Concert of Rare Jewish Music

Kol Echad Jewish Choir and guest professional cantors from the USA entertained us to a concert of rare Jewish music

Catering for a hundred

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 this year’s chefs: Portia for the 110 boiled (and peeled) eggs, Shally for her delicious vegan consomme and matzah … Read More

Communal Seder 2024

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 and warmth. This year was particularly poignant as we remembered the victims of the 7 October attacks and the hostages who … Read More

New Torah scroll

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 individual sheets of parchment were sown together by an enthusiastic group of volunteers on Sunday morning, April 7th under Jen’s instruction and guidance. … Read More

Juggling Megillah spiel

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 making workshop and a costume competition with prizes. The Cheder children treated the community to a fantastic Megillah drama, which was followed by kiddush … Read More

Preparing mishloach manot

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 and grown ups. This illustrates all the hard work that goes into everything we do at Beth Shalom… two of our most dedicated … Read More

Tree of life dedication ceremony

There was a special gathering at Beth Shalom on 10 March to inaugurate our beautiful Tree of Life, in commemoration of Lady Olga Burgen.

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 more wars because people die”.