Connecting People

Seymour Group

The Seymour Group is a luncheon club for the active retired, though there is no age restriction and everyone is welcome. It meets on the third Thursday of the month and offers a delicious lunch, followed by a speaker. Speakers come from all walks of life and if you want to be informed and/or entertained in a warm, convivial atmosphere, come and join us.

£15 payable at the door.

Book early by phoning Hermy Jankel on 020 7722 8489. If unavailable please leave a clear message. Cancellations only accepted before 10am on the preceding Monday. Otherwise you will be charged. Parking? We aim to finish by 2.30pm.

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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.

Communal Dinners

One of WLS’s most successful initiatives has been our popular community Shabbat dinners which follow our melodic “Combo Service” at 6pm on the second Friday of the month. We are thrilled to host up to 170 members who relax, eat and are entertained by a famous after-dinner speaker in our Stern Hall. Among those to have graced our podium are Sir Ronald Harwood, Maureen Lipman, James Harding, Robert Peston, Lord Daniel Finkelstein and Simon Schama and there are more to follow this year.

The cost is £27.50 for members and £35 for non-members and this includes a three course catered meal and wine. To book, please contact Kathryn Forro on 020 7535 0259. Please note that places cannot be held and can only be confirmed with a credit card or cheque in advance, and please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Pastoral Support

West London Synagogue cares for all its members. We have a dedicated Social Care Team, Jo Michaels and Tirza Waisel, who support members of the community in times of need.

All of us can benefit from confidential help, including bereavement support, cancer support, accessing benefits, contact when you are feeling lonely and isolated as well as directing members to appropriate resources.

We have trained more than 50 volunteers to visit members in their own homes, in residential care and in hospitals; specially trained volunteers also visit the bereaved. All of our volunteers have on-going training opportunities and supervision. A particular highlight is the monthly tea parties in members’ homes for older members to socialise. The Tuesday Lunch Club is going from strength to strength and new members are welcome to come on Tuesdays for coffee, activities, discussion and a three course lunch. Jo and Tirza work closely with the rabbis, so we continue to act together in the best interests of the community.

We do want to know about illness, bereavement and need, and all information is held confidentially.

Caring for a loved one who is unwell can be overwhelming. Our Carers Support Group allows members to feel less isolated and to share knowledge and information.

The Social Care Team:

Jo Michaels, Social Care Co-Ordinator, 020 7535 0290
Tirza Waisel, Social Care Assistant, 020 7535 0278