Kehillat Beth Shoshanna is an egalitarian community based upon the equality of all members. Our kehilla has no hierarchy. Each person can, using the unique talents and qualities that he/she has inherited and developed, offer his/her services within and to the community. The beautiful 19th century shul in Moorish style is both a Beth Knesset and a Beth Midrash. We gather together for shul services, we eat together, we sing and study a lot and apart from celebrating Shabbat and Jewish festivals, we develop and facilitate Jewish cultural activities. We also strive for good relations with the local religious communities, e.g. with the Turkish Central Mosque (several shared activities), the mayor and municipality, and the regional council, as well as Jewish communities from other denominations (orthodox, reform) in our region.Our shul is located in an ancient quarter of the medieval city of Deventer, at the IJssel-river (a branch of the river Rhine). Deventer is one of the most beautiful and old cities of The Netherlands, and was part of the so-called ‘Hanse’, a medieval trade-confederation of cities throughout Europe, till even Russia (Riga). In English it’s called the Hanseatic League. A selection of special activities in the past years: • Public Chanukkah celebrations at the Central Market square, with a special main guest (the Mayor, Pastor, Reverent, Imam, Turkish Consul-General, board of the mosque) • Participation in the annual Charles Dickens Festival, often combined with our Chanukkah-celebration, see the Masorti Olami Newsletter of January 2018: https://goo.gl/AgU1f8 • Several documentaries about our kehillah on Dutch national television • Installation of our own Sefer Torah in the presence of all local religious communities, the mayor and municipality, the regional council, as well as Jewish communities from other denominations (orthodox, reform) in our region. • A joint celebration with Christians and Muslims as part of the visit of Desmond Tutu to Deventer. • In 2016 we hosted the national Limmud (the same Limmud-concept as in the UK) in Deventer. • And many more… • See a short (3½ min) video-clip with an impression: https://youtu.be/LIfXdeAS92M You’re most welcome!