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What is our justice?  - David Reissner

We in Britain are going through a troubling year.  Terrorist attacks, the uncertainty following the General Election and, of course, the Grenfell Tower fire.  Sometimes, we just want to look for escapism.

When it comes to escapism, we Brits, we love a good murder.  We are fascinated by killing. When I was a teenager, I enjoyed reading Agatha Christie books. Then, Raymond Chandler.  We watch Morse, or Scandi Noir...Read more...

Belief or Faith - Robert Wiltshire

1973 was in many ways a good year : The 1st female jockey to win a horse race in the USA,The open university awarded its first degrees, women were admitted to the floor of the Stock Exchange for the first time, and the Austin Allegro was launched and the cod war ended . But it has to be said in terms of fashion and music it really left a lot to be desired. My Barmitzvah was on the 28th July of that year and I have to tell you...Read more...

Exodus 32 / Numbers  19 - Susan Zonneveld

THE GOLDEN CALF – as we just heard in the first Torah reading, Moses was furious with the people of Israel for worshiping and subsequently believing in an idol.  In this case, a golden calf. As we all know, in our faith we don't "do" idols - there is only one God, although the children of Israel didn't yet know that.

I have however tried to look at the Israelites dilemma...Read more...

Free Will ? - Maureen Grossman

Did you choose to come to synagogue this morning?

Did those who stayed away choose not to come?

Did we make a choice of our own free will? Do we have free will?

Like many others I have been attending Jonathan Bergwerk’s sessions on Audacious Jews. During a discussion on the philosophy of Spinoza I found myself wondering if we really do have free will or are our so...Read more...

Genesis 45 - Richard Burn

Families, tensions & reconciliations.

Shabbat shalom and, although we’re almost one week into it already, a happy new year to you all.

As with any New Year, everyone hopes for the best and looks forward to what the New Year will bring. Many of us will have made New Year resolutions, some of which will be kept and some of which won’t. Over the recent break, many of us will have spent extended times with our family, both...Read more...

Genesis  33 - Robert Wiltshire

Jacob, Esau & Peanut Butter Sandwiches

This is the third version of this sermon. And as I am writing it there may even come a fourth but...Read more...

Vayetse – Genesis 29:15-30 – Jonathan Bergwerk

A Jewish Response to the Post Truth Society 

I think it’s fascinating to learn how...Read more...

Noach – Genesis 9:1-17 – Irene Blaston

Rainbows & Making a Difference

Even though I’m definitely not what you could call...Read more...

B’reishit – Genesis 3:1-21 – Julian Anthony

We celebrated the New Year, cleansed our souls during the Day of Atonement, enjoyed the fresh air and fruits during the time in our sukkahs and have commenced reading the Torah from the beginning all over again.

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Ha’azinu – Barry Hyman

So all the Al chet-ing, the self flagellation – if you still follow the custom of beating on your heart as we recite it, as I see our rabbis and a few congregants do [I haven’t since I left Egerton Road United 50 years ago] – is past. To paraphrase approximately...Read more...

Yom Kippur 5777 – Rabbi Celia Surget

In 1955, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote the following words: “As civilization advances the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Humankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of...Read more...

Kol Nidre 5777 – Rabbi Paul Freedman

I mentioned on Rosh Hashanah that last month I was at a two-day seminar with other Jewish lay-leaders and professionals, including four of us from this community. I explained that one of the initiatives of the Reform Movement, launched at...Read more...

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5777 -Fractal Community – Rabbi Paul Freedman

 A couple of weeks ago I was at a two day seminar with other Jewish lay-leaders and professionals, including four of us from this community. One of the initiatives of the Reform Movement, launched at this summer’s chagigahconference, is...Read more...

Deut.9:1-19 EIKEV. What is Torah? – Maureen Grossman

Today we have read from the Torah. Do we sometimes stop to ask what exactly is the Torah?

Some believe that the Torah is the word of God, literally, and work hard to justify some of the more unpleasant aspects of the writings.Read more...

Va-‘Ethannan Deut. 3:23 – 4:8. – Jonathan Bergwerk

Why did you come to shul today? Maybe because you have a Yahrzeit or are wardening. Perhaps you came to meet friends. Maybe it’s the lure of the fish balls at Kiddush.

One reason we probably should come is to pray. The three names we have for our shul are the house of community, the house of study and the house of prayer. Well we all know how to meet and socialise and Radlett is pretty good at that. We have all experienced study and...Read more...

Numbers 33:1-10. Jewish Journeys & Connections – Irene Blaston

Did the parasha today take you back to your primary school days? You know, where the first English lesson after the long summer break was always to write something about your holiday and where you went – hopefully we all wrote somewhat more descriptively about the...Read more...

Parashat Balak – The Lion, the Witch & the Aron Kodesh – Student Rabbi Hannah Kingston

Looking into the inside, she saw several coats hanging up – mostly long fur coats. There was nothing Lucy liked so much as the smell and feel of fur. She immediately stepped into the wardrobe and got in among the coats and rubbed her face against them, leaving the door open, of course, because she knew that it is very foolish to shut oneself into any wardrobe. Soon she went...Read more...

Shavuot sermon 5776 – Elizabeth Crossick, Chair

SERMON FOR SHAVUOT 2016

The fridge is full of curd cheese and eggs. It is the ritual of the cheesecake, the time of year my husband takes over the kitchen. I don’t do deserts and I don’t make them either, but he loves them especially the good old cheesecake.

So out comes the little used man-apron and the ceremony of The Making of the Cheesecake. Which is then followed by the Praising of the Cheesecake and finally the...Read more...

Tue, 25 July 2017 2 Av 5777