Sy­n­a­gogue reaches out

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A SY­N­A­GOGUE is launch­ing a new out­reach club to help peo­ple suf­fer­ing from mem­ory loss.

The North­wood and Pinner Lib­eral Sy­n­a­gogue (NLPS) has teamed up with Jewish Care to launch Mem­ory Mat­ters for peo­ple in the area.

The club started last month at the sy­n­a­gogue in Oak­lands Gate, North­wood, and will meet ev­ery other week.

It al­lows peo­ple in the com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity to get to­gether to en­joy a hot lunch and par­tic­i­pate in a range of stim­u­lat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Care Co-or­di­na­tor An­gela Peters said: “The care team at NPLS felt that some of our mem­bers might ben­e­fit from at­tend­ing the sy­n­a­gogue on a regular ba­sis for a hot meal and com­pan­ion­ship. We ap­proached Gra­ham Free­man, Jewish Care’s de­men­tia lo­cal­ity and cen­tre manager, and this evolved into a dis­cus­sion which led to set­ting up Mem­ory Mat­ters at NPLS.”

Ac­tiv­i­ties range from arts and crafts to cur­rent af­fairs dis­cus­sions and from singing to light ex­er­cise and there is sup­port at hand to make sure ev­ery­one can get in­volved.

Rabbi Aaron Gold­stein of NPLS said: “We are de­vel­op­ing a mean­ing­ful and much needed pro­gramme the com­mu­nity.”

Mem­ory Mat­ters take place at the sy­n­a­gogue ev­ery other Thurs­day. The next ses­sion is on Fe­bru­ary 26.

It runs from 11am to 2.30pm and is £12.

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