CX Dairy: Week Ending 5/1/2013
Happy secular new year to everyone!
Having suffered like so many with a dreadful cough, cold and headaches, I sympathise with everyone who has been in the same boat, and am rather envious of all of you who were able to fly off to warmer climes over the break.
CX Diary Week Ending 22/12/12
A momentous and historic week! Having spent days if not weeks helping the Working and Consulting group reach their unanimous decision, I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. It is with great excitement and anticipation that my team and I look forward to working very closely with Rabbi Mirvis. He is truly a wonderful man, and will grace the position of Chief Rabbi. There is much to do for British Jewry, and as a team I am sure the United Synagogue and the Chief Rabbi will be at the forefront of this work.
CX Diary: Week Ending 15/12/12
It is always lovely to celebrate Chanukah and this week has been a week of candle lighting and “fressing” on doughnuts. Not great for the waistline but good for the spirit. Every weekend evening we light the Chanukia at the office at 305. It is a really lovely event, with all our staff participating, including, I might say, our non-Jewish colleagues. We have such a fantastic team and with everyone singing Maotzur, it was inspiring. A special thank you to Charles Loeb, our Mill Hill administrator for sponsoring one of the night’s doughnuts, and also to everyone who participated in our fundraising event for US Chesed, where the office raised over £500.
CX Diaries: Week Ending 8/12/12
Having spent a lovely week on holiday in Israel this week (and if anyone has spent time at the new Isrotel Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon, they will know what a fabulous hotel that is) Karen and I finished the week by joining the Tribe Israel team at the annual Tribe Israel Shabbaton. This year, we were also honoured to host Stephen and Cheryl Pack, who also joined us for the weekend.
CX Diary: Week Ending 24/11/2012
My week started on a lovely note, when, on Sunday, as grandpa and grandma, my wife and I attended the new baby blessing ceremony at Hendon United Synagogue. Expertly put together by Rabbi Jonny Hughes, with assistance from Rabbi Ginsbury, this was a great example of a community recognising the importance of the next generation, and, together with help and encouragement from Tribe, focusing care and attention on those babies born over the past twelve months to their members. Getting the grandparents along as well was a clever move, one that is replicated across many of our communities. The ceremony was lovely, and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Well done to all involved, and a special thank you from a proud grandfather.