Muswell Hill Synagogue
Beha'alotecha 21/22 June 2019 9.07pm 10.28pm
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Top of the Hill – New Series

Dates for this term, Pesach – Rosh Hashanah

  • 26th June
    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:  or tel:  07746 373118) to join the trip.

  • 10th July
    Mildred Levison:   The East End of London – Childhood Memories, Housing and Immigration
  • 24th July
  • Martin Stone:    Food Banks, Soup Kitchens and Economics
  • 7th Aug
    Henry Fabian ‘New Intelligence’
  • 21st Aug
    Au Revoir Les Enfants An autobiographical film about events at a French orphanage during the Second World War, by Louis Malle; introduced by Toni Marcus
  • 4th  September
    Steven Feldman, Mapping Israel from Prehistory to Today’
  • 18th Sept
    Sir Erich Reich ‘The Boy in the Statue’
    Erich is a Kindertransport After a career in the travel industry, he set up Classic Tours, a charity fund-raising company that specialises in activity-based travel. He is a Trustee of the Association of Jewish Refugees and Head of the Kindertransport Group.

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.


  • 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