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Woodford is a progressive community – we move with the times whilst holding onto our proud heritage and past traditions.  So it is that we are re-launching the WLS Blog – to widen the debate on the issues affecting our members.  Previously, the Chair and our Rabbi blogged on our website but they only did so on an intermittent basis.  We are now hoping that a wider range of contributors will post to our new WLS Blog and, it is hoped, we will post entries more frequently.


For Volunteers Week a short post about some of the activities our volunteers undertake and your chance to help out

Full details of the Council Election results at our AGM including updated email contact details

A report with photos on this year’s Purim celebrations – including International Women’s Day, our latest Jack Petchey Award winner and the Comic Relief cake sale

An introduction to Purim and the basic story behind this minor festival in the Jewish calendar

Information about the Bet Tikvah Calendar and how WLS members can contribute to the featured articles – on the theme of artefacts – and sponsor pages or dates in the calendar

Information about an article on the Woodford-Blatná Connection – published in the magazine of the British Czech and Slovak Association ( – which maybe of interest to members

What is Tu B’Shevat, when is it and how will WLS celebrate it?

Rabbi Richard Jacobi writes about Holocaust Memorial Day, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and recent events in France

The latest videos by our Cheder classes – the Days of Creation by the Bereishit class

A report and photos from the WLS Chanukah party held in 19th December 2015, which saw over 115 people packed into the Synagogue

Information about Chanukah – including the WLS Chanukah party and other celebrations in London

Remembering the Jewish Community of Blatná – Over the weekend of 21/22 November we remembered the Jewish Community of Blatná (original home of the Czech Memorial Scroll on loan to Woodford) that was lost in Holocaust …

Mitzvah Day 2014 – We collected food and other items for Jason Lee House, while the Cheder Children learnt all about Mitzvahs ….

Officers & Council – The full list of all Officers and Members of Council following the elections at the Annual General Meeting held on 22nd May.

Rosh Chodesh Group – Information about the first meeting of our new monthly group for women.

Chanukah Donuts: A short video clip in which some of Cheder kids rap about Chanukah

Living Judaism – Living Wage: Rabbi Richard Jacobi writes about the Living Wage Foundation and the Parliamentary reception he attended for Living Wage Week (published 20th December 2013)

OneVoice – Building Consensus in Israel and Palestine: Learn more about OneVoice and the work they are doing with youth leaders on both sides of the conflict to build a consensus towards a peace agreement … (published 18th December 2013)

Save A Child’s Heart: Learn more about this extraordinary charity that brings children who need life saving heart surgery from the developing world to Israel for treatment … (published 27th October 2013)

Sukkah Building 5774: A report (with photos) on the building of the newly extended WLS Sukkah and Sukkot celebrations including a visit from Redbridge Councillor Paul Canal … (published 22nd September 2013)

High Holy Days Appeal: Details of the annual HHD appeal for 2013/5774 … (published 13th September 2013)

Repentance and Fractured Societies: On Saturday 7 September, Shabbat Shuvah, the Reverend Jude Bullock from St Anne’s Church in Chingford spoke about the Christian concept of repentance … (published 9th September).

Friday Night Supper: On Friday 23 August, Woodford had one of our regular ‘Making Friday Night’ services … (published 27th August 2013).

My Woodford: I remember the first time I walked into that oddly shaped building in Marlborough Road … (published 6th April 2013).

Why This Night Is Like No Other Pesach: During the Seder meal it is customary to ask the question … (published 27th March 2013).

Renewing Our Synagogue: Last Thursday (14th March) we held an all members meeting to discuss the latest plans for the refurbishment of our Sanctuary … (published 19th March 2013).


You can still access the “Chairman’s Blog” and the “Rabbi’s Blog”, which have now been archived.  We also welcome comments, using the reply box below and contributions from members or other guest writers.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2014 19:25

    I cannot seem to get into the names that I wish to be read out at the Memorial Service, but would like my late Husband’s name to be included, which is, Alan West. Please if you could get back to me on my e.mail address I would be much obliged.

    • June 29, 2014 20:23

      We don’t have the Memorial Service list on the website, I have passed your message onto the office and asked our administrator to contact you about this request.

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