At EHRS we strive to support all of our members to the best of our ability and resources. While joining with our members in happy occasions, we also recognise that difficult situations can affect all of us at some time in our lives and we aim to be a first port-of-call if that occurs.

We employ a professional Community Care Practitioner, Val Joseph, who operates a Confidential Helpline with a dedicated telephone number. Anyone can call this number and be assured of strict confidentiality. If Val is not available when you call you can leave her a message and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

EHRS Community Circles
65 EHRS Community circles have now been set up, reaching out to over 600 households. This means that 65 of our members have volunteered to act as coordinators for their immediate postcode area, keeping in contact with others in their circle, some of whom are vulnerable and all have said how comforted they are to know that we care about them and are happy to be part of a supportive network of members living locally.   

We have many more areas needing community circles and we would so appreciate it if you could volunteer now to be a Community Circle Coordinator. You can really make a difference in these difficult times. Please see description and sign up now, you won’t regret it!  All areas need more volunteers but major ones are all postcodes within HA3- HA9, N11, N12, N20, N2, N3, NW2-NW9, WD17-WD23, WD3-WD7. As EHRS includes nearly 1900 households this means we need another 100 plus volunteers or areas will remain uncovered meaning that support is not properly available to our more vulnerable members.

If you think you have the time to volunteer in this capacity, please respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that Val and Marissa can place you in a Circle. You will be given your list of around ten households to contact, and instructions for how to handle and record the initial phone calls and plenty of support for this vital role. The circles are mutual support groups across our generations just keeping in touch and helping each other where needed.    
Val Joseph and Marissa Rosenthal, EHRS Community Care

As a Community Circle Coordinator, you will have to:
Make an initial phone call to each of the other households to inform them of our plan and see if they would like to participate
Ascertain the needs/capabilities of each household
Work out the best method for keeping participating households connected over the coming weeks
Facilitate a MUTUAL support group over the coming weeks. It is not your job to shop for ten households, or phone every single household every day! The idea is to create a circle where everyone helps each other out where they can.
Feed back to Val Joseph and Marissa Rosenthal via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after the initial calls, and then where necessary moving forwards (I.e. if there is someone in your circle with more complex needs that the synagogue should be made aware of)
Encourage those in your circle to share any local initiatives they discover e.g. supermarket special hours for older/immunocompromised customers and NHS workers, other mutual support groups on Facebook, local business initiatives etc.

Below you will find useful resources for your Community Circle on food and shopping, supermarket opening hours, food deliveries, Pesach information and useful links to organisations who can offer help.

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Community Care at EHRS has pleasure in inviting you to join our Monthly Lunch Club.

With a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, you will have the chance to connect with others and feel a greater sense of belonging to our Community. The lunches are held in the synagogue hall at 13:30. Booking in advance is essential!
Please call the Community Care Department on 020 8238 1013 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
THIS GROUP IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

We experience bereavement and loss  as part of our lives from birth to death.

Grief is painful but not an illness and the symptoms that grief may cause can sometimes be alarming.

Bereavement is like a journey, which can at times be lonely, very painful and long.

For some people, it may be difficult to accept the loss, and there may be a sense of denial about the reality of what has occurred. It is not uncommon to think you see or hear the dead person and it can take some time for the full realisation to sink in. 

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