News and Events
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Annual General MeetingSunday, 4 June 2017, 4pm
The Annual General Meeting of the Colchester & District Jewish Community will be held at the shul on Sunday 4th June at 4pm. All welcome.
Film show, "Denial"11 June 2017, 4pm
The next Shul film show will be on Sunday 11th June at 4pm. We are delighted to be able to present "DENIAL" - a much acclaimed film, telling the story of famous writer and historian Deborah Lipstadt battling for historical truth to prove that the Holoccaust actually occurred when David Irving, a well-known Holocaust denier, sues her for libel. Refreshments will be served. A donation of £5 would be much appreciated. Roy looks forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP me at email@example.com so that we have some idea of numbers.
Summer Garden PartySunday 23 Juty 2017, 3 to 5.30pm at the Shul
There are various stalls, jewellery, bric-a-brac, books, CDs, DVDs, toiletries, crockery/cutlery, plants, fashion acaessories etc. etc. and a raffle. Threre witl also be childrens activities. Included in the ticket price ir alternoon tea: Sandwiches, cakes, scones and other goodies, with tea, coffee or soft drink. PREPAID TICKETS: Adults £10; Students and chitdren 12 and over £5.
PAYMENT AT DOOR: Adults £13, Students and shildren 12 and over £8.
Under 12s: FREE Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past events of interest
Yom Ha'Shoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)Sunday 23 April, 3pm
Colchester & District Jewish Community cordially invite you to Yom Ha'Shoah on Sunday 23 April at 3pm.
The service begins with the lighting of 6 candles, each dedicated to one million people lost, followed by readings.
Light refreshments will be served
RSVP to email@example.com before April 1, please.
Here is a link to the invitation
Film ShowSunday 11 June, 4pm
The next Shul film show will be on Sunday 11th June at 4pm. We are delighted to be able to present "DENIAL" - a much acclaimed film, telling the story of famous writer and historian Deborah Lipstadt battling for historical truth to prove that the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a well-known Holocaust denier, sues her for libel. Refreshments will be served. A donation of £5 would be much appreciated.. Please RSVP me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we have some idea of numbers. I look forward to seeing you there.
Communal SederTuesday 11 April, 6.30pm
The menu is available in pdf form for the always popular Community Seder.
Please send your menu choices to email@example.com.
Purim PartySunday 12 March, 3pm
Fun, Games, and hamentuschen.
Please let us know as soon as possible if ou are able to come.
University of Essex Holocaust Memorial Events17 January to 18 February
The programme for a week of events at the Colchester campus of the University is available here in pdf form.
Holocaust Memorial Service in ClactonFriday, 27th January
There is a Holocaust Memorial Service in the Rose Garden of the Clacton Memorial Gardens on Clacton seafront, to which all members are invited.
Friday Night Service at the UniversityFriday, 27th January, 7.30pm, Lakeside Theatre, U of Essex
The shul is holding the shabbat service on Friday 27th January at the Lakeside Theatre at the University of Essex. This is part of the University Holocaust Week commemoration and is being led by Daniel Meyer, together with a reading by him of his father, Eddy Meyer's personal memories of Crystallnacht. The service begins at 7.30. This is an occasion not to be missed, so please make every effort to attend. The complete University of Essex Holocaust program is available in pdf form.
Nationwide Celebration of Shabbat-UKSaturday, 12 November, 10am, followed by luncheon
On Saturday 12th November, we are joining in the nation-wide celebration of Shabbat-UK. There is the Shabbat service at 10am, led by Nick Feldman, followed by a luncheon. Please put this in your diary now and register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Please note that there will be no service on Friday 11 November.
Channukah PartySunday, 18 December, 3pm
Click here for a seasonal invitation.
Yomtov DatesRosh Hashonah, Yom Kippur, Succot and Simchat Torah
All the dates and times are on our services page.
Simchat Torah Klezmer Concert - Street Café Klezmer BandSunday 30 October, 4.30pm
The concert will be followed by a service at 6.00pm, followed by a party.
