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Issue 62
December 2014
Kislev 5775

Dear Reader, 

In the coming month we will be celebrating Chanukah.  If you know someone who would benefit from exploring their Jewish heritage in more depth, why not take Chanukah as your springboard and invite them to have a look at our website www.phoneandlearn.org. The eight-day festival has strong associations with the rededication of Jewish learning, so it's the perfect opportunity. 

You can find out about events of interest in our Round Up below.  Or you could simply decide to pick up a new Jewish book to study - take a look at the new releases we've highlighted.      


Have a Happy Chanukah and a fantastic month. 

Warm regards
Rivka Graham
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...

An Overview of Events in the Community





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An evening with Nick Einhorn

Nick Einhorn is a 'Gold Star' member of The Inner Magic Circle.

Sunday 7th December at BSPS Hall, 261 Hale Lane with Beit HaMadras Indian Buffet 8:00pm followed by dinner 

Cost: £20 per person

For more info and to book email Michal:



Young Professionals Chanukah Party

21st December 2014, 7:30 pm till late

Grand Ballroom, Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch - tickets £25 each or 10 tickets for £100 Ages 22 - 32


contact Cassie 07773 022 442 or cmann@aish.org.uk


Light up a Life

The 7th annual winter volunteering initiative offering over 100 projects to choose from. 

23rd December - 2nd January 

Sign up through www.tikun.co.uk  

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: My husband tends to get home from work quite late in the evenings - what do I do over Chanukah when he will definitely only get back after the proper time for candle lighting? And what about if he goes away on a business trip during that week - what do we do about lighting?

A: Ideally, Chanukah candles are lit at nightfall or as soon afterwards as possible.  But what happens if you're travelling or away and can't be at home at the right time?  Here are a few guidelines:

  • If you're likely to come home during the evening when the family are still up or there are people around in the street, then light late.
  • If you are away and upset by the idea of not lighting for yourself, then your partner at home should light only with him/herself in mind and then you may light where you are.
  • If you are staying with a family, it is possible to 'buy in' (contribute a small amount) to their lighting and not light your own menorah, although you may choose to light your own if you wish.
  • If you are travelling for the entire lighting period and do not arrive at your destination until after dawn, you are exempt from lighting.
  New Releases  
Like Seeds of a Pomegranate
Rabbi Yisroel Besser
(Menucha Publishers)
The Guiding Light 2
Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen
What If... Volume 2
Rabbi Moshe Sherrow & Rabbi Yitzchok Zilberstein
Save 10%!   
With thanks to PaL's Judaica suppliers Torah Treasures (NW11), Judaica World (Manchester) and Brauns Judaica (N16) a 10% discount is offered on every book purchase made for your PaL partnership!

Torah Treasures
020 8458 8289  
Judaica World
0161 773 4956
Brauns Judaica
020 8809 9393

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