Kingston

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New rabbi for Kingston

By Jay Grenby, July 24, 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.

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

July 10, 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.

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Kingston rabbi's new arrivals

By Jay Grenby, June 5, 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.

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Kingston Synagogue ladies hear of Ghana charity project

May 29, 2008

A young Kingston Synagogue member told its ladies’ guild’s annual meeting of her experiences as a volunteer in Ghana for the British-based charity, Tzedek. Hannah Freedman, 23, a Birmingham University psychology graduate, also helps out with Kingston Synagogue’s new Shalom nursery project.

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Founder members attend Kingston Wizo's 40th anniversary

April 24, 2008

Founder members and 12 of Kingston Wizo’s 17 chairwomen were at the group’s 40th anniversary celebration, held at the Weybridge home of Mindy and Ronald Ison. Fifty supporters and their husbands heard founder chairman Marianne Cohen review the group’s social and fundraising highlights. Other speakers were Anne Lyons and guest of honour Gina Monty, honorary Wizo UK life president. Jackie Gordon is the current Kingston Wizo chair.

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Young members visit Poland

By Jay Grenby, April 17, 2008

Kingston Synagogue minister Rabbi David Mason led a 20-strong group of younger members and their families on a two-day trip to Poland.

The itinerary included a tour of the Auschwitz/Birkenau death camp site, where the rabbi conducted a memorial service for victims of the Holocaust.

Rabbi Mason — whose wife is Polish-born — said the positive feedback from participants “made me realise the importance of such visits in contributing to the deepening of Jewish identity and the ability to tell the Jewish story”.

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