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Welcome to the February JWDS Newsletter.

Covered in this month's Newsletter are the following:

  • News & Announcements
  • January Events & Get-Togethers (London)
  • Birthdays
  • Plans for February

  • If there's anything you'd like to see in future newsletters, please feel free to email us -

  • Carolyn & Sam x

    News & Announcements

    Last month, saw the start of a new Bereavement Group.  There were 24 members that attended - men and women.  We did not want to interfere so gave a short introduction afterwhich we left the Group to talk privately.  As this has not been set up on a professional basis, it was difficult to know how it was going to pan out.  

    It went on for two-and-a-half hours with a break in between where we offered refreshments.  There were a lot of tears and upset but also the ability to talk with others in a similar situation.

    Everyone that came were at different stages of loss.  There were a few who had lost a partner over 20 years ago, some 2 years ago and those who had lost their partner just 2 months ago!

    Being the very first Group, there was constructive feedback, which of course we have taken on board.  

    That said, the concensus was that it was a really positive evening and we believe it really helped to talk and to hear how those that have been bereaved for many years have got through their losses.

    The Bereavement Groups are held on the first Monday of each month at Sam's house in Elstree, Hertfordshire.  Please email us for further details if you would like to come.

    JWDS arranged an Afternoon Tea at The Aubrey Park Hotel in St Albans.  There were 40 members and from the feedback, everyone had a lovely time. "The Garden Room" was set up just for JWDS.  The tables were beautifully laid and guests enjoyed a lovely assortment of vegetarian sandwiches, desserts, tea and coffee.  The venue kindly catered for those that had dietary requirements.  It was a really enjoyable afternoon.

    There was another great turnout at the Village Hotel Get-Together in Elstree, where we saw lots of new faces and old.

    A few of the ladies got together and ventured out to  the Jazz Cafe.

    A ball was had by all.

    A meal at Sami's in Edgware was arranged by a member of the Group which we're told was a lovely evening.

    We want to thank you to all of you who have made and are making this the Group what it has become.  Keep posting, whether serious or funny and we love the weekly "Shabbat Shalom" posts.  

    We regularly hear how life-long friends have been made and strong new friendships have formed. There have also been a few relationships that were made, and some that are still going strong. Friendships have also been re-kindled after many years apart.  
    Most importantly, we have been told many times that JWDS has offered members a new lease of life and somewhere to go when we arrange Get-Togethers and Events, as well as meeting up with new friends outside these planned nights.  

    We're always humbled by your lovely comments and the knowledge that many of you feel comfortable within this lovely, warm and friendly Group.  We very much want to thank you for appreciating all we do behind the scenes to arrange these Events and Get-Togethers for you.

    As some of you many know, we had planned to offer a MatchMaking Service to members of the Group.  Unfortunately, at the present time we have had put this on hold due to circumstances in our personal lives.  That said, watch this space as we hope to be organising this in the future.

    February Events & Get-Togethers (London)

    JWDS Get-Together

    Sunday 10th February 2019

    Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel
    Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey
    EN9 3LX

    JWDS Bowling Night

    Saturday 16th February 2019

    Lava Lanes (Downstairs M18 Restaurant)
    16 Church Road, Stanmore, Middlesex
    HA7 4AR

    JWDS Meal (Ladies only)

    Tuesday 19th February 2019 7.30pm

    Casa Mia Restaurant
    455 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End,
    Pinner HA5 4JS

    Birthdays are celebrated on a regular basis by members that have chosen to give us their DoB so we can give them a mention.
    Feel free to let us have yours (we won't ask you for the year!!)

    Coming Next Month:

    JWDS Purim Tea Party - Sunday 17th March 2019

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