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The Hull Reform Synagogue - Ne've Shalom


Chairman's Report




Well the High Holy Days were certainty different this year. As we couldn't hold our own Services, we were thankful to the Finchley Reform Synagogue for including us in their Services over the High Holy Days. I also know that a number of members took advantage of the variety of online Services run by the Movement for Reform Judaism (MRJ). I am very hopeful that next year's High Holy Days will be back to 'normal' when we can all be together. The Council has therefore decided to make next year's High Holy Day a tremendous event with the help of a Student Rabbi, who can bring in a variety of approaches to the Services, which some of us have seen during this lockdown period, for you all to experience.


The Council has remained busy to ensure the Shul building, finances and members welfare are still well. Most members and friends should have received a "hello" from Laura Rhodes who is doing an tremendous job of keeping things ticking over.


In the meantime, Hull and East Riding has increasingly high infection rates in relation to Coronavirus and I urge you all to keep adhering to the Government guidelines and stay safe. Although the government is going to allow places of worship to re-open on 2nd December, this is extremely restrictive and we would not be able to perform the Services safely. We will, therefore, continue to remain closed until the MRJ tells us otherwise.


I am sure most of you will be aware that Tony Sevilla-Harland has been unwell after suffering a fall back in September. We are pleased to report that he is at home and feeling much more comfortable. Ann and Tony would also like to say thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers over the last few months. Given the years of time and dedication that Tony has given to the Shul, particularly his regular Shabbat Morning Torah readings, the Shul is going to be honouring him with a dedicated Torah cover.


The winter months are now very much upon us and we want to ensure our members and friends remain safe and well. Please do not suffer in silence and I urge you to contact any of the Council, or if Laura can help you in any way, then please do not hesitate to contact her on our new Shul mobile, 07895 269 462.


As you will all be aware, during November there is Mitzvah Day. We have already given donations to all food banks in Hull and East Yorkshire as well as Woman's Aid, as well as to the Royal British Legion. The Council would now like to give some donations to a few small charities who are in need. If you know a worthy cause and would like to nominate them, please email hullreform@isa.karoo.co.uk, or call Laura on 07895 269 462.


As with everything this year, Chanukah is also going to be a little different, as sadly we cannot meet in Shul and have our usual social events. Even though we can't be together that doesn't mean we can't have some treats, so look out for some Chanukah treats coming through the letterbox! On behalf of the Council, I wish you a safe and happy Chanukah at home, and hope we can make up for it next year.


Ne've Shalom
Great Gutter Lane
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