New Rabbi for NWSS!

We are delighted that rabbi-to-be Kathryn (Kath) Vardi will join us as our next permanent rabbi in July 2017. Kath is in her final year at Leo Baeck College and will take Semicha (become ordained as a rabbi) in July 2017. She came to the rabbinate after a successful career in mental health, first as […]


Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 at NWSS

Last year North West Surrey Synagogue inaugurated a programme to educate secondary school students about the Holocaust, replicating the annual Holocaust Memorial Day project model run by Kingston Liberal Synagogue and Kingston & Surbiton District Synagogue . Held on Holocaust Memorial Day and two additional days, the innovative sessions featured a film, a survivor testimony […]


Sermon by Amit Handelsman

Sermon by Amit Handelsman – delivered on 17th December 2016 Amit works in partnership with the Movement of Reform Judaism  southern communities on strategic planning, visioning and leadership, looking into new models of communities and the establishment of new communities. He runs workshops and training sessions tailored to the need of each community on change, […]


2017 Foundation Lecture – Rabbi Dr Jonathan Magonet

NWSS was delighted to welcome Rabbi Dr Jonathan Magonet to Shul on Sunday 15th January 2017 for our annual Foundation Lecture.    The topic was ‘Leo Baeck: The Man and the College’.   The text of Rabbi Dr Magonet’s talk can be read by clicking here.  


An interview with Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet

The NWSS Foundation Lecture in January 2017 will be given by Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet and focus on Leo Baeck: the man and the College. Ahead of the lecture, NWSS’ Press Officer Jean Cohen interviewed Rabbi Magonet looking at his writings and topical Jewish issues. Q: Your name appears as a contributor to the current Reform […]


Mitzvah Day 2016/5777

Mitzvah Day was on the same day as our NWSS AGM, 27th November, which meant a lot of to-ing and fro-ing this year.   Starting at the end, our intrepid food collecting teams scored an incredible amount of donations for the Hersham & Walton Food Bank at Tesco’s Brooklands. Val & David, who collected last, […]


Thanksgiving Service for Lady Lawrence at NWSS

Approximately 200 people attended the Thanksgiving Service for Gloria, Lady Lawrence, the wife of Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, held at North West Surrey Synagogue on 14 November. Lady Lawrence died on October 4 after a long illness. Sir Ivan and Lady Lawrence were long-standing members of North West Surrey Synagogue and Sir Ivan represents the […]


Tefilah – Prayer

Rabbi Zucker’s Sermon on 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Morning 2016 The High Holy Days are both an exciting and an emotionally draining time. We are asked to look inwards and to evaluate where we are, and where we would like to be. So many of the prayers and the familiar sounds of the High Holydays […]


Teshuvah – Repentance, Reconciliaton

Rabbi Zucker’s Sermon on Rosh Hashanah Morning 2016   Leshanah tova tikatevu ve’techatemu, May you and yours be inscribed and sealed for goodness in the year ahead. Here we are again, at the beginning of the yamim norayim, the Days of Awe, the annual time which invites us to engage in self-reflection and self-judgment. We […]


Tzedaqah – Righteousness

  Rabbi Zucker’s Sermon on Erev Rosh Hashanah 2016 Not so long ago I was chatting with some of members of our congregation. We were sitting and schmoozing.  We got onto the subject of the coming High Holy Days. We agreed that they were both a challenging and an exciting time. They were also filled […]


Selichot: God Meeting at the High Holy Days

FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON  . . . (TURN! TURN! TURN! . . .) It is now just over five decades since the folk rock band The Byrds released the Pete Seeger adaptation of verses from the biblical book of Ecclesiastes (Kohelet): ‘For everything there is a season under heaven’ (Eccl. 3:1).  As they […]


2016 Board of Deputies President’s Rosh Hashanah message

  In 5776, the Board of Deputies’ profile has been raised to a new high. We are setting and leading the national agenda on the matters which count for Jews in this country. When allegations of antisemitism emerged in Labour we confronted the problem head-on, raising concerns robustly in a face-to-face meeting with party leader […]


A week after the vote, a word from Rabbi Dr David J. Zucker

AFTER ‘THE VOTE’   We are now a week after ‘the vote’ to leave the EU.  For some there is rejoicing, for others there is incredulity at such an outcome.   There are interesting and timely connections with this week’s Torah portion, Sh’lach L’cha (Numbers 13:1 ff.) where Moses sends 12 scouts, one from each […]


EU referendum: a statement from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner

The EU referendum campaign has reached its conclusion with a vote from the British people to leave the European Union. The campaign has been an emotional one that has at times divided our society in ways we might never have imagined. We will now move forward into a period of negotiations and redefining our relationship […]


Shabbat Atzma’ut and tribute to Avril Hallé

Traditionally at North West Surrey Synagogue Yom Ha’Atzma’ut is celebrated with a Shabbat morning service led by members of the Israel Group. That happened this year on 14 May, but with a difference, because on that same Shabbat the synagogue held a special celebration to thank Avril Hallé  for her many years of teaching – […]