I am writing this from the top of Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath, Where I am involved in a sledging competition. Ah, and now it is my turn. So I will leave you with this run down of the fantastic events we have on this month. See you at the great events this month.
Thursday, January 14
Are there big issues you've been wanting to discuss? Have you got burning questions to debate or passions to share and explore?
It could be something philosophical, political, religious, social, psychological, personal, artistic... anything.
Moishe House London is giving you the opportunity to have that Conversation - WHATEVER it is - through the medium of Open Space Technology. The agenda is in the hands of the participants, all-comers invited to suggest issues for simultaneous mini-sessions on the night.
This is a gathering of the great and the good, as defined by YOU. Who knows what may come of it?
Moishe House London is grateful to ROI, the Center for Leadership Initiatives and Open Space Technology for the concept.
Friday, January 15
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name down for this event. It will be a Shabbat MoHolo style but in Brighton!
Sunday, January 17
Be a part of the first (well...in recent history!), incredible London wassailing!
Moishe House London and the Brent Apple Pickers will be wandering from Chatsworth Road and through Willesden Green High Street.
WHAT IS WASSAILING?
If you are from the MoHoLo community, well, Wassailing is the ancient English equivalent of Tu b'Shevat.
Wassail means 'good health' in old, old English.
Help us to bless the local trees, and then join us walking, singing and listening to extraordinary entertainment as we stop every so often along our route, to hear our neighbours and friends read poetry, tell stories and sing songs on the subject of trees and of the hope of a good harvest in 2010 from the depths of January!
Then, IF YOU HAVE HELPED TO ORGANISE OR CONTRIBUTE YOUR SKILLS TO THE EVENT (we'll keep a list of names), you can join us back at MoHoLo for cups of hot chocolate and Wassail (mulled wine but better!)
WHO ARE BRENT APPLE PICKERS?
A lot of the apples, pears and plums that grow in local back gardens end up rotting on the ground. To reduce food waste, a new project that started in September 2009 has picked nearly a ton of fruit, to be given away free to local schools and sold to local restaurants. Overall, 40 volunteers and 15 garden-owners have contributed to 850 kg of fruit being saved, at the same time getting to know near-neighbours with common values and interests. The project is part of Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn in partnership with Brent Friends of the Earth. Plans for next year include pruning and pest management. For more details contact Michael.Stuart6@gmail.com
WHAT IS MOISHE HOUSE LONDON?
Moishe House London, in Willesden Green, was founded in October 2007. As a Moishe House it is part of a worldwide network of houses that double up as centres of grassroots Jewish community. From our own home, we bring exciting, creative, non-denominational Jewish community to London, also welcoming and supporting our local community. From Friday night dinners to film showings, impromptu concerts to study sessions, meditation to jam sessions to social action events - the possibilities are endless.
Monday, January 18
House of Learning, in association with Jeneration
The Moishe House Beit Midrash run in association with Jeneration
Serious, egalitarian, post-denominational learning in a informal and relaxed setting.
Guest speaker and choice of 3 study groups to be confirmed...
Thursday, January 21
The seventh in our monthly opportunity to meditate in a group environment.
The evening will consist of two half-hour sittings, with a five-minute break between and a space to share experience afterwards.
NB: This group is most suitable for those with some experience of meditation as no instruction will be included during the session, though there will be an opportunity to ask questions before if you arrive early and some basic instructions can be given. You should be able to sit in meditation for at least 30 minutes.
If you are a complete beginner to meditation it is advisable for you to practice/attend introductory classes on meditation before coming to this group.
Please be on time, as we will start at 7.35pm
This will be an opportunity to sample the benefits of meditation in a group; experienced meditation teachers say it is most valuable to do so.
The group will not be method-specific, so whichever practice you engage in can be used, as long as it is silent. There is already some interest from a few people who practice Zazen and Vipassana Buddhist meditation techniques who would like to join the group.
This event is organised and facilitated by Daniel Gigi.
Sunday, January 31
MoHoLo Families! Come, meet each other, and join MoHoLo for a 45-minute magic carpet ride of music, song and story followed by tea and biscuits. (recommended donation: £5 per family, but don't let hardship keep you away!).
Pippa Reid has been inspiring the imaginations of children and adults with music and storytelling for over 20 years.
The Music Experience can now be found at festivals, schools and playgroups, museums, libraries, arts centres, special needs groups and teacher-training workshops across London and the UK all year round, bringing music learning through fun to children, parents and teachers. (Pippa has passed an Enhanced Police (CRB) Check)
Please note: this session is aimed at 3-7 year olds and their grown ups. You are welcome to bring children of other age groups so long as you can keep them happy!
Please take care of your children's welfare at MoHoLo - we have nothing here of particular danger, but neither are we fully baby-proofed!
Sunday January 31
The third annual Moishe House Tu B'Shevat Seder!
PLEASE BRING: some fruit and some white or red wine (marked veggie / kosher if possible) for use in the Seder. Juice will be provided for those who prefer it!
The Tu B'Shevat Seder was developed by scholars of Mystical Judaism and is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the natural world with which we are inextricably connected.
The ceremony will be interactive, so it will be possible for all guests to find a connection of their own within the experience, regardless of spiritual or religious affiliation.
R. Yochanan said: One day [Honi the Circle-maker] was journeying on the road and he saw a man planting a carob tree. He asked him: How long does it take for this tree to bear fruit? The man replied: Seventy years. He then further asked him: Are you sure you will live another seventy years? The man replied: I found [full-grown] carob trees in the world. As my ancestors planted them for me, so I will plant them for my children. — Babylonian Talmud, Taanit 23a
AND COMING UP IN EARLY FEBRUARY....
Monday, February 1
Wednesday, February 3
Wednesday, February 10
A NEW METHOD FOR MOISHE HOUSE RESIDENT APPLICATIONS
Rather than putting a shout out for new residents on an every-so-often basis, we have decided to accept your applications as and when you make them, and keep them on file.
Please send all applications to email@example.com
If you live in London, please make sure you have attended a number of MoHoLo events before applying for residency.
Please ensure you can spare 30 hours a month toward MoHoLo running and admin.
Please answer these questions in detail:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey (Jewish and otherwise).
What in particular do you think will you bring to Moishe House London?
What do you think Moishe House London should be?
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE
You may have seen that some of our events are run or co-produced by community members who want to make our space theirs too. If you have a skill or idea worth sharing, you can easily make it a high quality, thought-provoking, fun and, as much as possible, free MoHoLo event, whether secular or Jewish-related. From maintenance skills to Maimonides: this house is your house. Let us know what you'd like to do.
AV, BLB, JF, JS, RG, RRR
Moishe House London, in Willesden Green, is part of Moishe House, a worldwide network of houses that are centres for grassroots Jewish community. From our own home, we aim to bring exciting, creative, post-denominational Jewish community to London.