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Community Care

Everyone who joins our LJS community automatically helps support our Community Care network. From social welfare to entertainment, we offer the following services and activities:
Social work, Keep In Touch, Phone a Member, Restaurant TuesdaySinging for the Mind, Out and About, and Video and Tea.

Social Work 

Our Community Care Co-ordinator, Aviva Shafritz, is ready to help with difficulties experienced, not only by our older members, such as illness and provision of care, but also across the spectrum of life. She also supports family members who are caring for a relative who is physically or mentally frail, and those who have suffered bereavement. She welcomes new volunteers.

Aviva has access to many caring organisations, both local and Jewish, as well as activities that take place at the synagogue. She works closely with the Rabbis and the volunteers who run the Community Care groups at The LJS.

You can contact her at or 020 7286 5181.


To read Aviva's article in the LJS Newsletter on Social Care's extraordinary response to lockdown, please click the picture:

Keep in Touch
Due ongoing health situation, Keep In Touch visits are being restricted as we follow the latest advice. Our volunteers in the meantime are still calling anyone who requires support.

To occupy oneself with the needs of the community is as much a religious act as to study Torah.’ (Talmud)

Keeping in touch with the older and often frailer members of the community with a friendly phone call or a visit to them at home is both a valuable service for congregants and genuine pleasure for the KIT volunteers.  The group meets several times a year to discuss issues and undertake training.  Many other members of the LJS community visit on a more informal basis.

The Keep in Touch Tea Party is held twice a year, to which all senior members of the community are invited.  The party is hosted and catered superbly by our volunteers.

We welcome new volunteers.  If you are interested, please contact Aviva Shafritz on or 020 7286 5181.

If you need help with venue access, please click here

Phone a Member

Phone a Member (PAM) is a contact scheme where LJS volunteers telephone congregants aged 85 or over who have given their consent. Calls are made three times a year or more, with some people just called before the High Holydays. PAM is organised in close liaison with Keep in Touch (KIT).

If difficulties come to light, the Community Care Co-ordinator is on hand to take the matter over or advise on how to proceed.

We also record ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone numbers so that in the event of concerns arising, or failure by the PAM volunteer to reach a congregant directly, we have permission to check on their well-being.

Restaurant Tuesday
Due to the ongoing health situation, the LJS building is operating on a restricted timetable and Restaurant Tuesday is temporarily postponed until further notice.

At 12.45pm on the third Tuesday of each month, Restaurant Tuesday provides a warm and welcoming forum for members to meet, chat and enjoy a delicious meal in the Montefiore Hall. Diners are often joined by one or more of the Rabbis and a number of synagogue staff.

If you have never been before, please book your place by telephoning the synagogue on 020 7286 5181. Should transport be a problem, we can arrange a taxi for you and this can be paid from our transport fund.

Lunch costs £6.00

If you need help with venue access, please click here

Singing for the Mind  

During the ongoing health situation, Singing for the Mind is taking place online until further notice. 

Singing for the Mind is open to anyone with memory problems or in the early to moderate stage of dementia, regardless of their background, or religious affiliation. We meet weekly between 2pm to 4pm, with tea and biscuits on arrival to allow participants and their companions an opportunity to chat before the singing starts at 2:30pm

The hour-long singing session is led by a trained music leader and supported by volunteers. A visiting dementia specialist is on hand for help and advice.

Sessions are free, although a small donation per person per session is very welcome. We are most grateful for the support of the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation and other donors, without which this could not run.

Memory Songs – To view a prize-winning 12 minute film by Lucy Kaye with some participants at the group and at home, please click here.

For materials for group participants and their families, please click here.

For more information, or to ask about volunteering, please click here. You can also contact for further details.

If you need help with venue access, please click here

The Out and About Club
Due to the ongoing health situation, the LJS building is operating on a restricted timetable and the Out and About Club is temporarily postponed until further notice.

The Out & About club is a non-denominational get-together for older disabled people which meets at the LJS from 7pm to 9pm every first and third Tuesday of the month. Members enjoy a variety of musical entertainment from Music Hall to Big Band, and invited speakers have discussed everything from the history of stores in London, to travel talks and more serious talks such as on antisemitism. Our annual outing to Worthing is a highlight of the year, as is our dinner in December.

The club was founded over 50 years ago by Dame Esther Rantzen and Diana DaCosta, and a book, ‘Fifty Years Out and About’ has been written by Pam Fox.

If you need help with venue access, please click here. For further information or enquiries, please contact the LJS office on 020 7286 5181

Video and Tea
Due to the ongoing health situation, the LJS building is operating on a restricted timetable and Video and Tea is temporarily postponed until further notice.

Video and Tea is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 1.30pm - 4.30pm and all are welcome with no need to book.

There is step-free accessibility to the LJS so walking frames and wheelchairs are no problem. On arrival, attendees are served soup and following the film, there is a delicious tea including ice-cream.

The cost is only £2.00 per person.

If you need help with venue access, please click here

Venue accessibility
Are you having problems using public transport? Are you no longer driving? Do you have a disability? At The LJS, we want to make sure that our activities and services are accessible to all our Members and Friends.

If you need help getting to and from the synagogue, or with the cost of transport, please contact Community Care so that we can discuss how to help you. Email or telephone 020 7286 5181.

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