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Kingston News Bulletin Volume 4, Issue 4, April 2013 Who to Contact? All membership enquiries, life cycle events, diary bookings, general enquiries: Helen in the office on 020 8398 7400 (weekdays, except Wed, 9.15am 2.15pm) or leave a message on the answerphone or email Bereavement: Phone the Rabbi in the office or on 07738 820660. If there is no reply please call Mary Simmons on 01372 721083 or 07501 157583. If neither are available, please contact Martin Broad and Son (Funeral Directors) on 020 8445 2797. Please note Helen is not in the office on Wednesdays. The Rabbi’s day off is Monday but she can be reached in an emergency on her mobile phone.


pril is Israel month. KLS will be hosting Israeli themed events throughout the month. Of course that means falafel, the hora and Am Yisrael Chai. But it’s even better than that—we have a speaker who worked for 25 years for the British Council in Israel, a professional dance teacher and a film screening. Check out page 4 for the full programme. Also this month, the weather is due to improve (well it can hardly get worse), so it’s a good time to venture into the great outdoors. Why not come along for a stroll through the Surrey countryside with fellow KLS ramblers (see page 5).

KNB Editor: Email:

Craig Simmons

KLS is a constituent of

Inside Word from the Chair Notices Israel month events

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Other upcoming events Adult education Noticeboard

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KIT News Yahrtzeits Copy Dates Calendar

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Dear KLS member

People matter. We aim to be a good employer, to define roles whilst leaving room for creativity his is my 28th Word from the and to support our staff. Our Chair. My words are Programme (of events at KLS) and recruitment aims to get the best People. (“The two Ps.”) And if you available people we can afford. And look carefully, you will find seven or to do so in a transparent and fair way. eight Fs.


People When I was asked to become Chair of KLS it was in a different world. At that time we had an administrator who had been with us for seven years. Our caretaker and cleaner had been with us for 19 years and had gone to school in our building. (It was originally a school.) Our formal Programme (of events) music director had been with us for 13 years. They have all left since I I mentioned in the Annual Report became Chair. Was it something I for 2012 that we aimed to develop said? an indicative annual KLS events programme. Rabbi Charley has We now have a synagogue cobeen working on this whilst on ordinator and have separated and maternity leave and she and Helen clarified the cleaning and in the Office are now able to plan caretaking roles. We are also and present an exciting recruiting a part time Director of programme. Music to cover formal and informal music – choral services, family For example: the service on Friday services, religion school and music 19 April includes a discussion on generally. Liberal Judaism’s attitudes to Israel. There’s a Chavurah “bring and share” supper with Simon Kay on the 5 April and a film and discussion on 16 April. And a series of topical talks and discussions.

Our offerings – “ROSE” (Religion, Outreach, Social and Education) – have something for everyone. Do try and sample our different events. It’s all included in your membership. Some you will like; others may not be for you. But it’s a great way to find out for yourself and make new friends. How about making a resolution to try two new things at KLS in the next three months? To stimulate your appetite here are some of the offerings that that I have particularly enjoyed over the past year.

Religion – faith and family • The children’s informal Purim

event with religion, games, food and socialising • The KLS Chanukah Panto. Oh yes

I did! • The Communal Seder with

service, spectacle, food and fun • The Kabbalat Torah service with

four leading KLS yoofs • The Service for Richard Pilliner.

Was it his swan song or his cygnature tune? • High Holy Day services, with

1,000 attendances, led by a very pregnant rabbi continued on page 3 



Hall hire for private functions KLS membership includes free use of the Norman Fletcher Jones Hall for communal events. So if you have a bar/bat mitzvah, for example, use of the hall for Kiddush is included.

which benefits KLS. The hire includes use of the hall (pictured left), kitchen, parking etc. There is a significant amount of space available and it is suitable for events such as children’s parties, receptions and so on.

