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PROGRAMME FOR:   2017/2018

Wednesday 11th January 2017  - Vera Brittain - Loved and Lost - Jonathan Jones - Vera Brittain (1893 -1970) was an English nurse, writer, feminist and pacifist. Her best 1933 memoir 'Testament of Youth' recounted her experiences during the First World War and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism. Jonathan tells the story of a lady who experienced great personal tragedy during her lifetime and whose pacifist attitudes were much frowned upon at the time.   

Wednesday 18th January 2017  - World Was One in Africa -  Dr Anne Samson - Anne is a historian who has published two books on the subject of the First World War in Africa. She will start her talk with an overview of the World War in Africa particularly focussing on East Africa. This was the longest running campaign of the whole war - 8th August 1914 to 25th August 1918, and is the only campaign in which Germans occupied British territory. This is not the best known episode of the First World War but it did involve 107 micro nations (tribes)   

Wednesday 25th January 2017  - Unexplained Mysteries and Cover-Ups - Andy Thomas - Andy Thomas made a great impression on ,most of us with his spellbinding talk about the Crop Circle Mysteries. He is a leading researcher into unexplained mysteries and will be covering some of these today. He lectures on the subject at home and abroad and regularly appears on radio and television.

Wednesday 1st February 2017  - CLOSED - The Synagogue is holding its 'Annual Holocaust Educational Programme'

Wednesday 8th February 2017  - Women Who Have Murdered - Delia Martland - If you thought women were the gentler sex, think on. Delia will explain why, in many cases they are not. She has a great interest in woman, famous and not so famous, who have committed the ultimate crime and she has a whole catalogue of names and macabre stories to she with you! An ex-school teacher and very entertaining speaker.

Wednesday 15th February 2017  - The Golden Rule (How to Read People) -  Emmanuel Aharoni - Emmanuel worked in management, specialising in behaviour in the workplace. He has learnt to read people quickly in order to monitor his behaviour to them. He promises plenty of good humoured interaction with the audience, and will be bale to tell you things about yourself that you haven't realised, just by speaking toy you. This is different from anything we have had before!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017  - Riding it Out - Pam Goodall - Pam was almost 60 when she completed a solo journey on her bicycle around the world! The 10,000 she peddled were through 20 countries where she experienced exhilaration, exhaustion and excitement. She also experienced extraordinary kindness and elements of danger.

Wednesday 1st March 2017  - Northwood JACS AGM - The AGM, which, oddly enough, comes around once a year, is an invitation to our members to criticise or praise whatever has happened during the previous year. There are many people who have put in some excellent work over this period and perhaps you could all come long to show your appreciation.

Wednesday 8th March 2017  - With a Jewish Flavour - Barry Davis - Many of you know a few words of Yiddish and some of you might even know some Yiddish expressions, mainly handed down from parents or grandparents. Barry Davis is something of an expert on the subject and will tell us about characteristics of the Yiddish language and also about its origin in Eastern and Central Europe

Wednesday 15th March 2017  - The Swing Era - A Short History of Jazz - Eddie Summers - Eddie will present a brief history of Jazz before delving into the Big Band Swing Era of the 30's and 40's. He is a massive fan of this period and this genre of music and will be recalling the orchestras of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw as well as others. This is mainly a talk but he will be playing a few tracks to get you tapping your feet as well as filling your minds with pleasant memories

Wednesday 22nd March 2017  - Reviewing the Situation - The Life and Music of Lionel Bart - Geoff Bowden - Lionel Bart came from a Jewish working class East End background. He was a writer and composer of British pop music and musicals, the most famous of which was of course, Oliver. Geoff Bowden, together with David Reed will tell his story in their own inimitable fashion and an entertaining afternoon is assured

Wednesday 29th March 2017  - Good News from Israel - Awareness Raising about a Hospital with a Heart - Ros Goldfarb - The outline of this talk about the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem is hope for us, hope for Israel and hope for the world!  'Hope for Us' focuses on innovation and research carried out on Jewish genetics, helping communities around the world. ' Hope for Israel' discusses the challenges which face the medical team in their very busy work treating victims of terror attacks. 'Hope for the World' is a discussion on the work in relief projects around the globe

