Budapest Residential

Last weekend I led a group of teenagers from Westminster Synagogue along with with their peers from East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) on a weekend trip to Budapest. My fellow leaders on the trip were Rabbi Richard Jacobi, and Student Rabbi Sarah Rosenbaum Jones.

Reflections on Poland

“It is hard to explain the feelings but so easy to recognise them, words won’t do justice to the arc of emotions I experienced. I learned so much about the history, evolution and perseverance of the hearts and minds of Jews in Poland and Eastern Europe.  Sharing Friday night dinner at the JCC with 70 community members, learning Torah from a Holocaust survivor and hearing the cries of new babies reminded me of the strength, joy and future to be found in creating and sustaining community relationships and life. Venetia

Induction Service of Rabbi Benji Stanley

Westminster Synagogue were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Rabbonim and many other distinguished guests to their community for the induction of Rabbi Benji Stanley on Sunday, 18th March. Rabbi Benji takes up his post at Westminster following the retirement of Rabbi Dr Thomas Salamon, who, having led the community over the past 20 years, will become Emeritus Rabbi later this year.

Tu B'Shevat 2018

Wednesday 31st January embodied the Westminster spirt of learning and growing as 40 members came together to celebrate Tu B’Shevat with an engaging Seder led by our Head of Education, Nick Young. The group tasted a lot of fruit, discussed Jewish Responsibility to the world and listened to Yair Zivan, foreign policy advisor to Yair Lapid, Chairman of Yesh Atid. The evening was a great success and you can view photos below. 

Mitzvah Day 2017

To celebrate Mitzvah Day, Westminster Synagogue and Westminster Young Professionals took on a variety of projects:

On Saturday 18th November, members of the community donated tins and toiletries for a variety of homeless shelters and charities in London. Children of our Or Shabbat classes made cards for The Separated Child Foundation and - as it was also Interfaith Week - members of different faiths came together for an Oneg Shabbat with Reverand Pippa Turner.

Westminster Chai 2017

Over 200 members and friends joined us to celebrate Israel's 69th Birthday with Westminster Chai on Sunday, 7th May. 

With 23 guest speakers running sessions throughout the day, guests were able to experience yoga, art, film, veganism, history, Krav Maga, an Israeli lunch and more.

 

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