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Mazel Tov to Lily Rafalin who celebrates her Birthday this week.  Also read on for details of the Shnei Luchot + Cake session on Thursday 16th June and some information about our new siddurim ….

Shnei Luchot + Cake: discuss the decalogue and eat cheesecake with Rabbi Arberman: There will be a discussion about the decalogue (ten commandments) with Rabbi Arberman at 8pm on Thursday 16th June.  Venue to be confirmed.  The numbers for this will be limited – as it is in a private home so to attend please can you let us know.  The ten commandments are neither ten in number — nor are they commandments.  Let’s find out what they really are — and why they are different to what we were taught, but just as important for us today.

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 2, 2016