Today's date and time:

20th August 2022    23rd Menachem Av 5782

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Rosh Chodesh Ellul is on Shabbat 27th and Sunday 28th August 2022.


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Shacharit: Sundays and bank holidays in Shul at 8.15 am.
Monday, Thursday at 7.05 am.
As time goes by we hope to increase the days.
Ma’ariv: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Shul at 7.30 pm.

Clarification regarding the Shabbat times during the summer months
Ordinarily Shabbat begins 15 minutes before sunset. However, as we enter the long days of summer
in our community we will be bringing Shabbat in at the earlier time of 7.40 pm.
This will allow our members to have their Friday night meal at a more convenient hour.

For the benefit of our members who are unable to light candles with the rest of
the community at 7.40 pm, we have put the latest time for candle lighting in brackets.


Times for 19th / 20th August 2022

Friday 19th August 2022
Mincha 7.15 pm
Light Shabbat candles before 7.40 pm (8.01)

Shabbat 20th August 2022
Shabbat Mevarachin
Shacharit 9.30 am
Mincha and Seuda at Ilford Federation
Chap 4 of Ethics of the Fathers
Ma'ariv at Ilford Federation when Shabbat ends (Federation time)
Shabbat ends 9.04 pm (Beth Din time)

To see the times for the rest of the week, please click

updated on Wednesdays

Dear Friends

The Torah says what?
“The most important Commandment is missing from the Ten Commandments”

The Ten Commandments which were read last week in Synagogue are important for various reasons. The first of which is that these commandments were issued from G-d’s mouth and were heard by the entire Jewish nation. The 10 Commandments contain various fundamental laws between man and G-d, such as the belief in One G-d, not taking G-d’s name in vain, and keeping the Sabbath day. There are also commandments between man and man, including the laws not to murder or to kidnap, not being a false witness and not coveting the things which belong to our neighbours. Yet, there are some who have argued that it is missing the most fundamental commandment of all - “Love your Neighbour as you love yourself”. Surely such a commandment is the basis of the entire Torah.

This question was posed in a recent article but has its roots in a statement made in the Medrash and Talmud in which no less a personality than Rabbi Akiva said that the most important verse in the Torah is “Love your Neighbour as yourself”. The Talmud relates that when a proselyte wished to convert and wanted a basic precis of the entire Torah, Hillel the Elder recommended the dictum: “What you don’t want done to yourself, don’t do to your fellow”, which many understand as another way of saying “Love your Neighbour as yourself”. Why miss out such an important verse from the Ten Commandments?

I would like to suggest that the 10 commandments do something far more intrinsic than just laying out the most important of the commandments. It gives us a deep understanding of the nature of all commandments between man and man. We know that the 10 Commandments had two columns, one containing the commandments between man and G-d and the other between man and man. These two paragraphs were parallel to one another to teach us the most vital lesson possible - that within each commandment between man and man, we need to understand that there is a G-dly element. For example, the reason that we do not murder is not only because it is morally unacceptable. We do not murder because when you kill another person, you are destroying an element of G-dliness in the world. (It is for this reason that when a person unfortunately becomes bereaved, they recite Kaddish - an element of Spirituality epitomised by the deceased who has left this world, and we need to fill that vacuum with something spiritual).

This principle guides us throughout the Torah. Everything that we are told not to do to our fellow man is not only a commandment on a moral imperative to ensure that society works properly. It is because harming our fellow man in any way is in some way a desecration of G-d’s name, and this we learn from the 10 Commandments.

So, in answer to this claim - the most important verse may very well be “love your neighbour as yourself”. However, the purpose of the 10 Commandments is not to give us the most important laws, but rather to express the rationale of all the laws including loving your neighbour as yourself, because when you love another person, you can in the words of Les Miserables “see the face of G-d”. That is the ultimate purpose of the 10 Commandments.

I wish you all a good Shabbos
Rabbi Steven, Siobhan, Maya and Talia Dansky.

Mazal Tov to:
Mazal Tovs for 7 days beginning Shabbat 13th August:
Max Placks, Kitty Davis, Leslie Palmer, Sydney Hyams, Irene Sumray, Carol Emden, Yael Callaghan and Sidney Schlesinger on their birthdays.

Shelley and Anthony Deutsch on their Ruby (40th) Wedding Anniversary.

