The white robe

You might wonder in a blog that focuses on attitudes and behaviour against Israel and Judaism, why I am not writing on the U.K. Labour party’s anti-Semitism scandal instead of the use of the white robe, but you will, at the end understand, besides, you can read all of UK politics in the media, or…

From Vienna to Straßburg

Two wonderful musical offerings this week, beginning with  Matthias Bartolomey and Klemens Bitmann  on Monday at the Austrian Embassy in London, celebrating 150 years Austrian Embassy at Belgrave Square a concert with a personal invitation from the Ambassador together with many personalities from all the spectrum of  diplomacy in the UK and focused on their new…

My professional colleagues

Last week a giving music one. And the joy of hearing in action. The 11th of November in remembrance day. Directing a Requiem for the Fallen. The organist of Belsize Square Synagogue, Maestro Mike Cayton in his role as choirmaster in his St John’s Wood Church, a multifaceted musician of the highest class, not in…

The Temple Mount

It should not surprise anyone that the Muslim prophet had a spiritual revelation at the holy site where the Stone that is the Cornerstone of God’s presence in earth lays. The Jewish Temple was raised there and the Holy of Holies that contained within the stone tablets that Moses presented to the world with the ten…

A wedding in Alicante

A weekend in Spain. The daughter and son of very active members of our shul, getting married and Rabbi Altshuler and myself officiating between so many known faces of our extended family of Belsize Square Synagogue. The Hotel could not have been a better choice. The wonderful setting of the chupa and party, the hospitality…

A wedding in London

Last Sunday  I officiated a wedding at the Criterion, in the center of London, in Piccadilly Circus. The bride arrived and was welcomed by a Scottish Bagpipe band. She then entered the venue and was received by a quartet of the Belsize Square Professional Choir under the baton of Maestro Michael Cayton at the piano. I…

Not only Music

After last weeks of living music in London at it’s best. My son invited me to St Martin in the Fields to listen to an Oratorio, Wigmore Hall for a Madrigal Ensemble’s concert, to the Royal Opera House to see la Boheme with top Tenor J. Calleja and soprano A. Netrebko. The week finished Friday night where…

The Alexander Torah, a story and a tradition to keep for generations to come

A special service was held to celebrate the rededication of the Alexander Torah which has been repaired by Sofer Mordechai Pinchas and made ready for use at our services. This historic Torah scroll was saved from Kristallnacht brought by Dr. Alfred Alexander to London and is held in the custody of Belsize Square Synagogue with permission…

Westminster Abbey Marks Auschwitz 70th Anniversary

A Service of Solemn Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz was held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 1st February 2015. The Service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding: ‘We gather in this holy place of faith at the heart…