Guild Meeting, followed by Book ClubTuesday 1 November. Guild Meeting at 1pm, , Book Club at 2pm
Cinema Club – Blazing Saddles18 September, 6pm
We have been advised that the film we were going to show “Lucky Number Leiven” is extremely violent and not at all suitable for family viewing. Instead, it is our pleasure to present our tribute to that very loveable and funny genius, the late Gene Wilder – “Blazing Saddles”. We are sure you will enjoy this (it is VERY funny) and the goodies to follow.
Book Club – Little Coffee Shop in Kabul by Deborah RodriguezMonday, 19 September, time to be confirmed
Details to follow.
Summer Garden PartySunday, 21 August, 3pm
Our Annual Summer Garden party is being held on Sunday 21st August at 3pm. (Indoors if wet). Here is the poster.
John's 80th birthdayFriday, 24 June, 6pm
Following the Shabbat service, there will be a Kiddush to celebrate John’s 80th birthday. Please come along and join in the festivities.
Film Club - "Bridge of Spies"Sunday, 26 June, 6pm
The next film to be shown at the Shul Film Club will be the Oscar-winning "Bridge of Spies". This will be on Sunday 26th June at 6pm, after which light refreshments will be served. The ticket price is a modest £5. Our last film show was very successful and well-attended, please come along and enjoy this wonderful film. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Yom Ha-ShoahSunday, 8 May 2016, 3pm
The Colchester & District Jewish Community cordially invite you to a 'Yom Ha'Shoah"- Holocaust Remembrance Day Service to be held at the Shul on Sunday 8th May. There will be a service at 3pm followed by refreshments.See the invitation.
Pesach Community SederSunday 24 April 2016, 6pm
The always popular Community Seder will be on Sunday 24th April. £20 per member, £25 per non-member. £15 students and children under 13. Babies free!
The booking form is available as a pdf document and as a jpg photo. Please return it to Roy.
Dan Kirkpatrick Clarinet Recital posponedSunday 10 April 2016, 7pm
Dan is unwell. We wish him a speedy recovery. The concert will be on the 17 April.
Dan Kirkpatrick Clarinet Recital (Classical/Jazz/Klezmer)Sunday 17 April 2016, 7pm
Light refreshments will be served. Donations would be very welcome. Students and children free
Non members welcome, for further of information including of venue please email to the synagogue secretary.
CINEMA CLUB - "Women in Gold"Sunday 28 February, 3pm
Everyone’s invited to the first CDJC Cinema presentation. This will be on Sunday 28th February at 3 pm. The film is the highly acclaimed “Woman in Gold” – the story of how the descendants of Adele Bloch-Bauer tried to retrieve Klimt’s painting of Adele, which had been stolen by the Nazis, from the Austrian Government. The film will be followed by Salmon Beigels and liquid refreshments. The tickets are £5 each. Please let us know if you are coming by emailing email@example.com.
Purim PartySunday, 27 March, 2016, afternoon
Come and join in the fun and games. More details nearer the date.
Holocaust Memorial Day in ClactonWednesday, 27 January 2016
A Holocaust Commemoration service is to be held in Clacton.
Further details to follow
Holocaust Memorial Day in ChelmsfordThursday, 28 January 2016
Chelmsford Jewish Community will present the Civic commemoration for Holocaust MemorialDay 2016 in partnership with Chelmsford City Council and in the presence of the Mayor and other civic and religious dignitaries, and all our many friends, on Thursday 28th January 2016 in the Council Chamber. Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Singer's 90th birthdayFriday 12 February 2016
Joyce Singer will be celebrating her 90th birthday. Her family is planning a celebratory kiddush in the Shul to mark this splendid occasion and Joyce, together with daughter Anne and all the family invite the community to put this date in the diary and join them to wish their beloved mother, grand-mother and great-grandmother a hearty Mazeltov.
Fish & Chip Quiz SupperSunday, 31 January 2016, 6pm: Tickets £10
Please let us know by email by Sunday 18 January if you are coming so that we know how much fish to catch and how many questions to ask! Email for location and any further information.
The ticket includes food and questions.
Guild MeetingMonday, 8 February 2016, 1 pm
Book ClubMonday 8 February 2016, 2pm
All are welcome. Email for location and further details
Kiddush for Julius BadyanFriday, 4 December 2015
There will be a Kiddush after the service on Friday 4th December to celebrate Julius Badyan's 90th birthday. All are most welcome.
