League Update 22

7th September 2020

LJW Update – No. 22

We started these Updates a week into the Pandemic and here is issue 22. By next week, our (grand) children will have gone back to school, college or University. Every day we listen to the experts on the TV and radio, advising us how to keep safe. We are all doing our best and we must each decide for ourselves how we will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah. If you are not able to go to Synagogue, the Chabad in Golders Green have announced that they will host two outdoor shofar blowing services over the High Holy Days. Services will be held on 20th September at Basing Hill Park at 3pm and then at Brent Park at 5pm, to be followed by a Tishlich ceremony.

On there is a map to find the nearest outside shofar blowing. As yet, there are not many locations but keep an eye on it.


Stanmore Group held a very successful Zoom meeting this week and their speaker was Danielle Schaffer who is a volunteer a CST. She has been with them for some ten years and explained her reasons for joining the organisation. She had many interesting stories. Each volunteer has to maintain a certain level of fitness and there is now an age limit for volunteers. She talked about being aware of your surroundings and took the time to answer many questions from members.

She also reminded us that if you are the victim of an antisemitic incident, or you have information regarding an antisemitic incident that happened to somebody else, you should report the incident to CST as soon as possible.

To define an antisemitic incident is any malicious act aimed at Jewish people, organisations or property, where there is evidence that the incident has antisemitic motivation or content, or that the victim was targeted because they are (or are believed to be) Jewish.

You can report an incident on line at or phone the police on 101 and CST London 0208 457 9999
Manchester & northern regions 0161 792 6666.

If you ever find yourself in immediate danger, first call the Police on 999 and then call CST national emergency number 0800 032 3263 if possible.

Norman Lebrecht will be giving a lecture for the British Library on Monday, 5th October 2020 at 7.30pm on the subject Jewish writers who changed the World. If you are a member of the British Library this event is free otherwise there is a £5 cost.

He is the world’s bestselling author on classical music. His most recent book was the critically acclaimed Why Mahler? His Whitbread Award-winning novel, The Song of Names, is currently being developed into a feature film. Aside from the history of Western music, he has a lifelong passion for the culture and chronicles of the Jewish people. He lives in London and writes for the Spectator and the Wall Street Journal, and is working on his fourth novel.

Use this link to book your place.


Free films with Jewish interest on Amazon Prime – Please check that they are free before watching as information may change.

Don’t let the Night End
The Goal
The Matchmaker
Out in the Dark


At this time, please note that emails will only be dealt with on Tuesday and Thursday.

Keep Safe and Shabbat Shalom

Yvonne Brent

On behalf of the Executive of the League of Jewish Women