The Great Yeshurun Bake-Off!

It was a case of all hands on deck this month when 12 of our barmitzvah and batmitzvah students and their siblings took over the kitchen to knead and plait challah for their family shabbat dinner held at shul the following evening, attended by nearly 80 guests.

The annual event is always popular, especially as the chicken soup is personally made by Rabbi Chaim!

Pictured are some of the youngsters busy in the kitchen.

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And All That Jazz!

It’s been a very busy Chanukah this year at Yeshurun for all the different age groups. Our Book Club members celebrated their third year with an evening of entertainment by the Quinta Jazz Combo, who kicked off with their own rendition of ma’oz tzur! This was followed by a selection of contemporary and traditional jazz music to get everyone in the party mood.

The year ahead is looking busy with many exciting events planned, including a visit from international best selling author Sophie Hannah.

Pictured is the Quinta Jazz Combo.

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Saturday Night At The Movies

Yeshurun Synagogue was definitely the place to be last Saturday night when our Film Night for Years 7 to 9 was attended by nearly 30 young people, all headed by our Youth Leader Tony Geller.

The photo below shows them in their favourite position – chilled and relaxing with friends!


Diamonds On Display

At Yeshurun’s regular Coffee and Baigel get together this month, the conversation definately had a sparkle to it.

Estelle Weiner gave an audio visual talk on the diamond displays at both the Tel-Aviv museum and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee display at Buckingham Palace.

The talk was particularly interesting as Estelle was able to give the history and details to the jewels, as she is from a family that worked in the diamond industry in both Holland and at Hatton Garden.
Pity there were no free samples for us!


Yeshurun’s Hearts Are In Safe Hands

The shul has been very fortunate to have received a donation for the purpose of buying a defibrillator. These machines are becoming more common in public places and are designed to be used by anyone, even without training. We recently held a First Aid training, where our group leaders, Board and even the Rabbi were trained in CPR. They were then shown how to use the defibrillator once they had mastered the vital skills of resuscitation.

The training was provided by a Red Cross Trainer, organised via Magen David Adom at no charge to the shul. We are very grateful to the MDA for their support. As this session was oversubscribed we are planning another soon.
The photo shows Rabbi Kanterovitz practising the recovery position on Dr Tony Kaye watched by Gail Taylor, Leah Burman, Julia Seager, Peter Newgrosh, Irving Normie, Roger Baker and Andy Feldman.

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Women In Judaism Welcome Maureen Kendler

Our Women In Judaism committee were delighted to welcome Maureen Kendler to Yeshurun in May, where more than 60 members heard her talk and lead a lively discussion on “Why we love Ruth – at last, a Biblical book with a happy ending!”


Maureen is Director of Informal Education at the London School of Jewish Studies and used the opportunity to explore the positive aspects that come evolve from what is, at first glance, a sad story.

This event was the Yeshurun Women in Judaism’s 50th anniversary event and was preceded by a celebratory supper for the WIJ committee to welcome Maureen, and was also attended by the Rabbi and Rebbetzen. Pictured below is the WIJ committee with their guest, together with other images from a highly enjoyable evening.


L-R Carole Weinberg, Audrey Jeffay, Sheila Bernstein, Shosh Lewis, Irene Naftalin, Maureen, Elaine Joels, Leah Burman, Rebetzen and Rabbi Kanterowicz.

Quiz Winners!

Pictured is the winning team of the recent quiz held at Yeshurun, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. The event was arranged jointly by the Ladies’ Guild and Xperience@Yeshurun, within 50 people taking part. The questions were set by Gary Barnett and quiz mistress(!) was Marilyn Berg.

Pictured are (L to R) William Blumenthal, Steve de Wijze, Julia Segar, Mark Goldstone, Louise Goldstone, Audrey Jeffay and Bob Jeffay.