Channukah PartySunday, 6 December 2015
Our Chanukah party which is always one of the loveliest events of the year. For more details, please email email@example.com.
Yahtzeit for our beloved Ivor SingerFriday, 20 November 2015
The Yahtzeit for our beloved Ivor Singer z"l will take place on Friday 20th November. Our former Shul Chairman, barmitzvah teacher and much-loved member for over 25 years passed away a year ago. Joyce, Anne, Graham and all their family hope to have a minyan and invite the community to join them to remember Ivor, a true mensch and cherished and deeply-missed husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Yahrzeit prayer for the late Dora LoveFriday 16 October 2015, 8pm
This coming Friday, 16th October, the yahrzeit prayer will be said for the late Dora Love. John Gottesman will be saying a few words about this remarkable lady, a Holocaust survivor, whom many of you will never have met. We would be so glad if you could attend, not only to pay respects to this courageous lady, but to ensure that we have a minyan. For those who are interested, there is a recording of Dora's funeral.
Chief Rabbi's Rosh Hashanah MessageReceived 23 July 2015
A message from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis can be seen as a pdf here.
TIME TABLE FOR HIGH HOLYDAYS, SUCCOTH AND SIMCHAT TORAH 5774-5775 (2015)The timetable is available as a pdf file, and on the services page.
Joshua's BarMitzvahSaturday, 5 September 2015 11am
Book ClubThursday 1 October 2015, 2pm
The next meeting of the Shul Book Group will be held on Thursday lst October in the Shul.
This is going to be the Group’s first weekday meeting, it is being held on a Thursday and at 2pm, which is an earlier time. The book is SAINT MAZIE by JAMI ATTENBERG, which is available as a Kindle or as hard copy.
Friday Night Service7 August 2015, 8pm
Friday night service, followed by a Kiddush celebrating Linda’s birthday
Saturday Morning Service15 August 2015, 10:30am
A Shabbat service led by Stephen Lopez-Dias to celebrate Roy and Irene Fox’s Golden Wedding, followed by a full Kiddush.
Friday Night ServiceFriday, 31 July, 8pm
Friday night service, followed by a Kiddush for the Segal family to celebrate their daughter’s wedding.
Garden PartySunday 26 July, 3pm to 5pm
Garden party was at the Shul, due to inclement weather forecast.
It was very successful, raising over £800, much from the sale of the CDJC Cookbook.
Saturday Shabbat ServiceSATURDAY 18th July – 11am
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Margaret Jacobi (Liberal). The Ipswich Jewish community, who are arranging the service, will join us at the shul and there will be a kiddush (with vegetarian lunch) afterwards. Rabbi Jacobi will lead a talk on “Are Liberal Jews heretics?”
Isabela & Dmitry's WeddingSunday, 19 July, 12 noon
Friday Evening ServiceFriday 3 July at 7.30 with Malcom Weisman
Just a short note to remind you that Malcolm Weisman is taking our Shabbat service on Friday 3rd July at the earlier time of 7.30pm Malcolm is an old friend of ours, and a most entertaining personality. Please come along and enjoy the evening. The service will be followed by a Kiddush
BOOK CLUB- Sunday 5 June at 3pm in the shul.
Roberta has chosen Amy Bloom's "Away" which was published in 2007.
SHUL AGMSunday, 17 May at 4pm.
This year’s AGM will take place at 4pm on Sunday 17th May 2015, preceded at 3pm by the AGM of the Guild. Tea and light refreshments will be served. Given the noticeable drop in numbers attending services, we will be discussing the future of the shul – and in particular, Friday night services - at the end of formal business. Don’t be shy about making suggestions and getting involved. This is your opportunity to have your say about what we should be doing and where we should be heading. Remember – it’s YOUR Community! You are warmly invited to put forward your nominations for the posts of Honorary Officers (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary) as well as Members of the Committee; please see the attached Nomination Form. Nominations should be emailed or posted by 8th May to Roy. Nomination forms will also be available at the AGM. Many thanks and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Sunday, 17th May.
