From The Rabbi

Rabbi's stuff from Kehillah

  • Counting the Omer

    Beginning with the second night of Pesach we count the Omer until we arrive in our calendar at Shavuot. To help you with the counting, we have prepared a leaflet for you with a calendar, the blessings, and the numbers (download link below and available in the Shul). Traditionally, the Omer is counted in the evening, after sunset. Chag Sameach The Jewish calendar is big on time and, in most cases, follows a natural pattern, such as the moon, the sun, and/or the seasons. However, Shabbat comes every week, whether or not Friday night feels like a Tuesday or a Thursday or if we are in summer or winter. Something I learned…

  • Adopt a Hostage: Segev Kalfon

    Our community has joined the BOD initiative to “Adopt a Hostage.” Below you will find some information about Segev Kalfon, for whom we will reserve a chair in our synagogue until his safe return home. #BringThemHomeNow Segev Kalfon In the heart of a bustling music festival, tragedy struck. On October 7, 2023, the Supernova desert rave turned into a nightmare for 26-year-old Segev Kalfon. As the beat of the music pulsed through the crowd, Hamas terrorists descended upon the revellers, leaving chaos and devastation in their wake. Segev attempted to flee, but fate intervened. The terrorists spotted him, and in that fateful moment, Segev became a hostage. His last communication…

  • Baby and Toddler Group

    Our weekly baby and toddler group has been running for many years and is a wonderful space for parents, grandparents and carers to meet and for them to bring their babies and toddlers for songs, craft, stories and play. To join and for details please email the office office@wimshul.org We can’t wait to see you there!

  • Emergency Update on Israel

    The synagogue’s Israel committee and SLIF held an Emergency Update on the Situation in Israel on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London, shared his opinion on ‘What went wrong’. Emily Pater, UJIA Israel Director, and Richard Pater, BICOM, gave us a live update from Jerusalem.