Tisha B’Av is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar when we mourn the destruction of both Temples. We also recall many other tragedies, including the Holocaust, that have had such a catastrophic effect on the Jewish people. The Book of Eichah (Lamentations) is read together with Kinos, melancholy poems and laments.
The Fast of Av begins on Monday 4 August at 8.43 pm and ends on Tuesday 5 August at 9.31 pm. We will daven Minchah on the 4th at 8.20 pm followed by a Shiur. Maariv and Eichah will start at 9.45 pm. Shacharis is at 8.00 am followed by Kinos and the annual Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation event, featuring some of the finest speakers in the Jewish world: Rabbi Zev Leff, Rabbi Paysach Krohn, Rabbi Jonathan Rietti and the highly-acclaimed Charles Harari. The programme will finish about 1.00 pm. Minchah will commence at 8.00 pm (tefillin and tallis required) followed by Maariv.
Fancy a bridge, kalooki and board games evening on Sunday 14 September? Come along for a fun evening and raise some funds for the Shul. The donation is just £6 each and it all starts at 7.30 pm. Contact Ivor Lethbridge, Doreen Ross or Angela.
Shabbos Project (Shabbat UK)
The Shabbos Project is an exciting global effort to encourage as many Jewish people to keep one Shabbos on Friday & Saturday 24 & 25 October 2014. Each Shul is left to its own devices to run imaginative programmes that will enthuse and engage the local community. The first thing to do is keep the date free. Next, commit to being part of Clayhall’s special Shabbos Project day. Finally, look out for the first release of information coming to you very soon. We want this to be a mammoth event attracting large numbers of people across all ages. The aim is to be ambitious and simply go for it! We are working hard to produce an outline vision to fill the whole day with inspiration and ending with a communal Havdalah party. All the Jewish Kiruv (outreach) organisations are taking part - Aish, Jewish Learning Exchange and Seed.
NEROS Selichos Service
There’s nothing like good notice and the NEROS Selichos Service takes place at Ilford Federation Shul on Saturday night 20 September. The address by Rabbi Alex Chapper is at 11.40 pm and the service, led by Chazan Adrian Alexander begins at 12.00 am. Refreshments served from 10.45.
Please let either the Shul office, Rabbi Wilson or Gordon Miller know of any member(s) who is/are unwell. We will arrange home or hospital visits and shopping if necessary. We treat all information in the strictest confidence. Sometimes, there are situations where we can only offer limited help or we simply do not have the time, expertise or resources. So never hesitate to call Jewish Care Direct on 020 8922 2222.
Please use our Shul library that is located in the Ackerman Resource Centre on the ground floor. Over 160 books to read or borrow covering a range of Jewish topics are available. We will shortly be sending out the list of books to encourage greater use. If anyone would like to donate books either in celebration of a Simchah or to commemorate a Yahrzeit, please speak to the Office. Click here for a list of books in the library.