Wednesday 5th April 2017  - Dirk Bogard - A Life in the Shadows - Nigel Coleman -  Dirk Bogard was an English actor and matinee idol who appeared in such classics as 'Death in Venice, 'The Servant', 'The Night Porter', 'Victim' and many others. Nigel Coleman, an old favourite of ours, will tell Bogard's story in his own imitable way, which means and interesting afternoon in prospect

Wednesday 12th April 2017  - CLOSED FOR PESACH

Wednesday 19th April 2017  - Further Travels With my Camera - Les Spitz - Les will be doing exactly what it says on the tin! On this occasion he promises to take us to Antarctic, The Arctic to see the bears, Berlin and Buenos Aires, plus a few destinations he is keeping up his sleeve. All these wonderful places will be projected onto the big screen and carry you away for a little while. No need to bring your passport!

Wednesday 26th April 2017  - From Monarchy to Mourning - Lawrence Summers -  This is Lawrence's 'Victoria Era' talk Part 1, in which he tells the story of the period which starts at Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1837 until Prince Albert's death in 1986. Lawrence is a qualified London Blue Badge Tour Guide who loves talking about history, and it shows

Wednesday 3rd May 2017  - 1421 The Year 100,000 Chinese Sailors Circumnavigated the World With Four Fleets -  They Mapped it and Found America 70 years Before Columbus - Roger Shaw - When Roger Shaw was asked for the title of his talk, the above is what he replied! The titles a bit longwinded but at the same time it sounds as if tis going to be an intriguing afternoon.

Wednesday 10th May 2017  - The First Women Rabbi? - Louise Heilbron - The Rabbi in thre title is Rabbi Jackie Tabick and it is now 40 years since she was ordained. During that time attitudes have changed towards lady rabbi's. Louise Heilbron, who is an ex-teacher, will look into thoise changes and this will be the basis of her presentation.

Wednesday 17th May 2017  - Brent Cross Shopping Centre - Tom Nathan - Tom Nathan is the General Manager of the Brent Cross Shopping Centre, which was the first o fits kind and is now celebrating 40 years of retailing. He has held this position for 16 years now and will be telling us about the history of the centre, his work there, and also about the future redevelopment

Wednesday 24th May 2017  - Head Butler at the Savoy - Sean Davoren - Sean Davoren has been ther head butler at the Savoy for 7 years. He will talk about the day in a life of a Butler at this world famous London Hoterl. He will also be telling us what the Butler sees' and his own role at the Savoy where he heads a tram of 28 butlers

Wednesday 31st May 2017  - CLOSED FOR SHAVUOT

Wednesday 7th June 2017  - Jewish Humour and Nostalgia - Eddie Summers - Eddie Summers, who recently gave us an extremely interesting talk about the 'Swing Era', will today, turn his attention to Jewish Humour and Nostalgia. Everybody enjoys nostalgia, although sometimes we dont realise it, and in the world pof laughter Jewish Humour has a special niche. Nostalgia & Humour in the same programme! Cant be bad..

Wednesday 14th June 2017  - That Was Carnaby Street, That Was - Jack Lynes - Jacks first job was actually in Carnaby Street, 70 years ago. He will recall the early history in the 17th Century and when it became internationally famous in the 'Swinging '60's', with such shops as 'Lady Jane' and 'John Stephen' who had five shops there. Carnaby Street has slowly altered its personality since those times and Jack will enlarge on this.

Wednesday 21st June 2017  - Northwood JACS 33rd Birthday Party Lunch at the 'Blue Check Restaurant' - For the first time we are moving our Birthday Party out of this Synagoghue Building and into the 'Blue Check Restaurant' in Bushey. Entertainment will be provided by Nadia Keating, who specialises in songs from the '50's and '60's. We are looking forward to having a big crowd along for this one.

