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…

Selichot Choral service

Tonight in almost all Synagogues over the world we prepare for the coming days of awe. A service which reminds principally of the services of the High Holydays. In Belsize a very musical one. Rehearsing already with my Choirmaster and the Synagogue’s Musical Director Dr. Benjamin Wolf and organist Maestro Mike Cayton, both very instrumental…

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…

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…

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…

A Synagogue that lives

Click to see the service BELSIZE SQUARE SYNAGOGUE 75TH ANNIVERSARY, CIVIC SERVICE Avinu Sheva-Shamayim – Bless the State of Israel

And what an honour

And here I am settling in London, in my new position at Belsize Square Synagogue http://www.synagogue.org.uk  sharing the pulpit with Rabbi Stuart Altshuler, of whom I have written in this blog in the past when we first met in Stockholm back in 2009. So much to learn, and to share and guard from its extensive liturgical…