Groups & Special Interests

NWSS is also a vibrant Jewish community, with groups and activities for all ages and interests.Please contact the Synagogue Office and we will connect you with your area of interest.

Aviv! Readers’ Bloc – Book Club Bridge Club
Choir Israel Group  
JACS   Under 5’s


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 meeting 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 club

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month in the Atkin-Woolfe Room at the synagogue. We meet over a cup of coffee (and homemade cake!) 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.

Bridge Club

The Bridge Group meets on Wednesday evenings at members’ homes.



choirThe choir sings 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 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 – special 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, an Israeli wine tasting was surprisingly good and great fun, the occasional food event
  • A Friday Erev Shabbat oneg – games, quiz, personal reminiscence – about twice a year.

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


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

If you are 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.

Under 5’s

When Cheder is on, parents of children under 5 are always very welcome to bring their children along and use the area next to Harry’s Bar. The play mats and toys are in the room at the back. You can bring any toys and equipment you like out into the main Shul area at the back by Harry’s Bar as long as they are put back at the end of the morning.

Additionally, there will be some Cheder events in which the Under 5’s can participate and will be advertised in Haderech.