Wednesday 28th June 2017  - The Act of Saying 'Goodbye' - Alan Balfour -Alan Balfour is a writer of stage plays and also an author of books and short stories. As the title suggest his talk will focus on saying 'goodbye' on various occasions, such as the loss of a favourite pet or toy, a parent, or even your mind in old age.

Wednesday 28th June 2017  - The Act of Saying 'Goodbye' - Alan Balfour -Alan Balfour is a writer of stage plays and also an author of books and short stories. As the title suggest his talk will focus on saying 'goodbye' on various occasions, such as the loss of a favourite pet or toy, a parent, or even your mind in old age.

Wednesday 5th July 2017  - DABS and DNA Detects Criminal - Chris Truran -Chris was  'Scenes of Crimes Officer' in the Metropolitan Police for 38years. He is something of an expert on DNA as he was in at its infancy through to the highly sophisticated detecting tool it has become. He will no doubt explain hoe much harder it is to get away with criminality these days.

Wednesday 12th July 2017  - Vegas Hour - Wayne Roberts - Wayne will be singing your favourite melodies from the Great American Song Book and if you don't know the words, you will certainly know the tunes. He has mentioned a couple of names of singers whose songs he will be singing, namely, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and promises more of the songs written by Gershwin, Berlin and all those great songs smiths of the period

Wednesday 19th July 2017  - The Extraordinary Sherlock Holmes - Nick Dobson -Nick tells us about the life and times of Arthur Conan Doyle and then willl explain how he developed the character of Sherlock Holmes b fore going into the personality of the great investigator himself

Wednesday 26th July 2017  - Frank Sinatra ' An Illustrated Talk' - Nigel Coleman -He is back again. Nigel is on of our regular contributors ad he never failed to enthral. On this occasion he will be telling us about the life story of one of show businesses great entertainer. "Ol' Blue Eyes". Nigel with be illustrating his talk with recordings of the maestro himself

Wednesday 2nd August 2017  - BA To U3A - Bill Garvey -Bill Garvey worked for BOAC and BA for 36years before retiring. During thid time he was part  of a team which monitored the movement of flights and their loads throughout the world. When he retired he became a Local Councillor and his main interest these days is overseeing the four Current Affairs Groups which meet at Harrow U3A. Bill is an amusing speaker and will be filling in the gaps of his story

Wednesday 9th August 2017  - The Humorous Side of Being an Actor - Jonathan Fryer -Jonathan Fryer is an actor know for appearing in 'The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perring', 'Keeping Up Appearances' and 'Hoggs Back'. As the title of his talk indicates he will be telling us about the more light hearted side of his profession

Wednesday 16th August 2017  - Memories of the East End - Tony Abrahams - Many of us have some sort of connection with the East End and Petticoat Lane, mainly through our parents or families. Tony will give a short illustrated talk and invite you to bring along your memories and photos and join in this trip down 'Memory Lane' which is adjacent to Petticoat Lane, or so Tony would like us to believe

Wednesday 23rd August 2017  - Livery Guilds of London - Valery Alliez - There are well over 100 Livery Companies in The City of London representing almost every trade and profession you acre to think of, some of them going back well over 400 years. Valery will concentrate mainly on the top 12and delve into the history of these City of London institutions

Wednesday 30th August 2017  - See You In Court - Richard Conradi - Richard says he will take you on a 'tour' of the inner workings of the Criminal Justice System, and explains what happens to someone who is the vivtim of crime or a witness to crime and has to appear in court. This is an illustrated talk with many anecdotal stories, some of which will surprise you and even shock you!

Wednesday 6th September 2017  - How Are Managing Brexit? - Ellisa  - Believe it or not the first recorded Jewish settlers arrived in Yokohama in 1861, and another early Jewish settlement was established in 1880's in Nagasaki. The later consisted of over 100 families. Rabbi Jeff Berger will be on hand to talk about this little known piece of Jewish history.

