Shavuot 5777

For Shavuot this year, Fiona and Howard Brodie led both the evening and morning services. As is tradition, congregants brought flowers to decorate the bima. We even had a couple of trees and greenery on the floor of the sanctuary! After the evening service we partook of a traditional dairy …

Kalooki tournament

Last Thursday the weather was perfect: the shul sparkled in the morning sun. A good day to attend GRS’s first 40 Down Kalooki tournament! We had two full tables of players who enjoyed the battle and shared some delicious sandwiches and cakes. Hearty thanks from the participants and GRS Executive to Mike …

GRS community seder

On 11 April GRS held its annual second night Seder, with about 40 in attendance. Ably led by Howard and Fiona Brodie, it featured a ‘work-in-progress’ haggadah compiled by Fiona, with a stimulating variety of readings. To break the ice and put us in a festive mood, the seder began with a short …

Visiting Rabbis

We have a number of rabbis visiting this spring; details forthcoming for services, study sessions and Chavurah suppers. Save the dates and show your support for GRS and our visitors by attending these events. 28-29 April    Rabbi Barbara Borts 26-27 May    Student Rabbi Peter Luijendijk 17 June   …

Cheder Purim

On Sunday 12 March the cheder children celebrated the holiday of Purim. They created giant masks based on the theme of the עדלאידע Ad-lo-yada, the big mask parades held in the big cities in Israel to celebrate the holiday. We were visited by Joe Grabiner of RSY Netzer, who judged …

Purim evening

On Saturday evening 11 March GRS commenced its Purim festivities, with about 50 members in attendance. The evening began with Havdalah and the Evening Service, where the Megillah was read by Jackie Henderson, Simon Taylor and Sarah Freeman. Following the service we were treated to a delicious Purim meal catered …

GRS Burns Supper 2017

Last Saturday evening there was a lovely, informal atmosphere at the synagogue’s sellout annual Burns Supper and Ceilidh, chaired by Eileen Carroll. The Selkirk Grace was recited by her husband Michael, as was the Address to the Haggis. The Toast to the Immortal Memory of the Bard was given by Henry …