West London Synagogue to host World Aids Day service and concert

West London Synagogue to host World Aids Day service and concert

Boaz_Sadeh__81_On Sunday 30 November, 2014, a World Aids day service and concert will be held at The West London Synagogue of British Jews, which is the oldest Reform Synagogue in Britain,

Following last year’s World AIDS Day service and concert with The London Gay Men’s Chorus, West London Synagogue is delighted to be repeating the event in 2014.

For this year’s event, the event it partnering with JAT (formerly the Jewish AIDS Trust) and the acclaimed Diversity Choir in presenting Dreams. 

This event marks Diversity Choir’s debut at West London Synagogue.

Inspired by the theme of ‘dreams’, the service and concert reflect collective hope for heightened awareness of HIV/AIDS, the hope for further medical advance, and the dream of a future without AIDS.

The event is in support of JAT, with the service beginning at 6pm, led by West London Synagogue’s Rabbi David Mitchell, and featuring participatory liturgy, a range of songs and readings to reflect our shared dream.

The service will include a dedication to the millions of people across the globe affected by HIV/AIDS, with a moving memorial to those who sadly have lost their lives to the disease.

B1DO5l4CYAI09PXSenior Rabbi of West London Synagogue, Baroness Julia Neuberger says that “I am delighted that my community continues to mark World AIDS Day in such a meaningful way. This year’s collaboration with JAT and Diversity Choir, providing a moving service and inspiring concert, is another great example of West London Synagogue’s inclusive philosophy and day-to-day practice in action.”

Rabbi David Mitchell adds: ‘‘We very much look forward to hosting Diversity, and supporting JAT. The WLS community, as always, looks forward to offering a warm welcome to those who join us on the night, especially for the seasonal LGBTQ buffet dinner that follows the service and concert.’

Janine Clements, who is Client Care Coordinator of JAT also added that: ‘JAT is honoured that this year West London Synagogue is holding its event… The funds raised will help us support our clients, many of whom experience severe financial and emotional difficulties and isolation..”

Admission to the 6pm service (ending at 6.45pm) is open to all.

Tickets for the 7.15pm concert are £15 to £25, and seasonal buffet dinner at £5 (numbers limited) are bookable on line at www.ticketsource.co.uk/eretz or by contacting Ronit at ronit.wang@wls.org.uk or by telephone on 020-7535 0285.

For further information, images or interview requests, please contact either Jim Fletcher at jimrfletcher@hotmail.com

Mob: 07768 455667 or Janine Clements at j.clements@jat-uk.org Mob: 07546 429885


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