Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Second Night Seder 20/04/19

Dear All

On 20th April, we will be holding the second night Seder in the Shul Hall. Rabbi Elf will lead the Seder.

Booking Forms have been sent out to members and you should receive your copy shortly.

If you are a member but have not received a form, it could be that we do not have your correct address, perhaps because you may have moved house. If you would like a form to be sent to you, please let us know by replying to our email address liverpool.reform.synagogue@gmail.com or leave a message on 07729 562174.

In case you are able to print out a booking form, please click here to download a copy.

Could YOU Be Merseyside Jewish Representative Council’s Youth President?

This is a brand new and exciting role through which you can give a voice to the Jewish Youth of Merseyside and play a major part in leading our community.

You will help shape the community’s future too!

To be eligible, you will be:

  • In years 7 – 10 inclusive at any school in Merseyside.
  • Able to take office for one school term.
  • Willing to attend events, or to talk about what being Jewish means to you. You may have the opportunity to visit Liverpool Town Hall and meet with members of other faith groups.

You MUST have the agreement of a parent or guardian and one of your teachers. A parent or guardian must attend any outside visit with you, for safeguarding reasons.

To apply, simply write a letter of no more than one side of A4 paper, addressed to:

The Chairman
Merseyside Jewish Representative Council
Shifrin House
433 Smithdown Road
Liverpool
L15 3JL

Email: repcouncil@mjccshifrin.co.uk

Only one appointment will be made each term, but applications will be automatically carried over until the next school term. The closing date will be the last day of the school term preceding the appointment.

The will be no interviews or elections, but we do want you to take some time to think about what you would bring to the role, and what you would like to do if appointed. Simply tell us in your letter – it’s as easy as that.

Full details can be obtained by contacting Sara Radivan, Administrator, on 0151 7332292.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Merseyside Jewish Representative Council

Purim Events This Week

A reminder of what is happening this week for Purim:


Wednesday, 20th March:

4:30pm – Children’s Afternoon Tea & Mask Making (£2 donation per person or £5 donation per family)

5:00pm – Megillah Reading for adults & families with Rabbi Elf

5:30pm – Hamatashen & Soup (for those not observing the fast)


Saturday, 23rd March 

6.30pm – Havdalah

7.30pm – Board Games Night for all the family (Pay on night after Havdalah, £4 for adults, free for children)  

Recruiting for our Fourth year Progressive Birthright Israel trip!

To: Eligible 19-26 year old Synagogue Members,

Are you thinking of summer already? With great excitement we are happy to announce that Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism are hosting their fourth Birthright Israel Progressive trip this summer on 28th August – 6th September!

Explore Israel, its history, diversity and so much more on this fun and immersive trip of a lifetime! Sign up here: bit.ly/BirthrightIsraelUK2019

 We have a dedicated bus with incredible leaders from both Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism, looking to give you an Israel experience you’ll never forget. Travel with a group of like-minded people through Israel, learning about the history of the country, its diversity, and exploring your Jewish identity. Immerse yourself in experiences such as swimming in the Kinneret, touring the old city of Jerusalem, shopping in the shuks of Tel Aviv, and spending Shabbat with Reform and Progressive families in Israel. The trip is a gift from Taglit Birthright and it is free to all 19-26 year olds who have not been on an organised trip to Israel after the age of 18 (so you can come even if you’ve been on Israel Tour!)

 We know that you’ll come back with lifelong friends, memories to last a lifetime, and a newly inspired connection to Israel – so don’t waste any time in signing up for this trip, spaces are limited! → bit.ly/BirthrightIsraelUK2019

 What is Birthright Israel?

Birthright Israel refers to the not-for-profit educational organization (Taglit Birthright Israel) that sponsors free ten day trips to Israel for young adults. Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism are lucky enough to have been able to collaborate with them to organise our own bus with leaders that we have chosen ourselves, as well as a programme that we are helping to organise.

 How do I apply?

If you are between 19-26 years old, and haven’t been on an organised trip to Israel past the age of 18, you can apply now! Please visit: bit.ly/BirthrightIsraelUK2019 where there is a short form to fill in before heading straight to the Birthright Israel website. This form allows us to be able to contact you ahead of the trip.

Any other questions?

Feel free to ring Maya Skaarbrevik at 0208349 5661, or email info@jeneration.org.

Update – Learning about Judaism in Prerov and Joining the Delegation to Moravia

This is an update about how to get involved in the upcoming Delegation to Moravia. For more information see the synagogue’s website, the Memorial Scrolls Trust website, and the last LRS newsletter. Questions? Contact Jennifer jenniferverson@gmail.com

http://www.lrshul.org/delegations-to-prague-olomouc-and-prerov-in-2019

http://www.memorialscrollstrust.org/index.php/

הצגה   Learning about the Jewish Moravian Community

Liverpool Reform Synagogue looks after MST # 67 from Prerov in Moravia , Czech Republic. The Torah was  completed in 1822. This event will look not only at what was lost of the Prerov community during the Shoah, but the beauty of the Jewish Community in Prerov in 1822.

