We announce with great sadness that Marie Halpern, Guild President of Chatham Memorial Synagogue, passed away in New Zealand on 28 April 2015, while visiting members of her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all her family at this very sad time. She will be remembered as a mainstay of the community and the guild over many years. The funeral will take place in Chatham at at time to be advised.
Following memorial prayers for Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron, a Yom HaAtzmaut event was held at the synagogue on Sunday 19 April 2015. Nicholas Saphir, chairman of the New Israel Fund and former synagogue chairman, led a lively discussion about the current situation in Isael. Visitors from the other Jewish Kent communities attended the event, which included aftenoon tea.
40 people enjoyed a communal Seder in the Chatham Shul style at Nucleus Arts on Saturday evening 4 April 2015. As is usual in our community, this felt more like a large family Seder with everyone reading a passage from the Haggadah, intermingled with a few "Silly Seder Songs".