“You are a stranger only until you enter Stanmore Shul”
Shabbat 14 JUNE 2008 - 11 SIVAN 5768
Commences at 8.00pm
Service in shul at 7.30pm
SIDRA for the Week:
BEHA'ALOTCHA (page 605 Hertz)
ZECHARIAH 2, 14—4, 7 (page 620 Hertz)
Batmitzvah - NATALIE WYSE
Thought for the week
One activity in the Mishkan, described in this week's Sidrah, was the daily kindling of the Menorah. Although the instruction was that a Kohen was to kindle the Menorah, the Halacha - according to the great codifier Maimonides - is that any Jew (not necessarily a Kohen) could perform this action. In theory, the Menorah could be moved out of the holiness of the Mishkan so that any 'ordinary' Jew could engage in the lighting process. It is then returned to the Mishkan, and the instruction would have been fulfilled to the letter!
The crucial detail, as far as the Menorah is concerned, is that the identity of the one lighting it is of far less importance than the act itself. In fact the identity is of no significance whatsoever.
The soul of man is the light of G-d [Proverbs: 20.27]. We are, in essence, lights to illuminate the world. When we kindle our spark, we are taught that we must be confident that the flame will 'burn brightly and independently'. The world must be so affected by our spark that it glows and radiates on its own; the power of what we put in should have such a profound effect that the universe changes and becomes a force for good. All that is required is to light that 'Menorah'!
RABBI MENDEL LEW
RABBI ANDREW SHAW will address the Batmitzvah
CHAZAN HENRY BLACK will lead the service
Dr MAURICE FAIGENBLUM will lead Pesukei DeZimra
JONATHAN MORADOFF will lein the Sidra
YOSEF YITZCHAK LEW will lead Anim Zemirot
Hospitality (upstairs): PAULINE NEWMAN
Hospitality (downstairs): ALAN KROL
This Week’s Presiding Warden: LESLIE LIPOWICZ
Youth Service 9.30am
Intermediate Service 10.30 Children's Service 10.30am Toddlers' Service 11.00am
MINCHA at 9.25pm to be followed by RABBI ANDREW SHAW'S Shiur
MA'ARIV at the termination of Shabbat at 10.25pm
KEFFI and LEONARD WYSE on the occasion of the Batmitzvah of their daughter Natalie have pleasure in inviting the congregation to Kiddush in the Freeman Susman Hall following the service.
Bnei Akiva Meet this Shabbat at 3.30pm
Sunday - Shacharit at 8.30am.
Mincha and Maariv - 7.30pm.
Monday to Friday - Shacharit at 7.15am
Wednesday and Thursday - Mincha and Maariv at 8.00pm
Tuesday - Mincha and Maariv at 7.45pm (earlier time due to TLC)
Next Friday Shabbat commences at 8.00pm
and service in Shul will be at 7.30pm
Social and Personal
We wish Mazaltov to:
Natalie Wyse on the occasion of her Batmitzvah and to her parents Keffie and Leonard Wyse, sister Civanne and brother Tom. Mazaltov also to grandparents Miriam Wyse and Yael and Ezra Zur.
Adrienne and Alan Levine on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. The marriage took place on 15 June 1958 at Bet Hamedrash Hagodol Great Synagogue in Leeds.
We wish 'Long Life' on the consecration of Memorial Stones to:
Rochelle Espinoza for her sister Laraine Rifkin tomorrow Sunday 15 June at 1.00pm at Bushey cemetery.
The family of the late Vivienne Lewis on Thursday 19 June at 12 noon at Bushey cemetery.
The following consecrations will take place on Sunday 22 June:
Sidney Martin (husband of Sadie Martin).
AJEX The Annual Service in memory of The Jewish Fallen who have no known graves will be held at Willesden Cemetery, Beaconsfield Road, NW10 THIS Sunday 15 June at 10.00am.
All are invited to attend.
AJEX members are requested to assemble at 9.45am; hats and medals should be worn.
If transport is required, please contact Jack Lewis 8952 3020.
For further details please see the AJEX Notice Board in Synagogue foyer.
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.
Today is the last Shabbat that Bnei Akiva meet for this year (5768). Sarah Taylor has completed three years as the Rosh of Stanmore and Canons Park Bnei Akiva.
On behalf of the Community, the Honorary Executive thank Sarah for her devoted work with the youth of our Community.
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.
The Honorary Executive Surgery will take place THIS SUNDAY 15 JUNE for all those who have pre-booked appointments.
THIS WEEK AT TLC — TUESDAY 17 JuneSESSION A – 8.00-8.50pm
The History of British Jewry 1918-39 - Sir Herbert & the Zionists – Mr Elkan Levy
Body & Soul – SOUL: G-d – relating to infinity – Rabbi Andrew Shaw
The Bluffers Guide to the Synagogue Service – Reading the Torah – Rabbi Saul Zneimer
The Israeli Army – The disengagement from Gaza – Dr Daniel Reisel
Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, FZY, JLGB, Art
Class, Craft Class, Keep Fit, Israeli Dancing and Ivrit - meet as usual
Rabbi Melvyn Bloom’s Mishna Shiur - Monday at 8.15pm
Friendship Club - Tuesday at 12.30pm
J.A.C.S. - Wednesday at 1.30pm
Community Department (8385 7263)
SMILE - Sunday at 9.45am
FILE - Sunday at 9.30am
the CLUB - Sunday at 5.30pm
Bet Midrash - Thursday at 8.00pm
The Ladies Guild are arranging a coach trip to Brighton on Wednesday 25 June. For full details please contact Lila Edwards 8385 7551
Israel Awareness Committee THIS Thursday June 19th at 8:15pm will be hosting a visit by Anav Silverman of the Sderot Media Centre who will be talking about Life in Sderot with 5-25 missiles landing around her every day.
STANMORE WIZO Annual Summer Luncheon - Guest Speaker — Monday 23 June at 12 noon in the Freeman Susman Hall. For further details contact Gena Turgel MBE (8958 1306).
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.
Mazaltov Natalie on your Batmitzvah.
You are the sweetest grape on the vine.
L'chaim from Mum, Dad, Civanne and Tom.
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.
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