Wednesday 13th September 2017  - History of the Jewish Settlements in Japan - Rabbi Jeff Berger - Believe it or not the first recorded Jewish settlers arrived in Yokohama in 1861, and another early Jewish settlement was established in 1880's in Nagasaki. The later consisted of over 100 families. Rabbi Jeff Berger will be on hand to talk about this little known piece of Jewish history.

Wednesday 20th September 2017  - CLOSED - EREV ROSH HASHANA

Wednesday 27th September 2017  - CLOSED

Wednesday 4th October  2017  - CLOSED - EREV SUCCOTH

Wednesday 11th October  2017  - CLOSED - EREV SIMCHAT TORAH

Wednesday 18th October  2017 - The Ghost Singers - Lynne Bradley - Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe are only four famous stars who have mimed film roles whilst others actually sang the songs. This programme is all about some of those 'others', and the voices you have heard, but will probably not recognise neither their faces not their names. We welcome this return visit from Lyne Bradley who always has an interesting programme to present.

Wednesday 25th October  2017 - Alaska Adventure - Paul Whittle - This is a PowerPoint presentation in travelogue form. We will be taken along the Western Coast of Canada and onto the train named 'The Rocky Mountaineer' to Vancouver and then by sea Northward to Alaska. Paul has mentioned that this story has an exciting ending!

Wednesday 1st November 2017 - Life in Verse - Michelle Wolf - It's been three years since we enjoyed the company of Michelle Wolf, whose poetry reflects life as she sees it, If you think Pam Ayres, you might have some idea on what she is all about. Expect a thoughtful and humorous afternoon

Wednesday 8th November 2017 - London's Fabulous Theatre Industry - Roger Filer- An all embracing overview of the West End Theatre, its history, the commercial side and how it looks from public perspective. The theatre industry has been one of London's greatest success stories over the last 40years and Roger Filer, who has a personal interest, will be telling us why this is so.

Wednesday 15th November 2017 - Jews in Jazz and Musical Gems - Jane Rosenberg - Jane promises that there will not be a song in this presentation that you will not know and love. All have Jewish connections, and will get you tapping your feet and humming along. Visualise Al Jolson to South Pacific and all stops in between. Some songs will be on CD and some Jane will be singing herself.

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - Heroes of The S.O.E (Special Operations Executive)  - Muriel Beaver - The SOE was a British 'World War Two' organisation. It was set up with Government approval and officially formed by the Minister of Economic Warfare, Hugh Dalton, in July 1942. To whet your appetite, its work was 'Top Secret' or as they say behind closed orrs 'Hush Hush'

Wednesday 29th November 2017 - Being a Franchisee  - What does it mean and what has been my experience - Roth Solomons - Ruth Solomons is Managing Director and Franchisee holder in the 'Right at Home' which advertises 'Quality Care in your Home'. She will talk about the advantages of ahving a Franchise, explain about the work of the British Franchising Association, and the business side of holding a franchise

Wednesday 6th December 2017 - Stars of The 'Carry On' Films- Geoff Bowden & David Reed - The one and only Geoff Bowden and David Reed return to give their take on the stars of this popular series of films. No need to go into the many household names of all the actors and actresses who regularly took part. Come along and be reminded of the artists who combined to make the 'Carry On' films a unique part of British Film History.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 - NORTHWOOD JACS CHANUKAH TEA PARTY - Nadia Keating - The 'Chanukah Tea Party' will, as usual be taking place in the main hall in the Shul. Nadia Keating who was a great success at our Birthday Party in June, will be entertaining us this afternoon. The reception is at 1:30pm - Entertainment qt 2:00pm and tea will be served at 3:00pm. Price of the tickets will be £8 pp members £10pp guests

Wednesday 20th December 2017 - CLOSED

Wednesday 27th December 2017 - CLOSED

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 - CLOSED

Wednesday 10th January 2018 - The Golden Rule (How to Read People) - Emanuel Aharoni - Emmanuel worked in management, specialising in behaviour in the workplace. He promised plenty of good humoured interaction with the audience, and will tell you things about yourself that you hadn't realised, just by speaking to you. This is different from anything we have had before.

