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League Update 45

19th March 2021


Chag Pesach Samech

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Please ensure that you have paid your membership subscription by 31st March 2021. If you are unsure, please contact office@theljw.org and we will let you know if and when you paid. If you know you have paid, thank you for being so prompt.

This year, there will be a cut-off date for membership so that we have all the information we need before the next Forum in early April to enable us to plan the way forward for the League.

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CAN YOU HELP?
As mentioned last week, we are building a new website and need photographs. Have you had the opportunity of looking through your cameras, phones, iPads, etc., for good quality digital photographs that we can use on our website. We would love to use images of our members either volunteering or having fun. If we cannot find these we will have to use photographs sourced on websites which may not directly identify with us. If you haven’t searched for these, please do. The League will be most grateful.

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My Tale of Woe continued …….
Following my rant last week, just to let you know that the meat was fabulous and I say this as a pescatarian of some 30 years. Not an ounce of fat to throw away and beautifully packed ready for the freezer.

I am afraid I can’t say this about the groceries. A lot of the items were missing and I wait to hear from them. Do we have to do without the goodies for another year? Woe is me!

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At a recent Zoom meeting held with leaders of several Jewish charities, one of their pressing concerns is around the future of volunteering. After the Pandemic is over, many of the volunteering roles will no longer be needed as some organisations have learned new ways of working.

If the organisation you volunteer with is unable to find a role for you, please do not think this is because you are no longer needed – you will just be needed in another capacity.

Maybe now is the time you re-evaluate what it is that you want from volunteering, what skills can you offer and how much commitment you want to make. All very big questions.

However, many of the organisations you volunteer with, are in desperate need for your return. Remember, most organisations have paid staff who have a set agenda and, for example, do not have time to sit with a client just to chat.

One thing is for sure, unfortunately, volunteering work will always be essential and it saves charities huge amounts of money besides giving comfort and support to those who need it.

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Are you all set for another Zoom Seder night?

Looking on-line and asking the question how to participate in a Zoom Seder, the following idea was shown although you may already do this.

Hide the afikomen a bit differently……

No, you won’t be able to physically hide the afikomen for people to find. So what do you do?

Pick a hiding place and play ’20 Questions’ to have people guess where the afikomen is. Little ones may enjoy this and after a glass or eight of Palwin’s No. 10, the older ones might too!

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In December 1941, the idea of the League was conceived at a meeting of the B’nai B’rith Women’s Lodge as it was felt that there was a need to combine the ‘service’ element of Jewish charitable organisations into a single entity. In January 1943, an informal discussion took place in Woburn House and, amongst the women present, was Miriam Moses.

On YouTube, there is a 40 minute film entitled ‘The Life and Times of Miriam Moses OBE JP (1997)’ which is extremely interesting to watch and where it is mentioned about her involvement with the League of Jewish Women.

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A Book you may find of interest …
Although first published in 2019, Yvette Cooper’s non-fiction book She Spoke is about the power of women’s speeches. In this timely and personal anthology, Yvette Cooper MP tells the story of 30 inspirational speeches given by women from Boudica to Margaret Thatcher and from Malala to Greta Thunberg.

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The LJW