Apr 20

19 April 2018

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Today is Yom haAtzma’ut, the day on which, seventy years ago, Israel became a sovereign state for the first time in 1,878 years. Rabbis have debated exactly how we should relate to this event in our own time– is it a modern miracle? Is it simply the result of luck and/or politics, or can we […]

Apr 17

12 April 2018

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One refrain I hear very often is that the Holocaust marks the biggest challenge to (or sometimes even hyperbolically-stated as the ‘end of’) Jewish theology. The idea that the horror of the Sho’ah is an irrevocable condemnation of God seems to me both misguided and far over-simplistic. Whenever I teach about what academics call ‘theodicy’ […]

Mar 23

Weekly Words – 23 March 2018

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Weekly Words  by Rabbi Adam- 23 March 2018 Annual Pre-Pesacḥ 7-Point PSA: 1. Flour is not cḥametz. If it’s sealed and has not been exposed to water, it won’t become cḥametz. Obviously, you can’t use flour for much during Pesacḥ, but since it is not cḥametz gamur (totally cḥametz) as many people treat it, it is […]

Mar 20

Weekly Words – 16 March 2018

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Weekly Words by Rabbi Adam Although we find ourselves in the awkward period between Purim and Pesach, there was actually quite a significant holiday this week: Pi Day. 3/14 (which is how Americans write 14 March) is of course reminiscent of the start of Pi as a constant expressed in decimals (3.14). For those who […]

Jun 14

London Jews in the First World War: We were there too

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Written by Pauline Symons You can listen to Pauline reading this post on the audio version of our latest Newsletter Does your family have a First World War story to tell? A new Heritage Lottery Fund project called ‘The Jews of London in the First World War – We Were There Too’ aims to inspire the community to help find […]

Jun 12

Bias in the Media

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Written by Tara Goldsmith For many years there have been arguments as to whether or not the news media is biased, this argument has been particularly relevant when talking about the Israel/Palestine conflict. Often, as Jews it is an automatic reaction to believe that Israel is being discriminated against, however, after looking at different statistics and articles it is clear that this […]

Jun 09

North Herts Jewish Genealogical Society

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Written by John Shaw You can listen to John reading this post on the audio version of our latest Newsletter The local group of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain has been meeting at SAMS about twice a year since 2014. We have also been meeting at the Welwyn Garden City Synagogue. All the meetings have included general sessions uncovering […]

Jun 06

SAMS Bridge Club

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Written by Andrea Berry You can listen to Andrea reading this post on the audio version of our latest Newsletter ‘What shall I say about the Bridge Club?’ I enquired of my fellow players. ‘Awful people!’ was the immediate response. ‘Rude!’ ‘Cruel!’ After the inevitable laughter, the serious comments: ‘The newer players can learn from the more experienced’. […]

Jun 06

SAMS Book Club

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Written by Marilyn Levi You can listen to Marylin reading this post on the audio version of our latest Newsletter There are some brilliant facts about SAMS: the friendly welcoming atmosphere, the high standard of our lay readers, the food! I would like to nominate the SAMS Book Group, which certainly merits a place as one of our special features. […]

May 25

From the Co‐Chair

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Written by Simon Samuels You can listen to Simon reading this post on the audio version of our latest Newsletter   Do you know that feeling when you pop into a shop that specialises in something that you don’t really know much about and you quickly realise that there is this whole other world of dedicated […]