Wednesday 17th January 2018 - Guilty until Proven Innocent - David Niccol - David, who is a retired Police Officer, will be giving the case histories of various incidences of miscarriages of justice, where people were obviously guilty, but were able to manipulate the system and avoid the punishment they deserved. He will explain hoe the justice system has evolved to counteract these injustices

Wednesday 24th January 2018 - St Vincent's Hospital on The Hill -  Jacquie Scott - Jacquie Scott was the last 'Matron' of this hospital and will relate its 100 years of dedication to the poor and needy. When it first opened in 1907 it was called the 'St Vincent's Home for Cripples Boys', which shows how much attitudes have changed. In fact this is the story of changing attitudes and social awareness which were brought about by an ethos of faith, hard work and dedication that prevailed at the heart of the hospital's work. This is a 'feel good' story.

Wednesday 31st January 2018 - CLOSED

Wednesday 7th February 2018 - CLOSED -   The annual Holocaust Remembrance Education Programme is taking place at the Synagogue and we will be unable to use the premises.

Wednesday 14th February 2018 - Graphology - Andrea Freedman - As many of you will know Graphology is the study of handwriting. Andrea has worked professionally as a graphologist. She has taught it, given displays on cruises, and now treats it as a hobby. Andrea will be showing us examples of the handwriting of famous people and analysing these for us. She hopes to give you some understanding of her ability to discern someone's personality through her knowledge to analyse their handwriting.

Wednesday 21st February 2018 - Early American Humorists - Eddie Summers - The very amusing Eddie Summers returns with his take on American Humorists in the early part of the 20th Century. This will include, amongst others, Groucho Marx, Mark Twain, Damon Runyan and S J Pearlman. He plans to give a potted biography of each humorist and examples of their type of humour, Eddie promises a fair amount of laughter during his talk.

Wednesday 28th February 2018 - Stanley Holloway and the Monologues - Jonathan Jones - Stanley Holloway (1890-1982) was an English stage and film actor, humorist singer and monologist.  Jonathan will be concentrating on Stanley Holloway’s unique ability to perform monologues, such as Sam, Sam, Pick Oop Tha Musket, and Albert & The Lion. Jonathan himself is no slouch at poetry reading and will prove that once again for us this afternoon.

Wednesday 7th March 2018 - Northwood JACS Annual General Meeting - Its that time of year again when you all get free admission and enjoy the thrill of this unique annual event. Please try and make a special effort to ocme along and give encouragement to your hard working committee. Arrive early to get the best seats.

Wednesday 14th March 2018 - David Niven - His Lifer and Times - A One Man Play delivered by Nigel Coleman  -  David Niven was a leading English film actor, memoirist and novelist. His many roles included 'Squadron Leader Peter Carter' in 'The Matter of Life and Death' and 'Phineas Fogg in 'Round the World in 80 Days'. This will be another of Nigel's stand out performances and most of our members are big fans of Nigel's, who is returning for the umpteenth time.

Wednesday 21st March 2018 - Round The World with Agatha Christie - Nick Dobson - Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976) is best known for her detective novels, short story collections, plays and famous detective sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marples. She was a very well travelled lady for the times in which she lived. She not  only visited all parts of the UK, she also visited every continent on earth, either with her first husband, or by herself. It is on this fascinating part of her life the Nick will concentrate and explain the reasons for her travels.

Wednesday 28th March 2018 - Enjoy Life Today and Plan for Tomorrow - Richard Conradi - Richard is Group Leader fo the Joint NPLS  and Northwood United Bereavement Support Group. Learning from his personal bereavement group experiences, he has been keen to ensure that everyone plans for their future as their parents did for their childhood. He will presenting and illustrating his personal Advice Information Pack which has been adopted by many charities including Jewish Care and Age Concern.


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