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Chairman's Report

I would like to wish all our members and friends of Ne've Shalom, Chag Chanukah S'meach.

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime "festival of lights," celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication," and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple.

In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs, instead of mitzvah observance and belief in God. In 164BCE, against all odds, a small band of faithful, but poorly armed Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of God.

When they sought to light the Temple's Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single jar of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be obtained and prepared under conditions of ritual purity.

This year we are holding our Chanukah Service and special Kiddush on Friday evening 27 December 2019 starting at 6.15pm. As this is the sixth night of Chanukah, we will be lighting our giant Chanukiah. Although we have postponed this year's social event, which was following the Service, please make every effort to attend.

Following our outstanding first Service of Remembrance last month at Ne've Shalom. Veronika took some truly amazing photos from the service. These are now on display in the hallway notice board at the Shul. Thank you again Veronika.

Due to a significant donation, our new memorial board has now made and shipped from America. We will be arranging to have it installed in the Shul shortly and asking Lesley to unveil it in loving memory of Geoff Annis.

Just a reminder about our Open Friday Night Service, which is taking place on Friday 21 February 2020 at 7.00pm. After the Service, and following the Brachot over the wine and bread, there will be the Kiddush with a wide range of "Jewish-style" foods. Please feel free to invite guests, both Jewish and non-Jewish to this interesting event

Finally, please don't forget to come to our Friday Night services at 7.00pm and Shabbat Morning Services at 10.30am.
Forthcoming Events

Following the huge success of previous Open Friday Night Services, the next one will take place on Friday 21 February 2020 starting at 7.00pm. What makes this Service different from the normal Friday Night service is the running commentary from those leading the Service explaining the nature of the prayers being recited, their background, origin and the traditional rituals being observed. After the Service, and following the Brachot over the wine and bread, there will be the Kiddush with a wide range of "Jewish-style" foods.

There also will be opportunity to look around the Synagogue, talk to those members present and examine the Ark, Scrolls and other artefacts.

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 (01482) 658312 or at hullreform@isa.karoo.co.uk



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Ne've Shalom
Great Gutter Lane
HU10 6DP

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