BOOK CLUB- Sunday 10 May at 3pm in the shul.
There is a change in the chosen book for this month. Instead of The Orphan Sky by Ella Leya, something more jolly was requested. The book will be Howard Jacobson's The Mighty Waltzer, which looks at Jacobson's youth club days in Manchester.
Norma's Birthday KiddushFriday 1 May 8pm at the shul
Norma's going to be 93 at the end of April! To help her celebrate this milestone, we'll be throwing a Birthday Kiddush on Friday, 1st May, after the service. There will be no karaoke, but she may bring along some of her famous Chocolate Cake. Early versions used to explode in the oven, but lately, they have begun to pull themselves together ..... We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible
KNIT AND NATTERSunday 12 April
Knit and Natter is here again.
Bring your knitting projects or have a go at something new! Elizabeth will be on hand as always to help and encourage.
OUR COMMUNAL SEDERSunday 5th April at 6 pm.
A lovely evening, with Nick and children doing a wonderful job.
NEW KNITTING GROUPSunday 1st March from 10am to 11.15am in the Shul
Our first meeting is planned for Sunday 1st March from 10am to 11.15am; everyone is welcome. Elizabeth will be on hand to teach basic knitting and crochet skills and to help more advanced knitters with any queries. Non knitters are very welcome to just come and natter!
PURIM PARTYSunday 8 March at 4.30
Boo at Haman! Cheer for Mordechai & Esther! Yes it’s nearly Purim.
• Andrea and the children look forward to entertaining you with their very own megillah.
• The Shul Secretary is threatening to read her Purim poem ….
• Bring your flashiest footwork for the Israeli dancing to follow, then sit back and enjoy the fancy dress parade.
• And finally, if you haven’t worked up an appetite for the Hamantaschen after all that activity, you must be at a different party …
SHUL QUIZ EVENINGSunday 22 February at 5pm in the Shul
£This event was cancelled.
TU B’SHVATthis Sunday 8th Feb - 10am in the shul garden.
Tree planting with Shirley, Andrea and the children.
The Book ClubSunday, 9th November at 3pm
Why not join us to discuss "By Myself & Then Some" on Sunday, 9th November at 3pm when the shul Book Club next meets? "By Myself" is Lauren Bacall's fascinating and well-written autobiography. We'll also be looking at "The Wandering Jew" by Stefan Heym: what if Jesus returned to Earth, asks Heym, and took a look at us now? All are welcome, even if you haven't read both books! Tea, biscuits and lots of chat.
Day of commemoration for all those Kindertransport children who passed through HarwichThursday 4 September, from 11.55am until 4.20, approximately
A special train will run to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the kindertransports, to both celebrate the lives of those saved and commemorate the loss of the lives of those unable to be saved. The train will depart from platform 10 at London Liverpool Street at 10:37 on Thursday 4 September 2014 and arrive at Harwich Parkeston Quay at 11:51. There will be a break of over 4 hours in Harwich with a number of local events planned. The special train will return departing from Harwich Parkeston Quay at 16:20 arriving in Liverpool Street at 17:44 Full information is available here Movie at the Electric Palace, Harwich: The Winton Trains - Saving Jewish Czech Children on the Eve of WWII
Thursday 4 September at at 1.45pm., 2.15pm and 2.45pm. As part of the Kindertransport Commemoration in Harwich this Thursday, 4th September, the Electric Palace Cinema will be screening the BBC documentary of 2009, "Saving a Generation", at 1.45pm., 2.15pm and 2.45pm, about Nicholas Winton's rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War; please see the email below. A modest man, he kept quiet about his activities for 50 years!
Nicholas Winton (born Wertheim) was himself a German Jewish refugee who grew up in London. He was born in 1909 and is still alive. Karel Reisz, the film-maker, was one of the children he rescued.
This BBC documentary from 2009 tells the story of the "Winton Trains" which took hundreds of Jewish children from Prague to safety in England on the eve of WW2 and of the 70th anniversary steam-hauled train which made the same journey in 2009.
