Our Shul

Our Shul
The Shul and Community Centre was opened in 1977 by the late Dr. Philip Wine in the presence of the Chief Rabbi Lord Immanuel Jakobovits, zt”l.
The shul was completely refurbished in 1996.

The Shul is a purpose built, multi-function building which possesses a warm intimate atmosphere. It is used both for religious services, cheder classes and social functions.
We also have a fully fitted kitchen to support functions.

Click here for more information regarding hiring the community hall for functions.

Click here to download the Annual Report for 2008

Our Shul
by Stephanie Sandler

As I sit here in front of the radiator, trying my hardest to feel my toes again whilst watching the freezing fog outside, it seems like an age before the days will get longer again, and I’ll be warm again.

Where has the time gone? Its already 7 weeks since we celebrated Rosh Hashanah, and nearly 4 since Simchat Torah. And the really scary thing is that Chanukah is less than 5 weeks away! But before we look forward to the fun and festivities of Chanukah, let me reflect on the truly wonderful experience had by so many during the Hagim. Since David and I became members of the Solihull and District Hebrew Congregation, we have seen for ourselves how a small shul really can go from strength to strength, year upon year, providing everything and more, than any community could wish for.

Albeit a separate entity from the Shul, the Solihull Rosh Hashanah celebrations kicked off in style in the form of the Cheder fun day! And please, tell me, how many shuls outside of Solihull provide Kiddush for the whole congregation on Rosh Hashanah? Dini’s Honey Cake is NOT to be missed!

We were extremely fortunate to host Daniel Littlestone and Craig Levison, who lead the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services beautifully. And for the children, we saw not one; not two; but three different services to cover all age groups. So thanks must go to Rabbi Pink, Dini and Martin Ellis. Unlike recent years, Sukkot brought with it some fairly mild weather – encouraging more of us than normal to venture into our beautifully decorated sukka. But of course, in case you somehow managed to miss one or all of the Kiddushim at shul, there was the sukka party hosted by Dini and Rabbi Pink, with additional entertainment provided by their nephew, Mendel.

And then – Simchat Torah! My favourite! Looking back it seems like nonstop partying! (And believe me, when you’ve got a two year old and a four year old, you have to take your opportunities when they present themselves!) I don’t know whether I enjoyed the evening celebrations more than the following day, or the other way round. I do know that the atmosphere in Shul was fantastic for both with record numbers of children and adults. We had around 70 people for lunch, which as a proportion of the congregation significantly outnumbers some of the larger shuls in London, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

I could go on to fill in the weeks between Simchat Torah and Chanukah – but the truth is that there is always something going on either at, or through the Shul.

I always regarded “my shul” as being the Shul where I grew up; where my parents are still members. But having spent some time there recently during visits to Leeds, although there will always be something special about it, I can honestly say that for me, David, Aviva and Guy, Solihull and District Hebrew Congregation is “our shul”.

We may be small in number, but we are loud and we are proud. So, here’s to Chanukah, and after that, to Purim and to Pesach. But watch out for the events in between – because there will be plenty of them, and almost certainly, plenty of food and partying to go with them!