The going pandemic

Whist COVID-19 has stopped us gathering together physically, ZOOM has allowed us to celebrate the main events of the Hebrew calendar. So, on Sunday 11th October, courtesy of ZOOM, we  came together, to celebrate Simchat Torah. 

Our Kallah Bereshit was Jan, Chatan Torah Louis. We could not reasonably expect Jan & Louis to dance with the Sifri Torah’s around their conservatory. However, we made the best of it, with well known Hebrew music blaring in the background, Louis sayed along in front of the open Ark. Louis then read Devarim followed by Jan reading Bereshit.

Never say Jews are not adaptable. Certainly Simchat Torah 5780 was different, but celebrated at Tikvah Chadasha nonetheless.


On a cold, wet Sunday morning 4th October 2020 founder member, previous Chair and long serving Council member, Amanda, took to the streets to run the London Marathon. As we are all aware the London Marathon is normally held in April, but was postponed due to…yep, COVID-19.This was Amanda’s first marathon, and we are all very proud of her achievement. Running a course in and around Brentwood, was a difficult task, wet muddy and Hilly! Amanda ran on behalf of the Charity, VICTA. A charity dedicated to assisting visually impaired, a cause close to Amanda’s heart.

Our community are very proud of Amanda’s achievement, and wish her a hearty muzeltov. Perhaps 2021 will see her run the route normally designated for the London Marathon. Watch this space.


Sadly, our usual Channukah celebration could not go ahead as planned this year. Nevertheless, we made the most of it with Louis devising an interesting Channukah quiz. The quiz was well attended. At the end we all lit our own Chanukkia’s. The quiz was well attended, all the children taking part received £8 national book tokens, the adults all received a cute Jewish Holiday Banking book, featured below.