South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue
THE TREE OF LIFE
Many of you will have seen examples of a tree of life in other synagogues. Lots of research was carried out and some while ago, the council of SWESRS approved the erection of such a tree in the foyer of our prayer hall. We were lucky to discover a designer who, by coincidence, had celebrated his Bar mitzvah at what was SWERS. After a great deal of work and samples provided by him, council has now given approval for the project to go ahead. Here is the design of what will be, the SWESRS Tree of Life.
The tree will be mounted on boards for ease of maintenance. Leaves can be purchased to celebrate happy family events such as births, B’nei mitzvah, marriages, anniversaries etc and also to commemorate the life of someone who has passed away. The leaves will cost £75 each, including engraving. We hope the tree will be erected in the next few months. The purpose of this flyer is to inform members of the project and to give them the opportunity to express their interest by reserving a leaf or leaves in advance. The engraved wording on the leaves will be a pre-designed template on which your requested names will be inserted. Please complete the form below and hand it in to Cheryll in the shul office, or you can email it to me with your questions.
The South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue is an exciting and diverse Reform Community based in Newbury Park, Essex. Its welcoming and inclusive style, together with its innovative approach to services, makes it a shining example of Progressive Jewry in East London.
SWESRS meets the needs of its members at all stages in their lives: sharing the joys of simchas, supporting and comforting them during difficult times.
Whether you enjoy spiritually uplifting services in our unique light filled, circular Prayer Hall, resonating with the sounds of our famous choir, or engaging in thought provoking learning, SWESRS will help and encourage you to participate fully in community life, whatever your background or level of Jewish understanding.
Shabbat Services are held in two sites, weekly at Oaks Lane, Newbury Park and fortnightly at Beaumont Grove, in Stepney.
Members are encouraged to be actively involved with all aspects of synagogue life, religious, educational, social, fun, caring for vulnerable members of our community, with daily activities for members of all ages. To find out more, please continue to browse.
The Community is led by Rabbi Nancy Morris, who joined us in September 2012.
We’d love to welcome you to SWESRS, to become a part of our community, at whatever stage you are, in your life. You can make that change by contacting us today, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.
Myra Whiskar - Chairman
A FURTHER WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENT
As President of the Synagogue, I would like to welcome you to our Website.Please take a few minutes to browse and look at our history and what we have to offer today.
We are a friendly and all embracing community, and we pride ourselves, in supporting all age groups.
I would like to invite you to join us for one of our services, to experience our beautiful prayer hall, our wonderful choir, our Rabbi and lay leaders, and so many of the congregation, who give so much of their time to encourage and make possible all of our activities.
We continue to support the small congregation in Stepney, with fortnightly Shabbat Morning services and the festivals and High Holy Days. Please do pay us a visit at either location, I look forward to welcoming you.
Ted Davis - President