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Within our community you will find a full range of activities for all ages and lifestages within a vibrant, modern orthodox framework. This pack highlights just a few of the activities that take place regularly on the Synagogue campus and I am sure that you will find something here for you.
Our synagogue has served the community for over 60 years and has seen many changes both within our membership and beyond. Throughout that time, Hendon United Synagogue has adapted to meet its members needs in a huge variety of ways.
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Shabbat HaGadol is unique among the named Shabbatot of the year. In all other cases, the reason for the label is obvious and unequivocal; either to do with a special Torah or Haftarah reading, or to draw our attention to a special calendar event in the course of the week – Shabbat Shira, Shabbat Nachamu, Parshat Zachor etc. Shabbat HaGadol may also have got its name in this way – from the word gadol at the end of the Haftarah (Malachi 3:23) – but that is just one of several possible origins. Here are a few others:
1. 10th Nisan in the year of the Exodus was a Shabbat. This was the time the Israelites were commanded to take the lamb (the deity of the Egyptians), keep it in their homes for four days and slaughter it. Siddur Rashi cites Midrashim that the Egyptians attempted to prevent the Israelites from doing this, but miraculously they were smitten, and unable to respond. Shabbat HaGadol refers to the great miracles which occurred. x R’ Alter Hilvitz (d. 1994), Chikrei Zemanim II 25, suggests the name was originally Shavua HaGadol – the Great Week – and in time got corrupted to Shabbat HaGadol.
2. R’ Mordechai Yehudah Leib Zaks (d. 1963), Zemanim p32, suggests that when the Israelites took their lambs in Egypt, they recited the praises to HaShem that became known as Hallel HaGadol. The original name for this day was Shabbat Hallel HaGadol, and in the course of time it got shortened to Shabbat HaGadol.
3. The Maharil (d. 1427) suggests that the name is connected with what we do today rather than what our ancestors did. ‘HaGadol’ refers to the long derashot that have become customary on this Shabbat to educate people in the complexities of the laws of PesachView previous parshiot
Rabbi Mordechai and Judy Ginsbury joined Hendon United Synagogue in February 1999. Prior to this they had spent nearly 14 years as Rabbi and Rebbetzen of the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation in Manchester.
During their tenure with us they have endeared themselves to the Community with their warm, intelligent and welcoming approach and have enhanced and furthered Hendon’s reputation as a dynamic and vibrant Kehilla.