“You are a stranger only until you enter Stanmore Shul”
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh 02 August 2008 - 01 Menachem Av 5768
Commences at 8.00pm
Service in shul at 7.30pm
SIDRA for the Week:
MASSEI (page 714 Hertz)
NUMBERS 28, 9—15 (page 695)
JEREMIAH 2, 4-28 and 3, 4, 1 and 2;
ISAIAH 66, 1 and 23
(page 725 Hertz)
Special Prayers This Week:
Ya’aleh Ve'yavo (page 396/351)
Hallel (page 618/585)
Atah Yatzarta (page 440/401)
Bor’chi Nafshi (page 506/461)
Thought for the week
Towards the end of the Sidrah we read about the sentence for one who committed manslaughter [Chapter 35, verse 9 onwards]. The offender was required to flee to a dedicated 'city of refuge'. He was forbidden to leave this city until the death of the main Kohen. Rashi provides two explanations for the bizarre link between the demise of the Kohen and the offender's release.
One reason is that the Kohen traditionally encourages peace and harmony that extends life, while the offender causes the exact opposite. It is highly appropriate, therefore, that the offender should not be given his freedom before the Kohen has fulfilled his life's mission. The second reason is more thought-provoking. The Kohen – as leader of the people - is charged with praying for their welfare. Somehow, this man committed a terrible crime, and the Kohen must carry some responsibility (for not praying sufficiently hard enough).
We, too, should always reflect on how much responsibility we carry for what takes place around us. Whether directly or indirectly, the decisions we take will always carry consequences. We must always be vigilant and alert.
RABBI MENDEL LEW
RABBI MENDEL LEW will be in attendance
RABBI ANDREW SHAW will deliver the sermon
CHAZAN HENRY BLACK will lead the service
GEOFFREY WOLF will lead Pesukei DeZimra
MICHAEL VOGEL will lein the Sedra
ANTHONY SINCLAIR will read the Haftarah
DANIEL BOWER will lead Anim Zemirot
Hospitality (upstairs): ELAINE LAMPERT
Hospitality (downstairs): MALCOLM TASH
This Week’s Presiding Warden: JULIAN SYNETT
SHACHARIT - Main Shul 9.00am
Youth Service 9.30am
Intermediate Service 10.30 Children's Service 10.30am Toddlers' Service 11.00am
RABBI MELVYN BLOOM'S Shiur will be at 7.45pm
MINCHA at 8.43pm (omit Tzidkatcha Zedek) to be followed
by RABBI MENDEL LEW'S Shiur
MA'ARIV at the termination of Shabbat at 9.43pm
The community is invited to Kiddush in the Freeman Susman Hall following the service. The Kiddush is part sponsored by the Stanmore L’Chaim Fund.
Sunday - Shacharit at 8.30am
Mincha and Ma'ariv at 7.30pm
Monday - Friday - Shacharit at 7.15am
Monday - Thursday - Mincha and Maariv at 8.00pm
Next Friday Shabbat Chazon commences at 8.00pm
and service in Shul will be at 7.30pm
Social and Personal
We wish Mazaltov to:
Richard Hyams and Valerie Hyams on the engagement of their son Jamie to Susan Sabel daughter of Hannah and John Sabel. Mazaltov also to grandparents Ruby Levy, Zena and William Sabel.
Tracey and David Crugman on the birth of a daughter Darcie Kimberley a sister for Reece. Mazaltov also to grandparents Shirley and Melvin Black and Elaine and Maurice Crugman.
Valerie and Brian Newfield on the birth of a grandson Dylan Max a son for Rachel and Antony Newfield and a brother for Gemma. Mazaltov also to grandparents Adrienne Clarke and Julian Sorsby.
We offer our sincere condolences to:
The family of the late Frances Shertzer. Last night of Shiva at 9 Markham Close, Theobald Street, Borehamwood is Sunday 3 August.
Adrienne Morris on the loss of her mother Phyllis Samuels. Shiva terminated.
We wish 'Long Life' on the consecration of Memorial Stones to:
Angela Woolf for her father Joseph Meltzer Sunday 3 August at 4.30pm at Bushey cemetery.
The family of the late Jack Samuels Sunday 3 August at 5.00pm at Bushey cemetery.
