Forthcoming Events

Mitzvah Day 2019: We are collecting in-date non-perishable foods, toiletries and warm clothing for Jason Lee House. Further information on this flyer – please bring donations to the Synagogue

Wednesday Evenings in November: ELELS in association with Leo Baeck College welcomes Lehrhaus On The Road

Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet will lead a four-week course entitled: Some Foolish Men and a Feisty Woman in the Biblical ‘Early Prophets – Wednesday evenings (7:45 to 9:00 pm) in November. 

ELELS members can attend individual sessions for £10.00 per week – contact the office for more information & to book your sessions

Adult Education at ELELS

On Wednesday Evenings we have Introductory Hebrew at 7:30 pm and Access to Judaism from 8:30 pm.

Monday 18th November at 8:00 pm

As mentioned during his Yom Kippur sermon, Rabbi Richard Jacobi will lead a discussion group based on the Grayson Perry book – The Descent of Man.

Perry’s book looks at masculinity – what is it, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails. It’s a subject he thought about since he was a boy. In this funny and necessary book, he takes a look at men with a clear eye and ask – what sort of men would make the world a better best for everyone?

Wednesday 20th November – Birds Eye View, under their Reclaim The Frame programme – presents Barbra Streisand’s Yentl at the Everyman theatre in Belsize Park – click on the links for more information.

LJY-Netzer Israel Tour 2020

Registration for the LJY-Netzer Israel Tour opens on Thursday 21st November. The tour is for those in School Year 11 and, while dates are still to be confirmed, is expected to take place from 12th July to 4th August 2020. There will be a Taster Day on Sunday 12th January, followed by a parents evening. Further details are available on the LJY-Netzer website.

Polling Station Sign

Election Hustings

Chingford & Woodford Green constituency on Monday 25th November at St Mary’s Church Woodford starting at 7:30 pm

Ilford North constituency on Tuesday 26th November at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre – doors open 7:00 pm, hustings 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Rosh Chodesh Group

We are delighted to welcome Student Rabbi Eleanor Davis who will lead the ELELS Rosh Chodesh group from November onward. Eleanor is knowledgeable in many areas of Jewish education and has previously led a Rosh Chodesh group in Edgware.

The first meeting will include some study and look at options for ongoing themes or projects for the group to take forward. Eleanor has some ideas of her own and has shared them in this blog post – these are just ideas as the final programme will be determined by the group at their first meeting on Tuesday 26th November at 7:30 pm

If you want to take part in the group meetings and you have ideas for the programme – but cannot be at the first meeting, please send your thoughts to Mich Sampson via the office.

Czech Scrolls Shabbat

On Friday 29th & Saturday 30th November, as part of our Czech Scrolls Shabbat, we will host the Travelling Exhibition from the Czech Scroll Memorial Trust. The Erev Shabbat Service will include a presentation from Nick Young about the Exhibition – full details here and here.

Sunday 1st December 8:00 pm: SWESRS Social & Community Group presents Jonny Benjamin Journey From Despair to Hope

Tickets £5.00 

Full details in this flyer.

Logo & Slogan of Dror Israel Movement
“Imagine there was a place where Jews and Arabs learned side by side, grew up together and formed lifelong relationships. 
Imagine there was a place where teenagers on the margins of Israeli society were rehabilitated, taught life skills and reintegrated.
Imagine there was a place that used relationships with animals to teach emotionally disaffected teenagers to develop self-esteem and the skills to build relationships with others.
Well, such places exist, run by the organisation  Dror Israel, and on 4th November from 7.45 pm to 9.30 pm we welcome Mirit Sulema, Coordinator of the Educators Kibbutz, Akko, to talk about their work, their experiences and their goals for the future including helping Israel become a more harmonious society where tolerance and peaceful coexistence are the norm.
Logo of the Rene Cassin human rights charity

Human Rights Shabbat

ELELS will be hosting ECAMPS events for Human Rights Shabbat on 6th & 7th December

  • On Erev Shabbat we have a Chavurah Shabbat supper followed by Oneg talk from a Rene Cassin speaker
  • On Shabbat afternoon two speakers from Rabbis for Human Rights will be speaking about the work of that organisation

Jewish Historical Society of England (Essex Branch)

Following its successful relaunch, the Essex Branch of the JHSE has announced its programme of events to June 2020. Next meeting on Tuesday 10th December, is entitled – Meschuggenahs with Guns: Politics, Revolution and Violent Death in the Old Jewish East End Professor Clive Bloom will present a fascinating and macabre journey into the heart of the old Jewish East End.

Full details of JHSE events can be found in this flyer.

Image is official logo of the UK Jewish film festival

UK Jewish Film Festival 2019

This year the UKJFF has two showings at South Woodford:

  • On Sunday 10th November they are showing Echo
  •  On Wednesday 20th November they are showing The Unorthodox

See this UKJFF South Woodford flyer for full details of these screenings or the UKJFF 2019 website for all screenings

Image to illustrate the play Becoming Electra

Becoming Electra: A Queer Mitzvah

A heart-warming and original one-woman drag show about a queer Jewish girl trying to find her voice. With show-stopping songs and comical, compelling storytelling, Becoming Electra: A Queer Mitzvah is a show like no other: exploring what happens when Jewish and queer cultures collide. Book tickets for Round House on 18th December (and tell all your friends!).

Poster for Yom Ha'Atzmaut Quiz in February 2020

Calling all quiz fans – we have advance notice about the annual RJCC Yom Ha’Atzmaut Quiz will take place on Sunday 2nd February 2020, full details in this flyer.

ELELS won the quiz last year and the year before – can we put together a team to win the hat trick? If you’re interested in taking part please contact Bob Kamall via the office.


Biennial Conference 2020 – will be from Friday 22nd May to Sunday 24th May (prior to late May Bank Holiday Monday on 25th May)