Events 2014 – Present

Please check back regularly for updates on events.

 

As well as our famous and very popular Quiz Supper, festive treats planned for this year include :

Purim Party, Communal Seder, Lag B’Omer BBQ, Shavuot Ice Cream Party, Pizza in the Hut, Simchat Torah Sweet Fest and Menorah Lighting.

 

There are regular meetings of the Music Group, the Adult Study Group, Modern Jewish History Group, WIZO Menorah Book Club and “Pins and Needles” Group.

 

February 2017

Music Group

Our host presented “An Evening with Aaron Copland”.

 

February 2017

WIZO Quiz at Home

A hearty supper was enjoyed before this year’s team switched on their brains and came a magnificent 3rd in the UK (out of just over 100 participating teams) with 97 points out of a possible 99.

 

January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day was commemorated at the Reiss Memorial, Welwyn Garden City this year. The theme of this year’s commemoration was “How Can Life Go On”.  The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Pat Mabbott, opened proceedings and Lord Salisbury’s chaplain, Canon. Carl Garner, addressed  an audience of Synagogue members, Inter Faith members and passers-by. We recited the Kaddish and white doves were released before retiring to the warmth of the Synagogue for tea and Danish.

 

December 2016

Grand Menorah Lighting at The Howard Centre, WGC.

Our Community celebrated its fourth public Menorah lighting outside the Howard Centre to celebrate the festival of Chanukah. Our minister, Rabbi Hillel Gruber, lit the candles and spoke of the importance of lighting up the world. He reiterated his message of previous years that kindling the Menorah each night of the eight day holiday, contains a universal message for people of all faiths that ultimately good will triumph over evil and freedom over oppression.

The Mayor of Welwyn-Hatfield, Cllr Pat Mabbott, joined the crowd of around 100, which included members of the Welwyn/Hatfield Inter-Faith Forum, of which the synagogue is an active member. The many children present were entertained with balloon modelling. All present also enjoyed hot potato latkes and jam doughnuts.

 

December 2016

Mitzvah Day

In conjunction with the Welwyn Hatfield Inter Faith Group, during the day a number of volunteers collected  bags of non-perishable food kindly donated by customers at Morrisons in Welwyn Garden City. The food goes to the New Zion Christian Fellowship Church in the town to add to their weekly distribution to over 60 people in the town. Many thanks to Morrisons for their help and co-operation on a most successful day.

 

November 2016

60th Anniversary of the Consecration of the Synagogue

This momentous event in the history of our Community in Welwyn Garden City was celebrated with an afternoon tea in the presence of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. Current members, past members, local religious and civic leaders and friends were among the nearly 150 people who attended. The guest speakers who followed the Chief Rabbi’s inspiring address were Mr. Stephen Pack, President of the United Synagogue, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Pat Mabbott, and Mr. Max Dias, a member of the Community since 1956.

 

October 2016

Music Group

Our host presented “An Evening with George Gershwin”.

 

June 2016

Music Group

Our next celebrity castaway of the year presented her Desert Island CDs.

 

May 2016

Barn Dance

A “not too energetic” fund-raiser with a hearty supper for those brave enough to take to the dance floor.

 

April 2016

Music Group

The Music Group’s season continued with a presentation of  “Kol Nidre – 19th and 20th Century versions and Bloch’s sketches from Jewish Life”.

 

March 2016

Multi Faith Civic Service

Organised by the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Lynne Sparks, a Multi Faith Civic Service was held at Onslow St Audrey’s School. With representatives from the local Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim communities participating, a small group of our members, led by Rabbi Gruber, sang a short excerpt from the Shabbat morning service liturgy.

 

January 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day was commemorated at the Lord William Cecil Memorial Hall, Hatfield.. Attended by the Mayor, Councillor Lynne Sparks, Synagogue members, Inter Faith members, pupils of the local Onslow St Audrey’s School and local residents, the theme this year was “Don’t Stand By”. Readings and prayers, including the Kaddish, were recited and white doves were released.

 

January 2016

Music Group

The Music Group’s season began with a visit to the Barn Theatre for a stage production of “Brassed Off!” featuring the Welwyn Garden City Brass Band.