Recently we have been asked to make the hall available for private functions, where the organisers those circumstances both to offset want exclusive use and invite their administrative and cleaning costs Please contact Helen for details of prices and terms and conditions. own friends. We make a charge in and also to raise revenue, all of


• Krav Maga (Israeli self defence)

And finally

has now been going for a year

continued from page 2 Outreach – filanthropy (OK my spelling isn’t the best.) • Our interfaith work is regarded

• Table tennis, revamped Judaica

“What’s the most important lesson you have learnt about money?”

shop, informal tea and chats

Education - future

Reply: “I want to use my comedy to break down negative Jewish stereotypes, because I hear there’s a lot of money in that..”

• The improved style and as outstanding and has been curriculum of our religion recognised by the Mayor of school, under Ben Baginsky Jewish Comedian, Josh Howie, Sunday Times, 3 March 2013 Kingston’s community awards to • The buzz, chat, atmosphere on Judy Thwaites and Fleur Standring busy KLS Saturday mornings Mike Barnato • The various presentations and • Positive feedback on the basic discussions on Israel Judaism and proselyte classes • KLS used as a polling station. • Improved library—more books That’s getting paid for outreach! per head than a public library No major football tournament • A new Jewish school in the area • The development of a discussion this summer? Wrong! • KLS representation on the Board group and book club Maccabi GB are organising the of Deputies (Rabbi Janet Darley) I liked biggest Jewish UK summer 5-aSocial – fellowship, fun, funds, food side Football Tournament - The “Fresh fruit to your desk. No Macc 5s - on 23 June at Mill Hill • Doroteinu Annual lunch. Great bananas are left here in this PowerLeague. Open to ages 7 to food and a member of Kingston vehicle over night” 70, each age group has a chance Orthodox shul as guest speaker Signage on a van from a company called Fruitdrop to compete for the 'Macc 5s • The Hebrew café. (What’s a Champions' title! Jewish balanced diet? A cream “If you want to Romania you must Info: or cheese and salmon bagel in one book Bucharest.” Helen In The Office if you would hand, and a cream cheese and Said by a participant in a discussion on salmon bagel in the other hand.) tourism. (Say it aloud!) like to get a KLS team together.

KLS football?



April — Israel Month at KLS Fri 5 6.30 pm

Israeli Chavurah Supper Following on from the lively chavurah held last month this chavurah promises to be equally entertaining. Not only will we have a short Israeli themed service, with wonderful music from Tammy Rich but we will have fascinating speaker in Simon Kay. Simon has recently returned from a job as the Director of the British Council in Israel. Read an interview with him here in HaAretz Come and hear more about his experiences and perceptions about life in Israel. Promises to be a lively and thoughtful discussion. Please bring a vegetarian/fish plated meal.

Shabbat Olam: Israel

Fri 12

As usual our Shabbat Olam features a wonderful combination of music and food. 8 pm

Featuring a fantastic falafel bar after the service and new tunes and old throughout the service. Throw in some Israeli dancing from a professional teacher and you have a real treat.

Tue 16 7.30 pm

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Rabbi Charley Baginsky will screen the Israeli film 'Good Morning Mr Fidelman’ (translated into English as 'Restoration' for the Sundance Festival). This is a film which gathers together all the pieces of modern Israeli Society - religious and non-believers, traditional and modern, rich and poor, European and Middle Eastern backgrounds. The plot centres around a small furniture restoration business in down town Tel Aviv. As the film begins one of the partners has dies and bequeathed his share in the business not to his long term partner, but to his son - Noah, a successful lawyer. An excellent film which allows us to enter a discussion about the many dimensions of Israeli life. Popcorn and cups of tea will be on hand!

Fri 19

Liberal Jewish Attitudes To ... Israel

8 pm

Gabriel Webber, one of the graduates of LJY (youth) as well as a member of KLS, will lead the service and then will talk about how Liberal Judaism walks the line between friend of Israel and friendly critic of Israel, how they try to encourage Progressive and ethical values in the State and what they really think about aliyah! As well of course as taking questions and leading a discussion. Tea and cake will be served during the discussion.



Other Events in April A selection of activities are highlighted in this section. For a full listing see the calendar on the back page. Dates and times are correct at date of publication. Check the weekly eBulletin for updates.

