COVID-19 update

23/07/2020 – 10:00
02/07/2020 – 10:00
18/06/2020 – 10:00
10/06/2020 – 10:00

Episode 5

Back from my short break with Episode 5 of the BowdonBackstage podcast. This week, I spoke to my cousin Adam Forshaw about his time living in Russia, Turkey and Jordan. It is a really amazing episode and hope you all enjoy!
04/06/2020 – 10:00

27/05/2020 – 10:00

Episode 4.

Back again with Episode 4 of BowdonBackstage, this week with Milly Jobling and my very own sister Georgie Goldstone discussing the Shul intergenerational Poland trip. Thank you and hope you enjoy!
24/05/2020 – 10:00

20/05/2020 – 10:00

Rabbi Dovid; About to deliver these fruit boxes to members of the AHMA for our Third Annual (Virtual) Iftar tonight.


20/05/2020 – 10:00

Episode 3.

This week I spoke to Oliver Kingsley about his role in getting UCL to adopt the IHRA Definitions of Antisemitism and Jewish Life studying in London. Hope you all enjoy, thank you!



18/05/2020 – 10:00

The Bowdon Chatline Podcast.
In Conversation With….
Join David Scorah for our new podcast, as he talks to those in the know.
This week, we talk to those who are working in the field of medicine, with two medical professionals on the front line:-
Dr Ilan Lieberman and Dr Matthew Cahill
How we’ve coped until now and how we’ll cope after.



14/05/2020 – 10:00

Thank you to everyone who listened last week!


Hope you enjoy Episode 2 with Josh Harris and Joe Glaskie talking about living in Israel and working for Magen David Adom.




06/05/2020 – 10:00

Bowdon Shul Presents BOWDON BACKSTAGE Podcasts;


Get to know some new people!


With a different conversation each week, this brand new Podcast promises to be both interesting and informative.


Hear true tales and insights from some of the interesting characters in our own community.



05/05/2020 – 10:00

Thank you so much to all the wonderful bakers out there in South MC, from all the Shuls!

An amzing effor for our local care home workers, amublance drivers, firefighters, refuse collectors, postmen and women, NHS hospital and pharmacy staff and local police, about 700 people.

A big thank you to all our volunteer delivery drivers and of course to Sam, Sophie & Bryn for helping todayand to Rabbi Dovid for the original idea!




08/04/2020 – 10:00.


As we approach the last few days before Pesach, I just wanted to reach out and firstly wish everyone a Kosher and safe Pesach. Can I also thank each and every one of you who has made phone calls, shopped, or helped out in any of the myriad ways over these last three weeks. It has been amazing to see. Can I also on behalf of the entire community offer our most sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the members of our community who together with their colleagues in the NHS have literally thrown themselves in harms way: Shkoach!!


However we are about to start a long three day Yom Tov, and I want you to remember these next 4 words:


Alone But Never Lonely


A founding principle of Judaism is the preservation of life, both physical and mental. This past Thursday the first incoming call came in at the crack of dawn and I eventually put my phone down at 2am on Friday. Nachi and I are honoured that we have your trust, especially during these trying times for us all.




During the week obviously anyone can call at any time of day or night, my mobile [Number on Shul E-mails] literally does not get turned off. On Shabbat or Yom Tov though, if you just need to talk and you are allowed out of the house, then feel free to knock on our window. The front garden is large enough for physical distancing.

If it is an emergency call my landline [Number on Shul E-mails].

After a few rings it will go to the answer machine and we will hear you talk. Please clearly state your name and that it is an emergency, I will pick up the phone. Please make no mistakes about this, if someone is in danger, suffering from mental anguish etc and we can help then please just call.

Obviously if you need medical assistance then dial 111 or 999 depending on the nature of the emergency

Toni Hyams is still running the Chevra Kadisha and can be contacted on [Number on Shul E-mails].

