One of our two Czech Torah scrolls comes from the small town of Slavkov (formerly Austerlitz). Over the past 26 years NLS has forged strong links with the town in a variety of ways - including 9 trips over that period. Very few Jewish residents from the pre-war 93 survived the Shoah. The last survivor, Ruth Matiovska still lived in the town and has been central to our relationship with Slavkov.
The festival of Purim and the annual Purimspiel always means fancy dress, so you never know quite what to expect! This year, the NLS Purimspiel drew quite a crowd, bringing out some weird and wonderful characters…... Sheik and superman, sailor and sultan, even a friendly pirate!
NLS turns out in force in York to support the first Liberal Judaism Northern Service.
My dear members, I am pleased to share with you some good news. The year 5776 is about to be completed! What a year it was.
Well the sun shone in between the showers but the inaugural ramble was on and 21 hardy NLS members descended upon the car park at the Druids Inn, Birchover. We had a quick conference about the route and decided upon the shortened route as the publican had forced an earlier lunch upon us!
NLS would like to draw your attention to the statement from Liberal Judaism's senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, on the EU Referendum result:
Water Works was one of the charities supported in Nottingham Liberal Synagogue’s Kol Nidre 2014 Appeal. In particular, the money raised assisted the 25 households in the Malawian village of Kauma meet their water, sanitation and hygiene needs. The following tells the story of Water Works.
This is what an extraordinarily successful group of people look like! This was the 50th Anniversary Organising Group at the end of the Shabbat Service on 12th December and before the fantastic Chanukah Party which rounded off our 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Here are details of the new fundraising campaign for SaSh with the all information on where and how to donate to the project. Thanks to everyone for help in raising much needed funds to keep our exciting project alive…
In the light of the recent tragic events in Paris, faith leaders in Nottingham, including Rabbi Tanya, met in a show of solidarity at the Council House in Nottingham.
As part of Interfaith Week 2015, the Multifaith Centre at the University of Derby ran a photography competition with the brief ‘Something one can see but which seems to point beyond itself’.
Here in Nottingham we are very fortunate to be in only one of four regional centres around the UK given the opportunity to be part of the UK Jewish Film Festival.
The NLS 50th Anniversary Day of Celebration was a fantastic success. Continue reading for a report of both the anniversary services and anniversary party. Report by Robert Hall.
This initiative was started after Rabbi Tanya and Sajid Mohammed from Himmah got to know each other whilst working together on Nottingham Citizens projects.
Solly Worth has won The Nottingham Young Historian Award, which was started this year for Nottingham City Primary School children to encourage interest in local history.
We are delighted to have received this letter from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust praising Nottingham Liberal Synagogue for our efforts organising Holocaust Memorial Day events.
NLS features in the latest edition of LJ Today with colour photos and a lively account of our Civic Service.
NLS enjoyed a wonderful day of celebration at the recent 50th Anniversary Civic Service. The sense of community and achievement was reflected in the enthusiastic feedback from the dignitaries and guests who attended and this was picked up on by the Nottingham Post who featured NLS both in print and in the online feature....
Our synagogue is affiliated with Nottingham Citizens, which is a network of 42 different faith communities, schools, unions and charities which work together in shared social action. This enables us to undertake social action in partnership with other faith and wider organisations and to work visibly in the local community. It also offers us opportunities to learn new ways to develop our own community.
BBC radio Nottingham recently came to Lloyd St to speak to Rabbi Tanya, about the Austerlitz scroll and to raise the issue of how, as a Jewish community, we are feeling in the current climate. Also present were Jeff Cohen, Neil Pike and Paula Scott. Listen to the resulting broadcast here...
* Image source: http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/will-charlie-hebdo-sell-more-copies-after-paris-tragedy-215495
In light of the tragic events in Paris, some correspondence and statements from faith leaders and others follow below, including one from the Jewish community to our Muslim friends.
Members of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue, young and old, had fun at their Chanukah party lighting Chanukiot, eating donuts and spinning dreidels.
Here is Nottingham Liberal Synagogue member Laurence Sugarman competing in the recent UK Iron Man race. The race consisted of a 2.4 mile open water swim, an 112 mile bike ride and a 26 mile run which Laurence had 17 hours to complete.
Thirteen of us from Nottingham Liberal Synagogue went to the launch of Nottingham Citizens campaign against 'hate crime' which was held at St. Nicholas' Church on Maid Marian Way on June 9th. It was an impressively well organised event, high energy and very clear in its process.
On Friday 9th May 2014 I went to the Liberal Judaism Biennial with 15 other members of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue. We arrived at Wokefield Park Hotel in Reading and we settled into our rooms. On Friday evening we had a magnificent Friday night service which was a very musical based service which was brilliantly run by many of the different rabbis from different congregations. There then was a group meal which was very well attended and I met people from different communities from Finchley to Elstree. After our meal the youth group LJY Netzer ran an “Oneg Shabbat” which means joy of Shabbat and this was good fun and yet more socialising occurred.
A group of 40 non-Jewish students from the small Czech town of Slavkov visited Nottingham Liberal Synagogue as part of their 8 day visit to England. Having spent time in London, the group came to Nottingham following an invitation of the shul’s Nottingham Friends of Austerlitz Group who work to keep alive the memory of the now extinct Jewish community of Austerlitz (now re-named Slavkov) because they have a Torah scroll that was saved from the town as one of the Czech Memorial Scrolls based in Westminster.
Every few weeks a group of Jewish women, including some familiar NLS faces, have an informal get together to cook talk and eat. The Guardian recently featured them and some of their Jewish food recipes in their Cook supplement.
How lovely was this year’s Mitzvah day! First of all, Karen Worth led a lively assembly for Cheder on the meaning of Mitzvah. Then the children, teachers and other adults walked up to Sycamore House Residential Home. We sang three songs to the gathered residents, including two Hebrew songs and “Any Dream Will Do”.