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MyAlyth Weekly Email (14 NOVEMBER)

 

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Erev Shabbat
15 November

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Erev Shabbat Service 
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbis Josh and Hannah.

Shabbat B’yachad 
(18:30-21:30) Join us for a Shabbat dinner with fantastic food and company. No charge but donations are always welcome. For catering and transportation please contact lynette@alyth.org.uk

 

Shabbat Morning
16 November

Jewish Mindfulness Mediation 
(09:15-10:15) Jewish Mindfulness Mediation
An hour of contemplation, movement and learning to set you up for Shabbat.

Shabbat Service 
(10:30-12:15) A choral service, led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bat Mitzvah of Lyla Ireland. 

Big Bang
(11:00-12:00) This month led by Rabbi Josh and the Big Bang musicians.

Sunday 17 November
Mitzvah Day 

Come along and participate in Alyth’s activities on this global day of Jewish-led social action. We have activities for adults and children that will benefit people across all faiths and who are in need. 

Activities for Adults:
- Join our Cook-In in the morning at Alyth to benefit Alyth Gemach freezer - a stock of food which we deliver to those members of the community who are in need of a home cooked meal.
- Join Kisharon at the Childs Hill Library (320 Cricklewood Lane, NW2 2QE) to plant trees and bulbs in the garden and paint their fence. Also suitable for children. 
- Join our Intergenerational “Joining Old with Young” reading event at Alyth with Sunday Morning Galim children. 
There are limited spaces at all these activities, so please book with saskia@alyth.org.uk.

Activities for Children:
Alyth Youth will be participating in a wide range of activities including visits to care homes, card making, cooking, collecting and packing toiletries and sweets for the homeless and refugees: as well as Joining Old and Young (JOY) for reading.

Collections:
Please bring the following to the synagogue before or on Sunday 17 November. There will be a collection box in the lobby.
- Sweets    
- Men’s Toiletries    
- Women’s sanitary items

Tuesday 19 November

Invest in Peace 
(19:00) Alyth, in conjunction with Golders Green Parish Church invites, you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian. People of all faiths and none are welcome to attend this interfaith event, in partnership with Solutions Not Sides. 
This event is supported by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. An appeal will be made for Solutions Not Sides at the event.
 To register please contact saskia@alyth.org.uk or contact sam@alyth.org.uk for more information.

Friday 22 November

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-17:00) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Erev Shabbat Service 
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Hannah with Louis Graham. 

Saturday 23 November

Shiur: The Life of Sarah: Nursing in Public
(09:15-10:15) Join Student Rabbi Tali Artman Partock as we look at what the rabbis had to say about nursing in public and into late motherhood.  What does the treatment of Isaac’s weaning party in Genesis Rabbah teach us about men, women, public and private nursing. See additional box for more information about Tali.

Shabbat Service 
(10:30-12:) A ‘Kollot’ style service. Led by Rabbi Josh and Justin Wise. With an area for children. Includes the B’nei Mitzvah of Benjy Jeffrey 
and Ami Morad. The sermon will be given by Student Rabbi Dr Tali Artman Partock. 

Stripped-back Shacharit
(10:30) A more formal Shacharit with Rabbi Hannah.  Joining the community in the Beit Tefillah for the sermon. 

Secret Cinema for Years 5 & 6 
(17:00-21:00) Come and join us for an evening of exciting twists and turns as we dive into the internet, meeting our favourite childhood characters and websites along the way! Be prepared for a magical immersive movie experience and lots of fun with friends! Contact sophie@alyth.org.uk to sign up or for more information.

Save the dates

A Celebration of Alyth's Windows with Ardyn Halter and Launch of the 'Art at Alyth' Project 
Sunday 24 November, 10:30-12:15 

Join us for a very special morning, including brunch, looking at the history, symbolism and design of our Beit Tefillah’s beautiful windows. We are delighted to welcome artist Ardyn Halter, who designed and created the ‘Time’ windows at the back of the Beit Tefillah.  Ardyn is the son of Roman Halter z”l who designed and created the windows at the sides of the Beit Tefillah on the theme of Chai (Life).  
Ardyn will speak about the design and creation of our windows, and about his father’s work. We will also look at some of the symbolism placed within the designs. The morning will end with the launch of a community project celebrating the windows and the art of Alyth. This will include the opportunity for members to write and reflect on the windows, and a series of events over the coming months about our art and those who created it.
In order that we know how much food to provide, please email saskia@alyth.org.uk to let us know you are coming. For more information on the Art at Alyth project email adam@alyth.org.uk

Multi-faith Hustings at Alyth 
Wednesday 4 December, 20:00 
Alyth, in conjunction with Golders Green Parish Church and Interfaith Matters, is delighted to host a special multi-faith hustings for the Finchley and Golders Green Constituency. All of the candidates for the Finchley and Golders Green Parliamentary seat will be with us. Mike Freer (Conservatives), Ross Houston (Labour) and Luciana Berger (Liberal Democrats) have all confirmed their attendance.
For security reasons, please let us know you are attending by emailing saskia@alyth.org.uk. If you have a question for the candidates, please send it to josh@alyth.org.uk by Monday 2 December with the subject line “Hustings question.”  Click here for more information. 

Alyth Choral Society Concert: Elijah
Sunday 8 December, 18:30
ACS perform Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah. Tickets cost £18 (including refreshments) and can be purchased from alythchoralsociety@gmail.com. For more information go to www.alythchoralsociety.org

Other Regular Alyth Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Fri 15 November
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sun 17 November
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Singing for Pleasure (15:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Mon 18 November
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:00)

Tues 19 November
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Wed 20 November
- Soup, News, Schmooze (12:45)

Thur 21 November
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)
- Kef Zone (16:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- Pop Up AYS (17:30)
- Year 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

- JMM course (19:30)

Fri 22 November
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sun 24 November
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Refugee Drop In (14:00)
- Academy (18:00)

 

Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Vera Somen, sister of our member Andrew Gellert, mother of David, Mark and Jonathan Somen.

