Make a Difference
Here at West London Synagogue, we build our community around acts of Chesed (loving-kindness), to foster a caring and inclusive community which reaches out to the wider society. You can contribute your skills, time and resources to support our various projects which are designed to care for elderly and vulnerable members, help those in need in the local area and build bridges of understanding between those of all faiths and none. Read on to find out how you can get involved and help us to make a difference…
One of the core functions of a synagogue is to support its members in times of joy but also in times of sorrow and need. West London Synagogue has a dedicated Social Care Team who work closely with all our rabbis to provide a variety of focused and appropriate support within the community. The services we provide include…
Latest Social Care Events
Members of West London Synagogue express our Jewish values not only by joining for communal worship and study, but also by engaging in work which will improve life for those outside our immediate community. Social action is a defining aspect of life at West London Synagogue, and many of our members, from religion school students through those who have celebrated their children’s or grandchildren’s bar or bat mitzvahs here, contribute to these efforts. We choose our Social Action schemes by consulting knowledgeable neighbours about unmet needs in the area. Responding to current needs, we have established a monthly drop-in centre for destitute asylum seekers as well as a winter night shelter for the homeless. We shall take on additional projects as our volunteer capacity grows along with our familiarity with what more we can do to help those around us.
What are WLS aims for interfaith?
At WLS we acknowledge that there are many different types of interfaith engagement. Our aim is to develop a range of interfaith activities to engage our community in building on-going relationships with those of other faiths. Our focus is on:
- Cross generational work-which recognises the value of bringing people of all ages together to share their experiences of faith.
- Inclusivity, ensuring that whatever your background and knowledge, you will find a way to engage with all our interfaith work.
- Variety, drawing on a wide range of interests, whether that be art, music, text study or food, to provide lots of access points for engaging in interfaith.
- Transformational,-to make a positive difference to the society in which we live.
- Community led, to ensure that members are involved in projects at every level, from development to implementation, feedback and continuation.
So how can you get involved?
Here at West London Synagogue, we offer a number of events and activities which rely on volunteer involvement. Fostering a culture of volunteering is essential to building a kehilla (community), where we can combine our efforts to better achieve our shared goals and values.
There are a range of different options for getting involved as a volunteer at WLS. These include:
• Social Care – Providing support for elderly or vulnerable members of the WLS community.
• Social Action – Helping those groups who are in need of our support in wider society, such as asylum seekers or the homeless.
• Cultural Events – Helping to shape and run the programme of cultural activities at WLS, such as talks and concerts.
• Religious Services – Creating a welcoming atmosphere for those attending religious services, by providing coffee or meeting and greeting.
• Buddying Scheme – welcoming and supporting those on the Jprep course (Jewish Preparation) into the WLS community.
• Education – Designing and facilitating educational sessions, such as ‘Torah on Tap’.
• Office Support – Helping us out with large administrative tasks, such as packing the review.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people, learn new skills and contribute to the community. We should like to ask you to think about what you are interested in and where you would be best able to contribute your time and talents.
Over the next couple of months, we shall be circulating a menu of volunteering options, which will include more detailed information about the different ways to get involved, alongside an initial interest form for everyone who would like to register as a volunteer.
In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to start volunteering – email Nic Schlagman for more information.
Over the last few years, an increasing number of our members have generously contributed to our Patrons Scheme and others have made restricted donations to cover elements of our work such as youth programmes, the drop in centre, social welfare and interfaith. We have also had some truly magnificent gifts towards our refurbishment projects and that has enabled us to make very significant progress in restoring and updating the physical fabric of the Synagogue campus which is a longer term initiative as so much had been neglected for so long.