 

December 2015

Grand Menorah Lighting at The Howard Centre, WGC.

Our Community celebrated its third public Menorah lighting outside the Howard Centre to celebrate the festival of Chanukah. Our minister, Rabbi Hillel Gruber, lit the candles and spoke of the importance of lighting up the world. He reiterated his message of last year that kindling the Menorah each night of the eight day holiday, contains a universal message for people of all faiths that ultimately good will triumph over evil and freedom over oppression.

The Mayor of Welwyn-Hatfield, Cllr Lynne Sparks, joined the crowd of around 100, which included members of the Welwyn/Hatfield Inter-Faith Forum, of which the synagogue is an active member. The many children present were entertained with balloon modelling. All present also enjoyed hot potato latkes and jam doughnuts.

WGCHC Chanucah 2015

 

November 2015

Music Group

The Music Group’s season concluded with “Shostakovich and All That Jazz” – a look and mostly a listen to some of the lighter side of the Russian composer’s works.

 

November 2015

Mitzvah Day

In conjunction with the Welwyn Hatfield Inter Faith Group, during the day 18 volunteers collected 108 bags of non-perishable food kindly donated by over 300 customers at Morrisons in Welwyn Garden City. The food goes to the New Zion Christian Fellowship Church in the town to add to their weekly distribution to over 60 people in the town. Many thanks to Morrisons for their help and co-operation on a most successful day.

Mitzvah Day 2015 

 

October 2015

The Supper Quiz – food, quiz, fun fund raiser

A record turn out this year enjoyed a sumptuous supper, burned a lot of brain power, raised a lot of money and, of course, the best team won!

 

September 2015

Family Fun Day

A chance to let off steam for the whole family – including a bouncy castle and face painting – before the start of the New Year.

 

August 2015

Music Group

Our next celebrity castaway of the year presented her Desert Island CDs.

 

June 2015

Music Group

Our host presented “An Evening with Aaron Copland”.

 

April 2015

Pesach Family Picnic

Much Matza munching at Stanborough Lakes.

 

March 2015

Music Group

Our first celebrity castaway of 2015 presented his Desert Island CDs.

 

March 2015

Melaveh Malka

Chairman of the Conservative Party and our local MP, Grant Shapps, was the guest speaker at the annual Melaveh Malka. Accompanied by his wife Belinda, their three children  and his in-laws, the family announced afterwards that they had thoroughly enjoyed their first visit to our synagogue. Following a salmon supper, Grant regaled an attendance of 60 with the story of his rise from a politically interested Herts schoolboy in Watford, to becoming Chairman of his party and a Privy Councillor, which he was made in 2010. He told the story of his induction as Privy Councillor by the Queen and other amusing anecdotes and hosted a lively question and answer session on a series of topics pertaining to issues affecting Welwyn Hatfield, as well as national and international politics. Grant was sincerely thanked by  the Synagogue  chairman and was presented by the Events Committee chairman with a model ‘Airbus’ to reflect the MP’s keen interest in flying (he is a qualified pilot) and as a memento of his visit.

Grant Shapps visit 1

 

March 2015

The Rabbike Charitable Trust Sefer Torah

Our Synagogue was the proud host of the Rabbike Sefer, a Sefer Torah dedicated to the memory of children of the Holocaust, for a week in March. The Sefer was with us for the week of March 8-15 as it does its journey around many of the synagogues in London and the northern Home Counties. The Sefer is the property of the Rabbike Charitable Trust, a Trust that has our former Rabbi, Rabbi Geoffrey Hyman, now of Ilford United Synagogue, as its founder and chairman. Rabbi Hyman set up the Trust to “fund youth potential” after his mammoth fund-raising effort in his charity bike ride from John O’ Groats to Land’s End two years ago. The Sefer was used in our services on Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei (Shabbat Parah) on March 14, during its stay with us.

Rabbike Sefer 2

 

February 2015

WIZO Quiz @ Home

Two teams from the community entered this year’s Motzei Shabbat brain workout, one of them reaching the dizzy heights of fifth place in the UK.

