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.
Please email us at schoolvisits@newcastlereformsynagogue.co.uk

Current Status: Active

Date Formed: 1965

Ritual: Reform

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This year Newcastle Reform Synagogue honours two of our most stalwart members as Chatan Torah and Callah Bereshit.

Our Chatan Torah - Professor Pavel Novak, who recently entered his 100th year, has been a long standing member of the community. He continues to attend services and activities regularly and is generally among the first to commit his support. Pavel was born in Stribo, Czech Republic seven weeks before the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He commenced his studies in civil engineering at Prague University in 1937, but as the situation there deteriorated, he applied for and was granted an exit visa in March 1939. Pavel continued his studies in England where he met and then married his dear wife Eli in 1945. He answered the call to return to Czechoslovakia in 1945 to help with the rebuilding of the country. On his return he found that most of his family had been lost. Pavel and Eli and their children returned to the UK in 1968, in the aftermath of ‘The Prague Spring’, living and working in Newcastle. They joined NRS where they gained many friends and showed enthusiastic support for the life and activities of the community. They were founder members and organisers of ‘The Crofters’ who met regularly to hold discussions and talks. We look forward to Pavel’s continued involvement and support of NRS.

Our Kallah Bereshit – Barbara Berg is enthusiastic and industrious in her support of the community. Barbara has served diligently on Council and currently heads up the social committee as well as taking on the role of treasurer of the Guild. Her dynamism and energy ensure that activities are well supported and run smoothly. Barbara compiled the wonderful brochure for the 50th anniversary of NRS, her approach ensuring that there was substantial sponsorship and advertising. She also organised the very successful Kiddush in memory of the Lahav’s, facilitating the presence of civic dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy, Lord Mayor, MP and City Councillors. Barbara is always first to help with any Kiddush and generally last to leave when tidying up. In setting tables for any function Barbara is reliably supported by her long-suffering husband Ted, who ensures that presentation is maintained to the highest standard. Barbara has several more social functions in the planning and we thank her for her drive and enthusiasm.
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