Middlesex New Synagogue is one of the largest synagogues in the Reform Movement and serves Harrow, Kenton, Wembley, Pinner, Hatch End, Stanmore, Northwood and Watford with a wide range of religious, educational and communal facilities for all ages.
theMNSwebsite has been developed with the aim of providing information not only for and about the MNS community, but also for the wider Jewish and non-Jewish communities. As well as the latest news and dates for your diary, there is information about all aspects of the Synagogue and its activities as well as special articles and features. Please browse through its pages and see if anything takes your fancy; bookmark www.mns.org.uk and make sure to visit again.
Chanukah in Moscow
Rabbi Leonid Bimbat of Le-Dor va-Dor writes: On behalf of our congregation I send the best wishes to the MNS on occasion of Hanukah festival which starts tonight. May you have a meaningful and warm celebration at synagogue and at home! I would like to update you about Hanukah events organised by Le-Dor va-Dor congregation. Read more…
Mitzvah Day 2013
Jacky Martin, Head Teacher of HaMakom, writes: All four communities, along with HaMakom, joined together to take part in Mitzvah Day on 17th November, Mitzvah Day has become an international event with communities in Israel, America, Poland, Argentina, Zimbabwe and Germany as well as all over the UK taking part in a variety of activities. We were very busy with a variety of activities. Read more…
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Friday 8th November, causing catastrophic damage. The 300-mile wide typhoon is estimated to have killed at least 10,000, destroying about 70-80% of the area in its path. The city and nearby villages were flooded, leaving floating bodies and roads choked with debris from fallen trees, tangled power lines and flattened homes. 618,175 people are currently displaced and approximately 9.5 million have been affected in 36 provinces, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
World Jewish Relief is appealing to save lives and urgently support those affected with emergency food and water, temporary shelter and the provision of medical assistance. WJR works only with partners who are fully accountable and who can conclusively guarantee the security of funds raised. Please be part of our community’s response and make a donation today. Visit www.wjr.org.uk or telephone 020 8736 1250. Your contribution will make a real difference to the lives of those affected.
Click here to read about Israel’s response to the disaster in the Philippines from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Judy and Philip Silverton write; During our amazing recent trip to Australia (to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary), we bought an original aboriginal painting. We had already decided to do this as our special ‘souvenir’ and our children wanted to buy this as their anniversary gift. One morning in the Ayers Rock resort, we watched local artists at work and spent some time finding out the meaning of the symbolism in their artwork. We chose a painting initially because we both just liked it. Read more…
75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Martin Simonis writes: Sandie and I were immensely privileged (and lucky) to obtain tickets to attend the memorial service at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 10th November on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. A few familiar MNS faces were seen amongst the many hundreds of north-west London Jews at the event organised by the Jewish and Christian communities of London and, in particular, Belsize Square independent synagogue. Read more…
Zionist Thinkers and Activists: Biographies, Writings and Legacies Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith and Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton will discuss influential figures in the History of Zionism starting with Rav Kook and Ze’ev Jabotinsky on selected Shabbat mornings from 9:30am. Click here for dates.
Parashat Ha-Shavuah Rabbis Frank Dabba Smith and Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton will be studying the week’s Torah portion drawing from ancient and modern commentaries and all our own insights. Come and let the Torah portion come alive at our monthly discussions, and find out what a wealth of knowledge is hidden in those texts which we think we know so well on selected Shabbat mornings from 9:30am. Click here for dates.
17 December – Film 39
KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS
The screening will start at 8:00pm, and there will be time to chat afterwards. Please note that the dialogue has sub-titles for the hearing-impaired. Light refreshments will be provided; a donation to a synagogue charity will be appreciated. Read more…
15 January – Photo 39
Members of Photo 39 share different aspects of photography, with interests from taking photos, collecting old cameras, learning about well known photographers and their impact on the wider world. We share any recent work we have, from holiday snaps to digital images or darkroom work. We also discuss exhibitions and support each other, and swap hints for improving our photos. The overall atmosphere is one of enthusiasm and mutual support.
Wednesday 15th January 2014: Rabbi Frank will demonstrate Lightroom and we will continue work on our exhibition photos.
Wednesday 12th February: The links between photography and memorializing – thinking about Roland Barthes’ image of his mother and sharing our own photographs of family or memorial monuments.
16 January – Cook 39
We plan to continue this and hope new people may also join our merry band of bakers in 2014. The smell in the building on those mornings bring many comments as does the proof of eating the finished homemade goods.
The first Cake Bake In starts in the new year and will be on Thursday 16th January 2014 at 10am. We look forward to seeing you there – turn up with your apron!