Another Anniversary

Another Synagogue celebrating it’s 80 year anniversary, Asociación Israelita Montefiore, the “German shul”, and an ocassion to participate by invitation of Rabbi Yehuda Gitelman. My first Synagogue, where I was bar mitzvah an held my first pulpit for ten years between 1986-1996, until I moved as Spiritual Leader to Ecuador. Also a time to remember,…

Belsize Square Synagogue celebrations of 80 years of Jewish life in England

A month filled with celebrations starting our 80 anniversary coinciding with Shabbat UK, a dinner hosting our sister Synagogue from Berlin, the Pestallozzi strasse its Ministers, Choirmaster and Youth Choir and a waiting list for the dinner, since we cannot sit more than the 200, already booked. An evening with prayer and song shared with…

Maduro, the puppet

As millions protest against the anarchy of Venezuela. Sadly the bigger picture of those who support it, is forgotten. These two Russian war planes with nuclear warheads are a deterrent as to tell the west that Russia, China and Iran won’t have any touch the oil reserves of the rich South American country. And that…

Cantors Convention between Palms with Psalms

This 71st Convention of the Cantors Assembly where I am sharing with more than 190 of my American colleagues of the organisation that groups the Conservative/ Masorti Cantors which between others is here to support all our efforts in the benefit of our profession. A strong and respected organisation that shows what we can and…

Again, the leader of the Labour Party in the UK

Does Mr. Corbyn actually think Israel is going to permit terrorist (unarmed, he says) to come through its borders and become martyrs of their cause by going in any Israeli kibbutz or shopping mall and kill civilians to defend their cause, that is what openly in Sky news a leader of Hammas said: (martyrs of…

What will be the next step

We feel ashamed of a country that was actively involved in the Holocaust now engaged in passing a law to have all references and teachings to say the contrary. I am afraid that the next step will be for the Polish government to close down all the concentration camps that show the horrors the Nazis…

The Art of being Jewish

A very energetic member of Belsize Square Synagogue whom I sat with last Sunday during the shul’s annual Channukah Market, told me he came up with the trademark Belsize Square should promote itself and stands for “The Art of being Jewish”. A market with members making coffee, while not in court as Queen Counsellors, or…

Remembrance weekend

  While in the UK the fallen in the wars are remembered, we had a remembrance weekend starting with our usual Friday Kristallnacht service and on Sunday a Music at Belsize concert “Romantic Vienna and the Jews” featuring the Wallace ensemble under Ben Wolf and the Chair of the committee Phil Keller conducting Mahler and…

Another case of limitation of treatment

Seven  years after my post in Stockholm on the question on who has the right to decide on life or death, Charlie Gard’s case has made the headlines, at least here in Great Britain. Charlie suffers from  mitochondrial depletion syndrome which affects the cells’ ability to generate energy. Specialists at the hospital say he has…