Muswell Hill Synagogue
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Top of the Hill – Events up to April 2020

Dates for January-April 2020

January 15 – Michael Kushner – Jews of Bletchley Park

Those of us who have been to Bletchley Park, the WWII secret code-breaking establishment, will have been astonished at what was achieved there and, on reflection afterwards, will have wondered where all the Jews were! So, on Wednesday 15th January, Michael Kushner, a guide at Bletchley who has researched the subject, will tell us about Bletchley Park: The Jewish Contribution. He holds a gold award from the Association of Speakers Clubs, so his talk promises to be even better than our usual high standard. Do come and hear.

January 29 – Westminster Abbey at 1830hrs – Guided visit. £10/head,

January 30 – In Conversation with Mike Freer

MIKE FREER MP on Politics today

Yes, we have all had more than enough of party politics but there is too much suddenly happening in the world for us to ignore politics altogether. So we are delighted to welcome MIKE FREER, the MP for Finchley and Golders Green. MHS lies about 100 yards outside his constituency, but very many of you (including me) will look to him as our MP. He has represented us since 2010. Mike is a Government Whip and was re-elected in December with an increased majority:

Conservative Mike Freer 24,162    
Liberal Democrat Luciana Berger 17,600    
Labour Ross Houston 13,347    

So, on THURSDAY 30th January, at 8:00 p.m. please come and listen to Mike Freer talk on The State of Politics Today. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Please let us know if you are coming by signing in on:

February 12 – Commodore John Harris –My Experiences as a Cold War Submariner

February 26 – Patrick Moriarty, Head of JCoSS – The Four JCs in my Life

March 11 – Richard Goldwater – Probate: All You Need to Know Before it is Too Late

March 25 – Toni Marcus: Film and Discussion – La Femme á Côté

April 1 – Day Trip to Tonbridge Wells and then Tudeley Church to see the Chagall Windows. Arrangements still to be finalised

Pesach 8-16th April incl.

April 22 – Prof. Adrian Lister – Jews and the Dinosaur Question

All meetings start at 2:30 p.m. in the shul hall. Refreshments will be provided and there is an admission charge of £5 each.  The meetings will finish at 5:00 p.m.

Please bring donations for the Muswell Hill Food Bank and Soup Kitchen. Collection bins are in the vestibule, opposite the cloakroom

If you know someone who would like to attend ToTH meetings and cannot get to and from the shul under their own steam, or for who the cost would be difficult, please contact BEVERLEY GIESSING 07956 779 890


  • Arthur Harverd Compensation Schemes for Victims of Nazi Persecution
  • Why the Jews? – An EXTRA Meeting – A film show 
  • Vivi Lachs Whitechapel Noise:   Politics, Sex and religion on the streets of London’s East End 1884-1914
  • Bletchley Park   A day’s visit by coach to the home of the code-breakers
  • Jon Brodkin It Ain’t ‘alf ‘ot, Mum  Discussion on Climate Change
  •  Sir Erich ReichThe Boy in the Statue’   Erich is a Kindertransport child.  He is a Trustee of the Association of Jewish Refugees and Head of the Kindertransport Group.
  • Au Revoir Les Enfants Introduced by Toni Marcus
    A film about events at a French orphanage during the Second World War, by Louis Malle, based on his life story.
  • Steven Feldman, Mapping Israel from Prehistory to Today’
  • Martin Stone:           Food Banks, Soup Kitchens and Economics
  • Henry Fabian:        ‘New Intelligence’
  • Mildred Levison:   The East End of London – Childhood Memories, Housing and Immigration
  • GUIDED Visit to the Czech Memorial Scrolls Museum, Meet at 1415hrs. Kent House, Rutland Gardens, Knightsbridge.The Story of the rescue of 1,564 Czech Scrolls by Westminster Synagogue, which arrived at Kent House in February 1964, has passed into history as a small but remarkable episode in the tragedy of European Jewry. The permanent exhibition which was established in 1988, tells the unique story of the arrival from Prague in 1964 of 1,564 Torah Scrolls and of their restoration and distribution to communities throughout the world. The exhibits include some of these Scrolls, a display of remarkable Torah Binders, some of which date from the 18th century, and other moving reminders of the vanished communities of Bohemia and MoraviaDavid Lawson will be our guide for the visit and he will also tell us, briefly, about the Ostrava Scroll held by Kingston Synagogue and how it came from Ostrava to Kingston.There is a charge of £5 each, which goes to the Scrolls Museum. Please sign up with Janet Goodman (email:  EncodedSuccessfully Encoded or tel:  07746 373118) to join the trip.
  • Dame Helen Hyde ‘Why I do what I do’
    Formerly Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls.  Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Imperial War Museum. She is a Trustee of the Holocaust Education Trust, an advisor to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, and Patron of the Rwandan Sisterhood working with survivors of the genocide and deprived women in Kigali, and the Sparrow Schools in Johannesburg.
  • Stephen Horne ‘Are You Being Served – Harrods’s Style’
    Stephen was Chief Executive of Friends of the Weizmann, under Lord Sieff and then spent many years working in Harrods. Now is your chance to learn what goes on behind the lights and the shiny façade.
  • DAY TRIP TO CAMBRIDGE, Cairo Geniza Exhibition
  • Stephen Frosh Freud’s journey to England: Rescue and Resistance