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March 2019

Free Vegetarian Lunchtime Open House to meet Steven Philp

March 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Purim Feast and Festivities in support of Separated Child Foundation

March 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An evening of fun centring upon the Four Mitzvot.  Hamantaschen baking, encounters with the Megillah, the obligation to give "gifts to the poor", Persian-style cuisine and cocktail bar. Free entry to the hall; £18 minimum donation to dine, advance booking price. Read more about Separated Child, here.     

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Free Vegetarian Lunchtime Open House to meet Natasha Mann

March 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Friday Night Dinner

March 29 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Free – £15

Minimum donation: £15 adults, children's meals are free of charge but please RSVP.

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April 2019

Reflections on British-Jewish Poetry since 1945

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
£5 – £10

To ask “What is Jewish Poetry?” is to guarantee conflicting, multiple answers. Some people may find the very notion of Jewish poetry in English puzzling. Linguistic essentialists might argue that poetry can only be Jewish if it is written in a Jewish language, such as Yiddish, Hebrew or Ladino. Without dismissing the debate about whether Jewishness constitutes a linguistic, religious or ethnic identity, this talk introduces British-Jewish poetry from a more environmental perspective. Jewish poets in Britain are members of a minority group, who write as Jews because of specific social, cultural and historical experiences. Peter Lawson's talk…

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‘A Taste of Refuge’ Seder

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
£20 – £35

New London Synagogue and The Separated Child Foundation are pleased to be partnering again in ‘A Taste of Refuge’. There are more refugees now than ever before in human history. ‘A Taste of Refuge’ feels like a traditional Seder but fresh music and poetry—focusing on themes of refuge—throw new light on the original Passover story and echo today’s patterns of exodus and exile. Our guests will be refugees and we’re honoured that they’ll be sharing their stories with us as part…

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What is this thing called Jewish music? – An illustrated talk with NLS member and past Chair, Julian Futter.

April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
£5 – £10

Spanning  four continents and 1000 years, Julian will look at what we call Jewish music. Be prepared to be surprised and have your expectations confounded. As he is talking about Jewish music, don’t expect any comfortable answers or, indeed, any answers at all. Hopefully, Julian will sow a little constructive confusion around the subject. We do guarantee an entertaining and thought provoking evening, illustrated with many unusual and rare recordings, as well as some better known ones—Fiddler on the Roof…

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NLS Communal Seder

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Free – £67.50

Please join Rabbi Jeremy and Chazan Stephen at our communal second night Seder. Evening service at 6.30pm followed by Seder. Online booking closes 31 March 2019. After this time, please telephone the office to book, on 020 7328 1026. 

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May 2019

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
£16 – £19

NLS invites the community to a concert in commemoration of Yom HaShoah, featuring music by Julian Dawes, including: I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a song-cycle setting to music poems written by children in Terezin Concentration Camp, between 1942-44, performed by Finchley Children’s Music Group and Elegie for Violin and Piano, performed by Sophie Lockett (violin) and Mitra Alice Tham (piano). Followed by candle lighting and reflective reception. Ma’ariv—7.30 pm ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’—8.00 pm Address by Rabbi Jeremy—8.30 pm…

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‘Tefillah – History and Meaning’: A series of study sessions with Stephen Cotsen.

May 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Three-part series

It is not enough just to translate our prayers. They have layers of meaning; there is politics, social history and more to discover. I have chosen three wonderful texts. The opening blessings of the Amidah have a fascinating history, Anim Z'mirot is a mystical song created in the aftermath of the devastation caused to the Jews of Germany by the Crusaders. The Kaddish did not start off being said by mourners, but that too is a most interesting story. Do…

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