This Week in Jewish London

A Reflection on the Tragic Passing of Ari Fuld
The General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America is an incredible four days that highlights the immense impact of the Jewish world and brings together thousands of individuals with a common purpose; advancing the Jewish people. To each of the attendees that purpose manifests itself in our respective work. For me, that purpose is to drive Federation and build Jewish community. For Ari Fuld, that purpose was always to support the young men and women serving in the IDF and letting them know they they weren’t alone.
I had the immense pleasure of sharing coffee and conversation with Ari at the GA over the last several years where we discussed our work, our lives, and our hopes for the future of Israel and the Jewish people. He passionately made the case for Standing Together, an organization he was proud to represent, and that started simply by providing pizzas to young soldiers serving in harms way. From such a simple concept rose an organization determined to share those feelings of support and kindness with every young man and woman serving in the IDF. This October, I won’t be seeing my friend for a coffee or sharing any stories of family, work, or life and for that I am deeply saddened.

Last Sunday, I got word of Ari’s murder at the hands of a knife wielding terrorist via social media. Before succumbing to the attack, and with the attackers knife still piercing his heart, he used his strength to save the life of another and wound the attacker. This is who Ari was. A good man, a father of four, and a true lion of Israel.

His murder has had a profound impact on me. Not because we were especially close, we had the warmth and camaraderie of people with a common purpose, and saw each other no more than once a year. I think the reason his death is so painful is that although he served in an elite IDF reserve unit and often put himself in harm’s way, a stroll through the mall is about as far separated from that as is possible. Ari’s murder cemented for me the reality of his situation. That a free people cannot live in fear and that no one is safe from the violence of terrorism. Not even a good man doing what he thought was his highest purpose; serving the state of Israel and the Jewish people.

This year at the GA in Israel, I will mourn my friend and colleague. I will do my best to live up to his legacy and support the men and women of the IDF and I will remember him for being much more than an pro-Israel activist. He was a human being who deserved better. We all deserve better.

May his family and all who knew him be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Joe Roberts

Upcoming Jewish London Events and Programs
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From the Bible to Broadway

A Survey of Jewish Lyricists in Poetry and Song

with facilitator David Rosner

Tuesdays, October 9 – 30, 2018, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Registration: $75 by October 3, $85 afterwards
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November 18, 2018
at the London Jewish Community Centre

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June 6, 2019 to June 13, 2019 

Like in Canada, the LGBTQ community in Israel is actively seeking equality and acceptance. Explore Israel through a unique LGBTQ lens at this historic moment in time. Experience Israel’s thriving, vibrant LGBTQ community against the complex cultural backdrop of the country. Witness the energy, tradition, and love as you travel with our Federation family.

Join us next summer, with mission co-chairs Lee Jason Goldberg of UJA-Federation of New York and Michael Bauer of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. You won’t want to miss this incredible journey.

For more information please contact Joe Roberts at or 519-673-3310

Around the Community
Or Shalom Film Society Presents Bye Bye Germany
7:00 pm Sunday, October 21st at Or Shalom Synagogue, 534 Huron Street, $10 adults, $5 children
Pre-film Dinner Option also available at 6:00 pm, $18 per person.  For more information click here and for tickets please call the Or Shalom office: (519) 438-3081.
A post-war comedy with chutzpah set in 1946 Frankfurt…a comedy with serious overtones loosely based on a true story.
Resources for Living Your Best Jewish Life
ELI Talks has released 15 new ELI talks delivered and filmed in front of a live audience this past summer in Detroit. The talks were given by 15 diverse individuals from across the U.S. who were selected from over 150 applications to participate in ELI Talks’ intensive 6-month long speaker fellowship and share their “inspired Jewish ideas.”
Talks were released September 5-7, 2018 over social media, followed by a Watch Party in the Inspired Jewish Ideas Facebook Group, where the online audience is invited to discuss and ask questions of the speakers and one another. Over the next several months, these conversations will be continued through additional digital “commentary,” including articles, webinars, and podcasts.

To view the newest ELI talks, visit:

Limmud Chavruta Resource for Sukkot 2018 Now Available

The Limmud Chavruta Project, in partnership with UJA, has launched the fourth in a series of five resources over the course of 2018 to mark Israel at 70.  Limmud volunteers have compiled these material for you to explore with your family and friends underneath the sukkah.

This is the first ever Sukkot resource created by the Limmud Chavruta Project.  Inspired by the symbolism of the sukkah, lulav, and etrog, you can explore the theme of Shelter through the lenses of Sukkah and Israel.  When is a home permanent and when is it temporary? Is dwelling in the sukkah the realisation of an ideal or a call to action? Who should seek shelter in the State of Israel? How does God shelter us, and how do we shelter God.

You can download resources here.