The Bulletin

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2020
August 2020. Editing the Bulletin is a very strange ‘job’. I am always a month ahead of everyone else. I try to think (which is an effort in itself) of ways to get you involved in “stuff”. I’ve asked for recipes and only ever received one… Soooooo? This month I wondered if I was flattering myself to think that anyone actually reads the Editor’s notes. I asked if anyone had noticed if their priorities had changed over lockdown and, as no one told me, I guess they haven’t. But I was truly interested because we are living in such strange times and I know that I have changed! For example, if anyone had told me in January 2020 that I would spend 4 months in virtual isolation, I would have told them them they were nuts! Yet here I am midst the second Leicester lockdown. Thanks to the Rabbi and Rivkie, I’ve been learning so much, which keeps my brain ticking over. There are no thanks adequate enough. However, I wanted to share one thing that I have learned about myself over the past 4 months – I CAN’T DO JIGSAWS. Closing date for the next issue/s is 17 August 2020. The next edition will be a double – September & October – to cover all the Yomim Tovim. Take care and stay safe. Over and out until next month
Sandra


July 2020. I’m not too sure how I expected the start of July to be like but it’s still not normal as we know it and may never be again. Thank you Rabbi and Rivkie for putting on so many Zooms which, speaking for myself, have helped the sanity levels tremendously; at one of the Torah classes we spoke about the “spies” who went to check out the land of Israel before going into it and how they evaluated not just what they saw but how the entry would change their lives. This isn’t a Torah class but part of the discussion took place on evaluating our lives – my question to you is, do you think Covid-19 has changed your outlook on life – on your priorities – on what’s really, really important? For me, the only thing that truly matters are family, friends and Community. If you’d like to drop me an email I’d be happy to print your thoughts. Because only a couple of builders are able to work on site, it will be another week or so before completion and then we get to next really exciting phase – what we are presenting to you and to our visitors. It will, as the expression goes, blow you away. Take care and keep safe.
Sandra


June 2020. Hello everyone Life may not be normal (whatever normal is) but here’s your June bulletin, which for want of nothing better to do, I hope you will enjoy. For those of you who were able to Zoom into the Rebbitzen and her sisters Salad ‘Evening’, have you tried any of the recipes yet? I can’t begin to imagine how the whole event took place with no glitches, with everyone following on flawlessly regardless of where in the world the sisters lived – from London, to South Africa, to USA, Mexico and of course, to Leicester. With all of the technology around them and having all pre-washed, cut, grated ingredients etc., beforehand, they all looked gorgeous! I, on the other hand, look like the mad woman of Borneo! I also hope you joined in with the Lag B’Omer celebrations, live on Facebook and once again, how ‘it’ happened, is completely beyond me. The show was compèred by Mendel and Tzivie who were totally professional all the way through. There was a message from Chief Rabbi Mervis, there was music, there were explanations about Lag B’Omer, again very professionally delivered by the Lentz children (Nottingham), fire juggling by Dovi (I had to close my eyes) and the most magical magic ever seen courtesy of our very own Andy Nyman. The show ended with a song delivered by both the Pink and the Lentz children which, unless you saw it, cannot be described – well not by me. The only word I can use is joyful. Take care all of you, keep safe and see you PG in July.
Sandra


May 2020. Well, it’s not often I can say this but there really isn’t much to write about! The colour of my lounge walls are Toasted Almond, or so it says on the tin 🙂 What I’m trying to say is that there are times during lockdown, when your eyes are sore from reading and your hands hurt from knitting or your back aches from gardening, when sometimes all you end up doing is staring at the walls. Not good! But (never, ever, ever start a paragraph with ‘but’) please remember we are ALL here for each other… pick up the ‘phone and hear another voice. I mean, there’s only so much conversation you can have with a washing machine. Have the best possible Shavuot and PG, see you in June.
Sandra


April 2020. Hi all in these extraordinary times. Before you read my notes below (if you do), I think we should all thank G-d that we have the Rabbi and Rebbitzen that we do. The following list is for the ladies of the Community, especially those who know me and are of “a certain age.” When you get up in the morning:- Wash your hands singing happy birthday twice, standing on one leg with your eyes closed (this improves your balance IF you don’t fall over first). Make sure that every day you put your lippy on. Full make up is mandatory. DO NOT stay in your dressing gown or we will all become slobs!! If you can buy any food – cook it. If you can cook it – eat it. Phone someone every morning and afternoon – that’s me being serious Do the best you can do to look after yourself… ABOVE ALL, DON’T BE ISOLATED, we will all be there for each other so pick up the phone. If that person can’t physically help at least you can chat. I would direct you to page 53 where you will find the most delicious recipe you’ve never tried – and it’s Pesachdik and, in that regard, I hope you have the best Pesach that you can. Enjoy. See you in May by which time I hope we’ll all be feeling fine. In the words of Dad’s Army’s Corporal Jones “Don’t panic, Capt Mainwaring – don’t panic – don’t panic.”
Sandra


March 2020. Happy Purim to you all. My words this week are addressed to any society who feel able to send me notes on a monthly basis to include in the Bulletin, so that people are aware of what goes on here. The League always send wonderful notes so I guess it’s the Book Club and Thinking Allowed. So please ladies and gentleman, please take note. Many times I have asked for a recipe page and what I would like to do is to print one of your favourite recipes each month and I have been told to start off with one of mine??? See page 42.
Sandra


February 2020. Some people have commented that “there’s not much in the Bulletin and that if it wasn’t for the Rabbi’s stories, there would be virtually nothing.” OK – I take your point, but unless you give me something to work on and/or print, there’s not much that I can do about it.
So, as I have asked before, if there’s anything you would like to see, then give me a clue. Tu b’Shvat is on 10 February – a month after which is Purim AND a month after that is Pesach. I know, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun.
Sandra


January 2020. Hello everyone and a warm welcome to 2020. Now that the elections are over and Brexit is wherever Brexit is, let’s hope the pressures and worries of 2019 are some way behind us.
When you come to Shul, I hope you take a little walk further up Highfield Street so that you can see for yourselves the progress that is being made. It’s beginning to look amazing and that’s even with the scaffolding still in place. Every month, I report our progress to the Heritage Fund so they know exactly what is going on and that, if things are a little late, it’s not for want of trying. I hope you are coping with the dark nights and the somewhat cool weather and I hope that, if you were there, you thoroughly enjoyed the Chanukah Services – with thanks to the Rabbi and Rivkie; don’t forget the Rabbi did not have his boys to help him set up, so thanks to the guys in the Community who helped and of course, to the ladies who set up all the food, yum. Take care – see you in February.
Closing date for the February issue is Monday 20th January.
Sandra


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