Cultural Activities

Culture has always been a really important aspect of life at The Wimbledon Synagogue and we aim to accommodate all interests and passions

We have regular concerts, talks, quizzes and debates that generate exciting discussions and are also enjoyable social occasions.

There is a very active Adult Education group which puts on a wide array of activities, including cultural outings and foreign tours and it is ever-growing.

The Art and Literature Group meets every Friday morning for a variety of cultural activities including a book club, films, talks on art and music These are enriched by outings that complement their programme.

Music is a big part of Wimbledon Synagogue’s life with regular concerts, some given by well-known visiting musicians. We have had talent shows for our younger and older highly gifted congregants and have our own youth and adult choirs

We have produced two great Musical successes in the past few years; the Musical ‘Joseph’ and, the recently staged ‘Guys and Dolls’, under the direction of our Synagogue Music Director, Nicole Allison.

The Wimbledon Music Festival uses the Synagogue as one of its venues every autumn. This Festival is growing from strength to strength and hosts an amazing line-up of internationally renowned performers, playing everything from Classical music to Jazz.

Our choir sings at some, not all, Shabbat Services, often for Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs but they do not confine themselves to services.  They have put on a number of ‘secular’ concerts as well over the years. They meet on alternate Thursday evenings and new members are always welcome. If you are interested please contact Nicole Allison on music@wimshul.org.

A new programme for adults is starting up this term, during Cheder hours, called ‘Super Sunday Mornings’.  It is cultural, educational and spiritual. Our aim is to design a programme that balances spiritual reflections with practical opportunities to enhance our Jewish lives both in the home and in our daily lives.

We have many talks about the politics of Israel and related matters given by a number of prestigious speakers including Lawrence Freedman, Aaron Bregman, Alex Brummer and the Board of Deputies – and there are also regular evenings hosted and arranged by the South London Israel Forum.

A few years ago we were selected by the BBC to host a programme of ‘Any Questions’ – the first time that the Programme had come to a Synagogue.

So – as you can see – there’s a lot going on at The Wimbledon Synagogue!

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