We are now finalising the programme of virtual services and activities for this year’s High Holy days, starting with Erev Rosh Hashannah on Friday 18th September. We will soon send you a copy of the programme as well as a list of festivals for this year 5781 (2020 - 2021). The programme will also be here, on our website and there will be links in the weekly newsletter and on our Facebook page.

Asylum seekers are often the bottom of the pile when it comes to support and sympathy.

Each person has their own story of how and why they have made the difficult decision to leave their home and maybe their entire family, to make a long, often terrifying and dangerous journey to another country. They are frequently traumatised, bewildered and confused by the hostile reception they get from the Home Office, when they finally get to the UK.

As you know, so that we can continue to keep us all safe, we decided to hold services virtually instead of in the Synagogue. There will still be all kinds of streamed services and other activities throughout the High Holy Days. You will soon receive detailed information about what is planned but also, keep checking the Sinai website, Facebook page and Newsletter.

As you will all have seen last week, Gwynneth Lewis has been asked to take early retirement from her post as director of education at the end of this month as part of the trustees work to stem the synagogue's inherent budget deficit. Trustees have been discussing how we maintain and build on the foundation and legacy of Gwynneth's work, and the wealth of information and contacts she leaves us with. This will include all the areas of education - young people, adults and the introduction to Judaism course.

As I type this we have passed the landmark of one hundred days of lockdown. In that time we, as a community (not just Sinai, but Leeds, Reform Judaism (RJ) and beyond), have faced up to, overcome and grown through many challenges. I am very proud of how Sinai has risen to the challenges we have faced: better on some, than others. But in every challenge we have learned, adapted and grown. In this letter there is detail around staff changes, membership subscriptions, High Holy Days and funerals. As such, please try to read at least the bits that interest you.

The Zone needs your help to fill the void due to cancelled fundraising events.  To help them continue to support our youth and community, please make a donation by bank transfer to account number 45869553, Sort Code 60-60-05
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Hear Griselda Pollock, Sinai member and winner of The Holberg Prize, on BBC Radio 4, Front Row

Read more about the Holbeck Prize: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holberg_Prize

The 2020 AGM is on....

We are looking for lay members who would like to help lead Kaddish and Kiddush.  This is our opportunity to meet together and support our congregants who are marking Yahrzeit.