Captain Samson Judah, husband of Maureen Judah, father of Cale, Yaniv, Nathan and Micah Judah.


Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

 

Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Hannah's sermon from last Shabbat: "Finding a sense of Heimat as we are forced to wander"

Click here for Justin Wise's D'var Torah from Kollot last Shabbat.

 

Student Rabbi Tali Artman Partock

We are delighted to welcome Student Rabbi Dr Tali Artman Partock, who will be joining us for some of her fourth year rabbinic placement over the coming months. As well as training for the rabbinate, Tali is also an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, as well as teaching Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College. Born in Israel, Tali has a PhD in Rabbinic Literature, awarded by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

 

Alyth's Weekend Away

The Weekend Away is for everyone in the community at every age and stage. There are activities and services, and opportunities to socialise and have fun. Click here to find out why the Alyth Weekend Away is the perfect weekend away for you!

Click here to register your place through ShulCloud. 

 

 

 

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Erev Shabbat
8 November

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Ruach parent's session: Torah
(17:15-18:00) Each term, Ruach parents are invited to join our rabbis for a special one-off learning session based around the term’s theme in Ruach (this term, Torah). Over 45 minutes, Rabbis Josh and Hannah will explore how we read Torah as modern Progressive Jews, and what questions we hope our children will ask of it. Please let us know if you are coming to sam@alyth.org.uk.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbis Josh and Hannah.

Year 8 Chavurah Supper
(18:30-21:30) Join us for the Kabbalat Shabbat service at 18:30 which will be followed by a “pot luck” dinner, where everyone provides a nut free, vegetarian or fish main course or a dessert, and we all sit down together and enjoy dinner. This is for all families in year 8 siblings and grandparents are of course welcome! Please let us know if you are coming to sam@alyth.org.uk.

 

Shabbat Morning
9 November

Shabbat Shiur: Sugyot Every Reform Jew Should Know - Lessons from the Fall of Jerusalem (and the importance of Shabbat dinner).
(09:15-10:15) Join Rabbi Josh for a special ‘Sugyot every Reform Jew’ should know. 
In these sessions, we look at sugyot (discrete sections of Talmud) which are especially interesting, provocative or important. 
In this session we will look at a text which begins with Shabbat dinner, and ends with a rabbinic conversation exploring the cause of the fall of Jerusalem.  The text formed the basis of Rabbi Josh's sermon on Yom Kippur morning.

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) A choral service, led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Elliot Poole.

Kollot
(10:30-12:15) A 'normal' kollot service... informal, unaccompanied, participatory, with a corner for children so adults can pray. 
Led by Rabbi Josh and Justin Wise.

Young Family Seudah
(15:00-16:30) Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe for our first spectacular Seudah of 5780. Together we will enjoy shabbat through arts and craft and a lovely tea.

Monday 11 November

Talk with Us: Tefillah
(20:00) Join us to share your thoughts on this year's High Holy Days. Please let us know you are coming by email to saskia@alyth.org.uk. This session will be preceded by Ma'ariv at 19:45.

Tuesday 12 November

Alyth Film Club: Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)
(19:30-22:00) A semi-autobiographical drama written and directed by Louis Malle. During the Nazi occupation of France, young teenager Jean returns to his Catholic boarding school after some time off and strikes up a friendship with new classmate Julien. After some initial hostilities and friction between the pair, Julien learns that Jean is in fact Jewish, and one of three boys being offered a safe haven by the sympathetic headmaster. However, when Gestapo officers arrive at the school, they begin to delve deeper into the lives of the students and the priests watching over them.In French with English subtitles.

Friday 15 November

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-17:00) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh and Rabbi Hannah.

Shabbat B'yachad (Shabbat Together)
(18:30-21:30) Join us for a Shabbat dinner with fantastic food and company. No charge but donations are always welcome. For catering and transportation please contact lynette@alyth.org.uk.

Saturday 16 November

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
(09:15-10:15) An hour of contemplation, movement and learning to set you up for Shabbat.

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) A choral service led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bat Mitzvah of Lyla Ireland.

Big Bang
(10:30-12:15) This month led by Rabbi Josh and the Big Bang musicians.

Mitzvah Day: 
Sunday 17 November

Come along and participate in Alyth’s activities on this global day
of Jewish-led social action. We have activities for adults and children that will benefit people across all faiths and who are in need. On Mitzvah Day we give of our time to make a difference. It’s good fun and inspires us all for the year ahead.

Activities for Adults 

  • Join our Cook-In in the morning at Alyth to benefit Alyth Gemach freezer - a stock of food which we deliver to those members of the community who are in need of a home cooked meal. Limited spaces, so please book with saskia@alyth.org.uk. (10:00-13:00)
  • Join Kisharon at the Childs Hill Library (320 Cricklewood Lane, NW2 2QE) to plant trees and  bulbs in the garden and paint  their  fence. Also suitable for children. Limited spaces, so please book with saskia@alyth.org.uk. (10:00-13:00)
  • Join our Intergenerational “Joining Old with Young” reading event at Alyth with Sunday Morning Galim children. (11:30-12:30)

Activities for Children 
Alyth Youth will be participating in a wide range of activities including visits to care homes, card making, cooking, collecting and packing toiletries and sweets for the homeless and refugees: as well as Joining Old and Young (JOY) for reading. If you attend Sunday Morning Galim you will be involved, if not, please tell Saskia if you would like to come and she will send you the start time.

Collections 
Please bring the following to the synagogue before or on Sunday 17 November. There will be a collection box in the lobby.

  • Sweets
  • Mens Toiletries (please only bring new items)
  • Womens sanitary items

Save the date

Invest in Peace
Tuesday 19 November, 19:00
Alyth in conjunction with Golders Green Parish Church invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian. People of all faiths and none, are welcome to attend this interfaith event, in partnership with Solutions Not Sides. The event will be supported by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. An appeal will be made for Solutions Not Sides at the event.
Click here to register for your free ticket. For more information, contact sam@alyth.org.uk.

