WADS News Issue 21
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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was guest of honour at Watford Synagogue's fifth annual melave malke held on 8 February 2014.
The event kicked off with a performance by the WADS Children's Choir, conducted by Scott Michaels.
Holocaust Memorial Day
On Thurs 30 Jan WADS held its first ever event to mark HMD within the wider non-Jewish community. Pupils from Watford, Rickmansworth and Pinner attended an educational workshop and had the rare opportunity to listen to a Holocaust survivor recount their personal experiences of the Holocaust firsthand.
'Widdy' Wows Watford
With wit, verve and integrity, the former home office minister Ann Widdecombe recalled her life and highlighted the people and events that most influenced her along the way.
Ann revealed her favourite prime minister, talked about the need for NHS reform and shared her views on immigration.
Shofar So Good
Thirteen-year old Harry Burke put his trumpet playing skills to good use by ably blowing the shofar for Watford shul's children's services over Rosh Hashanah.
Proud mum Ruth Burke remarks, "He did well and received a lot of compliments. He certainly blows a mean shofar!"
No mercy was shown by Watford shul's youth when they took on opposing combatants in the challenging woodland setting of Bricket Wood Paintball on 22 September. With ammunition consisting of high velocity paint pellets, no lasting injuries were reported and a great time was had by all!
Beth Shalom Trip
Accompanied by Rabbi Ephraim Levine, around twenty members of Watford shul visited Beth Shalom, the Holocaust museum in Nottingham established by two non-Jewish brothers who felt people in the UK were not being adequately taught about the horrors of those dark days.
WADS Supper Quiz
Job well done! Quiz co-organiser Julie Woolf congratulates smooth quizmasters Barry Freed (l) and Clive Walters at the conclusion of Watford's successful supper quiz.
Melave Malke 2013
Limmud co-founder and internationally acclaimed educator Clive Lawton addresses dinner guests at Watford shul's enjoyable melave malke.
Watford MP Richard Harrington was amongst a distinguished panel chaired by Sir Leigh Lewis at WADS second Question Time. Questions on free-ranging topics were invited from the audience during what was a lively evening.
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