At EHRS we strive to support all of our members to the best of our ability and resources. While joining with our members in happy occasions, we also recognise that difficult situations can affect all of us at some time in our lives and we aim to be a first port-of-call if that occurs.

We employ a professional Community Care Practitioner, Val Joseph, who operates a Confidential Helpline with a dedicated telephone number. Anyone can call this number and be assured of strict confidentiality. If Val is not available when you call you can leave her a message and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

EHRS Community Circles Update - Thursday 3 September

Honey cakes
Please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 7 September if you are able to bake a nut free honey cake or two to be distributed to our isolated and vulnerable members. Your cakes will need to be wrapped in either cling film or tin foil with a list of ingredients attached, ready to be distributed. Cakes need to be delivered to EHRS between 10:00-12:30 on either Thursday 10 or Friday 11 September ready for them to be collected by volunteers between 12:00-14:30 on Monday 14 or Tuesday 15 September for distribution within the community. If these times/dates are not convenient please contact us to arrange an alternative if this is possible. If you don’t feel like baking but want to do something, then please consider buying a couple of honey cakes for distribution – this little act of kindness will mean so much to the recipient. 

If you would prefer not to bake but distribution is more your thing we are still looking for volunteers of all ages who would be more than happy to distribute the cakes within the community, preferably in pairs as parking may be difficult. Perhaps your children would also like to help you with this or with baking a cake. Obviously, all volunteers who deliver will need to be mindful of social distancing. 

COVID-19: Post-furlough, what comes next?
Join Paperweight’s Zoom Webinar on Tuesday 8 September, 20:00-20:45, reserve your place at:

JW3 & Resource present a free webinar How To Get a Job From Your Living Room on Wednesday 16 September 2020, 16:00. Book online at

Keep safe and well.

Val Joseph and Marissa Rosenthal
EHRS Community Care and Wellbeing
020 8238 1013/1015
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Funerals and other Life Cycle Events at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue
We are all living in a very difficult time and need to respond to the rapidly evolving government guidelines. The Government statement on public gatherings (23 March 2020) says the following: To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is stopping all public gatherings of more than two people. … the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. Click here for more information on new government rules on staying at home and away from each other.
We have to protect our two Rabbis’ health and ability to function on behalf of the community. If either of our Rabbis had to self-isolate due to contact with a person who turned out to be a virus carrier, we would be unable to provide Rabbis from our community for the number of funerals which take place. Therefore, we ask immediate family members, even in the distressing situation of bereavement, not to attend funerals.
Your officiating Rabbi will use the video facility Zoom to enable you to feel present at the funeral from the safety of your own home. Please do not try to put pressure on our Rabbis to breach this request. They are fully aware of the distress that bereavement causes and only wish it could be different, but must not continue to put themselves at daily risk where it is avoidable.

Below you will find useful resources for your Community Circle on food and shopping, supermarket opening hours, food deliveries, and useful links to organisations who can offer help and support.

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Community Care at EHRS has pleasure in inviting you to join our Monthly Lunch Club.

With a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, you will have the chance to connect with others and feel a greater sense of belonging to our Community. The lunches are held in the synagogue hall at 13:30. Booking in advance is essential!
Please call the Community Care Department on 020 8238 1013 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We experience bereavement and loss  as part of our lives from birth to death.

Grief is painful but not an illness and the symptoms that grief may cause can sometimes be alarming.

Bereavement is like a journey, which can at times be lonely, very painful and long.

For some people, it may be difficult to accept the loss, and there may be a sense of denial about the reality of what has occurred. It is not uncommon to think you see or hear the dead person and it can take some time for the full realisation to sink in. 

Jewish Joint Burial Society
1 Victory Road, London, E11 1UL
Company Number 937882 Registered Charity Number 257345
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