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Sadaqa Day in Peterborough

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A happy day for Peterborough Liberal Jewish members to share in the Muslim faiths Sadaqa Day ( a day of community good deeds similar to Mitzvah Day) with our Muslim friends, adults and children together, in a series of projects including enrolling new stem cell donors, picking up litter in the local areas and serving tea and cake at Werrington Lodge, a care home for older people including those living with dementia. Building friendships and making a positive change in our city.  Thank you to Toqeer and everyone at Masjid Khadijah Islamic Centre who organised Sadaqa Day.  Both the Jewish and Muslim participants enjoyed working together and said the day went a long way towards fostering community cohesion in the city. Shalom 😊#SadaqaDay2018 #Sadaqa day #mitzvah day

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Tu B’Shevat Tree Planting At Thorpe Hall

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On Sunday 28th January PLJC celebrated the festival of Tu B’shevat, the New Year for Trees!
As we did last year, we visited at the Sue Ryder Hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough and there was a good turn out of community members and friends.

The weather was kinder to us this year as we went out into the gardens to watch the planting of the two Magnolias trees we had donated hospice. Our community children did a fantastic job with the planting as we sang Hashkediyah Porachat. 

All the trees were positioned in areas close to the part of the building where they will be visible from  hospice residents rooms and hopefully will bring some pleasure to all who see them.

We then headed back indoors and as it’s traditional to celebrate the festival by eating fruits and nuts, and we were celebrating the event in the afternoon this year, we had asked if some of the members contributions of fruits and nuts were baked in cakes to eat ! So after Vivienne led a brief service from the siddur, with help from our Cheder students with the readings, we enjoyed a delicious selection of cakes and fruits and nuts. Elaine, the hospice chaplain had kindly arranged tea and coffee provided by the hospice and thanked everyone present for contributing to an inclusive and enjoyable afternoon.

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Hanukkah Party

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Everyone enjoyed the PLJC Hanukkah Party. All ages took a part in stories, poems, songs, craft activities and dreidel playing…and eating doughnuts, latkes …and chocolate gelt!

It was great to welcome guests and  friends of other faiths from Peterborough to join in with members in lighting the candles together and share in the celebration.  May it always be so.

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Delivering Gifts to PARCA

Thanks to everyone in community who brought gifts on our Mitzvah Day. Happily delivered them to lovely Moez at PARCA who shared his thanks below.

Blessing and blessing received from Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community represented by Di Nicholas and her colleague Vivienne Fleet to donate 4 Bags of gifts for Festive Season Party @ PARCA for 22.12.17 . Thank you . if you would like to donate gifts for children or cash please do contact me on 07877213962. Thank you for all your support to make the Children’s Happy. Stay blessed ‘ True spirit of One Peterborough and One Community’  😊

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Mitzvah Day 2017

Mitzvah Day 2017
On Sunday 19th November PLJC’s  Mitzvah Day event, a ‘Brew and Browse’.  Members brought along new toys and clothes with them which will be donated to Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association ( PARCA ) . In December PARCA have a Childrens Party event and plan to use items donated by our community to give as presents to the refugee families who use their centre so they can enjoy the festive season.  

Inter Faith UN Childrens Service

UN Chidren’s Day Inter-Faith Service 
During Inter Faith week, on Thursday 16th November, PLJC took part in the annual UN Children’s Day service at Peterborough Cathedral. Well done to our young members who recited their readings at the Interfaith service  so beautifully! They did us proud. Vivienne read too and Di finished with the priestly blessing in Hebrew to close our section. Members of the Sikh, Muslim, Hindu and Catholic communities also took part. Once again, a most successful evening when the diverse faith groups of Peterborough came together to celebrate that which we have in common: a love of peace and hope for the future. And as if that wasn’t enough, over £300 was collected for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. 

Sukkot 2017

Sukkot 2017
On Saturday 7th October PLJC had a special Shabbat Sukkot service with our own Sukkah which community members built  on the Friday afternoon in the gardens at the Quaker meeting house. The cheder class took advantage of the fair weather and the beautiful surroundings to hold their class in the sukkah this year where they learnt all about Sukkot, what makes a sukkah, how to shake a lulav and recite the shehechiyanu! Following the service, led by Geoff, everyone enjoyed the open-air Kiddush.   

High Holy Days 2017

Rosh Hashanah
Shanah Tova! We enjoyed a good Rosh Hashanah morning here at PLJC. Thanks to Vivienne for leading the service and Chrissie for giving us a very interesting dvar Torah. Also thanks to all other members who contributed with readings and Benjamin for all his effort to give us the sounding of the shofar!
Afterwards the service we began by sharing in apple and honey dipping to start kiddush., where I think it was universally agreed the Rolandas’s Lithuanian Apple Cheese was the star of the table! 
Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast Supper 2017 
Our very welcome Break-the-Fast communal supper enjoyed by all! 

Communal Seder 2017

Our 2017 Communal Seder 
On Sunday April 16 PLJC hosted our communal seder to celebrate Pesach. It was lovely to welcome many people joining us this year for the first time and Geoff did a great job ably leading us through the haggadah. It was also good to have so many children there on the day and getting involved with their pesach activity packs, hunting the afikomen and we even had a small plague of squeaky frogs. On of our junior Cheder members was a star singing her first Mah Nishtanah, which everyone agreed was lovely. Thanks to the council members for their hard work in organising the event which, by general consensus, seems to be agreed as one of the best yet with everyone enjoying sharing in good food and good company!

 

Tu B’shevat – New Year for Trees February 2017

Today our community had our first celebration of Tu B’shevat, the New Year for Trees, at Thorpe Hall Hospice, Peterborough.

After a very brief service held indoors, members and guests braved the cold and rain to plant a vine and a fig tree which we’ve donated to the Hospice. Thorpe Halls’ gardener had kindly prepped the planting areas in the garden so the children could take turns with filling and pressing in as members and guests sang Hashkediyah porachat.

Returning to the welcome warmth of the sanctuary room we shared traditional Shabbat kiddush of wine and challah, followed by a special kiddush of a range of fruits and nuts. A big thank you to Elaine, the hospice chaplain, for welcoming and enabling us to share the festival and strengthen our connection with the Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall community.

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