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April 25, 2024

Catering for a hundred

Event

A huge thank you to our amazing team of volunteers who devised menus, shopped, baked, cooked, welcomed and looked after guests, set up the room, washed, cleaned and tidied everything until the early hours of the morning. Our thanks go to...

April 25, 2024

Communal Seder 2024

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Beth Shalom welcomed over 100 guest for this year’s second night communal Seder. Mike and Sheila, who have led Beth Shalom’s communal seders for nearly 30 years, treated the community to a wonderful Haggadah reading, full of joy, singing...

April 8, 2024

New Torah scroll

Event

Our member Jen Taylor-Friedman, a fully trained Soferet (Sefer Torah writer) asked for help from volunteers at Beth shalom to complete the Torah scroll she has just finished writing for a client in America. The beautifully written indivi...

March 25, 2024

Juggling Megillah spiel

Event

Beth Shalom celebrated Purim with a short shacharit followed by a juggling Megillah spiel and the Megillah reading. The Cheder team organised lots of activities for the children including a hamantaschen baking session, a Purim mask makin...

March 20, 2024

Preparing mishloach manot

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As Purim approaches, our Cheder co-heads Liz and Aga have spent an entire day preparing michloach manot for the community. Seventy bags containing all manner of sweet things will be handed out during our Purim festivities to children an...

February 11, 2024

Mazal tov to Aga Cahn

News

Aga Cahn, Beth Shalom member and Cheder Headteacher, has been awarded the Father Stanisław Musial Prize for inter-faith activities in Poland. The award is given for outstanding contributions to Christian-Jewish and Polish-Jewish...

January 28, 2024

Holocaust Memorial Day

Event

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

Event

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

Event

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

Event

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

News

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

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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

Event

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

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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

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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

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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

Coronation

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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

News

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

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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

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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

News

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

Event, News

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

Event

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....

Classroom
November 4, 2019

Teaching at Cheder

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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

Event

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