A Celebration of Alyth's Windows with Ardyn Halter and Launch of the 'Art at Alyth' Project
Sunday 24 November, 10:30-12:15
Join us for a very special morning, including brunch, looking at the history, symbolism and design of our Beit Tefillah’s beautiful windows. We are delighted to welcome artist Ardyn Halter, who designed and created the ‘Time’ windows at the back of the Beit Tefillah. Ardyn is the son of Roman Halter z”l who designed and created the windows at the sides of the Beit Tefillah on the theme of Chai (Life). Ardyn will speak about the design and creation of our windows, and about his father’s work. We will also look together at some of the symbolism placed within the designs. The morning will end with the launch of a community project celebrating the windows and the art of Alyth. This will include the opportunity for members to write and reflect on the windows, and a series of events over  the coming months about our art and those who created it. In order that we know how much food to provide, please email saskia@alyth.org.uk to let us know you are coming. For more information on the Art at Alyth project email adam@alyth.org.uk

Multi-faith Hustings at Alyth
Wednesday 4 December, 20:00 (tbc)
Alyth, in conjunction with Golders Green Parish Church and Interfaith Matters, is delighted to host a special Multi-faith hustings for the Finchley and Golders Green Constituency.  Please save the date.  More details to follow.

Other Regular Alyth Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 8 November
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Saturday 9 November
- Choir Rehearsal (09:15)

Sunday 10 November
- Alyth Community Cycle (08:15)
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 11 November
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:00)

Tuesday 12 November
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Thursday 14 November
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)
- Kef Zone (16:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- Pop Up AYS (17:30)
- Year 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 15 November
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

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Sunday 17 November
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)

 

Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Thomas Egri, husband of Sue, father of Charles Imber, James Imber, Laura Grigson and Michelle Small​​​​​​​.

Elisabeth (Lis) Shepherd, wife of Michael, mother of Jessica Munk and Adam Shepherd.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

 

Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from last Shabbat: "Why I will not be telling you how to vote"

 

Alyth's Weekend Away 2020​​​​​​​

Why should I come to the Weekend Away? Click here to find out.

 

Second Generation Survey​​​​​​​

At the end of April 2019 over one-third of the overall membership of The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) identified as second generation Holocaust survivors or refugees. The AJR are now looking to develop specific services and areas of interest to appeal to both existing second generation members and also to attract new members. 

Please click here for more information.

 

 

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Erev Shabbat
1 November

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Physicians for Human Rights Israel
(17:15) We are delighted to be welcoming to Alyth three representatives of Physicians for Human Rights Israel, winners of a New Israel Fund 2019 Human Rights Award.  Join us from 17:15 to meet their leadership and hear about their work. They will also be giving the D’var Torah during the Friday night service.
At the core of PHR is the belief that everyone living under Israeli authority should have equal access to healthcare.  They deliver vital healthcare assistance to the most disempowered groups in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.  Founded in 1988, the organisation currently treats over 18,000 people per year, while in parallel advocating for policy improvements in health care provision. PHRI works together with 3,500 volunteer doctors, nurses, and therapists to provide vital healthcare.
With us on the evening will be Professor Raphael Walden, the current President of PHRI (and formerly the personal doctor of his father-in-law Shimon Peres), Dr. Mushira Aboo-Dia, an Israeli-Palestinian gynaecologist and obstetrician at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, and the current Chairman of the PHRI Executive committee, and Ran Goldstein the PHRI Executive Director.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbis Josh and Hannah.
The Dvar Torah will be given by Physicians for Human Rights Israel.

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Shabbat Morning
2 November

New Members Breakfast and Four Shabbat services
(09:15) 

If you have joined Alyth over the past year you are  invited to join us for a special breakfast at 9:15, before the morning services begin.

A special message from our rabbis:
We know that some Alyth members will be watching the rugby on Saturday morning.  Whether you are happy with the result or a disappointed South African, we invite you to please come and join us after the match finishes - you will be very welcome whatever time you arrive.

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) A Kollot style service with guitar, led by Rabbi Josh. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Rafi Rosenfield.

Study Service: Ashkepardi
(10:30) A study service in the library with Rabbi Colin, looking at Ashkenazi and Sephardi influences on our siddur and the differences between the two traditions.

Sensory Shabbat
(11:00-12:00) Our Shabbat experience designed to stimulate your babies’ senses in the first years of their life. Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe in this service where you and your baby can touch, see, smell, hear and taste your way through the service. Suitable for babies from birth to 2 years. Be mindful that this is a quiet experience.

Family Musical Service
(11:00) A youth movement style service for all ages. Led by Mike Mendoza.

Friday 8 November

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-17:00) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Ruach parent's session: Torah
(17:15-18:00) Each term, Ruach parents are invited to join our rabbis for a special one-off learning session based around the term’s theme in Ruach (this term, Torah). Over 45 minutes, Rabbis Josh and Hannah will explore how we read Torah as modern Progressive Jews, and what questions we hope our children will ask of it. Please let us know if you are coming to sam@alyth.org.uk

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbis Josh and Hannah.

Year 8 Chavurah Supper
(18:30-21:30) Join us for the Kabbalat Shabbat service at 18:30 which will be followed by a “pot luck” dinner, where everyone provides a nut free, vegetarian or fish main course or a dessert. We all sit down and enjoy dinner together. This is for all families with children in Year 8. Siblings and grandparents are of course welcome!

Saturday 9 November

Shabbat Shiur: Sugyot Every Reform Jew Should Know - Lessons from the Fall of Jerusalem
(09:15-10:15) Join Rabbi Josh for a special ‘Sugyot every Reform Jew’ should know, looking at the text which he quoted in his sermon on Yom Kippur morning in which the rabbis explored the cause of the fall of Jerusalem.

Shabbat Service​​​​​​​
(10:30-12:15) A choral service, led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Elliott Poole.

