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Chairman's Report

Firstly, can I thank you all for your support in electing me as Chair of the Shul Council. It's a great honour and I would like to thank Andy for all his dedication, hard work and commitment over the past four and a half years. Since being elected in June 2017, Andy has done so much for our Shul, much behind the scenes, and it's only due to his significant business commitment and excessive workload that he has had stepped down. I'm sure that he'll be back.

As I said before, it's often forgotten that all members of the Shul Council are unpaid volunteers who, purely and simply, have the welfare of the Shul at heart and they should be afforded the respect they deserve.

Following the AGM in June 2019 and before the Shul closed in March 2020, there had been some divisions within the Shul Council due to 'unhelpful' opinions and the forming of cliques within the membership. I appreciate that these situations are not new, having seen them arise a number of times during my 38 year membership, but we must all try to 'pull together', especially in these challenging times.

At the AGM in June 2019, a request was made by a number of members regarding the employment of a Student Rabbi. Although an expensive option, the Council, with assistance from Sarita, MRJ's Director of Community Partnership (North), managed to retain the services of Student Rabbi Eleanor Davis. Unfortunately, due to the 'lockdown', Eleanor was unable to come to Hull during 2020, but was able to lead Services over this year's High Holy Days. Moving forward, Eleanor has been 'booked' for selected weekends and Festivals during this year and next. It is, therefore, essential that you support these Services and events, as her retention was a direct response from a membership request. In other words, you wanted her, now show your support through your attendance.

Finally, I'm delighted to report that the changes to the Shul Constitution now allow the burial of Jewish members and their non-Jewish partners in the same grave at Tranby Lane Cemetery. I know this is welcome news to a number of our members. Please feel free to share this latest development with any disenfranchised Jews that you might be acquainted with and ask them to contact Laura on 07895 269 462 or by emailing laura.hullreform@gmail.com for more details.
Forthcoming Events

Following discussions within the Shul Council, it was decided to take the decision to temporarily close the doors of the Synagogue once again. Unfortunately, over the last few weeks there had been a very low attendance to the Erev Shabbat services, sometimes it only being the Service leader and one other person.

The Synagogue will again be open for the Chanukah celebrations, which will be taking place on the evening of Friday 3rd December 2021 at 6.00pm. We will be offering Papas' Fish and Chips and Seaside Donuts following the Service.

The Council will then consider re-opening in the new year, once winter (and all the illness that comes with winter) was behind us. A formal announcement will be sent to all members.

School & Educational Visits
Ne've Shalom Synagogue is committed to educating the wider community about Judaism.

Each year over hundreds of pupils, students and adults come to learn some basic knowledge about Judaism. As part of the visit, they are shown Jewish artifacts and are taught about the traditions and rituals concerning our faith. We receive many compliments regarding the service that we offer and the schools and other institutions appear to enjoy the time spent this way.

Many groups return every year, so it is proving to be a popular event in the curriculum. We cater for all age groups from Primary to Secondary to Higher Education, adapting the programme to suit.

Although there is no charge, as all the guides are willing volunteers, we are always grateful for a discretionary donation to cover the costs of running the Synagogue.

For further information or to book a visit please contact us on 07895 269462 (leave a message if there's no answer) or e-mail laura.hullreform@gmail.com



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