Newsletters for 2021

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Month

Highlights

January/February 2021

 New admissions to Judaism, new members, amazing menorahs and the midges Midrash

March/April 2021

 New Council members, rmembering MIke Valencia

 

 

Uyghur Human Rights

HUMAN RIGHTS SHABBAT 5781/2020

Take action for the Uyghur people

A message from Nick Silk

December 10/11th this year was Human Rights Shabbat, so called because it is the Shabbat closest to the 10th December, the date when the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" was signed in 1948.  The declaration was drawn up as a direct result of the shoah. The hope is that never again would there be an attempt to destroy a whole people. Yet Rabbi Mark Solomon, on Human Rights Shabbat 72 years after the declaration was signed, described the oppression being suffered by the Uyghur people. More than one million of these Chinese Muslims are believed to be detained in so-called 're-education' camps in Xinjiang province. You can read more about the camps at this BBC web page. The part that most struck me at last Saturday's service was is a quote from the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks:
 
As a Jew, knowing our history, the sight of people being shaven-headed, lined up, boarded on to trains, and sent to concentration camps is particularly harrowing. That people in the 21st century are being murdered, terrorised, victimised, intimidated and robbed of their liberties because of the way they worship God is a moral outrage, a political scandal and a desecration of faith itself.

What can we do?  We can write to our MPs (or our MSPs).

You can do that directly from the website writetothem.com. It is important to write in your own words. It need not be long. You could include some of these points:

  • Your feelings about the persecution of the Uyghurs
  • The pressure they should put on the UK government to take some of the actions listed on page 18 of the the resource pack
  • Why you, as a Jew, feel this is important

Try to do it soon - before New Year if you can. Could you please let me know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you do write to your MP or MSP and also if you receive any reply from them.

And, if you have links to an organisation (e.g. a business or school) please encourage them to join the Call to Action to place pressure on clothing brands and retailers to end the use of fabrics produced using Uyghur forced labour. Sukkat Shalom has already joined.

I do hope that you will take the time to write.

Thanks and chag Chanukah sameach.

Nick 16/12/2020

Recipes

Passover recipes

 Make your own Matzohs  Thanks to Jutta for this recipe for making kosher for passover matzohs. You will need to be speedy and a kitchen timer is essential.   recipe link
 Vegan matzoh ball soup  
 Lizy's recipe, she warns: "It does contain chickpeas so not suitable  if you are avoiding kitniyot "
 recipe link
NOT vegan matzoh balls

The traditional recipe as it used to appear on Rakusen's matzah meal packets. Thanks Anna for saving your old packet. 

The chicken fat can be replaced by butter for a dairy meal. There are also some other matzah meal recipes on the packet.

 recipe link
 Tu bShevat haggis All your fruits and nuts in one dish and to remid you of Rabbie Burns' birthday.  recipe link

Zoom links

INSTRUCTIONS 

To join an event just click on the link, and Zoom should open, possibly after asking your permission. All of the zoom links require a password now. If you have not received one from us then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please keep your microphone muted unless you want to speak – which you are welcome to do!

Buttons to mute/unmute the microphone and share/unshare video should appear at the bottom left of your screen. Mark will be there about 10-15 minutes before the start time, so you don’t have to wait until the exact time to join. 

Service Links

Kabbalat Shabbat Service
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/324259631?pwd=UmtxeGVZM2tyYnhsMTNkMlZ1VWFkdz09
Meeting ID: 324 259 631
One tap mobile +442030512874,,324259631#,,1#,5781#
                       +442034815237,,324259631#,,1#,5781#

A sheet with transliterations of some of the prayers in the Kabbalat Shabbat Service can be found here.

Shabbat Morning Service
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/641515259?pwd=bFZUaEJrOUN5c3VodkxzcmQ5dlRvQT09
Meeting ID: 641 515 259
One tap mobile +442030512874,,641515259#,,1#,5781#
                       +442034815237,,641515259#,,1#,5781#

A sheet with transliterations of some of the prayers in the  Shabbat Morning Service can be found here.

Havdalah

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/300704737?pwd=cndKYXJ5V2N0NW5hSjhQK0pCRWEydz09
Meeting ID: 300 704 737
One tap mobile:
     +442034815240,,300704737#,,,,,,0#,,5781# United Kingdom
     +442039017895,,300704737#,,,,,,0#,,5781# United Kingdom

ONLINE STUDY PROGRAMME

During this time of quarantine, our Tea & Talmud and Philosophy series will continue as weekly sessions of 1 hour (an hour-and-a-half with shmoozing) on Zoom.

Maimonides sessions will start at the new time of 1.00 pm  

Tea & Talmud sessions will begin at 12:00 noon. 

Maimonides Mondays We will continue our study of the Guide for the Perplexed

Registration URL: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkduGgrzwtObYiR7CF-LRjEiKC58I8eg

Once you are registered you will get an invitation with a link to join that will come round before the meeting starts.

After Monday 22nd March there will be no classes until after Pesach

Registration is necessary.

Registration URL:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJIscOitrz8vUVgbskUO1NIeihrVOt8S1Q

Once you are registered you will get an invitation with a link to join that will come round before the meeting starts.

Those who have internet difficulties can phone in for audio only by calling 0131 460 1196 and entering the meeting ID (which will be sent to you) and password.

All welcome! No Hebrew or philosophical knowledge required, but all insights are welcome.

 

Newsletters for 2020

Newsletters for earlier years: 2004 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 (please login or  register to read any of these)

Month

Highlights

January/February 2020

Baby naming for Raffi, Ellen's mixed marriage poem, Shanghai Jewish Museum

March/April 2020

New Sofa arrangements

May/June 2020

Passover by Zoom, Gary Dickson obituary, Coronavirus diaries

July/August 2020

Black Lives Matter, lockdown diaries

September/October 2020

Article about Uyghurs, food section

November/December 2020

Our Sukkot, article about Budapest

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