Wed 17

Paul Levene will present a

Musical Pot Pourri

2 pm

For more info or if you would like to come but need a lift contact Stan Moss (020 8549 4384) or Brenda Dombey (020 8287 0871)

Sat 27

The HeHe-Brew Café after the service 12.30 Bagels + Cakes pm Free Wi-Fi Judaica Shop

1 - 3 pm

Youth Club

Get involved with the KLS entry to the LJ version of the BAFTAs—the LJAFTAs which if shortlisted will be shown at the LJ Day of Celebration (see page xx).

Browse the Library Read the newspapers Fairtrade Tea and Coffee All profits go to supporting KLS To join the team or for more information, please contact Helen In The Office. No experience needed, just a willing spirit.

Sun 28

11 am

Bring a picnic

KLS Bluebell Walk Springtime walk in the beautiful bluebell forest of Old Simm's Copse. Located just south of Effingham, this is one of the prime spots for bluebells in the south of England.

1.15 2.15

KLS Book Group

April is free choice month. Bring a book you have enjoyed to share at the next Book Group meeting, running alongside the He-Brew Café. For further information on the Book Group contact Sara Alston on 07855 601645 (after 6pm) or at Nearest facilities: Wotton Hatch Pub, 1 mile away, on A25 towards Dorking or in Gomshall, 1½ miles away, on A25 towards Guildford. These are not on the walk but we may drive to one for a cup of tea afterwards.

Directions: From Effingham village (A246) turn southwards along Beech Avenue. Keep on the same road (which becomes Critten Lane). After 2 miles, go straight over a crossroads. Follow The walk will be about 5 or 6 miles along the road past the first car park (White Down footpaths in the Surrey hills and will definitely Lane). The road starts to wind and eventually be of undulating nature! Strong walking shoes/ goes over an old railway bridge. Abinger boots advisable. Dress for the weather! Roughs Car Park is 350 yards on the right. Meet at 11am in the Abinger Roughs Car Park From the A25 turn northwards along White (National Trust), on White Down Lane (part of the road going southwards between Effingham Down Lane (opposite Raikes Lane). The car village and the A25), a long way down and on park is shortly to be found on the left. the right just before you reach the A25. More info (or to request a lift): contact Hilary Bring a picnic!

Cohen on 020 8398 3687 or 07795 116 164.



National Yom HaShoah Commemoration Sunday 7 April, 11 am to 12.30 pm Venue: National Memorial to the Holocaust situated Packed lunches and a picnic might be a at The Dell in Hyde Park (nearest tube: good idea for families attending. The café near the Knightsbridge). Serpentine is good for food and refreshments but gets rather busy especially if the weather is good. It would be great to have a good turnout from KLS Seating and cover will be provided for over 500 members at this service which is cross communal. reserved places. A form to reserve your space is Once in London there is plenty to do after the available at or ceremony which finishes at around 12.30 pm. 020 7543 5400. Suitable for all. No charge.

Liberal Judaism’s Day of Celebration Sunday 9th June 2013, 10.00 to 16.00 Birmingham Progressive Synagogue Join us for a day of learning and fun with Liberal Jews from around the country. Opening with a musical choral extravaganza from KOL KINOR. Then choose from four tracks: ART & MUSIC | STUDY | PARENTING | COMMUNITY ADULTS £20 UNDER 18s and STUDENTS £10 FAMILY £40 (incl. lunch and refreshments)

Crèche and youth activities for under 15s Book your place at: or call the Montagu Centre on 020 7580 1663

KLS at the LJ Day of Celebration KLS will be going to the LJ Day of Celebration. We are looking at getting a group together who want to go to Birmingham on the Saturday afternoon, and then all getting together to do something in the evening - maybe go bowling, go for a meal - and all stay overnight in the same hotel.

The KLS Youth Club have been working on a short film to be entered into the LJAFTAs (the LJ BAFTAs to be awarded at the Day of Celebration!), and they are sure that their film will make it onto the short list that will be shown in Birmingham.

We will also be arranging a coach to travel up on the Sunday morning, leaving around 7.30-8 am, and At the moment we are investigating the possibilities, returning in the evening. Please let Helen In The but it would be helpful to know if anyone is Office know if you are interested in going – no interested in making a weekend of it. commitment at this stage.



