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TGIS: Thank G-d It’s Shabbat

Dearest friends

I’ve been struggling to find the right words for the TGIS this week as we watch the news and see the desperation, the disruption and the destruction around us in a time when so little in our lives is stable or certain as it is. But then I found this quote from Fred Rogers (famously known as Mister Rogers, an incredible educator and all round special man) : “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me,” look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

I love that Tanach always seems to speak directly to us and what is happening in our lives. This Motzei Shabbat we will sit on the floor, take off our leather shoes, fast and go into national mourning. We will read Eicha, the poetic Megilla aimed at evoking emotion in an attempt to give us the opportunity to grieve and mourn. We read about streets that are empty, devoid of people. Of buildings destroyed, burnt and razed to the ground even the very foundations are uprooted. We read of the hunger in the streets, children begging their mothers for a morsel of bread and of mothers boiling their children in an absolutely hopeless situation. Hauntingly five times in the first chapter the Megilla repeats “ein menachem” meaning “there is no comfort”. We will read these words and images of what we are seeing in the media will feel eerily familiar and close to home. Indeed there are moments this week when I have thought “ein menachem”.

Eicha is about suffering. Dr Yael Ziegler shares that one of the most poetic lines in the Megilla are the description in chapter 2 verse 3 which says, “Your ruin is as vast as the sea, who can heal you?”. The sea is vast, tumultuous, the waves crash uncontrolled, its depths are dark and difficult to quantify, the saltiness is a hint to tears and never ending crying. The feeling is one of hopelessness and helplessness but Eicha was written to be timeless. There are no statistics, narratives or specific descriptions about the subject matter. It’s a book that is read annually in an attempt to give us a guide to grief and mourning, something that will help us when things feel as desperate and as vast as the ocean.

To understand the essence of the Megilla, we look to the centre of the Megilla which is the third chapter (there are five chapters in total). This is the only chapter written in the first person and the only chapter where the word “tikva” translated as “hope” is found. Gd is described as kind and compassionate but ultimately the change that occurs in the Megilla, the turning point where things shift is when the speaker talks about the faith in mankind. In a person’s ability to acknowledge their wrong, to examine their ways and do better, to return to Hashem. The trigger, the responsibility for a better world comes first and foremost in the betterment of ourselves.

On social media, we are hearing amidst the chaos, amidst the looting and devastation of stories of hope that make you believe in the goodness and kindness of humanity once more. People offering to help paint and fix businesses that are ruined, bakeries changing orders to feed those who can’t access basic food items like bread, people opening homes to strangers to have a hot bath and warm meal and individuals coming together to protect communities and vulnerable businesses. As Fred Rogers quoted his mother saying, “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

But I’d like to add to that quote. In times of trouble and unrest, you will always find stories of hope in the helpers who are helping but I think Eicha teaches us a slightly different approach. Eicha challenges us to be the helpers. On Tisha B’Av we have the opportunity to take the time to reflect on what we can do to play our part in healing a broken and fractured world. It may be in the form of helping the current situation, but it can also be closer to home. With our Shuls closed again, we find ourselves needing to be creative in our ability to connect with one another. Pick up the phone and call that person that you used to catch up with at the Kiddush Bracha, send a message to the person you used to sit next to in Shul. Grief and trauma can feel so isolating but the power of community is that no one is ever truly alone.

In line with a desire to create a sense of community in a time when we can’t physically come together, our functions sub committee is hard at work brainstorming ideas. There will be guest speakers and food deliveries for upcoming special events. Please consider helping with sponsorship to cover these in the same way that you used to sponsor a Kiddush Bracha for a birthday, anniversary or a yahrzeit.

There’s also a full programme planned for Tisha B’Av starting on Saturday night and most of Sunday, please check the poster attached for details and remember that if you don’t have a copy of Eicha and the Kinnot, you can collect one from the Shul on Thursday or Friday between 9.00 and 14.00.

We are living through incredibly challenging times. But throughout history we have seen examples of individuals who rose above and did remarkable things to make a difference. This Tisha B’Av, take the time to reflect on how you can make a difference, be the helper we all look to so that our faith in humanity can return. May we merit to return to days of old.

הֲשִׁיבֵ֨נוּ יְהוָ֤ה  אֵלֶ֙יךָ֙ וְֽנָשׁ֔וּבָה חַדֵּ֥שׁ יָמֵ֖ינוּ כְּקֶֽדֶם׃

Take us back, O LORD, to Yourself, And let us come back; Renew our days as of old!

(Eicha 5:21)

Rabbi, Shalva, Tzuriya, Azriel, Neriya and I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom.