Kollot​​​​​​​
(10:30-12:15) Our informal, unaccompanied, participatory minyan led by Rabbi Josh and Justin Wise.

Young Family Seudah​​​​​​​
(15:00-16:30) Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe for our first spectacular Seudah of 5780. Together we will enjoy shabbat through arts and craft and a lovely tea.

Monday 11 November

Talk with Us: Tefillah
(20:00) Join us to share your thoughts on this year's High Holy Days. Please let us know you are coming by email to saskia@alyth.org.uk. This session will be preceded by Ma'ariv at 19:45.

Save the date

Invest in Peace (at Alyth)
Tuesday 19 November, 19:00​​​​​​​
Alyth, in conjunction with Golders Green Parish Church, invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian. People of all faiths and none are welcome to attend this interfaith event, in partnership with Solutions Not Sides. 
The event will be supported by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. An appeal will be made for Solutions Not Sides at the event.
Click here to register for your free ticket or contact sam@alyth.org.uk 
for more information.

A Celebration of Alyth's Windows with Ardyn Halter and Launch of the 'Art at Alyth' Project
Sunday 24 November, 10:30-12:15
Join us for a very special morning, including brunch, looking at the history, symbolism and design of our Beit Tefillah’s beautiful windows.
We are delighted to welcome artist Ardyn Halter, who designed and created the ‘Time’ windows at the back of the Beit Tefillah. Ardyn is the son of Roman Halter z”l who designed and created the windows at the sides of the Beit Tefillah on the theme of Chai (Life).
Ardyn will speak about the design and creation of our windows, and about his father’s work. We will also look together at some of the symbolism placed within the designs.
The morning will end with the launch of a community project celebrating the windows and the art of Alyth. This will include the opportunity for members to write and reflect on the windows, and a series of events over  the coming months about our art and those who created it.
In order that we know how much food to buy, please email saskia@alyth.org.uk to let us know you are coming.  
For more information on the Art at Alyth project email adam@alyth.org.uk

Other Regular Alyth Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 1 November
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 3 November
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)
- Bridge (19:00)

Monday 4 November
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- JOY (12:45)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- CREATE (17:30)
- Monday Club (19:00)

Tuesday 5 November
- NO ESSENTIALS THIS WEEK 
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Wednesday 6 November
- Soup, News and Schmooze (12:45)

Thursday 7 November
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)
- Kef Zone (16:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- Year 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 8 November
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 10 November
- Alyth Community Cycle (08:15)
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)

 

Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Naomi (Nin) Saunders, mother of Andrew and Jonathan Saunders​​​​​.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

 

Shabbat D'var Torah and Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's Dvar Torah from last Shabbat: "Male and Female God Created Them"

Click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from last Shabbat: "Three Rules for Reading in 5780"

 

Alyth's Weekend Away 2020​​​​​​​

Why should I come to the Weekend Away? Click here to find out.

 

 

MyAlyth Weekly Email (24 October 2019)

 

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Erev Shabbat
25 October

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our Baby Den" service at 10:30. Please note that there is no Shabbat Den this week.

We wish Shabbat Shalom to all the Alyth members on our trip to Andalusia with Rabbi Hannah and Lynette.

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
(17:15-18:15) Come for a Restorative Kabbalat Shabbat experience. Call in deep relaxation through the vibration of our voices, restorative yoga postures, and meditative songs based on the Shabbat evening liturgy. Bring a pillow if you are able to do so! With Kohenet Rachel Rose Reid.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh.

 

Shabbat Morning
26 October

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) TLed by Rabbi Josh with Justin Wise, a kollot-style service in the round accompanied by guitar.
Includes the Bat Mitzvah of Leila Salem.

Service Breakout
(approx 11:30-12:15) Younger members are invited to go with Mike Mendoza for an immersive Torah experience during the Torah Service in the Beit Tefillah.

Thursday 31 October

Youth and Education Hub activities resume today. This includes Kef Zone, ACE, ACT, Pop Up AYS, Year 7 Hebrew and Year 10 Hadracha.

Friday 1 November

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-17:00) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Physicians for Human Rights Israel
(17:15) We are delighted to be welcoming to Alyth three representatives of Physicians for Human Rights Israel, winners of a New Israel Fund 2019 Human Rights Award.  Join us from 17:15 to meet their leadership and hear about their work. They will also be giving the D’var Torah during the Friday night service.
At the core of PHR is the belief that everyone living under Israeli authority should have equal access to healthcare.  They deliver vital healthcare assistance to the most disempowered groups in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.  Founded in 1988, the organisation currently treats over 18,000 people per year, while in parallel advocating for policy improvements in health care provision. PHRI works together with 3,500 volunteer doctors, nurses, and therapists to provide vital healthcare.
With us on the evening will be Professor Raphael Walden, the current President of PHRI (and formerly the personal doctor of his father-in-law Shimon Peres), Dr. Mushira Aboo-Dia, an Israeli-Palestinian gynaecologist and obstetrician at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, and the current Chairman of the PHRI Executive committee, and Ran Goldstein the PHRI Executive Director.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbis Josh and Hannah. The Dvar Torah will be given by Physicians for Human Rights Israel.

Saturday 2 November

New Members Breakfast and Four Shabbat services
(09:15) If you have joined Alyth over the past year you are join us for a special breakfast at 9:15, before the morning services, which will include:

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) A Kollot style service with guitar, led by Rabbi Josh. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Rafi Rosenfield.

Study Service
(10:30) A study service in the library with Rabbi Colin.

Sensory Shabbat
(11:00-12:00) Our Shabbat experience designed to stimulate your babies’ senses in the first years of their life. Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe in this service where you and your baby can touch, see, smell, hear and taste your way through the service. Suitable for babies from birth to 2 years. Be mindful that this is a quiet experience.

Family Musical Service
(11:00-12:00) A youth movement style service for all ages. Led by Mike Mendoza.

