Here you will see regular updates for our community, updated Thursday 21 May
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The synagogue premises are now closed to visitors. There is no access without prior appointment.
The EHRS offices and departments are trying to operate as much as normal as is possible within the government regulations at this time. The telephone is operated during the normal office hours. Although the staff are operating from home they are reachable via the usual telephone numbers and email addresses. Please listen to the menu when you call, to be connected as appropriate. Please do not send anything by post. All payments should be made via the website. We will soon be able to take payments over the phone once a new system is set up.
In the case of a bereavement, please contact the Jewish Joint Burial Society
EHRS Community Circles Update - Thursday 21 May
We now have 101 Community Circle Co-ordinators who are regularly making their calls, sorting out shopping and supporting members in their circles whether it is by telephone, email or WhatsApp. We still need more volunteers as some postcode areas remain uncovered with people not receiving calls. We are finding that where members are not on email or have not registered their email address with EHRS they are not aware of what is happening and what support is available.
Community Care and Wellbeing
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and now more than ever we need to be kind to ourselves and also to others. Our many volunteers really make a difference by keeping in touch with our members, thank you for your great work.
Please don’t forget to contact us if you need to let us know about someone you are concerned about or need support or advice – we are available by phone or email.
Keep safe and well.
Val Joseph and Marissa Rosenthal, EHRS Community Care and Wellbeing
Funerals and other Life Cycle Events at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue
We are all living in a very difficult time and need to respond to the rapidly evolving government guidelines. The Government statement on public gatherings (23 March 2020) says the following: To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is stopping all public gatherings of more than two people. … the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. Click here for more information on new government rules on staying at home and away from each other.
We have to protect our two Rabbis’ health and ability to function on behalf of the community. If either of our Rabbis had to self-isolate due to contact with a person who turned out to be a virus carrier, we would be unable to provide Rabbis from our community for the number of funerals which take place. Therefore, we ask immediate family members, even in the distressing situation of bereavement, not to attend funerals.
Your officiating Rabbi will use the video facility Zoom to enable you to feel present at the funeral from the safety of your own home. Please do not try to put pressure on our Rabbis to breach this request. They are fully aware of the distress that bereavement causes and only wish it could be different, but must not continue to put themselves at daily risk where it is avoidable.