Creating a ceremony Zichrona l’vracha

We will look at some of the musical scores for the melodies used in Moravian synagogues during this time as well as music, poems, psalms and liturgies that were meaningful to members of the Prerov Community.

Together we will create a short public ceremony to remember the Moravian Jewish Community which will include songs and prayers from the Jewish liturgy in the 1800’s, Psalms in English, Hebrew and Czech, Poems in English and Czech and songs in Hebrew and Czech.

Each session will include a short presentation about the history of Jewish practice in Prerov and Olomouc from the 16th Century onwards, followed by a discussion.  Please bring a poem, song, or prayer that is meaningful to you to share with others.

Key Dates

Sacred Scores from Olomouc and Prerov

Monday, February 11th 19:00

At the home of Martin Herr

 

Psalms, Prayers, and Poems from Olomouc and Prerov

Wednesday, February 13th 19:00

At the home of Martin Herr

 

Shiur with Rabbi Elf

Saturday, February 23rd  After Shabbat Service

Liverpool Reform Synagogue

 

Pre-departure Ceremony for the Liverpool Community

Wednesday, February 27th   19:00

At Liverpool Reform Synagogue

Depart the Czech Republic

Depart from Liverpool Wednesday on March 6th  or from Manchester on Thursday March 7th

Return on March 10th or 11th with a day at the Prague Jewish Museum

 

If you are interested in going on this visit to the Czech Republic you can either come along to one of the above events or contact me direct.

Jennifer Verson

Migrant Artists Mutual Aid

http://migrantartistsmutualaid.wordpress.com/

Delegations to Prague, Olomouc and Prerov in 2019

Liverpool Reform Synagogue is a custodian of a Czech Scroll from Prerov which a town in Moravia 20 minutes from the regional capital and location of the Jewish community in Olomouc.

As part Jennifer Verson’s Doctoral Research at The Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University, she is developing inter-faith services in Liverpool and Moravia. and inviting members of our Liverpool community to join two delegations to Prague, Olomouc and Prerov in 2019.

These trips will develop new knowledge and understanding of how communities that care for Czech Scrolls can engage with local Czech communities to build inter and intrareligious peace.

הצגה   Event to Remember Jewish Moravian Community

A Public Event which will last 30-40 minutes and will be developed by members of Liverpool Reform Synagogue Community using texts that are sacred to both the Liverpool and Czech communities.

The event will remember the Moravian Jewish Community and will include songs and prayers from the Jewish liturgy in the 1800’s, Psalms in English, Hebrew and Czech, Poems in English and Czech and songs in Hebrew and Czech.

It will be presented by members of the Liverpool Community with opportunities for participation.

Key Dates

Pre-Departure Event (TBC)
  • In the week before the delegation departs for Moravia will there will be a Liverpool sharing – place and time to be confirmed.
March 8, 2019
  • Day Commemorating Victims of the extermination of the Terezin family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Event at Olomouc Church of the Virgin Mary of the Snow
  • 14:00 (Time proposed)
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Olomouc Jewish Community
  • 17:00 (Event scheduled time TBC) Led by Rabbi Warren Elf
March 9, 2019
  • Shacharit with Olomouc Community
  • 10:00 am
  • Day Commemorating Victims of the extermination of the Terezin family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Inter-faith Event at Prerov Orthodox Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius – Přerov/Former Synagogue
  • 20:00 (TBC)
Gideon Klein Festival Prerov
  • September 12, 2019
  • Inter-faith event at Inter-faith Event at Prerov Orthodox Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius – Přerov/Former Synagogue (TBC)

Preparation Liverpool

January 19th
  • Information Session
  • Four Creative Sessions and Rehearsals starting from the last week of January times to be confirmed.

Itinerary

Community members who would like to be part of the delegation will be supported to book affordable travel and accommodation for themselves in cooperation with other members. 

  • 3,4, or 5 day options
  • Leave Liverpool on Wednesday or Thursday March 6/7
  • Return to Liverpool Saturday, Sunday or Monday March 9/10/11
  • Ryan Air between £54 and £116 depending on the choice of flight 

Accommodation

Olomouc
  • http://www.booking.com/Share-YbhpgK
  • Members of the delegation can book collectively for a discount at Hotel Palac.
  • There is an opportunity for dormitory accommodation at the Jewish Community. Please let me know if this interests you.

How to Join the delegation

Jennifer Verson