On Sept 4th this year another anniversary train will make the journey (though not steam-hauled this time) and as the train will be stopping in Harwich for a few hours the 2009 documentary will be screened in the Electric Palace during this time. It is expected that many of the passengers will take the opportunity to see it on the big screen, but the screening will also be open to local people free-of-charge. The film runs for 25 minutes and will be repeated at 2.15 and 2.45 assuming that there is sufficient demand.
Book Club MeetingsSunday 31st August 2014, 3p.m.
The book was Cruel Crossing by Edward Stourton. It tells the true WW2 stories of a few of the thousands of people, including Jews, escaping Hitler across the perilous Pyrenees from occupied France into neutral Spain. It tells of the people who risked their lives to help them, and of some of those who betrayed them too.
Published by Black Swan, and available in Colchester's book shops and from Amazon.
The book was discussed on Sunday 31st August from 3pm at the Synagogue.
Contact Stef for further details.
Kiddush for Roni Lehrer15 August 2014, 8pm
Roni Lehrer, our every-cheerful and friendly lay reader, is going back to Germany at the end of August to take up a teaching position. We shall all miss him. In the small space of time he's been with us, his contribution to our small community has been immense. We wish him luck and success for the future and hope he comes back to see us often! This Friday is his last Shabbat with us and we'd be delighted if as many members as possible could attend the service and Kiddush afterwards in his honour. If you do plan to come, it would be helpful if you could let either Linda know.
Roy Fox's 70th birthdayFriday 25 July
Roy Fox, our esteemed Chairman, turns 70 this week. He'd be delighted if you could join him this Friday 25th July, at shul, for a celebratory Kiddush after the service; please feel free to join the service beforehand too! Remember: you're only 70 once. After that, you have to start lying about your age ....
Michael Cohen's 50th birthdayFriday 18 July
With a Grand Kiddush.
38th Anniversary of Rescue at EntebbeFriday 4 July, evening service
Nick Feldman lead the service.
CDJC AGMSunday 18 May 2014, 4pm
A very successful AGM.
Friday Service with Rabbi Maurice MichaelsFriday 6 June
The service on the 6th June was taken by Rabbi Maurice Michaels, who will also be taking our High Holy Day services. He would very much like to meet as many of our congregation as possible before the Yomtovim and the 6th June would be a very good opportunity.
Saturday Service at the ShulSaturday 10 May, 10a.m.
From time to time we will be having a Saturday service which hopefully some of the youngsters in the community will be able to attend. The first of these services was on Saturday 10th May starting at 10am. Larry will be taking the service with the help of Roni.
YOM HA’SHOAH - HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAYSunday 27 April, 3p.m.
On Sunday the 27m April at 3pm, w commemorated Yom Ha’Shoah, in remembrance of all the victims of the Holocaust. This day is commemorated around the world and the service at the Colchester & District Jewish Community Synagogue is just one of the many to mark this event. A good size congregation and friends were present. Nick did the service beautifully, and there were excellent readings.
Pesach SederTuesday 15th April, 6p.m.
The 2014 Pesach Seder was be held in the synagogue on Tuesday 15th April 2014. It was a delightful occasion. Daniel did a magnificent job leading us. The immense amount of work in providing food, setting up and clearing up was much appreciated. I am sure that pictures will appear for our gallery at some stage.
Genealogy with ExpertsSunday 6 April 1pm till 6 pm (tea break half way through)
Jeanette Rosenberg and Mark Nicholls of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain presented many aspects of this fascinating subject. The first part was a very interesting talk covering general aspects of Jewish genealogy.
For the second part of the afternoon Mark and Jeanette helped people with problems they have been been having, questions about sources, etc. More information is available by clicking here.
Purim PartySunday 16th March. 4p.m.
We boo'ed and cheered. It was a lovely day.
We partied at shul to celebrate this very enjoyable festival. Entertainment including the Megillah story, fancy dress parade, cheder spectactular, music, refreshments Hamantaschen ... We are sorry if you missed it.
Ruth's hamantaschen recipe is downloadable in Word format, or it is readable as a pdf file.
