival
15 March 2-6pm
Clifton College, Bristol

For ages 0-101
Drum & dance
Design Carnival crafts
Perform in an orchestra
Sing in a choir
Love stories
Gobble up bagels & hamantaschen
Be Vegan and Vegetarian
Gabble with friends
Experience The Big Carnival Finale

Only £5 per person
Maximum £20 per family
Free for under 5s

Register between 5-23 February

This will be a popular event so book early!

More information:
Jess Baum / Milly Clifford

Limmud Bristol SW is back for 2020

Limmud is coming to Bristol again
Save the date

Saturday evening 14th November
All day Sunday 15th November

After our last hugely successful first Limmud Bristol SW, we are planning for even more…

Limmud is an international movement, in more than ninety places round the world, of festivals of Jewish learning and culture of the most eclectic range possible, giving rise to a remarkable atmosphere of goodwill and engagement.

If you’ve not experienced Limmud before, you should. And if you have, you’ll know that you’ll want to again!

Holocaust Memorial Day Monday

75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Monday 27 January 2020
City Hall, Bristol

Full wheelchair access, Loop and BSL interpreters

Remembering the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust, and genocide in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Speakers include Holocaust educator Dame Helen Hyde, Holocaust survivor Annick Lever and Lord Mayor Jos Clark.

For more information on the event please download the leaflet here.

Jewish West pre-Channukah Party

Join Jewish West for our pre-Chanukah party!
Thursday December 19th
The Khan

The Jewish West team are putting on a Chanukah extravaganza at Falafel King’s “The Khan” – featuring a live acoustic set from Seb Hawley with more entertainment TBC.

There’ll be latkes, sufganiyot, dreidels, gelt and games for all ages!

From 7.30pm at Falafel King‘s “The Khan”
6 Cotham Hill
Bristol BS6 6LF

All welcome!

Community Shabbaton: Friday 14 – Saturday 15 February 2020

Date for your Diary  

Friday 14 – Saturday 15 February 2020
Guest Speaker: Elkan Levy

A Shabbaton weekend will be organised by members of the Pinner United Synagogue.

There will be a Friday night service and meal, and a meal following the Shabbat Morning service. The Pinner Community will provide EVERYTHING that is needed for weekend.

There will be meat, vegetarian and vegan options for all the meals and of course, all of this has been checked with Council and Rabbi Mendy.

The cost to attend will be approximately £15 per meal. This will be confirmed nearer the time.

Pinner already have 40 people interested, so if you are keen to attend either or both events, please contact Eve Gordon on ‭07768 770550‬ as soon as possible as we need to know the numbers who will be attending.

Elkan Levy, a solicitor and lecturer, made Aliyah in 2011. Educated in London, Israel, and New York, he is well known in British Jewry and held a number of communal offices including President of the United Synagogue and Minister for Small Communities. He is fascinated by history, Freemasonry, and railways.

Everyone is welcome!

More details to follow nearer the time.

Cheder in the Woods

Sunday, September 15th
Leigh Woods

We are very excited about our forthcoming Cheder in the Woods, happening THIS SUNDAY 15 September.

Please join us in Leigh Woods, from 10.30am, for a delicious, fun-packed, educational, and musical cheder themed around Rosh Hashanah   This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet new families and celebrate the beauty of nature and our growing community.

All details and information can be downloaded here.

For more information, email jess@studiobaum or

Say Cheese! It’s Shavuot!

How do you celebrate your wedding anniversary?
Jewish tradition believes that we “Say it with Flowers” and Cheese and…

…This Sunday, Jews across the world will celebrate Shavuot, our 3,331st Sinai anniversary by decorating our homes and synagogues with flowers, enjoying dairy foods and hearing the reading of the ten commandments.

Celebrate Shavuot with Chabad Bristol at the Park Row Synagogue.
Sunday, 9 June at 11:15 am.

*Reading of the 10 Commandments
*Dairy Picnic Kiddush complete with cheesecake and icecream!
*Special Children’s service with prizes for all!

*Social learning circle

We look forward to celebrating together with you this Sunday.
With blessings for a happy and meaningful Shavuot,

Rabbi Mendy & Chaya Singer and all of us at Park Row Synagogue.

Shavuot Schedule – Sunday, 9 June @ Park Row Synagogue
*10:00 am – Prayer Services begin
*11:15 am – Reading of the 10 Commandments followed by the Children Service
*12:30 pm – Dairy Picnic Kiddush followed by Social Learning Circle

Lights, Camera, Lokshen!

3-part film night at Park Row Synagogue

First in our series is:
Waltz with Bashir introduced by Simon Weintroub
Wednesday 15th May

Our theme for this series of films at Park Row is “Jewish representation in Film”

Our first showing this week will be Waltz with Bashir, winner of best Foreign language film from: Academy Awards. Golden Globe, BAFTA, amongst many others.

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed and stars in this autobiographical animated film. A wholly innovative, original, and vital history lesson, with pioneering animation, Waltz With Bashir delivers its message about the Middle East in a mesmerizing fashion.

Rotten Tomatoes 96%, IMDB 8/10, (2008), 90 mins

There will be an introduction from Simon Weintroub, Deputy Head of Creative Arts at Wiltshire College.
Wednesday 15th May. Arrive for 7pm to start at 7.30pm

£5 per film or £12 for all 3
For members of Park Row Synagogue £4 per film or £10 for all 3.
Tea and Coffee will be served.

You can pay in advance by donating to our Lights Camera Lokshen appeal here.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.