Save the dates

Talk with Us: Tefillah
Monday 11 November, 20:00
Join us to share your thoughts on this year's High Holy Days. Please let us know you are coming by email to saskia@alyth.org.uk. This session will be preceded by Ma'ariv at 19:45.

Invest in Peace
Tuesday 19 November, 19:00
Alyth in conjunction with Golders Green Parish Church invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian. People of all faiths and none, are welcome to attend this interfaith event, in partnership with Solutions Not Sides. The event will be supported by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. An appeal will be made for Solutions Not Sides at the event.
Click here to register for your free ticket.
For more information, contact sam@alyth.org.uk

 

 
Regular Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 25 October
- Baby Den (10:30)

Sunday 27 October
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Refugee Drop In (14:00)
- Singing for Pleasure (15:00)

Monday 28 October
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:00)

Tuesday 29 October
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00) 
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Thursday 31 October
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)
- Kef Zone (16:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- Pop Up AYS (17:30)
- Year 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 1 November
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 3 November
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)
- Bridge (19:00)

 

Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Daniel Freedman, son of Brenda and Philip Freedman, husband of Elaine, father of Samantha and Laura, brother of Richard and Kevin.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

 

Shabbat D'var Torah Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's Dvar Torah from last Shabbat: "On the tenth anniversary of the Big Bang"

Click here for Lynette Sunderland's sermon from last Shabbat: "The Mikveh Project"

 

Alyth's Weekend Away 2020

Click here for more information about the weekend away in March 2020 and to register!

 

 

 

MyAlyth Weekly Email (17 October 2019)

 

My Alyth

Sweet as Honey A celebration of all things bees and honey, including special guest Ave Vieira and his bees.  
We will be learning about the life and importance of bees, and the threat to their future and ours, and tasting honeys at our honey bar. See Simchat Torah Morning for more information.

 

 

18 October 
Erev Shabbat
Chol HaMoed Sukkot

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

28th Annual Sukkot Sleepout
(18:30) This year is our 28th Sukkot Sleepout! Come and sleep over in the Sukkah, enjoy Sukkot themed activities and join in the 10th Anniversary of the Big Bang! For school years 4-8. For more details on how to apply please contact Mike Mendoza at mike@alyth.org.uk.

Erev Shabbat Service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service.

 

19 October 
Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot Morning

Two special options for Sleepout participants, their parents and the whole community:
Please note that these sessions will be appropriate for 8-13 year olds as well as adults.

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
(09:15-10:00) Celebrate nature and life through movement, song, mindfulness, and meditation. With Mika Hadar- Borthwick and Mike Mendoza.

Can you Build a Sukkah on an Elephant - An Introduction to Talmud
(09:15-10:00) An introduction to the study of the formative text of Jewish life—a book of law and ideas.  With Rabbi Josh and Sophie Peterman. 

Followed by:

Breakfast before the Big Bang
(10:15-10:45) While Sukkot Sleepout participants gather together, a special breakfast for those who have come to the sessions before the Big Bang. 

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Harry Palazzolo. The sermon will be given by Lynette Sunderland on the Mikveh Project. 

Big Bang 10th Anniversary Service
(11:00-12:00) Alyth's musical Shabbat experience reaches its tenth birthday. Join Rabbi Josh, the Big Bang musicians and the Sukkot Sleepout participants for a special celebratory Big Bang. 

Seventh Day Sukkot,
Erev Simchat Torah
Sunday 20 October

Sunday Morning Galim and Academy of Performing Arts at Alyth is on half term. These restart on Sunday 3 November.

Sukkot Ramble: Cassiobury Park
(10:00-15:00) A 6 mile walk through woodland and next to the Grand Union Canal near the centre of Watford. Please email viv@alyth.org.uk to book and for the starting location.

Erev Simchat Torah
(18:30) A service bringing the very best of our Friday nights to Simchat Torah. Join Rabbis Josh and Hannah for a short, joyful ma’ariv service for all the family, before we dance all together.  We will begin our hakkafot (dancing with scrolls) by teaching the whole community a new dance.

Simchat Torah
Monday 21 October

Simchat Torah Breakfast
(From 09:15) Begin the day with breakfast and newspapers to celebrate the end of the High Holy Days.

Simchat Torah Morning Service
(10:15) please note the early start time.
We wish a hearty Mazal Tov to those we honour this Simchat Torah: our Chatan Torah, Robert Weiner, and our Chatanim and Kallot B’reishit, the volunteers of the Alyth Senior Club.

And in parallel, ‘Sweet as Honey’
(10:30 - 11:15ish) A celebration of all things bees and honey, including special guest Ave Vieira and his bees.  We will be learning about the life and importance of bees, and the threat to their future and ours, and tasting honeys at our honey bar. Go home with an eco wild-flower seed bomb to plant at home and encourage the bees that we all rely on.  A special morning in honour of the sweetness of Torah (*and, yes, we do know that the honey of Ancient Israel was date honey but this is a lot more fun!).

The community will come together for the Hakkafot.

Then after the Hakkafot
A choice of services…
1) The Torah service in the Beit Tefillah, celebrating with those we honour this year.
2) For Young Families: Simchat Torah Den. Led by Rabbi Hannah and Chloe Kimmel.
3) For Older Families: An upbeat, fun, musical service to celebrate the reading of Torah. Led by Mike Mendoza.

Thursday 24 October

Buen viaje to all the Alyth members participating on our Spain trip from Thursday 24 - Tuesday 29 October.

Please note that it is half term and there is no Youth and Education provision today. This includes no Kef Zone, ACE, ACT, Pop Up AYS, Year 7 Hebrew and Year 10 Hadracha. We restart on Thursday 31 October.

JMM & HaMakom: Introduction to Mindfulness Course
(19:30-21:30) We are delighted to invite you to join us for this autumn term’s 8-Week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation course – held within a Jewish ethos and environment. Click here for more information.

Friday 25 October

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.
Please note that there is no Shabbat Den this week.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh.

