We had really excellent High Holy Day attendances this year.
Rosh Hashanna, as usual, was at the Lipert’s house and our Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services were held at premises on an estate near Truro. The catering services also laid on a buffet to break the Yom Kippur fast.
Our European Jewish heritage Day events also went well with heavily oversubscribed visits to the Jewish cemetery in Penzance, a splendid lecture from Julie Stone and an evening concert in Chacewater.
Scarlett Cohen celebrated her Batmitzvah at the Porthminster Hotel very recently and this was well attended by both members of kehillat Kernow and other family members.
We now have a special ‘building fund’ committee which has the task of raising money towards our own synagogue premises at some time in the future.
Our AGM this year takes place on Sunday 30th November.
Congratulations to Louise Garcia who wrote, produced and directed the all singing, all dancing, all acting ‘The Mischling’, a musical play inspired by Leisl Munden and centred round a young girl living in Germany in 1938 whose father arranges for her to leave Germany on the Kindertransport.
I saw the final performance of the World premiere of the play on Wednesday 27th June at The Burrell Theatre in Truro (Truro School) and was really moved at the wonderful performances of children whose ages ranged from 6 up to 15. The play, the music, the singing and the dancing were all fantastic and there is talk of Louise taking the production up to Leeds (with her Head Teacher’s backing) for the Jewish festival at some time in the future.
I hope that in due course we will be able to show some of the photos from the production either here on the website or in the newsletter.
Taking advice from Elkan Levy himself (who we saw at the Pre-Pesach study day in Exeter) we 9slightly) shortened the service. The result was a smoother and much enjoyed seder, held, once again, at Trevarno Gardens. There were plenty of children present to hear the story of the Exodus from Egypt and the ‘stranger’ in our midst was a very pleasant gentleman from Washington D.C who just happened to be holidaying in Cornwall.