Holocaust Memorial WeekVictims of the Holocaust were remembered at a special ceremony which took place on Clacton seafront today, Monday 27/1/2014. Tendring District Council (TDC) Interim Leader Paul Honeywood accompanied members of the Colchester and District Jewish Community to the Sunken Rose Garden on Marine Parade West. The annual ceremony has been held by the Council for the past eight years as part of nationwide events to pay tribute to victims. A press release on the ceremony can be downloaded here as a Word file. Cllr Honeywood said that the ceremony is always a time for quiet reflection and to remember those who suffered terrible persecution under Nazi racial and social policy. “I am honoured to be representing TDC at the ceremony today, standing alongside members of the Jewish Community,” he said. “This event is an opportunity to think back and reflect. It is vital that we learn the lessons from what happened in the past and ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.” He was also joined by other Tendring Councillors at the Sunken Rose Garden along with members of the public. Prayers were led by John Gottesman, Chairman of the Colchester Synagogue. Dhirajlal and Sushila Karia from Shree Ram Mandir Hindu Cultural and Heritage Centre in Clacton also offered the Prayer in Sanskrit and lit a candle to pay their respect. A poem was also read out which had been written by Holocaust survivor Dora Love, who had previously attended one of the ceremonies at Clacton, and sadly died two years ago. Holocaust Memorial Day has been commemorated throughout the country for more than ten years. In 2007 TDC planted a white rose bush on the seafront site and the following year a specially-commissioned plaque was set in the ground alongside the rose bush. The Council currently has a poster display remembering the Holocaust in the foyer of Clacton Town Hall.
Channukah Party, December 1st.Channukah is early this year, and the shul Channukah Party was on Sunday, 1st December from 4pm to 6pm. Children of all ages, especially those eligible to vote or draw their pension, were made welcome!! Miraiker and her World of Puppets see their website - were back for a terrific show, plus tea (with latkes) and various games. It was a great afternoon. Roy has taken some excellent pictures, and they are in the gallery.
The London Klezmer Quartet on November 17th, 3pm to 5pm gig was a great success.
This world class Klezmer band, lead by Ilana Cravitz, performed at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, with the money raised
going to the Synagogue for charitable purposes. A cream tea was included in the ticket.
For more information about the Quartet and the gig, please look at our special page on the event and pictures of the event on our gallery.
Ticket sales as a percentage of capacity: 100%. Break even is 40%
Book Club MeetingsSunday 13 October This meeting was special. Local author Liz Trenow was talking about her novel The Last Telegram. The novel is available through Amazon and at most good book shops including Red Lion Books in Colchester. It is published by Avon and retails at £6.99. It is also available as a download from Kindle. She spoke eloquently about the book, the process of writing and publishing, and the history of silk.
Summer Garden Party on July 28th, 3pm to 6pmat the home of Lee and Linda French
Afternoon tea was served (included in your ticket price) and there were various stalls and a raffle.
All profits go to Shul funds. It was a successful day in this regard.
Many thanks to Linda, Lee, Steph, Michael, Roberta and everyone who helped. Advance tickets were £12 (£10 concessons) per adult. A family ticket was £25 to include up to two adults and three children (under fives are free).
Tickets at the gate were £15 (£12 concessions) per adult, & a family ticket was £30. A very sucessful day with a good turnout.
Synagogue Book ClubThe launch of our very own Book Club was on Sunday 2nd June in the Synagogue at 3pm. The first book is by Linda Grant "When I lived in Modern Times". Shirley introduced this and explained why she chose this title. We hope to make this book club a regular event meeting in the shul. The meeting on 1st September was well attended with lively discussions about "Disobedience" by Niaomi Alderman.
The CDJC 2013 Annual General MeetingThe meeting was held on Sunday, May 12th at 4pm. It was well attended. The speaker was Mr. Mark Loeffler, who spoke about the work of his grandfather, Professor Ludwig Guttmann, the Jewish doctor who escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939 with his wife and family. He is most famous for what became the Paralympic games, setting up the first Stoke Mandeville games in 1946. Mr. Loeffler is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Divisional Director at Colchester Hospital University. His talk was much appreciated and enjoyed. The AGM was preceded by the AGM of the Guild at 3pm. Tea and refreshments were, of course, served.