Saturday 26 October

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Josh, a kollot-style service accompanied by a guitar. Includes the Bat Mitzvah of Leila Salem.

Service Breakout
(approx 11:30-12:15) Younger members are invited to go with Mike Mendoza for an immersive Torah experience during the Torah Service in the Beit Tefillah.

Alyth/Golders Green Parish Church Night Shelter

Alyth is proud to once again participate in the Together in Barnet Winter Shelter. This year, our Night Shelter will be running on Tuesday nights from 17 March until 2 June 2020. Click here for more information or email nightshelter@alyth.org.uk.

Regular Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 18 October
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:15)

Saturday 19 October
- Choir Rehearsal (09:15)

Sunday 20 October
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)

Monday 21 October
- Monday Club (19:00)

Tuesday 22 October
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00) 
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Thursday 24 October
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)

Friday 25 October
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 27 October
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Refugee Drop In (14:00)
- Singing for Pleasure (15:00)

 

Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Janie Balcon sister of the late Woolf Len Balcon.​​​​​​

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

 

Yom Kippur and Sukkot Sermons

 

Click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from Yom Kippur morning, 'Lessons from the Fall of Jerusalem';

Click here for Rabbi Hannah's sermon from Yom Kippur afternoon, 'Living with Grief'

Click here for Student Rabbi Nicola Feuchtwang's sermon from Sukkot morning.

Click here to watch Rabbi Tony Bayfield's sermon from Kol Nidre.

 

Alyth's Weekend Away 2020

Click here for more information about the weekend away in March 2020 and to register!

 

Special Guests
1 November

We are delighted to be welcoming to Alyth on Friday 1 November, representatives of Physicians for Human Rights, winners of a New Israel Fund 2019 Human Rights Award.  Join us from 17:15 to meet their leadership and hear about their work. They will also be giving the D’var Torah during the Friday night service.

At the core of PHR is the belief that everyone living under Israeli authority should have equal access to healthcare.  They deliver vital healthcare assistance to more than 20,000 people living in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

 

Talk with Us: Tefillah

11 November, 20:00

Join us to share thoughts on this year's High Holy Days.  Please let us know you are coming by email to saskia@alyth.org.uk.  This session will be preceded by Ma'ariv at 19:45.

 

MyAlyth Weekly Email - 10 October 2019

 

My Alyth

 

 

Erev Shabbat
11 October

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service with Rabbis Josh and Hannah.

 

Shabbat Morning
12 October

Shabbat Shiur: Anat Hoffman - The state of the State of Israel
(09:15-10:15) Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, reflects on the current state of social justice, race relations and religious pluralism in the State of Israel, and how they are affected by the current political situation.

Kollot
(10:30-12:15) Our informal, participatory minyan. This week the service will be in the Beit Tefillah and is accompanied by a guitar. There will be an area for children so that parents can enjoy the opportunity to pray. Led by Rabbi Josh with Justin Wise. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Zed Gordon.  The sermon will be given by Anat Hoffman.

Stripped Back Shacharit
(10:30) A more formal Shacharit with Rabbi Hannah. Joining the community in the Beit Tefillah for the Torah Service and sermon.

Saturday 12 October

Sukkah Building Cocktails and Canapes (For adults)
(19:00-20:30) What goes down, must go up... As the fruits and leaves fall from the trees, help us to lift them up as we booze and build together. Join us for food and fun. Please let saskia@alyth.org.uk know that you are attending so that we can cater for the correct number of people.

EREV SUKKOT
Sunday 13 October

Sukkah Decorating Morning (For all the family)
(10:00-12:30) Come and join our young members as we build the final touches to our beautiful sukkah. Learn how to shake a lulav, try some fruit juices and find yourself in the shelter of our ancestors. Please bring with some greenery and “long lasting” vegetables to hang in the Sukkah – these will be made into soup and stews after Sukkot.

Young Family Sukkah Build
(11:00-11:45) Join Tor and Rabbi Hannah to take part in decorating the Alyth community sukkah. Make delicious smoothies and funky fruit art, play games and sing sukkot songs. Please bring your own vegetables or tinned fruits to hang in the sukkah.

Erev Sukkot Service
(18:30-19:30) Led by our Rabbis.

SUKKOT
Monday 14 October

Sukkot Morning Choral Service
(10:15) Led by our Rabbis and the Alyth choir. Please note the start time.

Musical Service
(10:45) A special musical service for all generations. Led by Rabbi Josh, with a Kids Corner.

Sukkot Sensory Service
(11:00) A special version of our Shabbat experience designed to stimulate your babies’ senses. Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe in this service where you and your baby can touch, see, smell, hear and taste your way through the service to create precious memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Suitable for babies from birth to 2 years old.

Sukkot Breakout
(10:15) Celebrate Sukkot through Arts and Crafts with Sophie.

Tuesday 15 October

Film Club: Leon the Pig Farmer
(19:30) Strictly-kosher north Londoner Leon suffers an identity crisis when he discovers he is not the Jewish son of a curtain net king, but rather the offspring (via artificial insemination) of a Yorkshire pig farmer. He goes to meet that family who want to help him feel at home and try and behave a bit more like his Jewish family. Amorous (and other) complications ensue in this comedy.

Thursday 17 Month

The Youth and Education programming returns for the last week before half term on 17 October. This includes Kef Zone, ACT, ACE, Year 7 Hebrew, Pop Up AYS and Year 10 Hadracha.

Sukkot Zone
(16:00) For Primary School children. We will be making Sukkah decorations out of salt dough, Sukkot fruit kebabs to enjoy outside, sensory decorations, a yummy Sukkot tea and lots more fun and games! With Chloe and the Kef Zone team.

Friday 18 October
Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-16:45) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

28th Annual Sukkot Sleepout
(18:30) This year is our 28th Sukkot Sleepout! Come and sleep over in the Sukkah, enjoy Sukkot themed activities and join in the 10th Anniversary of the Big Bang! For school years 4-8. For more details on how to apply please contact Mike Mendoza at mike@alyth.org.uk.

