There are 40+ groups and committees within EDRS organising a wide range of activities for all ages and many interests. Some of these groups are from outside organisations using our premises and facilities or sponsored by the synagogue.

Social Action Updates


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Israel Group

We are five passionate, dedicated people who organise activities during the year to present the necessity of Israel for Jews worldwide. We hold about four meetings annually and would love to hear from members with strong feelings for Israel.

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New Options

Schmoozing with the Rabbis – A light hearted topical discussion, in an informal setting. Mondays from 10.30am until 12.15pm. The next one will be on 31st October.

Bridge – Our popular and friendly Wednesday afternoon sessions are held every week from 12.45pm until 4pm. Join us for an enjoyable and sociable afternoon, and still only £3 including tea. We will re-start after the summer break on 26th October.

Zumba Gold – Dance and aerobics, to music with fast and slow rhythms ! Come along every Thursday, from 10.15am to 11.15am for only £5. Re-starting again after the summer on 27th October.

Bridge and Games Lunch – Join us on Wednesday, 23rd November from 10.45am – 3.15pm for another wonderful day of Bridge and Games, together with a catered lunch. This is in aid of the charity ILAN – Israel Foundation for Handicapped Children.
The cost is £19.50 and further information and tickets from Evie on 020 8954-5393 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For any other enquiries about ‘NEW OPTIONS’ or future events, contact Don Glazer on 01923 854816 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Barry Jacobs on 01923 354061 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Threads of Time

Our shul’s new embroidered lectern cloth and tapestry cushions for the Rabbis’ chairs made specially for the Synagogue’s 80th anniversary have been much admired, and a second cloth for the reading lectern and back cushion for one of the Rabbis’ chairs are almost complete.
Our next project is a second back cushion and cover for the Scroll when in use in a Service.
Please come and join our group working together in designing and creating these items, with plans for more synagogue heirlooms to be used regularly. We meet Sunday mornings at members’ houses.
To find out dates and locations please email Vanessa Serota at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Quiz Supper 30 October

Do you fancy an evening of food and fun?

Why not join us for a Supper Quiz on Sunday 30 October starting at 6:30pm

6.30pm Fish & Chips served hot with vegetarian and gluten-free options available
9.30pm quiz ends, ‘Jewish Mean Time’

Soft drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own wine

Tables of 10 – so bring your friends along to enjoy the evening

Tickets are £18 in advance only

For tickets or information contact Babs on 07957 260111 or Lisa on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07724 897222

Jewish Care Day Centre

We are proud to host a Day Centre for the elderly under the auspices of Jewish Care.
This runs on Monday to Thursday from 9.30a.m to 2.30p.m.
Activities are wide-ranging from pottery and painting to bridge, and entertainers bring music to a very appreciative audience.
Transport can be arranged to and from the centre.
For more information please call Jacey Harris on 020 8905 4737



Joyce Furrer welcomes regulars and newcomers to her weekly class every Tuesday during term-time between 10.00a.m. and 11.30a.m.
This class is for men and women of any age, and beginners are accommodated as well as more experienced practitioners.
Just bring a mat and wear comfortable loose clothing (maybe a track suit) – no shoes, we’re barefoot.
Each session costs £5.00 and the new term starts on January 11th 2011.

Jewish Association of Cultural Societies

The Jewish Association of Cultural Societies (JACS) meets every Thursday between 1.30p.m. and 3.00p.m.
We have regular speakers, debates on topical issues and quizzes. We also arrange trips away and have a trip to Eastbourne scheduled for the beginning of May.
We are a warm and friendly group who welcome newcomers so come and see what we have to offer.
The cost is £2.00 per session and we offer light refreshments.


Not The Women's Guild


Ladies of the community do join us.  We are Not The Women’s Guild

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We meet Tuesday mornings (in term time) in the Synagogue Hall at 10.00am.  Yoga is a very relaxing form of exercise that “everybody” can do – so why not come and try?
For more information phone Joyce 020-8203 1935


20s to 30s

Young adults form a vital part of Jewish communities; however it can sometimes feel hard to find what you are looking for within synagogue life. At EDRS, we have created a friendly and vibrant group to provide a space to meet others, socialize, eat, drink, learn and/or unwind after the busy lives we all lead. EDRS 20s&30s meet every month for either a Friday Night dinner or a social night out and whether you are single or part of a couple, everyone is always welcome.


Israeli Dancing

Come and join us, its fun, its good exercise and a we are a welcoming group  EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 8.15pm
Cost £1 for the evening including refreshments NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME


Jewish Association of Cultural Societies (JACS)

Alan Conway, Chairman of the Stonegrove branch, invites all 65s (and over) to come along to the Synagogue Hall every Thursday at 1.30pm to listen to a variety of speakers on a range of topics; to enjoy the provided refreshments and to take the opportunity to socialise. For further details please call Alan on 020-8906 9659

Chicago Bridge Club

Runs on the last Thursday of each month at the synagogue. The standard of players varies greatly, and we have quite a social evening, which is enjoyed by all those who attend regularly. A small prize is offered at each meeting. The group would like more bridge players to join, whether you are a beginner or more advanced. We start at 8 pm and for a small entry fee of £2 tea, coffee and biscuits are also included.

see also New Options


Rosh Chodesh Group for Women

If you have never been to one of our sessions, you might be pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and enriching the experience is.

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