Newcastle Reform Synagogue

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Newcastle Reform Synagogue – Ner Tamid

Address: The Croft, off Kenton Road, Gosforth NE3 4RE
Voicemail: 07971 853 102

Our Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) services begin at 8pm except on the last Friday of each month when we start at 6.45pm, usually followed by a Shabbat meal.

Shabbat morning (Saturday) services begin at 10.30am.
The first shabbat of each month is our Family Service beginning at 11am, with a service designed to be child friendly and welcoming to all generations.

School & Group Visits
Visits are hosted by a small team of volunteers. We give a basic talk, geared to the ages of our visitors, about Judaism, the Synagogue and what goes on there, including showing the Torah scrolls, demonstrating the use of ritual objects and any topics specifically requested by the organisation. This takes about one hour, and we encourage questions.

There is no charge for visits, but we welcome donations towards the cost of heating and lighting, as the synagogue has to be opened specially for visits.
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Current Status: Active

Date Formed: 1965

Ritual: Reform


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Newcastle Reform Synagogue

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 : Torn from HomeThe Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chooses an annual theme which relates to the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. HMD 2019 will include marking the 25th anniversary the Genocide in Rwanda, which began in April 1994. This year the theme is “Torn From Home” as the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. ‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security. On HMD 2019 we will reflect on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over. What makes a home? ‘My mother always seemed to be in the kitchen. I remember coming home from school and being greeted by delicious cooking smells.’ Blanche Benedick, survivor of the Holocaust The word ‘home’ is familiar to us all. It relates to a place in time and space but it also relates to the people and possessions we find within. Although not always the case, home usually has associations with safety, security, privacy, dignity and peace. In the lead up to the Holocaust, Nazis undermined the notion of ‘secure home’ by imposing curfews on Jews, and seizing certain possessions such as radios and cameras, before then forcing them to leave their homes. When reflecting on their lives before their persecution, survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides remembered the familiar sights, and smells, as well as the voices of the friends and family which turn a house into a home. Their homes might have been very different from each other, but the survivors whose testimony we share hold many common reflections about what home meant to them before the genocide. Fleeing from home before genocide ‘There was a lake, Lake Kivu, which separates Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, very huge. So we decided to swim.’ Jean Louis Mazimpaka, survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda During the first years of Nazi rule some Jewish families, as well as others who were experiencing increasing persecution, left their homes and fled Germany. Some fled to neighbouring countries in Europe, whilst others left for countries further away like the USA, Canada and China. Not only did this mean leaving all that was familiar, but it meant trying to make a new home, often somewhere with a different culture and language, and, in some cases, an unwelcoming new society. In subsequent genocides, communities experiencing persecution have fled their homes, becoming refugees in nearby countries, and in the UK. Sometimes leaving home is physically dangerous, like it was for Jean Louis and those who swam with him across Lake Kivu, to find a place of safety. Leaving home is never an easy decision. Forced from home ‘The Khmer Rouge ordered us to leave the city “for three hours only” and to carry nothing with us... I left my house with my mother, my two daughters, three sisters and two brothers… Five hours passed, one day, two days, three days… We realised by now that this was a trip without return.’ Var Ashe Houston, survivor of the Genocide in Cambodia A few months before World War Two broke out, Jewish people in Nazi Germany were told that it was now legal for their homes to be taken from them at any time. As the war developed, and Nazi control spread across Europe, Jewish people were forced from their homes into ghettos in cities across Europe. Families had to live in overcrowded, dirty and unsanitary conditions; disease and starvation were rife. Many still attempted to make their cramped accommodation in the ghetto into a semblance of home, by continuing to celebrate Jewish festivals and the sabbath. Subsequent acts of genocide also saw communities forced from their homes. During the Genocide in Cambodia, millions of people like Var were forced from their home towns and cities to live and work on the land in the countryside. Some lost hope that they would ever see their homes again. Finding an alternative home ‘Even when I was hiding in someone else’s home, there was no security, because at any moment someone could come and knock on the door and find you. At least in the bush there was hope that, if someone came, you would be able to move and keep hiding.’ Chantal Uwamahoro, survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda Some survivors were only able to survive by hiding under floorboards or in attics, or in forests and bushes, such as Chantal had to do in Rwanda. These hiding places were not home but, in some cases, people remained in their hiding place for several years. In other cases, people moved from place to place, finding a refuge for a few weeks or months at a time. Making a home a refuge ‘Mona’s mother said, “Don’t worry, Blanche, you’re going to stay here with us for a few days. We’re going to hide you because we’ve heard that all the Jews are going to be rounded up.”’ Blanche Benedick, survivor of the Holocaust Those who tried to save others by taking them into their homes can be remembered for their acts of rescue during the Holocaust and the genocides which followed. These include those who looked after children who came to the United Kingdom on the Kindertransport, and others, like Mona’s family in Denmark, who hid Jewish people in their homes during World War Two. Louisa Gould paid the ultimate price for hiding a Russian prisoner of war in her home on the Channel Islands; she was murdered in Ravensbrück concentration camp. Returning home ‘I stayed in Rwanda after the genocide, we tried to go back to work, to find others and make other friends, to find out if you have some family members left. Then we tried to build the country again, to build a family again, to build ourselves again.’ Appolinaire Kageruka, survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda When the Holocaust ended with the end of World War Two, millions of people across Europe were displaced, often hundreds of miles from home. Some tried to return home – often a difficult and complex journey. Those who were able to return to their neighbourhoods often faced continuing prejudice, and sometimes violence from the communities to which they now returned. After the Genocide in Rwanda, survivors like Appolinaire who moved back to their homes found themselves living alongside neighbours who had been perpetrators during the genocide. The challenge of rebuilding a life was made more difficult by having to encounter those responsible for their loss of family on a regular basis. No home to return to ‘I was numb when I saw there was nothing left… Someone had even planted corn on my land and they were harvesting it.’ Besima, survivor of the Genocide in Bosnia Many of those who tried to return from concentration camps across Europe after the Holocaust found their houses had been looted, sold, given away or physically destroyed, and the local communities unwilling or unable to help them reclaim their homes. Similarly, when survivors of the Genocide in Bosnia, like Besima, returned to their homes, many found that they had been taken over by members of the communities involved in killing their loved ones. The continuing trauma of genocide leaves people trying to adapt to a new life alongside some of those responsible for destroying their old one. Finding or building a new home can take a long time in communities still recovering from genocide. Having no permanent home creates further trauma for those who survive. An empty home ‘I missed my brothers and sisters, always, to this very day. When the holidays came and people celebrated, or the families sat together, that was when this inner thing, this nervous strain came. That was very hard.’ Otto Rosenberg, Sinti survivor of Nazi Persecution For many people, family and loved ones are essential to feeling ‘at home.’ Having lost friends and family during genocide, those who survived the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution or other genocides had to face the trauma of making a home without those who had been murdered. Otto describes his continuing sense of loss, particularly at times when Sinti families traditionally gather in the home and spend time together. Making others feel at home ‘Britain is now my second home. It is good to have a new life, but it was really tough to have no contact with my family for so long.’ Abdul Aziz Mustafa, survivor of the Genocide in Darfur After persecution, ‘home’ can become a country offering a place of safety and belonging. The continuing refugee crisis highlights that there are millions of people across the world who are still seeking a safe place to call home. The ongoing Genocide in Darfur highlights that acts of persecution, violence and genocide continue to force millions of people from their home today. 📷 One of the founders is our member Sasha Raikhlina, who helps to produce a programme of events which showcase the arts and music created by those who were victims of the Shoah involving performers from all over the world. You can find the programme at Brundibár Arts Festival: Events 2019 THU, 24TH JANUARY 2019; 7PM Concert kindly supported by Cavatina for under 26s FESTIVAL OPENING CONCERT SECOND GENERATION HOLOCAUST- SURVIVORS Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle Artists: Natalie Clein, Liubov Ulybysheva (cellos), The Bell Quartet, Simon Wallfisch (baritone), Daniel Garlitsky, Alexandra Raikhlina (violins), Sarah Castle (mezzo-soprano) Music by Olivier Greif (1950-2000), a French composer of Polish-Jewish parentage. Greif's father was an Auschwitz survivor, and this heavily influenced his music. 6 pm: Pre-concert talk. The Festival has invited psychotherapist Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch and writer/journalist (brother of the composer) Jean-Jacques Greif to discuss the impact of the Holocaust on the second generation in our pre-concert talk led by Dr Ian Biddle. FRI, 25TH JANUARY 2019; 2PM SPECIAL PERFORMANCE Philip Cussins House Care Home SAT, 26TH JANUARY 2019, 1.30PM AMATEUR MUSICIANS EVENT Jesmond United Reform Church Artists:Cobweb Orchestra SUN 27TH JANUARY 2019; 8PM HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY EVENT WAR MOTHER Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle Members of Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Monica Buckland Mezzo-soprano: Mojca Vedernjak, Theatre Director: Robert Hersey Cast: Philip Harrison, Grace Allen, Doreen Frankland, Mick Liversidge Mesmerising play by Adolphe Nysenholc in which two dead mothers fight over their son: the mother who perished in the Holocaust and the foster mother who hid the child during the war to preserve him from deportation. The play will be preceded by a performance of Miracles de l'enfance by the Swiss composer Albert Moeschinger (1897-1985), based on poetry of Belgian children orphaned during war. After-play Q&A with Adolphe Nysenholc who will be present at the performance. THU, 31ST JANUARY 2019; 7:30PM Festival Closing Concert: DEDICATED TO HANNI BEGG who was torn from home as a child during the war - the only survivor out of her entire family. Hanni was a keen supporter of the Festival before passing away in October 2017. Sage Gateshead, Hall 2 North Tyneside Council. Their annual commemorative event takes place at North Tyneside Council's main site, Quadrant in the Cobalt Business Park. Pupils from local schools will provide music for this special event including a song written specially by the pupils, focused on the theme for this year which is: Torn From Home. You can apply for tickets at: Newcastle City Council There is always a fantastic programme of events in the city. You can download the programme here Highlights include: 📷 KINDERTRANSPORT By Diane Samuels, directed by Hugh Keegan. Presented to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2019's theme 'torn from home'. After the performance on Sunday 27th, there will be a Q&A with the author. The performance on Sunday 27th is now full. There are currently tickets available for Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th at 7.30pm. Tickets are free but need to be booked. 📷 January | Wed 30th | 13:00 Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture, with Gerald Stern FREE Gerald Stern’s talk concerns his Father, Freddie’s, life in Germany as a young boy from the age of 7, before and during the Nazi’s rise to power. It details his experiences as one of the children who were brought on the Kindertransport from Germany. Gerald will also talk of his father’s adaption to life in Britain and the personal efforts that record the history of his father’s experiences in Germany. This talk relates to the play Kindertransport which is being performed at the Peoples' Theatre on 27th,28th & 29th January. Sunderland. Sunderland Holocaust Memorial Evening Monday 28th January 6.30pm at Sunderland Minster Introduction Rev Chris Howson Mayor of Sunderland Lynda Scanlon Redby Primary Academy Choir - Songs This is Me and Think Twice Deputy Lord Lieutenant Tyne and Wear Susan Winfield Remember the other Genocides Members of the Inter Faith Forum Mrs Gabriele Keenaghan Guest Speaker Torn From Home Theme Theme Song from Schindler List violinist Carl MurtaRabbi Borts – a Yiddish Song Prayer for the Six Million Tony Wortman President Seaburn Rotary The Kaddish - Read by Rabbi Borts Sunderland Library Service will be displaying the exhibition Children Under the Nazis. The exhibition