Erev Shabbat Service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service.

Saturday 19 October
Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
(09:15-10:00) Celebrate nature and life through movement, song, mindfulness, and meditation. With Mika Hadar-Borthwick and Mike.

Can you Build a Sukkah on an Elephant - An Introduction to Talmud
(09:15-10:00) An introduction to the study of the formative text of Jewish life—a book of law and ideas.  With Rabbi Josh and Sophie.

Breakfast for Parents
(10:15-10:45) While the Sukkot Sleepout participants gather together, a special breakfast for parents.

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Harry Palazzolo. The sermon will be given by Lynette Sunderland on the Mikveh Project.

Big Bang 10th Anniversary Service
(11:00-12:00) Alyth's musical Shabbat experience reaches its tenth birthday. Join Rabbi Josh, the Big Bang musicians and the Sukkot Sleepout participants for a special celebratory Big Bang.

Sunday 20 October

Sunday Morning Galim is on half term. We reconvene on Sunday 3 November.

Sukkot Ramble: Cassiobury Park
(10:00-15:00) A 6 mile walk through woodland and next to the Grand Union Canal near the centre of Watford. Please email viv@alyth.org.uk to book and for the starting location.

SIMCHAT TORAH

Erev Simchat Torah (Sunday 20 October)
(18:30) A service bringing the very best of our Friday nights to Simchat Torah. Join Rabbis Josh and Hannah for a short, joyful ma’ariv service for all the family, before we dance all together.  We will begin our hakkafot (dancing with scrolls) by teaching the whole community a new dance.

Simchat Torah Morning (Monday 21 October)
Simchat Torah Breakfast
(From 09:15) Begin the day with breakfast and newspapers to celebrate the end of the High Holy Days.

Simchat Torah Morning Service
(10:15) Please note the early start time.
We wish a hearty Mazal Tov to those we honour this Simchat Torah: our Chatan Torah, Robert Weiner, and our Chatanim and Kallot B’reishit, the volunteers of the Alyth Senior Club.

And in parallel, ‘Sweet as Honey’
(10:30 - 11:15ish) A celebration of all things bees and honey, including special guest Ave Vieira and his fuzzy buzzy friends.  We will be learning about the life and importance of bees, and the threat to their future and ours, and tasting honeys at our honey bar. Go home with an eco wild-flower seed bomb to plant at home and encourage the bees that we all rely on.  A special morning in honour of the sweetness of Torah (*and, yes, we do know that the honey of Ancient Israel was date honey but this is a lot more fun!).

The community will come together for the Hakkafot.

Then after the Hakkafot, a choice of services…
1) For Young Families: Simchat Torah Den. Led by Rabbi Hannah and Chloe.
2) For Older Families: An upbeat, fun, musical service to celebrate the reading of Torah. Led by Mike.

Regular Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 11 October
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat  (17:15)

Sunday 13 October
- Alyth Cycling Community (08:15)
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)

Monday 14 October
- Monday Club (19:00)

Tuesday 15 October
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00) 
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Wednesday 16 October
- Soup, News and Schmooze (12:45)

Thursday 17 October
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)
- Kef Zone (16:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- Pop Up AYS (17:30)
- Year 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 18 October
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Saturday 19 October
- Choir rehearsal (09:15)

Sunday 20 October
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)

 

Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Ruth Morris, mother of Nicky Morris.

Laurence Sattin, husband of Ursula Sattin, father of Robert and Louise Sattin.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

 

Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Dr Rabbi Deborah Kahn Harris' sermon from last Shabbat.

 

Alyth's Weekend Away 2020

Click here for more information about the weekend away in March 2020 and to register!

 

 

MyAlyth Weekly Email - 3 October 2019

 

My Alyth

Yom Kippur is in 5 days...

We hope you had a good Rosh Hashanah.
Yom Kippur is now 5 days away.  Please click here to see the special section on the website.
If you need visitor tickets for Yom Kippur, please contact saskia@alyth.org.uk.

 

 

Erev Shabbat
4 October

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
(17:15-18:15) Join our guest teacher Rabbi Danny Newman and the JMM team for a stress free, restful hour of contemplation, movement and learning to set you up for Shabbat. Together we will experience an hour of menuchah, Shabbat rest. Today's focus: "Cultivating Forgiveness as a Path to Freedom, Healing and At-One-Ment." Through study and guided meditation we will engage in the internal process of asking forgiveness from those we have hurt; offering forgiveness to ourselves for the ways we have neglected or hurt ourselves; and offering forgiveness to those against whom we may still be holding a grudge."

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbis Josh and Hannah.
The D'var Torah will be given by Rabbi Danny Newman, founder of HaMakom.

 

Shabbat Morning
5 October

Shabbat Shuvah Monthly Midrash in the Morning: Moses
(09:15-10:15) Join Rabbi Hannah for this monthly session studying the midrashic back story of biblical characters over coffee and Danish. This month: Moses - what can he teach us from his death-bed?

Shabbat Morning Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Josh, with guitar. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Raphael Goodman. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris, Principal of the Leo Baeck College.

Sensory Shabbat
(11:00-12:00) Our Shabbat experience designed to stimulate your babies’ senses in the first years of their life.
Join Rabbi Hannah in this service where you and your baby can touch, see, smell, hear and taste your way through the service. Suitable for babies from birth to 2 years. Be mindful that this is a quiet experience.

Sunday 6 October

Israeli Dance Class
(10:30-11:30) Do you love dancing during the hakkafot on Simchat Torah, but always feel you’re doing a mayim when you should be doing a Yemenite step? Join Rabbi Hannah to learn the moves we will be dancing together during Simchat Torah.