The Hermeneutics of Torah or Reading the Torah in Another Way! An Evening Institute Class by Rabbi Charley Baginsky May/June: Wednesday Evenings: 8.00 – 9.30 pm @ KLS

Hermeneutics is the science of biblical interpretation. While the Rabbis of history may have seen the Torah as a divinely communicated text, unified and without inconsistencies many of us today are comfortable to disagree with this viewpoint. Even unconsciously many of us use traditional Biblical hermeneutics to interpret and challenge the Torah text. However, as the field of hermeneutics continues to develop can it help us deepen our own understanding of the Torah? This seven week course is designed to explore some contemporary theories of interpretation and delve into the question of whether they are helpful, meaningful or simply destructive and distracting. Each week we will employ a close reading of a text alongside some theory. All levels of knowledge welcomed. May 8th

Literary Approaches 1 – ‘The Story of the Torah’

Rhetorical Criticism


Literary Approaches 2 – ‘Unpacking the Torah’



Deciphering the Signposts

Linguistics and the Torah


The God who gave you birth’

Feminist Hermeneutics


Discovering Eve

Cultural Studies and Torah


Is there anything outside the Text?

Judaism and Deconstructionism


You are the Meaning

Reader Response Theory


Come to one or all of the sessions, free for KLS members, £5 per session for non-members or £30 for all seven. Contact the KLS office for more details at




We are changing the code on the gates


e are changing the code on the pedestrian and vehicle gates in the week beginning 1 April. This is during the Beiteinu and Caterpillars Nursery holidays.

How do I get in if I don’t have the new code?

Why do we need to change the code? The code has been in place for two years and is now widely known among the local community, exmembers of KLS, and former Caterpillars Nursery staff. It is good • Nursery permanent staff security practice to change the code, and makes the buildings and • Lock-up stewards – these are the grounds as secure as possible. people who lock up on a Friday What do the gates provide? night They give us greater security from outside threats to the synagogue building and Jewish community using the building. It also helps to assure the security of children attending Caterpillars Nursery during the week – the nursery staff stand on the gate to let parents in and out. KLS staff are often working here alone so they need the security of the gates to protect against intruders.

Who will have the code? The following people will have the new code:

• Security co-ordinator • Organisers of KLS groups: Choir,

Doroteinu, table tennis, library, bridge club, HMD workshop committee All of these people will also have alarm codes and front door keys.

Maintaining security The gate code will be given out only by the synagogue co-ordinator (Helen). She will keep a log of who has the code and will ring people to let them know the new code in the week beginning 1 April.

Most of the time (eg Shabbat mornings, Friday nights) the person on security will let you in. On Friday nights, the Service Leader will be here before the security steward arrives. On Shabbat mornings, the Council Member on Duty will be here before the security steward arrives. If you are outside and there is no one on security please ring the bell – there is one on each of the vehicle and pedestrian gates. Someone inside will come and open up. If you are coming into the synagogue and don’t think anyone will be here please email or phone the synagogue co-ordinator in advance. We hope these new arrangements will not cause any problems. If they do please contact Helen in the office or Seymour at Seymour Kelly Council officer responsible for building and facilities


If you are given the code, please do The next Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 12 May not tell anyone else, not even a synagogue co-ordinator, the at 3 pm. The short formal session caretaker, the cleaner, the Head spouse or child. will be followed by socialising and of Beiteinu, the Director of Music Please do not ask the above people chat over tea and biscuits in the NFJ and the Finance Officer to pass the code on to you because Hall. A good opportunity to meet • KLS council members including it could put them in an awkward and make friends and talk with the presidents position. Council members. • KLS staff – the Rabbi, the



April Yahrtzeits We Remember Them.

KIT News Mazel tov to Montse Medina Fernandez on her admission to Judaism 5/6 We warmly welcome into the KLS family: Myrna and Anthony Faust

Louis and Sadie Green, parents of Myra Halfin

Traci, Michael Silva and children Molly and Jacob

Mally Simon, mother of Fleur Standring

Jeremy Suckling and Annie Suckling as student members

Barbara Stone, mother of Ray Stone

Unfortunately several members have been or are in hospital and together with those struggling at home with illness we wish them all a steady return to better health.

