Kingston synagogue explores Czech links

By Jay Grenby, January 7, 2010

Kingston Liberal Synagogue is giving members the opportunity to explore its links with the Czech communities of Tabor, Blatna and Rychnov through an exhibition based on the Czech scrolls which the shul has on permanent loan.

The display tells the story of individuals, families and communities in the Nazi era and beyond. Inspired by a visit from the research director of the Czech Scroll Memorial Trust, Michael Heppner, a team led by KLS members Naomi Cream and John Gould has built on previous research to assemble the material.


Rabbi enjoys warm welcome

By Jay Grenby, December 3, 2009

The Chief Rabbi celebrated a new chapter in the history of “one of the liveliest, warmest and most welcoming shuls in London” when he inducted Rabbi Michael Rosenfeld as Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue’s minister on Sunday.

Lord Sacks told his audience that the young American-born minister had already “endeared himself to the Kingston congregation as someone who cares both about the community and the individual”.


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South London: Jewish school plans spell revival?

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2009

Plans for a Jewish school could be the salvation of south London Jewry, where congregations are struggling to combat dwindling memberships and an exodus of the young.

Around 13,000 Jews live in the area, making up eight per cent of the capital’s population. With no Jewish schools, kosher shops and few other services available to the community, many young couples move to north London once they have children.

A Jewish primary is seen as a means of stemming the tide, along with a recruitment drive for younger families and students.


Mosaic unveiled at Kingston shul

October 1, 2009

A giant mosaic was unveiled at Kingston Liberal Synagogue, the product of six months work by congregants.

Installed on a wall at the entrance to the shul’s new extension, the mosaic was conceived by KLS member Sandra Webber. The 120 KLS members across the age spectrum cut and glued the tiny tiles which make up the work. It features biblical symbols such as the dove of peace — designed by 14-year-old Liane Aviram — and a tree of life comprising 613 mirrored leaves.


Kingston hosting Czech mates

March 19, 2009

More than 60 people with connections to the one-time 10,000 Jewish population of the Czech city of Ostrava gathered at Kingston Synagogue to share memories and review research by the shul’s Ostrava group.

The group was set up four years ago after a Sefer Torah once used in Ostrava was offered to Kingston on permanent loan by the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust. In that time, the team has developed links with families originating from the region and has heard remarkable survival stories of Ostrava Jews.


Kingston United Synagogue members joine former congregants for celebratory lunch

October 23, 2008

Kingston United Synagogue members joined former congregants who are now Nightingale House residents for a celebratory lunch organised as part of an "Israel at 60" programme at the South London home. Among the lunch guests was centenarian Flora Moss, who is life president of the Kingston ladies' guild. Guest speaker was Kingston board member Colin Green, who highlighted Israel's achievements in world-transforming technologies.


New rabbi for Kingston

By Jay Grenby, July 25, 2008

Kingston Synagogue members have ratified the appointment of American-born Michael Rosenfeld as their new rabbi at an EGM. The 30-year-old, who impressed during a trial weekend with the community last month, is expected to start in October.

The vacancy was created by the imminent departure of Rabbi David Mason for Muswell Hill Synagogue.
Like his predecessor at Kingston, Rabbi Rosenfeld trained at Yeshivat Ha-mivtar in Efrat.


Chief Superintendent Laura Nicholson guest speaker at Kingston Wizo’s summer lunch

July 11, 2008
Chief Superintendent Laura Nicholson was guest speaker at Kingston Wizo’s summer lunch, looking back on 21 years’ service in the Metropolitan Police. Forty members, as well as some husbands, were at the lunch, hosted by Monica and Alex Popper at their Twickenham home.


Kingston rabbi's new arrivals

By Jay Grenby, June 6, 2008

Kingston Synagogue minister Rabbi David Mason celebrated two arrivals at the weekend. Late on Shabbat, his wife Elisheva gave birth to their third child, a son. And Sunday saw the advent of another of his “babies” — the consecration of the community’s first new Sefer Torah.