A Spy Story

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When we think of espionage it often carries negative connotation: spying is not “nice”. However when given the more respectable label of “intelligence”, we all recognise its importance to the security of our own state and others. Indeed, the importance of spies and who controls them is very much in the news at the moment with

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The History of Israeli Folk Song

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It was lovely to welcome Chani Smith back to Wimbledon. She gave us a real taste of ‘Shirei Ha’am’, ‘Songs of the People’ and their history. Chani illustrated the talk with historic shots of Ha’Aretz and accompanied herself on the piano while singing a selection of classic folk songs. The origins of the Folk Songs are

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Shabbat HaAtzmaut Reading

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Am Yisroel Chai Last Wednesday we had the Yom Hashoah service when we commemorated almost 300 named relatives of members of our congregation and many more unnamed members of their families who died in the Shoah. This direct connection made it personal as we lit candles in remembrance for those who died and also as a

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Homelessness

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Some of you may be disappointed to learn that you are not going to get a sermon this morning.  Those of you who know me will be mightily relieved about this.  What I hope to do instead is to describe and to begin to bring to life two local projects with which this community is closely

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