Holocaust Memorial Day Monday

75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Monday 27 January 2020
City Hall, Bristol

Full wheelchair access, Loop and BSL interpreters

Remembering the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust, and genocide in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Speakers include Holocaust educator Dame Helen Hyde, Holocaust survivor Annick Lever and Lord Mayor Jos Clark.

For more information on the event please download the leaflet here.

Community Shabbaton: Friday 14 – Saturday 15 February 2020

Date for your Diary  

Friday 14 – Saturday 15 February 2020
Guest Speaker: Elkan Levy

A Shabbaton weekend will be organised by members of the Pinner United Synagogue.

There will be a Friday night service and meal, and a meal following the Shabbat Morning service. The Pinner Community will provide EVERYTHING that is needed for weekend.

There will be meat, vegetarian and vegan options for all the meals and of course, all of this has been checked with Council and Rabbi Mendy.

The cost to attend will be approximately £15 per meal. This will be confirmed nearer the time.

Pinner already have 40 people interested, so if you are keen to attend either or both events, please contact Eve Gordon on ‭07768 770550‬ as soon as possible as we need to know the numbers who will be attending.

Elkan Levy, a solicitor and lecturer, made Aliyah in 2011. Educated in London, Israel, and New York, he is well known in British Jewry and held a number of communal offices including President of the United Synagogue and Minister for Small Communities. He is fascinated by history, Freemasonry, and railways.

Everyone is welcome!

More details to follow nearer the time.

Lights, Camera, Lokshen!

3-part film night at Park Row Synagogue

First in our series is:
Waltz with Bashir introduced by Simon Weintroub
Wednesday 15th May

Our theme for this series of films at Park Row is “Jewish representation in Film”

Our first showing this week will be Waltz with Bashir, winner of best Foreign language film from: Academy Awards. Golden Globe, BAFTA, amongst many others.

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed and stars in this autobiographical animated film. A wholly innovative, original, and vital history lesson, with pioneering animation, Waltz With Bashir delivers its message about the Middle East in a mesmerizing fashion.

Rotten Tomatoes 96%, IMDB 8/10, (2008), 90 mins

There will be an introduction from Simon Weintroub, Deputy Head of Creative Arts at Wiltshire College.
Wednesday 15th May. Arrive for 7pm to start at 7.30pm

£5 per film or £12 for all 3
For members of Park Row Synagogue £4 per film or £10 for all 3.
Tea and Coffee will be served.

You can pay in advance by donating to our Lights Camera Lokshen appeal here.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

How Can We Use Education to Combat the Rise of Anti-Semitism?

Tue 23 April 2019

Against a backdrop of rising anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, both here and across Europe, what role does Holocaust education have to play in combatting both and what are the broader challenges for those in the sector, as they battle more than just restricted classroom timetables and ignorance?

Contemporary anti-Semitism has led to a resurgence of traditional anti-Semitic imageries and language, fuelled by new forms of instant media and reaching ever-growing audiences. Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, asks why the lessons learnt from the horrors of the Holocaust have not been given more credence and wider recognition, and what are the tests facing those trying to use education to combat antisemitism today?

This event is also part of the Festival of Ideas annual Coleridge Series, inspired by Coleridge’s wide-ranging and radical lectures in Bristol in the 1790s.

Entebbe Raid: A talk by Commando Major Rami Sherman

Entebbe Raid Commando, Major Rami Sherman to speak in Bristol, 10th of May at Park Row Synagogue.

Marking 40 years from the Raid on Entebbe, we are excited to welcome Major Rami Sherman to speak in Bristol!
Hosted by the Park Row Synagogue and supported by the Chief Rabbi’s Centre for Community Excellence.

Major Rami Sherman from the IDF Elite Commando Unit will tell the miraculous story of the hijacking, battle for and rescue of Air France flight 139 from Entebbe, Uganda in 1976 and its relevant message to us in 2017.


10th of May, 7:00 pm @ Park Row Synagogue
Admissions: £5 at the door. Students free.
Light Refreshments will be served.