 

February 2015

Music Group

“Is it Kosher? – A Journey Through Jewish Music” was the theme of the group’s first soirée of 2015.

 

January 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day was commemorated at the Reiss Memorial, Welwyn Garden City this year when the Mayor, Councillor Les Page, joined in presenting the history and consequences of the Holocaust to an audience of Synagogue members, Inter Faith members and passers-by. We recited the Kaddish and white doves were released before retiring to the warmth of the Synagogue for tea and Danish. In the evening, we heard of the experience of a Holocaust witness.

 

January 2015

Friday Night Dinner

A sumptuous four-course Erev Shabbat meal organised by the Rabbi and Rebbetzen was enjoyed by over 50 members and friends.

 

December 2014

Grand Menorah Lighting at The Howard Centre, WGC.

Our Community celebrated its second public Menorah lighting outside the Howard Centre to celebrate the festival of Chanukah. Our minister, Rabbi Hillel Gruber, lit the candles and spoke of the importance of lighting up the world. He reiterated his message of last year that kindling the Menorah each night of the eight day holiday, contains a universal message for people of all faiths that ultimately good will triumph over evil and freedom over oppression.

The Mayor of Welwyn-Hatfield, Cllr Les Page and Mayoress Bette Philpot joined the crowd of around 100, which included members of the Welwyn/Hatfield Inter-Faith Forum, of which the synagogue is an active member. The many children present were entertained with balloon modelling. All present also enjoyed hot potato latkes and jam doughnuts.

 Town Chanukah lighting 2014 3

Town Chanukah lighting 2014 1

 

November 2014

What WIZO Means To Me – Guest Speaker, Linda Boxer, Executive Director of WIZO UK

Linda addressed the audience of 18 of our Community who had turned out on a cold, damp November night.  We were brightened by her enthusiasm for the 80 WIZO run projects  which help some of the most needy of Israeli society.  She also showed two short films illustrating specific projects as well as giving us an overview of all the work that is going on. This summer alone, British WIZO raised £82,000 for its emergency appeal to help Israelis affected by the hostilities with Gaza.  Linda’s talk was interesting and informative and a reminder  of why and how we need to support Israel.  Thanks to all those who help Welwyn WIZO raise money for this.

 

October 2014

The Supper Quiz – food, quiz, fun fund raiser

 

April 2014

The Annual Matzo Ramble

 

April 2014

Barn Dance – not too energetic fund raiser

 

March 2014

Afternoon Tea – Guest Speaker, Sheila Parker

 

February 2014

Breakfast with the Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis became the fourth holder of the post to visit our synagogue when he attended a Tefilla Breakfast.

Chief Rabbi's visit 4

He  followed predecessors, Sir Israel Brodie, who attended the shul’s inauguration service in 1956, Lord Jakobovits, who came for the 25th anniversary of the shul and Lord Sacks, who was present at the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2006.

Chief Rabbi's visit 5

Following Shacharit and a sit down Kiddush-style breakfast, the Chief Rabbi spoke to the assembled guests before meeting children from the shul’s flourishing cheder who gave a wonderful musical presentation to us. Chief Rabbi Mirvis also met 96-year-old, regular Minyan man Sam Ostro, the only survivor member of 14 German-born Jewish young men, who founded the Welwyn Garden City Community in 1939, after rescue from Nazi Germany by the Quakers under Captain RL Reiss.

Chief Rabbi's visit 6

 

February 2014

WIZO Quiz at Home

The Community fielded two teams this year. We may not have won but we all had a very enjoyable evening eating and quizzing!

 

January 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day

This year we gathered in Hatfield to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. Welwyn-Hatfield Mayor, Howard Morgan, led the service and white doves were released to mark the occasion. Local residents were invited to a meeting at the synagogue in the evening where they were addressed by a Holocaust survivor.

 

January 2014

Melava Malka – Guest Speaker, Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler

A sumptuous fish supper was enjoyed by over fifty members and friends followed by a most entertaining talk by Rabbi Shisler. Approaching his retirement, Rabbi Shisler took us on a humorous and fascinating autobiographical trip covering the many and varied experiences of his life.


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