During the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in the Second World War, the Germans methodically removed, recorded and stored all the Torah from all the Synagogues.
At the end of the war, these scrolls were discovered and, in 1964, the first of two consignments of these scrolls arrived at Kent House in London, the home of Westminster Synagogue. You can read more about the history of the scrolls at http://www.memorialscrollstrust.org/czech-scrolls/
Jewish Joint Burial Society(JJBS)
Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) provides a total funeral service for our members and also members of a large number of other progressive synagogues (Reform, Liberal and Masorti) in England.
Until recently, the Western Cemetery at Cheshunt was the burial ground used by JJBS but, with the acquisition of the adjoining land, the Society now carries out Woodland burials and is able to arrange for non-Jewish partners to be buried in an area set aside for this purpose. There is also an area for a lawn cemetery. (Lawn cemeteries have smaller tombstones).
Address to EDRS by Laurence Brass, Treasurer of Board of Deputies
March 23, 2013
Shabbat shalom. Thanks to Rabbi Smith for offering me the hospitality of his pulpit and allowing me to address you this morning. How fitting that I should be speaking on Shabbat Hagodol (The great Sabbath) to Kehilla Hagodol (The great community) as I understand that this Shul has the largest membership of any Reform Shul in the whole of Europe.
Jewish Families in the United Kingdom
Is your family one of the oldest Jewish families in the UK? Or are you just interested in Jewish history generally? In either case you will find the attached fascinating. Please get in touch with the project if you feel you can contribute.
Movement for Reform Judaism (MRJ)
Reform Judaism is living Judaism. It is a religious philosophy rooted in nearly four millennia of Jewish tradition, whilst actively engaged with modern life and thought. This means both an uncompromising assertion of eternal truths and values and an open, positive attitude to new insights and changing circumstances. It is a living evolving faith that Jews of today and tomorrow can live by.
In this spirit, the Movement for Reform Judaism supports individuals, rabbis and synagogues in 42 communities across the UK to meet their spiritual, social and educational needs and to reach out to new members and the wider community. It is inclusive and welcomes anyone on a Jewish journey of any sort.
Board of Deputies of British Jews
This year was a very important year for the Board as we celebrated its 250 anniversary. There were numerous special events including a special dinner which raised a very large sum of money. Another plenary meeting was addressed by representative of the three political parties and another by the Israeli Ambassador H.E. Mr Ron Prossor.
Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women (AJEX)
Our Executive still meet nearly every month on the 1st Monday at 2pm in the Synagogue.