Sukkot 2018

Join us for this year’s Sukkot celebrations. As Sukkot falls on a Sunday this year it seemed a perfect opportunity to run the festivities directly following on from Cheder in the afternoon. We have a great afternoon and evening in store with activities, a short service, a Chavurah supper and ice cream dessert, rounded off […]


Voices from the Dust

Sunday 15th July at NWSS was a night to remember, for two reasons.  The programme ‘Voices from the Dust’ was memorable because it was beautifully produced.  In a most professional style, Anthony Sheppard, Anita Fox and Alex D’Olier presented their choice of poetry and music to mark the first nine days of the month of […]


Interview with Colin Shindler

INTERVIEW WITH COLIN SHINDLER Jean Cohen As the lead-up to this year’s NWSS Foundation Lecture, I made a Shindler’s List ( I couldn’t resist saying that!) and, as usual, electronically sat down with Colin Shindler, who was in Caesarea, to discuss BDS and anti-Israel student groups. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed, Colin. I’d […]


Interview with Rabbi Dr Jonathan Magonet

I sat down recently with Rabbi Dr Jonathan Magonet.   Since Rabbi Dr Magonet is the much-anticipated guest speaker at the upcoming NWSS Foundation Lecture on 15 January 2017 on Leo Baeck: The Man and the College (mark your calendars!), the subject was going to be “Leo Baeck, the man.”   But then I thought […]


Live Streaming Consultation

NWSS is currently undertaking a consultation regarding the option of Live Streaming our services. We’ve studied a number of other communities who have implemented a Live Stream and produced an interim report. We’ll keep you posted on any developments


Yom HaShoah Remembrance 2018 – Voices of the Lodz Ghetto

“Give me your children” – surely the most chilling words that any parent could hear, especially when they know that, if they do, the children are going to their deaths, but if they don’t the children will be taken nonetheless. In 1942 these words were spoken by Chaim Rumkowski, known as “The Eldest”, a Jew […]


Reflections on our Shavuot

Thank you to everyone to came together to share a very special Shavuot last weekend, celebrating Torah and the giving of the Ten Commandments, one of the greatest known and most significant stories of our Jewish history. NWSS hosted a fully packed weekend, not just with this great festival but also a special birthday for […]


Shavuot – What, When, Why…

Shavuot. What, why, where, when…. The Holiday of Shavuot has no specific date in the Torah. The Torah tells us “Count 50 days from Passover this shall be the Festival of Weeks (Shavuot)”. So, what is the holiday of Shavuot all about and why does the Torah not state a specific date for it? Unlike […]


Job Vacancy – Head of Cheder

North West Surrey Synagogue, in Weybridge, is seeking a Head for its Cheder. This is a part-time appointment with flexible hours equivalent to an average of 2-days a week, including Sunday mornings, on an initial 24-month contract. Job share would be possible. NWSS is a Reform community, so the person appointed will be sympathetic to the approach of Progressive Judaism. The […]


Shabbat Atzma’ut – Celebrating Israel’s 70th

Every year NWSS has celebrated Israel’s Independence Day with a special service and entertainment on the following Saturday, Shabbat Atzma’ut, thanks in the past to Avril Hallé and members of the Israel Group. This year we marked a special birthday, Israel’s 70th, which I had the privilege to lead. Few of those present at the […]


Pesach @ NWSS

Many thanks to all of you who joined the Communal Seder this Passover. As always it was a fantastic evening with the community coming together to share this special festival. Whether it was your second Seder of the year or your first, you brought energy, high spirits and great conversation to make this year’s Pesach […]


Purim @ NWSS

What a great time we’ve had over the past week celebrating Purim in our very own three-cornered way! Thank you to everyone who came out and braved the Beast from the East on Wednesday for a fantastic interpretation and Megiallah reading from Lynette Nusbacher and again on Friday for fancy dress and more Megillah recitals […]