Category Archives for "Blogs"

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 […]

Apr 25

SAMS Board of Deputies Report – April 2017

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By Haim Ben-Zion It is a pleasure to once again report on my work with the Board of Deputies (BoD) on behalf of SAMS. As your deputy I have two roles, one to represent the Board to the SAMS constituency and Trustees of course, and second, equally important, if not more so, to positively represent SAMS […]

Feb 13

SAMS singers sing

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By Stephen Gess I have always noticed that our community was a musical lot and I wondered whether there was a possibility for an informal singing group at SAMS. The first step was to look for a song leader and in January 2016 we found Judith Silver who ran a pilot of singing workshops which […]

Jan 11

Q & A with Rabbi Carl

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What was the highlight of your time at SAMS? It is difficult to single out one highlight as there were so many. My answer would be that one among many was the five classes I taught. Each one dealt with difficult questions and what made each gathering so special were the questions that the students […]

Dec 15

Reflections on SAMS Mitzvah Day 2016

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Here’s a post from Mr Mitzvah Day himself, Nick Grant SAMS undertook it first Mitzvah Day event back in November 2009, and has been supporting the initiative since then. This year, we undertook 9 events: Collecting household items for Syrian refugees recently relocated into St Albans Local Cemetery tidy up (interfaith event, together with St Albans […]

Nov 30

Mitzvah Day Report from Heartwood Forest

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Guest post by Darren Marks On Mitzvah Day 2016 eleven SAMS member of all ages took part in the Woodland Trust tree planting event in Heartwood Forest, an event we as a community have been participating in for several years. We were part of a team of 679 volunteers from every walk of life who […]

Nov 29

Letter to SAMS from Judy and Rabbi Carl

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29 November 2016 [Edited] Dear SAMS, Today marks three weeks since we arrived back home in the USA. Before I write one more word, however, make no mistake- SAMS became our “second home” during the six weeks that I served as your rabbi. Judy feels exactly the same. You quickly made us feel part of […]

Nov 21

The Stolpersteine Project

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Guest post by Jon Meier I never thought I would be saying Kaddish in public, standing at a podium with a microphone in a town square in a small picturesque town in Northern Bavaria. The occasion was the installation of Stolpersteine for my grandparents and uncle. Stolpersteine (literally ‘stumble stones’ ) are small brass plaques set in the pavement […]