Weekly Shabbat Message

It gives us a chance to pause and breathe and perhaps just stop running on the treadmill of life  even if only for a very  short while each week.
We know that it isn’t easy to stop doing all that things that can’t be fitted into the rest of the week like getting the kids to ballet or music lesson or tutor or swimming or football or just spending time doing things together as a family.  But we hope that we can help provide that pause for you and your family sometimes in a meaningful way in our new family services that we are offering on a weekly basis starting on Saturday May 6th.

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Woolstone Gallery Art Exhibition


The Current Woolstone Gallery Art Exhibition is showing works from Julia Holt

Julia Holt lives and works in Hertfordshire and completed her Fine Art Degree with First Class Honours at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.

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New Reception Office

From Monday 13 February our new  reception has been in operation. All visitors, even if you have been a  member for many years and know the building and the people very well, should go first to Reception, sign in and advise who you have come to see or be looked after by our experienced staff in the Reception Office. They will attend to  payments for membership and events, arranging parking for disabled, booking rooms for meetings and any other queries that you have. It is a more convenient place to wait if the person you have come to see is not quite yet available.


Merger with Hendon Reform Synagogue

At the Special General meeting on 31 October, the membership of EDRS voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger with Hendon Reform Synagogue to create a new combined community in North West London.

The [EHRS] Steering Committee and focussed working parties of members from the two communities are immediately moving forward on the merger planning and will be looking at all areas of the communities’ operations.

A packed hall discussed many aspects of the traditions and facilities of the two communities and recognised the synergy and similarity that make this an ideal union for the future of the Jewish community in the area. Major emphasis was placed on how we support both the ageing and traditional members as well as the younger progressive families with their children to encourage the commitment to modern Judaism, their families and the wider community. The activities offered by both EDRS and HRS provides for an extensive range of interests and needs. The viability of the merger has already been proven by the existing co-operation in religious education, synagogue services and social activities.


Chairman's Yom Kippur Address

Shana tova!    

It’s traditional for the Chairman to address the congregation at this time, by looking back over the past year.  However I would like to break from that tradition and focus on the future.

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PJ LIbrary

Do you know a child aged eight or under?

Families at Edgware and District Reform Synagogue have been receiving free Jewish books every month since PJ Library, the international Jewish family programme, arrived in the UK over a year ago.  Marian Cohen, Director of Education at EDRS, helped bring the new books and programmes to the synagogue, after hearing of the impact PJ Library makes on almost half a million Jewish children worldwide.

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Visit to Bucharest, Romania May 2016

On Sunday, 8th May 2016, thirty-three of us gathered outside EDRS at 8am to fly to Bucharest, and so our adventure began. After a 3½ hour flight from Heathrow we settled in to the Europa Royale, our very comfortable and centrally located hotel. By early evening we divided into small groups (no one was left on their own) and ate at one of the very numerous restaurants on our doorstep. Just about everyone spoke English and the meals were good and inexpensive.

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Lord Finkelstein evening at EDRS

An EDRS audience of 110 people enjoyed listening last Wednesday evening to Lord Daniel Finkelstein's entertaining and delightful experiences as a journalist and politician.  Lord Finkelstein enthralled us with his views on how events had steered his fascinating career as well as his views on politics in Britain. Susan Steinberg clearly enjoyed interviewing Lord Finkelstein.

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Perry Newton takes up position as Community Director

It was probably nearly thirty years ago, that I was sitting on the bimah with my children and Rabbi Larry Tabick playing his guitar.

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Mitch was known to many, many people in a variety of guises, as a teacher, a master craftsman, a showman and songwriter, an artist, a long-standing leader in one of the largest synagogues in Europe, and above all, a lifelong volunteer.  How could just one person fill all those roles and more ?


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