Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Booze for Jews, South London

I'm feeling dead guilty, as I thought I had done this weeks ago, and looking back I realise I haven't, and have now left it until rather late. As the premier web-based news outlet focusing on both South London and Jewish issues, I have been asked to publicise the BOOZE FOR JEWS event at the Honor Oak THIS THURSDAY (which I suddenly realise is TOMORROW), which I'm hoping to go to. Here is the whole of the finely crafted press release:

An evening full of light, latkas and laughter with Bromley Reform Synagogue's ‘Southwark Triangle Group’. It will give Jews living in south east London the chance to meet informally to socialise, light Chanukah candles and sing Ma’oz Tsur.

Anyone is welcome whether you’re single, in a Jewish couple, have a non-Jewish partner or have a genuine interest in Judaism. The more the merrier!


For more details contact Harriet Posner at the.posners@yahoo.co.uk

A group of 20 and 30-somethings from Bromley Reform Synagogue have taken it upon themselves to flout the recent ‘lighting-up’ legislation and are arranging a Chanukah candle lighting and socialising evening on Thursday 6th December. It will be the only time you will be able to legitimately light up in a pub this winter.

The evening is the first of its kind arranged by the ‘Southwark Triangle Group’ from Bromley Reform Synagogue. It is aptly named Chanukah Booze for Jews and will take place from 8pm – 10.30pm on Thursday 6th December at the Honor Oak pub, 1 St. German’s Road, SE23. It will give Jews living in south east London the chance to meet informally to socialise, light Chanukah candles and sing Mo’az Tsur.

One of the organisers, Harriet Posner, says, “The event came about as a result of a local night out when we heard about the number of Jews in their 20s and 30s that reportedly live in the Southwark Triangle (Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth). We thought Chanukah would be a perfect excuse to meet and get together with some fellow South-London Jews outside the usual synagogue setting, regardless of which borough they live in. Who knows, it could be the start of a Jewish social calendar to rival that of our North London neighbours!”

Rabbi Tony Hammond will be attending the event, not only to answer any questions about the Synagogue, but also help with distributing (and eating) valuable chocolate Chanukah gelt. Rabbi Hammond says, “I’m delighted that there are so many Jews in the surrounding area. I’m looking forward to having an informal setting in which to celebrate one of our traditions and to meet some of the local younger members of the Jewish community.”

We’d like to encourage everyone to join us for what we hope will be an evening full of light, latkas and laughter. Anyone is welcome whether you’re single, in a Jewish couple, have a non-Jewish partner or have a genuine interest in Judaism. The more the merrier at Chanukah Booze for Jews!




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Meanwhile, the newly formed London Jewish Humanists Group is organising a humanist Hanukkah Seder, this Saturday (8 December 2007) 19:30 - 23:00 at Dizengoff Israeli Kosher Restaurant Golders Green. Phone 07921816101 for more information.

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Bromley Reform shul, by the way, have been in the news recently with this moving and interesting case:
A black Jewish family from South London have been forced to delay their aliyah because of unexplained stonewalling by the Israeli authorities.

Carl and Maleka Levy — Reform converts to Judaism from Rastafarianism — had been set to begin a new life with their five daughters in Ashkelon three months ago.

Read the rest at the JC.

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On a Hanukah tip (that's a word I really can't spell!), if you want to download some seasonal mp3s, how about: a dreidelicious podcast featuring The Klezmatics, Tom Lehrer and plenty more; Shirim's klezmer nutcracker suite, Woody Guthrie (and some Christmas stuff); Yo La Tengo; Nashville Pussy (not a family-friendly link to click!)*; Brigid Kaelin's "jewgrass" music; and some Ladino hip hop from last year.

*Evidently so family-un-friendly I failed to hyperlink, now rectified.

4 comments:

Incognito said...

Happy Chanukah Bob.. Funny.. .there are so many ways of spelling it.

Interesting stuff on that black family... had no idea about Black Hebrews.. now I'm going to have to google it.

The Contentious Centrist said...

I don't think they are black Hebrews. They are just a black family that converted. If you google "black Hebrews" you will probably get a lot of entries about the sect in Dimona that calls itself "Black Hebrews" and which I've never really understood what their belief system is. I think they like to sing and practice polygamy.

Anyway, Bob, last time I went to a Hannuka party at a synagogue, it was a pretty depressing affair and I swore I'd never try one of those parties again. The food was particularly atrocious and my ethnic prejudice kicked in, right away, about "ashkenazi" Jews not having a clue as to what makes good food. I hope this "booze for Jews" shindig is really as cool as it sounds.

The New Centrist said...

Bob,

Off topic but on the Sarf London tip, my wife was born at Lambeth Hospital.

--TNC

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Can't you be a bit more specific on the booze side of the party? I mean...