Lucia Kelly, mother of Seymour Kelly, mother-in-law of Liz and grandmother of Ethan and Joshua 12/13

If any members are able to help by giving lifts to members who need transport, even if only on an occasional basis, please let me know. Jenny Osorio (020 8977 4640)

Bat Mitzvah: Hannah Royle

Nathan and Rebecca Saville, parents of Shirley Crevis Maurice Woolfe, father of Mark Woolfe 19/20 Amy Tendell, mother of Beryl Smith and Donald Tendell

The family of Hannah Royle warmly invite the KLS community to Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah on Saturday 20 April. Please join them for the service at 11.15 am followed by celebratory Kiddush.

Sophie and Paul Harris, parents of Helen Green and Pauline Freeman Sadie Hyman, mother of Norman Hyman John Tyrer, husband of Joyce Tyrer

Bar Mitzvah: Max Fornasiero The family of Max Fornasiero warmly invite the KLS community to Max’s Bar Mitzvah on Saturday

26/27 Hilda Horn, sister of Ruth Foley

4 May. Please join them for the service at

Basil Stone, father of Ray Stone

11.15 am followed by celebratory Kiddush.

Tony Shaerf, husband of Jo Shaerf

Copy dates for our regular publications Weekly eBulletin (by email) by the Monday before the bulletin is sent

KNB (Kingston News Bulletin) for the May edition by 15 April

KNQ (quarterly) for the July edition by 15 May

In order to deliver your newsletters on time these dates have to be rigid. Please respect your editors’ deadlines - thank you!



SUN Mar 31

MON TUE 1 2 8pm Council meeting Israel month

April 2013



5 10am Shabbatots 6.30 Israeli Chavurah Supper

6 11.15 Service


12 10am Shabbatots 8pm Shabbat Olam – Israel 19 10am Shabbatots 8pm ‘Liberal Jewish attitudes to… Israel’ Service followed by discussion

13 11.15 Service

26 10am Shabbatots 8pm Choral Shabbat

27 9.45 Beiteinu 11.30 Family Service 12.30 HeBrew Café 1pm Youth Club 1.15 Book Club

9 8pm Choir rehearsal



16 Yom HaAtzmaut 17 18 7.30 Yom 2pm Doroteinu 7.30 Krav Maga HaAtzmaut Service with film and speaker



23 8pm Table tennis


11 7.30 Krav Maga

25 7.30 Krav Maga

Prague Trip (all week Sunday to Sunday)

28 11am Bumble through the Bluebells



3 4 2pm Doroteinu 7.30 Krav Maga committee meeting

7 Yom HaShoah 8 6.30 Yom HaShoah Service




Please bring a veggie/fish meal

20 9.45 Beiteinu 10am Shabbat Chats– SLJPS (new school) 11.15 Service–Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Royle


Dates and times are correct at date of publication. Check the weekly eBulletin for updates SUN








2 3 Synagogue used as 10am Shabbatots Polling Station 6.30pm Bnei Mitzvah Chavurah Supper

8 8pm Evening Institute

9 10 11 7.30pm Krav Maga 10am Shabbatots 9.45am Beiteinu 8pm Shabbat Olam – 11.15am Service Hungary

May 2013 5


7 8pm Council meeting

12 3pm AGM


14 Erev Shavuot 15 Shavuot 16 17 8pm Erev 10.30am Shavuot service 7.30pm Krav Maga 10am Shabbatots Shavuot service 8pm Evening Institute 8pm ‘Liberal Jewish attitudes to…’ Service followed by discussion




22 8pm Evening Institute




29 8pm Evening Institute

ALSO: Bridge — every Thursday at 6.45pm

4 11.15am Service – Bar Mitzvah of Max Fornasiero

18 9.45am Beiteinu 11.30am Family Service – Bnei Mitzvah 12.30pm HeBrew Café 1pm Youth Club 1.15pm Book Club

23 24 25 7.30pm Krav Maga 10am Shabbatots 11.15am Service 8pm Choral Shabbat 30 31 7.30pm Krav Maga 10am Shabbatots 8pm Shabbat Service

Shabbatots — for ages 0 to 5 and parents — every Saturday in term time 10 am

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