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Mazel Tov to Gillian Lucas, Edwin Lucas, Caroline Alexander, Harrison Rutstein, Phoebe Ellison, and Irene Berkovitch who celebrate their Birthdays this week.  Also read on for details about our new siddurim and the walking bus ….

JACOB RICKAYZEN’S BAR MITZVAH: Sat 18th June – We are delighted to be running a ‘walking bus’ for those members who would like to walk to Bessborough Road for the Bar Mitzvah.  The ‘walking bus’ will leave the Morrison’s roundabout at 8.30am, and the King George roundabout at 8.45am.  It should arrive at 9.45am.  Please contact the office for more information.

NEW SIDDURIM:  “Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals is the new publication from the American Rabbinic Assembly and is aimed primarily at Masorti or Conservative Jews. The layout makes the siddur easy to read and in addition to contemporary translations of familiar prayers, there is a theme of commentary placing the prayers in context. The siddur is presented in an egalitarian format with options at various points to add the matriarchs in addition to the patriarchs.  The font means the siddur is easy to follow and many of the prayers carry transliterated alternatives. Additionally, there is a fourth column with readings and poems that can either be read aloud or allow the congregant an alternative reading of the regular or commonly known forms of prayer.  HEMS currently has four copies that will be available each Shabbat and during the Shelosh Regalim when the siddur doubles as a Machzor. I do hope that members take the opportunity to flick through the pages and use the new siddur to explore anew the prayers and psalms.  I welcome all feedback, both positive and negative, as it relates to the Siddur Lev Shalem.  Please email me via the shul office with your comments.  Thanks.”  Jonathan Fenster




June 9, 2016