Due to the nature of this event we are required to have a list of the attendees in advance.
If you are interested in attending please enter your name and email address at the website below:




About the Talk
Mutual Responsibility is part of the Jewish People’s DNA.
During the lecture which will mark 40 years from the Entebbe Operation (“Operation Yonathan”) Rami will speak about:

• The preparations incurred by the hijacking of the Air France flight and its deviation to Uganda
• The battle that took place at the Entebbe air field to rescue the hostages
• The death of Yoni Netanyahu R.I.P
• Rami’s part in leading the hostages to the Hercules planes and to freedom
• Rami’s personal “March of the Living”, as the son of a Holocaust survivor and Jew rescuer and liberator
• The connection between that historic event to Israel’s present day reality

About Major Rami Sherman
Rami Sherman grew up on kibbutz Lehavot Habashan in the north of Israel and was educated by the kibbutz movement educational system. During his army service, he served in the IDF’s Navy Seal unit from which he was honorably discharged with the rank of Major. In 1976, during the “Entebbe Operation”, Rami served as Yoni Netanyahu’s Operations Officer.

Bristol Diverse Doors Open Day 2017

Bristol Diverse Doors Open Day 2017 is taking place on Sunday 26th February from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

This year 14 places of worship are opening their doors. In addition, 6 of the 14 venues will form a designated ‘Faith Trail’, each representing a different faith. At each of these six core venues there will be an opportunity to learn about that particular faith and to ask questions.

Diverse Doors 2017_info_leaflet_final

For more information contact:
Lily Khandker, Forum Development Officer
Email: info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk

Jeremia Talk

Tuesday June 28th

Join us this Tuesday for Rabbi Mark Daniels’ talk about Jeremiah who was one of Judaism’s major prophets.

Jeremiah fearlessly castigated the people of Judea for their idolotrous ways and warned them of the consequences by way of divine punishment. His prophecy proved correct when not long after, the Babylonians invaded and destroyed Solomon’s Temple. Jeremiah was attacked and abused for his warnings but he held to his prophetic message fearlessly.


Image Rembrandt van RijnJeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, c. 1630 from Wikipedia

Shared Spaces Arts Festival 2016

Salaam Shalom is delighted to announce the launch of
Shared Spaces Festival
19th May- 3rd July 2016 across the city of Bristol.

Our unique programme of visual art, performance and interaction, centres around an extraordinary exhibition of contemporary art by British Muslim and Jewish Artists. The exhibition itself is the 3rd of June to the 3rd of July 2016 but the accompanying programme of creative events and workshops kicks off from the 19th of May!

We hope you will be able to join us over the next couple of months… Highlights include the Live Night, with eight Muslim and Jewish award winning spoken-word artists, poets and musicians from Bristol and beyond. And the launch evening of Shared Spaces Art Exhibition, bringing together the works of 13 Muslim and Jewish British Artists, including a very special Muslim-Jewish collaboration especially for Shared Spaces.

If we’ve captured your interest, please take a look at the programme visit www.sharedspacesfestival.co.uk Made possible thanks to funding from the Arts Council.

FREE Exhibition: 
Shared Spaces Muslim and Jewish contemporary British Art Exhibition.

FREE Exhibition:
(Re)collecting Muslim and Jewish Bristol in the Archives Exhibition

FREE Pre-Show Talk:
‘The World of Marc Chagall’ (Bristol Old Vic)

FREE Ladies Henna Event

FREE Dialogue Feast

Film Screenings and talks:
Lawrence of Arabia and Theeb (Bristol Festival of Ideas)

Film screening of ‘Arranged’ and ‘Shoah’ (Watershed)

FREE Creative Workshops for adults, children and young people

FREE Mapping Muslim and Jewish Bristol -Tell Your Stories

Bristol Festival of Ideas Talk ‘Free Speech’

Please help us promote this festival!

If you can show your support for this project through a donation, it would be gratefully received. https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/10247


Salaam Shalom

Registered Charity # 1121252

The Philosophy of Prayer

The Philosophy of Prayer
16th May

Tonight Rabbi Daniels will be discussing different philosophies and approaches to judaic prayer, ranging from the Chassidic to the Halakhic approach.

All welcome!


Image from http://www.artic.edu:
The Praying Jew
Signed, l.r.: “MArc / ChAgAll”
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Series on Prayer

Monday 9th May

Every Monday evening from Mon 9th May, Rabbi Mark Daniels will start looking at the philosophy of prayer and move on to looking at the structure of the service and the more important prayers, their meanings, history and the customs around them.

All welcome