Thursday, 26 April 2018

We're a small community of Jewish people, people with Jewish heritage and people with an interest in Judaism, open to everyone.  We hold services for the High Holy Days and some other festivals at Lancaster University Jewish Rooms and hold occasional 'Havurah' Jewish cultural events in members' homes.  We're now affiliated to the Jewish Small Communities Network.

Would you like to join our mailing list? Please complete the link here  or email lancslakesjc "at" so we know you want us to keep you informed of our activities.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Livingston and the Jewish Community - open meeting Sunday 30 April 2017

Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community will host an open meeting with a talk and discussion on
"Livingstone and the Jewish Community"
with Jonathan Arkush,
President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews,
At Halton Mill, Mill Lane, Halton LA2 6ND.
Sunday 30 April. 6 p.m.–7.30 p.m.
All welcome
(Gathering from 5.30 p.m. –  bring something vegetarian
if you'd like to join us for the food).
RSVP, Fiona Frank, Secretary, Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community;

Friday, 15 April 2016

Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community (in partnership with Lancashire and Cumbria Jewish Community and Lancaster University Jsoc)

invites you to join us for the

Second Seder Night

on Saturday 23 April 2016

at Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre Jewish Rooms

Starts 7.30 p.m.

(candle lighting at 9.30 p.m.)

Please bring a fishy or vegetarian contribution for the festive meal
(main course or desert)

Bring your own haggadah if you have one

Please RSVP to Fiona Frank, 07778 737681 or email

Sunday, 7 February 2016

The AGM of Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community will take place on Thursday 25th February 2016 at 1.30  p.m. at the Jewish Rooms, Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre. There will be refreshments (bagels cream cheese smoked salmon, please let me know if you need a vegan or gluten free option).  

All members and other interested people are welcome.
- Review of the year - secretary report (Fiona Frank), havura report (Rob Smith), treasurer's report (Adrienne Wallman), chair's report (Naomi Tadmor).

- Elections of officers:
chair, secretary, treasurer, havura coordinator. 

Rob Smith Havura Coordinator can only continue in this post if others come forward to help with the coordination of the havura programme.  We welcome others to stand for any of the posts or to join the committee - please let Fiona Frank know if you're interested in standing for a position or joining the committee.

- Plans for activities and events in 2016.

Please send apologies to Fiona Frank - and for catering purposes please let Fiona know if you're coming (or just turn up, we always over cater!) 

Fiona Frank 
Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Commmunity committee

Monday, 13 April 2015

Latest news on Mon 13th April from Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community - 

At our AGM in February 2015 we have appointed a new committee: 

Chair Naomi Tadmor
Secretary Fiona Frank
Treasurer Adrienne Wallman
Havura Organiser Robbie Smith
Committee Naomi Jacobs, Ben Niemark. 

A vote of thanks was given to our departing treasurer Rachel Fligelstone and our chair Stanley Henig.  Stanley was thanked for the work that he has done over the last ten years for Lancaster's Jewish communities. It was unanimously agreed that he should be given the post of Honorary Life President, and he was presented with a certificate of long service stating that trees have been planted in Israel in his name. 

Havura News from Robbie : 

 Dear All,
I hope you this finds you well and you had a good Pesach/Easter/holidays, however you celebrate.

There are lots of exciting things happening for Lancaster & Lakes Jewish Society and our Havura group in the coming weeks and months.  Here is news of what is planned.

Firstly, a reminder that there will be a 
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, 18th April.  
Jewiish Rooms, Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre, 
Service starting at 11.00 a.m.,
 `Bring and Share' dairy/vegetarian kiddush to follow.  
Prayer books for the service provided
Everyone  welcome.  
For further details or to have any questions answered, please contact 
Rabbi Robert Ash (robertash1954 "at" 
or Naomi Tadmor (n.tadmor "at"

We are planning a exciting programme for our Havura  group  over the next few months, which will include guest speakers, also some different types of events - film screenings, book discussions and family-centred activities.
The first of these will be a
Havurah Film Screening
"The Flat"
Sunday 26th April
5.00 p.m - 8.00 p.m.
`Bring and Share dairy/vegetarian' supper
Everyone Welcome 
"The Flat" is an interesting story of a man who is clearing our his aunt's flat in Tel Aviv after her death, and finds clues and evidence about her life and history that he had never known.
This Havura meeting will begin at 5 pm with sharing our supper and a social time, followed by the film, which will begin showing at 6 pm.

Please let either me or Naomi Tadmor know by SUNDAY 19TH APRIL, if you will be coming to this event.  
This is IMPORTANT, as it is planned to be in Naomi Tadmor's house in central Lancaster; but if there will be too many people to comfortably seat and watch the film, we shall need to book a larger venue to show the film.

Further Events and Dates for Your Diary
Shabbat Morning Services - Saturday 9th May, and in June and July,( exact daates tbc)
Bllintze Making (and eating!) Family Event for Shavuot - Sunday 24th May
Havura Meeting with Guest Speaker, Mostyn Jones - Sunday 28th June
Havura Meeting with Guest Speaker or Book Discussion - Sunday 19th July

There are also plans for more guest speakers, films and book discussions in the Autumn; and we shall arrange services in the Jewish Rooms at Lancaster University for the High Holy Days if people want them.

At present, we are introducing book discussions and film screenings as occasional alternatives to our more traditional Havura meetings with guest speakers.  If you would like to form a reading group and/or film club, apart from the Havura group, let me know and I'll circulate your name and email address to the contact list so other people interested in joining can get in touch with you.

That's all for now, folks.

All good wishes,

Monday, 22 September 2014

High Holy Days Services 2014 / 5775 at Lancaster. 

Services for the High Holy Days will take place in the Jewish rooms at the Chaplaincy of Lancaster University. Services will be led by Rabbi Dr Robert Ash using the recently published Machzor of Liberal Judaism.

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday 24 September 7.00 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Morning

Thursday 25 September 11.00 a.m.
(please bring vegetarian/fish fare to share for Kiddush after the service).

Yom Kippur fast begins (London time) 6.19 p.m.

Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidrei)

Friday 3 October 7.00 p.m.

Yom Kippur Day

Saturday 4 October

Morning Service & Musaf 11.00 a.m.

Afternoon Service 4.00 p.m.

Memorial Service (Yizkor) 5.30 p.m.

Concluding Service (Neilah) 6.00 p.m.

Fast Ends (London time) 7.18 p.m.

For further information or to reserve your own copy of Liberal Judaism’s High Holy Days prayer book Machzor Ruach Chadashah (£18.90):

phone 0777 531 0944 or email

For directions or parking information or for information about Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community email or tel 07778 737681.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community lives!

We have had an approach from Rabbi Robert Ash who is now living in Preston who is interested in conducting High Holy Day services in Lancaster University Jewish rooms - so please get in touch ( if you're interested in participating in these services.

We continue to serve all local Jewish people, those with Jewish heritage, Jewish family and/or an interest in Judaism.
We use the Jewish rooms at Lancaster University and sometimes meet in members' homes for monthly Havura meetings.

Contact us at - and/or you can contact us through the University Jewish Society email

If you have any concerns about any matters relating to Jewish life in Lancaster, please get in touch!