Later on today, (6pm on Tuesday) I will be hosting another “Stump the Rabbi” session live on Facebook and Zoom – if you think that I might struggle with the question, maybe send it in advance! Then at 12 noon on Wednesday, we will all join together on Facebook for some pre Pesach inspiration.

Shacharis on Wednesday morning is at 8.30am followed by a short Siyum for the “Fast of the Firstborn”. Finish eating Chometz by 10.00am and burn it before 11.30am.


Zoom [Link on Shul E-mails] Facebook [Link on Shul E-mails]


With hopes and prayers for a speedy recovery for all.


Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a Kosher and Gezunter Pesach,


With love from Rabbi Dovid, Nachi, Chaya and Tzivia.



25/03/2020 – 10:00.


Due to high demand we are one day behind with operations.

However, the dry pesach food is arriving for pick & pack at approx 5pm today. The frozen and dairy goods will be delivered next week.

Halperns have made us aware of the difficulties they and all the kosher shops have faced with with supply this year. Not only is it difficult to get supply but when they do get it the goods sell out quickly.

Therefore these are the known substitutes for goods.

  • No Delinut substituted with regular chocolate spread


  • No Egg Matzah no substitutes 


  • No Cake matzah meal substituted with fine


  • No Aviv & Yehuda Matzah substituted with a similar Israeli alternative 


  • No Marinara sauce substitution is Mishpacha Tomato Sauce 


  • No Tuna in oil substituted with tuna in water 


  • No Diet & Zero coke cans substituted with bottles


  • No other jellies apart from strawberry


Someone will call you this evening regarding payment as this is required before delivery.


Please note the receipt will not say Halperns on it.


Thank you


Yaeli Davila (& Rabbi Amir Ellituv) and the Pesach shopping team volunteers from across all the Shuls.


Donations to the Sha’are Hayim Sephardi community for this free service are more than appreciated.



24/03/2020 – 10:00.



We are living in extraordinary times, and the London Beth Din have compiled a list of foods that DO NOT need to be bought with a Hechsher in a Kosher store for Pesach.


This is applicable only for this year and will hopefully make Pesach easier for everyone when we are all struggling. Later on this week, Nachi and I will please G-d be running an online webinar on Pesach Basics: what is essential and what can we do without? It goes without saying that someone somewhere will be arranging the eingemachs for everyone!!


There may be an update from the London Beth Din before Pesach, and as ever please get in touch with me if you need any help.


With best wishes and prayers for a healthy and Kosher Pesach,


Rabbi Dovid


A hard copy is being sent in the post this week as well.

The button below is a link to an online copy of the PDF which is very clear.


Product Guidelines


17/03/2020 – 15:30.



I never believed that it would come to this, but we have reached a situation whereby for the sake of saving lives we are temporarily stopping the Minyan and Shul is shut until further notice. Tonight’s Mincha and Maariv (which will be Davenned at 5.30pm in the Shul garden), will be the final Minyan for the moment.


It pains me beyond words that people are not going to be able to say Kaddish, but if it ensures that someone else doesn’t have to G-d forbid start saying Kaddish, then it is a price that we will have to pay.


I will be Davenning by myself at home (not going to North Manchester):
Shacharis at 8am each weekday morning and 9am on Sunday.
Mincha and Maariv at 5.30pm.
Shabbat times will be sent with the weekly email.


I would like to invite you to Daven in your own homes at the same times; that way we are still Davenning together as a community. Obviously we cannot say Kaddish etc, but G-d willing this will be over soon and we will once again walk into our beautiful Shul and Daven as one.


The three daily Tefillos of Shacharis, Mincha and Maariv were composed by Avraham, Yitzchok and Yaackov. When the Torah describes their prayers, it is obvious that this was done in a private setting; one man and his Creator. The wheel of time has rolled on and we find ourselves once again standing in front of the Almighty alone. But we pray that in the words of King Solomon the wisest of all men: “this too shall pass” and before long we will have the merit to pray together once again.


With love and prayers for all,


Rabbi Dovid.