News from Kingston, Surbiton & District Synagogue
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Thursday 28th September 2017

Kingston, Surbiton and District synagogue prides itself on the warmth and friendliness of its community. So much so that in recent weeks, congregants have enjoyed kiddushim given by non-members of the shul. For the first time in its history, a kiddush was sponsored by a non-Jewish friend of the community, whose life had been saved at Kingston Hospital by local Jewish consultant gastroenterologist, the late Dr Tim Heymann. In gratitude, this Muslim gentleman who now regularly attends Shabbat and Yomtov services as a mark of respect, gave a Kiddush in Dr Heymann’s memory to which the doctor’s widow Amanda was also invited. 

A couple of weeks later, Arnold and Neva Temple gave a Kiddush to celebrate Arnold’s “third barmitzvah” when he read both Maftir and Haftorah faultlessly at the age of 96. The Temples, members of another shul, are frequent visitors to KS&DS, where their son Dr Louis Temple is a warden and where they are made to feel very much at home.


Over 70 members of Kingston, Surbiton & District shul attended a recent  “Community Conversation” evening organised by Rabbi Samuel and Rebbetzen Shoshana Landau as the couple prepare to leave Kingston after four inspiring and innovative years in order to continue their studies in Jerusalem. After watching a comprehensive powerpoint presentation by Rabbi Landau, the audience split into groups to discuss the community’s strengths and its aims for the future. By the end of the evening, two new committees had been formed to engage with strategic planning and social events and all those attending pledged to continue and build on the excellent work of the community's rabbinic couple. 

A section of the audience for Community Conversation at KS&DS