February 11, 2024

Mazal tov to Aga Cahn

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Mazal tov to Aga Cahn, who has been awarded the Father Stanisław Musial Prize for inter-faith activities in Poland. The award, in two categories, is given out to people who have made outstanding contributions to Christian-Jewish and P...

January 28, 2024

Holocaust Memorial Day


Our children commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day during their Cheder session on 28 January with beautiful artwork and some challah baking. Our teachers were particularly touched by the message from one of the Year 1 students: “no...

January 25, 2024

Tu Bishvat


Beth Shalom celebrated Tu Bishvat with a special Tu Bishvat Cheder session with families on 21 January and a joint Beth Shalom-Alumot communal Chevruta for Tu Bishvat on 25 January. Our communal Chevruta took the form of a Tu Bishvat Sed...

December 20, 2023

Chanukah at Beth Shalom


Beth Shalom, CJRA and Kol Echad enjoyed a Chanukah celebration with candle lighting, communal singing, a performance by Kol Echad and activities for children followed by a delicious bring and share meal.          ...

December 19, 2023

Mitzvah Day


Beth Shalom invited young artists to take part in the Mitzvah Day Art Project celebrating peace. During Cheder, children worked on their art pieces and prepared for Mitzvah day the following week. All entries were displayed as part of o...

July 10, 2023

Israel Democracy discussion


On 7 September, Beth Shalom hosted a meeting about the current political situation in Israel and the way demonstrations in Israel have been supported by people living in Cambridge. The evening was very successful with excellent...

June 4, 2023

A very special bar mitzvah


In June, we celebrated a very special event with the bar mitzvah of Jonathan, a much loved member of the Cambridge Jewish community. Jonathan is definitely Beth Shalom’s favourite caterer even though he recently retired. With the help of...

May 26, 2023

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot


Beth Shalom and Alumot joined together for a Shavuot nighttime study session. The evening started with our Head of Education welcoming guests and lighting the candles in the Sanctuary. Talks ranged from Emanuel Levinas on “Doing before h...

May 25, 2023

Cheder Shavuot picnic


Cheder organised some Shavuot themed activities to mark the festival including a rather impressive cheesecake baking workshop. The families made the most of the lovely weather and pretty much took over the orchard at the end of the...

May 25, 2023

Two beautiful Chuppahs this spring


Mazel Tov to the wonderful couples who held their Chuppah at Beth Shalom this spring. The brides were beautiful, the ceremonies were moving as well as joyful and it was a privilege for all those present to share our happy...

May 25, 2023

Yom Ha’atzmaut at the Wednesday Lunch Club


The Wednesday Lunch club marked Yom Ha’atzmaut with authentic Israeli cuisine from Cambridge’s favourite Israeli chef Yoni. Guests shared their personal stories about Israel and what it means to them.       ...

May 5, 2023



On 6 May, we started shacharit an hour early and after the service, we watched the official ceremony on our big screen TV and shared a celebratory bring and share kiddush / lunch and a glass of something....

March 18, 2023

Kabbalat Shabbat


Our Kabbalat shabbats are hugely popular and in the past few months, we have had a full house. We introduced musical instruments earlier this year and this has been very well received. Kabbalat shabbats are a wonderful occasion to get to...

February 1, 2023

Saffron Walden church marks Holocaust Memorial Day


MP Kemi Badenoch took part in the commemoration service on Friday, January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Leslie Wheeler spoke at the Holocaust Memorial Day service at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden. The ...

December 21, 2022

Beth Shalom and CJRA Chanukah party


Beth Shalom and CJRA celebrated the first night of Chanukah together with lots of activities for children and some fantastic performances by Kol Echad choir and soloists Les and Ariel. We lit candles, sang along, met friends old and...

December 9, 2022

Mitzvah Day 2022


This year’s activities focused on helping the Cambridge Churches Homeless Project and raising funds for humanitarian aid in support of Ukraine. The cheder community and night shelter project volunteers coordinated a collection of warm cl...

January 23, 2022

Educational activities

Education, News

The following regular classes are now available, contact us for more information. Intermediate Torah reading classes, Parashat Hashavua, Shabbat study group (pilot of 6 sessions)...

January 25, 2020

Our pre-cheder classroom

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The pre-cheder group welcomes preschool age children and their parents every Sunday morning during term time. Activities are parent led and being part of the group is a great way of meeting other families and creating lasting bonds betwe...

November 4, 2019

Story time


Our library features a large selection of books for adults and children, which can be borrowed at any time. Every Sunday we display a selection of books for our Cheder children to take home with them....

November 4, 2019

Teaching at Cheder


We are always on the lookout for teachers and teaching assistants for our religious school (Cheder). If you think you might have the level of Jewish knowledge or Hebrew required, please contact us for an informal chat. All teaching...

October 31, 2019

Parashat Hashavua Club


Come along every Thursday at 8pm for a lively and spirit lifting discussion about the weekly torah portion. All are very much welcome!    ...