Shabbat Shalom to all,
The Shabbat services tonight and tomorrow mark Mental Health Awareness Shabbat and will focus on mental health and wellbeing. Tomorrow morning, we shall have a joint service with Birmingham Progressive Synagogue and Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation. We will also be joined by Rev. Tania Payne, a Chaplain from the North East London Mental Health Foundation Trust.
JAMI, which was one of the recipients of our recent Kol Nidre Appeal, are also running a series of events this Shabbat and into next week, providing advice and relief during this challenging period. You can find out about those events by clicking here.
We find ourselves at the current time with mixed feelings.
I have spoken of the stress and depression which can be caused during this current period in which we find ourselves. Covid 19 is restricting our normal ways of living, whether we live alone, with partners or with larger family groups. We are all not living the lives we are used to – going to work or school, meeting up for social gatherings, praying together in person, being out and about with each other.
On the other hand however, the vaccine is here, and as the rollout continues, we can all feel an air of optimism that this pandemic will be over. Further light comes in the shape of the festival of Tu b’shevat which reminds us that Spring is just around the corner and inspires us to celebrate the joys of nature. We hope that you will join us for our Tu b’shevat seder next Sunday 31st Jan at 4pm. You can click here for more information.
In addition, our Synagogue is blessed with volunteer callers, who are ready to chat and maybe give the virtual hug that we may all need from time to time. Please do not hesitate to contact either the Office, or myself, or anyone. My number is 07745 790869. I only ask that, if you do feel depressed or anxious, please do not suffer alone.
Stewart Spivack (ELELS Chair)