Hanna and Leo Orenstein who have now made Aliyah
would like to thank the community for their good wishes.
STANMORE YOUTH WANTED FROM SEPTEMBER: Cheder requires 4 reading helpers (year 11 or above) and 1 classroom assistant (year 12 or above).
SMILE requires a reading lead for the Challenge programme (year 12 or above).
Interviews to be held on Sunday mornings in June by arrangement and will be based on Jewish knowledge and reading ability.
Work in connection with the installation of the new car park gates and security fencing around the Synagogue complex has begun.
Access will be available to the Synagogue and Community Centre through the front of the building but at times there may be no access for vehicles or pedestrians through the car park.
Would you like to read a Haftarah on Shabbat or Yom Tov?
If you need help in perfecting your skills, please contact the Honorary Executive
Members should note that the Burial Society office is now located at Bushey.
The telephone number is 020 8950 7767.
PLEASE NOTE THAT UNWANTED RELIGIOUS BOOKS CAN NO LONGER BE BROUGHT TO THE SYNAGOGUE BUILDING.
PLEASE BE KIND ENOUGH TO PHONE BUSHEY CEMETERY TO ARRANGE FOR DISPOSAL.
Our website service "Ask the Rabbi" is a message board where you can post a question that will require a BRIEF answer from Rabbi Mendel Lew.
As it is a message board you will also be able to see other questions and answers - so please visit regularly.
Rabbi Mendel Lew is now replying to previously posted questions - please click the link above to read his answers.
On Shabbat 2nd April 2005, at the conclusion of the service, Stanmore members gave a presentation of their personal reflections on their recent pilgrimage to Auschwitz. This presentation, entitled "60 Thoughts for 60 Years" can be viewed, together with photographs and a five minute video, on the Community Department page.
Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, FZY, JLGB, Art
Class, Craft Class, Keep Fit, Israeli Dancing and Ivrit - check with leaders
Rabbi Melvyn Bloom's Shiur - recommences on 8 September
Friendship Club - Tuesday at 12.30pm
J.A.C.S. - Wednesday at 1.30pm
HaCheder — Applications for the September term are now welcome. For a registration form or further details please contact the HaCheder Administrator — Carole on 8954 0919.
WIZO Strawberry Tea — Monday 11 August at 2.30pm at 53 London Road (courtesy of Gena Turgel MBE). For further details contact Gena 8958 1306.
At a Board Meeting on Monday 7 July the Honorary Executive and Board of Management voted that the throwing of sweets in Shul on Shabbat morning should cease.
There is a lift adjacent to the Freeman Susman Hall staircase.
It will work on Sunday and weekdays.
On Shabbat and Yom Tov the lift will operate on automatic shabbat mode.
However please note:
The lift is ONLY for the use of disabled people and the elderly
The maximum capacity is two people at a time
When in automatic mode the lift must be allowed to operate without assistance - the door will open and close very slowly and must not be pushed or pulled as this will damage the mechanism.
Stanmore Synagogue Community Care offers support to the members of the community in all sorts of ways. If you need help in any way whatsoever please contact us on 8954 3300 in total confidence.
If you know anyone who is ill or housebound please contact
Stanmore Synagogue Community Care on 8954 3300
MALE CONGREGANTS ARE REMINDED THAT THE MEHITZA IS IN PLACE AT THE BACK OF THE SHUL DOWNSTAIRS. THEY ARE RESPECTFULLY ASKED NOT TO OCCUPY THE SEATS BEHIND THE MEHITZA AS THEY ARE RESERVED FOR THE USE OF WOMEN FOR ALL SERVICES EXCEPT ON YOMIM NORAIM.
Please inform the Shul office if you wish the name of a relative or friend to be included in the Prayer for the Sick recited on Shabbat morning.
We thank those members who have generously donated to
the Stanmore L’Chaim fund.
If you wish to make a donation please contact the Shul office.
The loudspeaker system is not in use on Shabbat/Yom Tov.
The shul loop system for the hard of hearing is in use,
for halachic details please see the notice board.
If you notice that a member has not been attending Shul for a few weeks, please inform the Wardens in order that they can make contact.
If you are a first time visitor and would like to be informed regularly of our updates, then please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org