consists of 10 pop-up banner-stand posters which focus on the lives of a range of different children during Nazi rule, including Jewish children, disabled children, Sinti and Roma, but also German Hitler Youth. This exhibition was curated by Dr Beate Müller (Newcastle University) in collaboration with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. It is touring 3 libraries in the area. More information here and here Durham 📷 The speaker at Durham Cathedral's annual Holocaust Memorial Day event is Eva Clarke. Eva was born in Mauthausen concentration camp, Austria, on 29th April 1945. She and her mother are the only survivors of their family, 15 members of whom were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau: three of Eva’s grandparents, her father, uncles, aunts and her 7-year-old cousin, Peter. No ticket is required to attend this talk. Monday 21 January - Friday 1 February Free exhibition at Bishop Auckland Town Hall library featuring: · Real life stories from the Holocaust · Information on the Porrajmos, which translates to 'the Devouring', the term used to describe the Nazi genocide of Europe's Roma and Sinti population · Information on genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Dafur · Memorial Day Trust and Durham Light Infantry archives Friday 25 January 1.00pm - 3.00pm Service at Durham Cathedral, Durham City. Saturday 26 January Free event at Bishop Auckland Town Hall between 10.00am - 11.30am including performances from King James 1 Academy, The Hermitage Academy and a speech from holocaust survivor Eva Clarke where she will talk about her experiences. Northumberland Free film screenings offered as part of Holocaust commemorations Free film screenings are being offered to the public as part of Northumberland’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. Organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with the FUSE Cinema in Prudhoe, where the free screenings will take place on Tue 29 and Wed 30 Jan. The films, which have been specially chosen for the event, are all set in World War II and include the multi Oscar-winning Life is Beautiful, starring Roberto Benigni; The Book Thief and Escape from Sobibor. The timings are: Tues 29 Jan 1pm: Life is Beautiful (PG) 7.30pm: The Book Thief (12A) Wed 30 Jan 1pm: Life is Beautiful (PG) 7.30pm: Escape from Sobibor (15) Tickets for the special screenings are bookable at Thurs 24th January event at County Hall, Morpeth. Members of the public are invited to join the council at the special event starting at 3.45pm with the raising of Holocaust Memorial Day flag. It will be followed by a commemoration event in the council chamber at County Hall from 4pm. The event, focused on the theme "Torn from home," will feature poems and readings from young people from Voices Making Choices, as well as a presentation from refugees who have made their home in Northumberland. The council has also been running an art competition open to anyone in the county, also focused on the “Torn from home” theme. The winners of this competition will be announced at the event in Morpeth. Newcastle Reform Synagogue 079 7185 3102. (24 hr answer phone) Address: The Croft/Off Kenton Road Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4RF ... See MoreSee Less

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On Friday 18 January Rabbi Sybil will lead a shorter Erev Shabbat service starting at 6.00pm. This will be followed by a Tu B'Shvat Seder when we will celebrate 'New Year for Trees'. As well as a range of fruits, etc we will also enjoy a catered meal. There will be no charge for this meal. For catering purposes please can you inform Linda Scott - and Brenda Dinsdale - if you wish to attend.

Shabbat morning service is at 10.30am.

Rabbi Sybil would like to reiterate that she welcomes having children and families at all services.

On Friday 25 January Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner will be coming to North Tyneside to attend the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at North Tyneside. Rabbi Laura, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism has kindly offered to stay to lead our Erev Shabbat service. A light catered meal will be provided at 5.30pm followed by the evening service. Once again there be no charge for this, but again please inform Linda and Brenda if you wish to attend.

Your support for these services will be welcomed and very much appreciated.
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Mazal Tov to Seth and Hannah on the occasion of their wedding. A lovely ceremony officiated by our very own Rabbi Sheridan. May you have many years of happiness together ... See MoreSee Less

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A lovely way to bring Chanukah to a close and weren’t those latkes tasty? ... See MoreSee Less

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