Mazal Tovs for 7 days beginning Shabbat 20th August:
Melvyn Windsor, Louisa Zubary, Vera Aarons, Hilary Green and Martin Altman on their birthdays.

Janine and Mark Bossick on their Ruby (40th) Wedding Anniversaru.

Ronit and Philip Herst on their Pearl (30th) Wedding Anniversary.

Mandy and Stephen Messias on their Coral (35th) Wedding Anniversary.

Stone Settings

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Condolences to:

Andrew and Richard Conway on the loss of their father, Morris Conway.
Beverley Gold, Denise Williams, Michael and Stewart Weir on the loss of their mother, Irene Weir.
Tina Regan on the loss of her father, Joseph Richman.

To see the latest Kashrut Alert (21st July 2022)
from the London Beth Din Kashrut Division
please click


To mark the Queen’s Jubilee, the United Synagogue and the Office of the Chief Rabbi are collaborating with the Woodland Trust to plant groves of trees as a gift to Her Majesty. Today we’re inviting you to buy trees to support The Queen’s Green Canopy. Every tree will contribute to a dedicated Jewish community grove within a Norfolk forest which can also be visited.

Trees cost £20 each and can be bought in any number. The Woodland Trust who will plant each tree on our behalf, dedicate the space to the United Synagogue and maintain our grove as place that can be visited and enjoyed. Communities which collectively buy more than 750 trees will have theirs planted together in a dedicated grove of their own.

We aim to plant some 37,000 trees over three years – one for every adult member of the United Synagogue.

Trees can be bought now via

See Our School In Action

Please click on the logo above to learn more.


Please click on the logo above to find out how you can help.


Do you need someone to say Kaddish on your behalf
or are you able to volunteer to say Kaddish on someone else's behalf?
Please click on the logo above to see the contact details

Changes to CRP, the Certificate of Religious Practice

The Certificate of Religious Practice (CRP) gives applicants the chance
to demonstrate Jewish practice when applying to schools. Collecting
CRP points allows you to prove that you are eligible for a faith place.
There are different ways to collect the points and some changes have
been again this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We've got full details which you can read here
and some wonderful young Jewish students have helped us
make a short informational film which you can watch here.

Paperweight is a charity helping Jewish people around London.
To see the details, please click on the logo above.


As well as 1:1 bereavement counselling (leaflet attached), in November JBCS will be starting
a new support group ‘Bereavement during Covid-19 – for people bereaved during the virus’ (see attached).

The group will meet fortnightly on a Monday morning for an hour and half via zoom
and will be facilitated by two JBCS counsellors, and is for anyone who has experienced
a death during the period of Covid.

1:1 Bereavement Counselling
Bereavement during Covid-19 – for people bereaved during the virus

Telephone: 020 8951 3881
Email:[email protected]

JBCS bereavement support groups:
Bereaved Parents – for people bereaved of an adult child
Stronger Together – for people (60+) who have lost a partner
Butterflies - for mums and dads (of young children) who have lost a parent
Aftershock - for young adults (18 – 30 years) who have lost a parent
Stepping Stones – for people (40 – 60 years) who have lost a partner

To see the rest of the notices please click on the links below:


Dear All
Rabbi Dansky will be holding his next Wednesday morning Shiur in September.

Wednesday Shiur: Subject to be announced
Meeting ID: 859 5758 6385
Password: 077348


Please click on the logo above for details

Tuesday 30th August 2022
Please click on the notes above to see the details.


Thursday 1st September 2022 at 3.30 pm
Please click on the logo above for details and Zoom link


Now every other Tuesday 3.30 pm till 4.30 pm. Tuesday 6th September 2022.
Please click on the logo above for details and Zoom link


Now fortnightly. Next on Monday 12th September.
Please click on the logo above for details and Zoom link


After a successful visit to Beth Shalom in Nottingham on May 1st
we are planning a visit to Poland in the future.

If you are interested please give Harold a call on 07434 580885,
or drop him an e-mail to: [email protected]

To see the video and photo galleries on the old Neros website, please click on the Neros logo:

Holiday Idea

If you're visiting Israel, you may like to see the Bench and Plaque in memory of Henry Cohen (late husband of the late Mrs Doreen Cohen) who was a past Warden of the Shul.

The Bench is situated in the Mediterranean area of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.

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