Annual Pesach Ramble. 50 Yeshurunites, including Rabbi Chanan Atlas and family, braved a misty morning to enjoy hiking a hilly, muddy & eventually sunny 7 miles circular route from Chinley in Derbyshire. Chocolate Matzah, fishballs, eggs and a variety of home made delicacies fuelled the way. A chapel with a magen david was spotted.
I hope you are all enjoying the Spring weather….and also that you enjoyed Purim and Pesach…now a(distant) memory! The communal seder was a great success, as it was last year too, and I do hope that more of you will be encouraged to come along next year. We may move the shul seder to the second night, to encourage even greater numbers in attendance.
Every month when I start to compose my communal letter, I think how fantastic it is that there is so much communal activity, in so many different forms.
April and May are busy months at Yeshurun as you can see from this month’s newsletter. We are getting new members joining the community and a lot of interest, notably at the younger family end, which is great news. Rabbi Chanan and Nechama are networking actively to encourage people to come along, and hopefully to join our wonderful ‘kehilla’.
This week I (and many Yeshurun members) attended the wonderfully supported, emotional Yom Hashoah event, at Event City, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. There must have been over 2000 people there. It was heart rending, moving and stimulating. If you didn’t go, you missed something very special.
Next week it is of course Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut both of which are being marked by large events in North Manchester, and I hope that our members will join those two events, as advertised in the Shul Newsletter. But in addition, see the letter from Rabbi Chanan and Nechama inviting you to our Yeshurun ceremony on Wednesday 22nd April, in the evening.
Next weekend, 24/25th April, the Rabbi has organised YESHABBAT – a special shabbaton commencing with Friday night dinner, plus a special Shabbat morning service for young adults, with their own cholent kiddush! There are still places available if you are 39 or below!
Downstairs, in the main shul, also on 25th April, we have a visiting ‘Scholar in Residence’ Rabbi Grunstein, who will be speaking on Shabbat followed by a very special kiddush, in honour of Leonard Kaufmann’s retirement from the shul office and his 80th birthday.
Shavuot is now on the horizon, of course, and the Rabbi is busy organising the Tikkun Leil Shavuot event. You may remember, whether you came or not last year, that we had a magnificent event, supported by about 80 people most of whom had never been to a Tikkun Leil shavuot before. The Rabbi is keen to make it bigger and even better this year, but of course it relies on everyone’s support. It is on Motzei Shabbat 23rd May, into the early hours of the morning (!), starting with a communal dinner! Please diarise the date, and give it consideration…be open minded…and what have you got to lose? It is a Bank Holiday weekend too, so no early morning required after the event!! Watch for the ‘flyer’ with more details coming out shortly. You can stay for as long or short a time as you wish..no pressure. We hope to have interesting talks as we did last time, but with a different format this year.
Yeshurun is proud to be hosting the Annual Provincial President’s Conference (for all Shul Presidents outside London) this year on June 7th. The Chief Rabbi will be visiting us once again (twice in two months….how special for us). We are busy planning the event, and hope to be hosting presidents and vice presidents from all over the UK.
Another date for your diary is a speaker evening on Tuesday 23rd JUNE, when the Events
Committee have a high profile, Premiership Football Referee coming to talk….”Balls, Bangers and Barms”!! This should be a most interesting evening. If you are not enthusiastic about football, please still mention it to friends and relatives who are….I’m told Anthony Taylor is a great speaker, and it should be a fun evening for men and women!
The newsletter contains information on all the up and coming events over the next month, the Book club, the Coffee Bagel and Chat event amongst others, and don’t forget of course the regular daily and weekly activities – Gentlemen’s Discussion Group every Tuesday, SEED every Monday, and ‘Breakfast with the Judges’ every Thursday morning.
The new Yeshurun website will also be live imminently (I know I’ve been saying that for a while!) – just a couple of details to finalise. We will let you know as soon as it goes live. It may not be perfect, but we can make further adjustments once it has gone live. We are hoping to encourage members to view the website rather than being “spoon-fed” shul information. The newsletter and weekly announcements will have links to detail on the website. Service times, and details of all the regular activities will be there, with contact details.
The Shul AGM is coming up on Tuesday 9th June – another date for your diary. Please consider getting involved in shul activities and putting your name forward to come on the Shul Council…we need young blood within the organisation of the shul. Please chat with me or any member of the current Board or Council if you want to find out more about what is involved. It really is not onerous…there are just 9 council meetings per year.
In addition the LADIES GUILD AGM is also coming up soon, and I know they are also looking for new blood! Younger members would be most welcome on the Ladies Guild. We owe the Ladies in our community such a debt of gratitude for everything they do for the community. Please contact Marilyn Berg for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
You have now all received your shul membership invoices…It would really be appreciated if you could all sign up for direct debit payments asap. This will be much more cost effective for the community as a whole. I am sure you all use direct debit for paying other utility bills, and it will make our financial workload more streamlined in the years ahead. Also, your monthly payments will be reduced, as it will be payable over 12 months (rather than 10 by standing order).
(We were ultimately unable to include the cemetery maintenance fee within the annual subscription as it made things much more complicated for internal reasons).
…..and finally. You may remember when I took office as Chairman, there were three particular refurbishment projects I wanted to focus in the shul premises. Redecorating and recarpeting the ‘hall, landing and stairs’ (achieved through fundraising); recarpeting the Radiven Hall (I am delighted to announce that the new carpet was fitted this week, courtesy of the Events Committee, who are proud to have funded it), and finally the recarpeting of the main shul itself, which is the biggest project.
Thus…I am now on a fundraising mission to raise £10000 to replace the shul carpet (badly needed if you look carefully!). The better maintained, the more attractive we are to new members too. Any money donated to the shul for this purpose will be “ring fenced”. I would be very appreciative if all shul groups would donate proceeds to the ‘carpet fund’ until this project is complete.
I wish you all a very pleasant month ahead, and look forward to seeing you in shul or at any of the events mentioned, and of course on 25th April, at the kiddush to honour Leonard.
The one event I’m always pleased if NO ONE attends, is my Chairman’s surgery…but you are most welcome – the next one is SUNDAY 26TH APRIL 10 – 11am in the shul office. If no one comes, I take it as a sign that everyone is happy with everything!!
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