Aviva Thurgood

Rebuild Committee Update

Torah Reading Pages | Va’etchanan


Parshat Va’etchanan Artscroll Koren Living Torah Hirsch
Torah  958 967 884 666
Maftir 978 989 904 686
Haftorah  1196 1256 1224 909




Shabbat Times | Va’etchanan




Earliest Candle Lighting 16:57
Latest Candle Lighting 17:43
Zoom Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat | https://zoom.us/j/2012833604 17:05
Latest time for morning Shema 10:18
Shabbat afternoon Mincha
Shabbat ends 18:37
Zoom Maariv and Havdallah | https://zoom.us/j/2012833604 18:50


Davening Schedule

Please make sure to book for all services well in advance here: bit.ly/attendBMM  If you are unable to attend, but would like someone to say Kaddish on your behalf, please contact Wendy.


Friday afternoon Mincha &  Kabbalat Shabbat  17:05 https://zoom.us/j/2012833604 ends before sunset
Shabbat morning 00:00 N/A
Shabbat afternoon 00:00 N/A
Shacharit|Monday to Friday morning
Rosh Chodesh, Fast Days etc
Mincha|Sunday to Thursday evening|31 Arthurs Road                                                       17:45 https://zoom.us/j/2012833604
Morasha Zoom|Monday – Friday Morning
Morasha Zoom|Sunday


Announcements | Va’etchanan

The Rabbi, Rebbetzin, and Committee wish you Shabbat Shalom.

Mazal Tov to Alon, Nadia, Noa, Ezra and Micha on the Bar Mitzvah of their son and brother, Eliyahu.

Mazal Tov to Asher and Linda Saban and Melvyn and Mati Dobrin on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson and Mazal tov to Dan, Guy, Gina and Lisa on the Bar Mitzvah of their nephew, Eliyahu.

Mazal Tov to Selwyn Furman on the occasion of his second Bar Mitzvah.



We have wonderful ideas for functions during the year ahead – but we need YOU to make it happen! In the past you would sponsor (or part sponsor) a Kiddush Bracha for a birthday (for your or your children) or event, and today you can do so for the special events that we are doing now, in which we are delivering food, bringing in speakers, and creating events that bring us together in times of being apart. Please let us know how you’d like to contribute!


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 The Yahrzeit begins the evening before the date

Rochelle Carp Mother Saturday 24 July
Rene Borstrock Father Saturday 24 July
Ivan Klitzner Father Saturday 24 July
Elaine Shpigel Uncle Saturday 24 July
Karen Nathan Grandfather Sunday 25 July
Kim Katz Grandfather Sunday 25 July
Shirley Segal Mother Sunday 25 July
Elaine Sacks Father Monday 26 July
Jeffrey Bagraim Sister Monday 26 July
Larry Forman Grandmother Tuesday 27 July
Alan Levin Father Tuesday 27 July
Evan Musikanth Father Tuesday 27 July
Beverley Coblentz Father Tuesday 27 July
Andrea Fialkov Grandfather Tuesday 27 July
Theo Musikanth Mother Wednesday 28 July
Arlene Friedman Mother Wednesday 28 July
Pearl Firer Mother Wednesday 28 July
Lynton Lurie Aunt Friday 30 July
Solly Zieff Mother Friday 30 July
Dorothy Zieff Mother-in-law Friday 30 July



Phillip and Diana Henning Saturday 24 July



Joseph Melzer Friday 23 July
Reuven Silberstein Friday 23 July
Sharon Mamulis Saturday 24 July
Beverley Coblentz Sunday 25 July
Selwyn Furman Sunday 25 July
Talya Bachmann Monday 26 July
Jeanine Hack Monday 26 July
Leora Sternberg Monday 26 July
Darren Maroun Tuesday 27 July
Jacqui Richards Tuesday 27 July
Mordechai Lurie Wednesday 28 July
Glynne Rosen Wednesday 28 July
Hayley Landau Thursday 29 July


Weekly Learning


Sunday-Thursday Between Mincha & Maariv Daily Halacha Rabbi Sam Thurgood https://zoom.us/j/2012833604
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:10-8:30 Sefer HaChinuch Rabbi Sam Thurgood https://zoom.us/j/2012833604
Tuesday 8:30pm Halachot of Corona Rabbi Doron Podlashuk https://zoom.us/j/9996131818 Password: 1818
Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm Gemorrah Sukkah Rabbi Gavriel Ziegler Zoom (contact Rav Gav)
Saturday Between Mincha & Maariv Shabbat Shiur Rabbi Sam Thurgood Shul


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