Lunch at yeshurun for Israeli soldiers

Some injured Israeli soldiers came to visit Manchester and London in June – stopping for lunch at Yeshurun. The rabbi spoke after the meal and explained the importance of the State of Israel to all Jews in the Diaspora, especially in the light of recent incidents of anti-Semitism. He thanked them for keeping Israel safe and having had to pay the price.

The soldiers representative made a presentation to the rabbi – a silver plated pen holder depicting the walls of Jerusalem.

Many thanks to the ladies who helped prepare lunch and the some fantastic jam and cream meringues.


Yeshurun meet & greet new Rabbinical couple

Almost 100 people turned up on Sunday 15th June at Yeshurun Synagogue at an informal ‘meet and greet’ coffee morning to welcome their new rabbinical couple, Nechama and Chanan Atlas who joined the congregation after Pesach. The Rabbi and Nechama personally contacted as many members to invite them to come along, and it was greatly appreciated by those members .

It was a wonderful occasion, very relaxed and casual, and gave many Yeshurun members the opportunity to meet their new Rabbi and his wife away from the usual Shabbat or Yomtov Service, and Kiddush. Additionally, our oldest member, Jack Miller, who celebrated his 104th birthday on the day, was able to attend, and we were able to sing a rousing Happy Birthday to him, and he said a few words to the community.

We really hope that people planning to move into South Manchester will consider Gatley / Cheadle as an option, with our very special modern orthodox, tolerant and forward thinking community ethos.


Afternoon Tea to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut.

100 adults and 30 children attended an Afternoon Tea put on by the Ladies’ Guild at Yeshurun Synagogue, Gatley to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut. Continue reading…

Gatley Matza Ramble

50 Yeshurunites (and various dogs) went for a Matza Ramble starting at from Bosley Locks Macclesfield. home for Yom Tov. The 5 mile walk was lead by Elliot and David.


Arguing the Case for Israel

In July. Yeshurun hosted an informed and captivating review of the current challenges in presenting Israel’s case from Lorna Fitzsimons, Chief Executive of Bicom. In her wide sweeping review of the current situation facing the advocates for Israel, Lorna Fitzsimons pointed out that the real concern of the Methodists’ decision was the alarming implication that Christian Zionism was invalid.

lorna_fitzsimonsThere have been some successes, however, she reported. The International Trades Union Congress recently refused, against expectations, to back a boycott against Israel, and William Hague is very conscious of the Iranian nuclear threat. Ms Fitzsimons believes that it is vital for Bicom and the Jewish community to help define the new coalition’s foreign policy and to support Israel’s friends. She expects that autumn will be a challenging time with threats which are “real, increasing, and becoming critical” and praised the Yeshurun community for its proactive support.

Yesh Kids Fun Run

Yesh Kids, Yeshurun Synagogue’s new “fun learning” post school club for ages 6 to 11 held its first Post Pesach Fun Run on Sunday 11th April. Over forty of the Cheadle and Gatley community’s younger members participated in the two mile run from the synagogue to William Scholes Park and back. The photograph shows some of Yeshurun’s younger members after taking part in Sunday’s Fun Run.

The event was held in bright sunshine and on their return the runners were treated to some post run exercises and a Bagel Brunch. £120 was raised to pay for future activity trips out for the club.


Pesach Matzo Ramble

Once again, Yeshurunites of all ages took to the country for their annual Matzo Ramble during Chol Hamoed Pesach.


Yeshurun Steam Train Trip

In November, Cheadle’s Yeshurun Synagogue members, with their friends and families, enjoyed an imaginative Sunday trip out with family and friends on the Churnet Valley Railway

One hundred and sixty excited travellers climbed on the old steam train which puffed through the countryside.

Children (and adults) were able to clamber on to the engine where staff explained the workings of the engine, and they enjoyed stops at the lovingly restored picturesque stations. With packed lunches and afternoon tea, strolls through the neighbouring countryside, rounded off with Mincha and Maariv service and communal singing on the return journey, a great day was had by all.


New Curtains and Sefer Torah covers for the High Festivals

Rosh Hashana 2009 saw the introduction of beautiful new curtains for the Ark created by Yeshurun member Shosh Lewis, a talented and artistic designer.

The curtains are headed by the phrase “Repentance, Prayer and Charity” in Hebrew and incorporate the seasonal symbols of the Shofar, Pomegranate, Scales of Justice, Book of Life, Apple and Honey, and the Lulav. The curtains are complemented by matching new covers for the Bimah and Lectern.

highholy_curtainsThese have been enhanced by beautiful new Sefer Torah covers in 2012 and 2013 for the High Holy days which reflect similar motifs and the inherent messages of each of the High Holy Days.

These provide a highlight and add to the inspiration generated on such occasions

Twenty Years of Women in Judaism

Yeshurun’s pioneering Women in Judaism group celebrated their achievements over 20 years during this year’s High Festivals by mounting a Retrospective Exhibition in the library area of the synagogue.

This fascinating exhibition includes tributes to the work of the Group, memories of their past events (including high profile Guest Speakers), study days, and Simchat Torah Celebrations.


The Women’s Simchat Torah celebration this year will be on the theme of Chesed with speakers from the Women in Judaism group and a guest speaker, radio journalist Judy Merry, will talk on her research into “Manchester’s Jewish Women Philanthropists of the Last Century”.