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”.    

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 Seder, with talks and study passages on a variety of aspects of the environment and ecology. Time was also spent … Read More

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.          

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 our Mitzvah Day celebration on 19 November. There were songs, games and of course food! Beth Shalom also collected non-perishable foods for … Read More