Muswell Hill Synagogue
Haazinu 11/12 October 2019 6.02pm 7.01pm

Top of the Hill

Plan up to Pesach 2019 – MODIFIED

13 March – Mike Neville – The Development of Forensic Science
Mike is an expert on the history of crime and developed a method to catch criminals
using CCTV together with ‘Super Recogniser’ officers so if you want to find out how
accurate all the television series are, come and hear. Fingerprints and DNA samples
will not be taken.

27 March – Dr Brendan Larvor, University of Hertfordshire – ‘Pigs on Trial’

You have heard of pigs in pokes, pigs in muck and pigs that fly but having a pig on
criminal charges on trial? Brendan will describe these medieval animal trials and
then consider what people were thinking about and hoping to achieve by putting
animals on trial. And then, possibly, encourage us to think about we are trying to
achieve when we put people on trial. What are we trying to achieve and how does
the trial help achieve it?

3rd April – A day out with a guided tour of Bevis Marks synagogue in the City.

There is a charge of £5/head for the guide.  Make your own way there, but if that is a problem,
please let us know and we will arrange some transport.  We meet there at 1300hrs and the tour should be finished by 1430hrs.
Refreshments will NOT be provided, so please arrange your own lunch.

10 April – Chris Honor – Cookery Demonstration of Australo-Polish-Lebanese Bush Tucker

Chris, of Chris Kitch, will draw on his Australian origins and Polish and Lebanese
family connections to demonstrate some exotic cookery while encouraging us to
produce healthy dishes. No kangaroos will be harmed in this demonstration, which
will be under the close supervision of the MH Beth Din, and we will be encouraged to
sample the results. Chris will also produce some cakes for us to have with our tea or

24 April – Chol Hamoed Pesach  – NO TOTH

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.


Back in the summer 40 people attended a meeting to discuss forming a social group for our community. A committee is now active and has begun presenting various activities that all will be welcome to attend.

We at Top of The Hill (ToTH) have developed a most interesting, provocative, wide-ranging and involving programme for the rest of the year.  We have fascinating speakers, thought-provoking discussions and, we hope, an educational day trip!  Our programme is designed for the young at heart, whatever their chronological age!  You can even bring your friends who are not members of MHS!

Please scroll down to Wednesday, 5 December for a link to details of our proposed outing to Bevis Marks Synagogue.

Wednesday 10th October

Professor Michael Baum – Prof Emeritus of Surgery & visiting Prof of Medical Humanities, UCL

A Ward Round in the National Gallery

Those of us whose knowledge of ward rounds is derived from ‘Doctor in the House’ and Hattie Jacques in Carry On films will be astonished at what Prof. Baum discovers on his ward round.

Wednesday 24th October

Informal debate, led by Karen Ackerman:

Are faith schools good for us?

So prepare your ideas, points, and opinions, and even prejudices, to present and discuss.

Wednesday 7th November

Dr Dave Rich – Head of Policy, CST Author of ‘The Left’s Jewish Problem’ and the go-to person on anti-semitism for national media.

‘Anti-semitism and the state of British Politics’

Is there a real problem with antisemitism in the Labour Party, or is it blown up out of all proportion?  What is happening on the right?  Will Brexit affect the position?  Come and find out!

Wednesday 21st November

An informal discussion led by Dr Michael Goodman

Medical Ethics

Two current films, Apostasy and The Children Act, deal with the issue of consent to medical intervention in teenagers under the age of 18. Come and tell us your views. It would help if you could see at least one of these films.

What are your views on consent at the other end of life’s journey, in end-of-life situations, including euthanasia? Come and share your opinions on these and other issues!

Wednesday 12th December

Jonathan Shamah

Who is Reading your Information and Borrowing your Bank Account? – Digital Privacy and Where We Are Now

Jonathan is one of the world’s top 100 experts in safeguarding electronic identity and advises governments (including Israel) on hacking and electronic security.

 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.


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