Members of North West Surrey Synagogue (NWSS) participated in a special Shabbat Service on 7th November celebrating the 100th birthday of long-time member Esther Atkin. Esther, who grew up in London, has been a member for over 30 years, and holds the synagogue record as the NWSS oldest Bat Mitzvah – she was 80! Former […]

Mazal Tov! NWSS Member Esther Atkin Turns 100

Chanukah star lights
Here at NWSS we love celebrating Chanukah. Our main event is our annual ‘grand chanukiyot lighting’, where many of the congregation bring along their own chanukiyot and we all light them together whist saying the blessings. This is followed by an Erev Shabbat service, which is usually followed by some activities, and of course, food! […]


The Quay at Smyrna, ca. 1910
On Sunday 15 November, at 7.30 pm, Dr Philip Mansel will lecture on – ‘Between Cities and States: Jews in Aleppo, Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut, from the Ottoman Empire to the 21st Century’. The foundations of many of the present conflicts in the Middle East lie in the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the […]

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