Activities and Groups

In addition to being a Synagogue, NWSS is also a vibrant Jewish Community Centre, with groups and events for many ages and interests.

Aviv! Readers’ Bloc – Book Club Bridge Club
Choir Israel Group Israeli Dancing
JACS Kef! Parents & Toddlers

Please contact the Synagogue Office and we will connect you with your area of interest.


NWSS Aviv! is a regular and popular event in the synagogue’s social calendar. We meet on the last Sunday of every month. We take turns to meet in members’ homes for a light-hearted evening with a quiz, discussion or game, followed by coffee and cake.

We are always delighted to welcome new members to our dynamic social group for the ‘young middle-aged’ members of our community.

Readers’ Bloc – Book Club

book clubThe group comes together every six to eight weeks. We meet over a cup of coffee to discuss the current work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. New members are always welcome – you do not have to attend every meeting or read every book.

The books or short stories we choose usually have a Jewish connection. Recent books include The Same Sea by Amos Oz, The Dream of Skipio by Iain Pears, Knowledge of Angels by Gill Patten Walsh, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer and The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Bridge Club

The Bridge Group meets on Wednesday evenings.


The choir schoirings at services on the High Holy Days and, on request, for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and special occasions.

The choir is, as much as any other ‘club’ or activity in the Synagogue, a meeting place for those who enjoy the fellowship and social interaction. The choir includes people of all ages who love music and enjoy singing, from teens up (and up).

Open to all – you don’t have to be a Pavarotti!

Israel Group

Israel is high in the consciousness of our community. Typical annual activities organised by the group include:Israeli Flag

  • Yom Ha’atzma’ut, Israel Independence Day – big Shabbat service run by the Group followed by a shared lunch and a concert or other programme.
  • Sunday morning forums with guest speakers on topical political or historical subjects – about twice a year.
  • Arts or cultural events – musical evenings, recently an Israeli wine tasting (surprisingly good and great fun), the occasional food event.
  • A Friday erev Shabbat oneg – games, quiz, personal reminiscence – about twice a year.
  • Response to topical needs – petitions, charities, etc.

The Group meets about eight times a year to prepare events and discuss current issues affecting Israel. Anyone is welcome to join, help with these events and have a stimulating discussion at the same time!

Israeli Dancing

A small friendly group, we meet fortnightly during term-time for lots of dancing and fun. Everyone is welcome at whatever level – two left feet are no barrier to your enjoyment!


JACSNWSS has an active branch of JACS – the Jewish Association of Cultural Societies – meeting each week at the Synagogue on a Wednesday afternoon.

Are you semi-retired or retired and want to extend your circle of friends, broaden your horizons and enjoy social activities, then JACS is for you.

Our activities include:

  • guest speakers on a wide variety of subjects
  • outings to places of historical or scenic interest
  • visits to local theatres (at group prices)
  • musical entertainment afternoons, quizzes, discussions, etc.

Look at the JACS page for more information.


Fun for the 20’s and 30’s. Meeting in member’s homes on the third Sunday of each month, where the host organises something fun for all to do, followed by refreshments and cake!

Parents and Toddlers

Every week that cheder takes place, parents can bring children who are younger than cheder age to play in the toddler area (normally in the Kiddush Hall). Age-appropriate toys and equipment are available to use. It’s a relaxed, social environment that is conveniently close to a ready supply of coffee and bagels, as well as being a great way for our youngest members to start to play together.