Dear Members and Friends
As I approach the end of my three years as your President I would like to extend a heartfelt vote of thanks to Daniel and the members of the hardworking and uncomplaining committee who have done so much to facilitate my term in office, and who have been outstandingly supportive throughout. My role has involved a team effort, and I couldn’t have asked for more. Our AGM will be on the 29th April, so please do come along and have your say about the composition of the committee for the next year!
I have been absent from the synagogue for these last few weeks and for that my apologies. Family responsibilities and commitments are keeping me away. Whilst I am sorry to have missed services, I have enjoyed my family time. I look forward to resuming normal attendance on the second Shabbat in March!
This has been another busy few months in our small shul and I continue to be amazed at how much we manage to put on and to offer. A wonderful “Welcoming Shabbat” Service in January was attended by about 100 people, and we received many positive comments and much good feedback. Thanks to Daniel who led the service most beautifully, and to Roddy who gave the English commentary. I wonder if we might make this an annual event?
In early February, we were honoured by a visit of the Israeli Ambassador to the synagogue. His Excellency Mark Regev gave some very positive insights about Israel both to our community and to the East Anglian Friends of Israel, and in the presence of the MP for Norwich South, Clive Lewis, gave an outstanding explanation of Zionism. He has written to thank us for our hospitality, do have a look at his letter on the notice board. Our thanks the vigilant CST who worked so hard to keep us safe on both those occasions, and to the catering team. You will read more about both these events in this newsletter and about the Holocaust Memorial Day Service. Thanks to the Joseph Family who contributed a lovely Kiddush on the 17th February. I have also heard about the visit of the Korn Family from London , parents of Hannah Korn, one of our student visitors, who contributed a fabulous Friday night supper, for that our thanks.
We are aware that the burden on the security team at these big events has been challenging and our apologies to those who feel that they have missed out on attending our exciting functions. Additional sources of support to help out at important events are being explored at the moment so that our members are not so regularly disadvantaged by not actually being able to participate in the event they are providing security for.
Our plans for the Norwich Jewish Heritage Centre are progressing well and you will see the updated drawings on the notice board. Nick has been working hard on all this and we anticipate applying for building regulation permission shortly. We are still some 10% short of the necessary sum so our work on the fundraising front continues apace!
Hoping to see you all in the next few weeks and looking forward to a good turnout for our AGM in April when we will be electing a new President!