Remembrance Service at Cheshunt
(11:00) One of the customs that has survived the centuries is that of visiting the cemetery between the beginning of the month of Elul and Yom Kippur.  We know that sometimes it's difficult to find the right words and thoughts on such occasions and so we invite you to join Lynette, Head of Community Care and Life Cycle, for a Remembrance Service at Cheshunt Cemetery. There will also be time to visit graves.

Bulb Planting at La Deliverance
(11:15-12:05) Join Mike Freer, our local MP, for the planting of 1500 crocus bulbs on the green by La Deliverance, between Charter Way and Regents Park Road, Finchley in memory of the 1.5 million children’s lives lost in the Holocaust. Rabbi Josh and Alyth members will help to plant from 11:15-12:05. Please contact saskia@alyth.org.uk to let us know that you are coming. Please bring with trowels and gardening gloves if you have.

Monday 7 October

Cultivating a Heart of Forgiveness with Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels
(20:00-21:30) 
JMM and HaMakom are delighted to present this special evening with Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels, the founder and spiritual director of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation and a senior faculty member of HaMakom.  Through study of Kabbalistic texts, sharing, discussion and meditation practice, we will explore the nature of forgiveness and discover ways to help the heart open in forgiveness to others and ourselves.

Kol Nidre
Tuesday 8 October

Kol Nidre
Join us for a choice of services at the Sternberg Centre, including:
(19:00)
Choral Kol Nidre, including the sermon by Rabbi Professor Tony Bayfield CBE
(19:00) Kollot Kol Nidre
(19:30) What would it feel like to take God out of YK? With Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner
(19:30) You’ve Got A Friend In Me and Teen Nidre with our Youth and Education team
Click here for more information.

Yom Kippur 
Wednesday 9 October

(From 10:15) We are holding our usual wide selection of services and sessions at both the Sternberg Centre and at Alyth.
Please click here to see the website and High Holy Days Information Booklet for full details.

Thursday 10 October

Please note that there is no Youth and Education programming on 10 October. This includes no Kef Zone, ACT, ACE, Year 7 Hebrew and Year 10 Hadracha.

Outing: Stitch and Knit at Alexandra Palace
(10:00) A community visit to “Stitch and Knit” at Alexandra Palace. Purchase ticket online or on the door and meet in the Fountain Café Palm Court when the doors open at 10:00. Please email viv@alyth.org.uk to let her know that you will be joining the outing.

Friday 11 October

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-16:45) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service.

Saturday 12 October

Shabbat Shiur: Anat Hoffman: The state of the State of Israel
(09:15-10:15) Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, reflects on the current state of social justice, race relations and religious pluralism in the State of Israel, and how they are affected by the current political situation.

Kollot
(10:30-12:15) Our informal, participatory minyan. This week the service will be in the Beit Tefillah and is accompanied by a guitar. There will be an area for children so that parents can enjoy the opportunity to pray. Led by Rabbi Josh with Justin Wise. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Zed Gordon.  The sermon will be given by Anat Hoffman.

Stripped Back Shacharit
(10:30) A more formal Shacharit with Rabbi Hannah. Joining the community in the Beit Tefillah for the Torah Service and sermon.

Sukkah Building Cocktails and Canapes (For adults)
(19:00-20:30) What goes down, must go up... As the fruits and leaves fall from the trees, help us to lift them up as we booze and build together. Join us for food and fun. Please let saskia@alyth.org.uk know that you are attending so that we can cater for the correct number of people.

Erev Sukkot
Sunday 13 October

Sukkah Decorating Morning
(10:00-12:30) (For all the family) Come and join our young members as we build the final touches to our beautiful sukkah. Learn how to shake a lulav, try some fruit juices and find yourself in the shelter of our ancestors. Please bring with some greenery and “long lasting” vegetables to hang in the Sukkah – these will be made into soup and stews after Sukkot.

Young Family Sukkah Build
(11:00-11:45) Join Tor and Rabbi Hannah to take part in decorating the Alyth community sukkah. Make delicious smoothies and funky fruit art, play games and sing sukkot songs. Please bring your own vegetables or tinned fruits to hang in the sukkah.

Erev Sukkot Service
(18:30-19:30) Led by our Rabbis with the Alyth Choir.

Sukkot Morning 
Monday 14 October

Sukkot Morning Choral Service
(10:15) Led by our Rabbis and the Alyth choir. Please note the start time.

Musical Service for Families
(10:45) A special musical service for all generations. Led by Rabbi Josh, with a Kids Corner.

Sukkot Sensory Service
(11:00) A special version of our Shabbat experience designed to stimulate your babies’ senses. Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe in this service where you and your baby can touch, see, smell, hear and taste your way through the service to create precious memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Suitable for babies from birth to 2 years old.

Sukkot Breakout
(11:00-12:15) Come and celebrate Sukkot through Arts and Crafts with Sophie Peterman.

Regular Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 4 October
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat  (17:15)

Sunday 6 October
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 7 October
- JOY (12:45)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- CREATE (17:30)
- Monday Club (19:00)

Thursday 10 October
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)

Friday 11 October
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 13 October
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)

 

Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Jennifer Emanuel, mother of Sarah Langsford and Michael Emanuel, and grandmother of Hannah, Charles and Sophie.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

 

Rosh Hashanah Sermons

Click here for Rabbi Hannah's D'var Torah from Erev Rosh Hashanah: "The Butterfly Effect".

Click here for Rabbi Colin's sermon from first day Rosh Hashanah.

Click here for Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner's sermon from second day Rosh Hashanah.

 

Simchat Torah

Click here for more information about Simchat Torah including our special celebration of the Bee, 'Sweet as Honey', with special guest bees.

 

MyAlyth Weekly Email - 26 September

 

My Alyth

Rosh Hashanah is in 3 days...

Rosh Hashanah is just 3 days away. The marquee is up, and we are nearly ready.  
Please click here to see the special section on the website.
If you have not received your tickets, please contact saskia@alyth.org.uk.  
Saskia is also the contact for visitor tickets, or you can visit the synagogue office anytime until lunchtime on Sunday
(not over Shabbat)

 

 

Erev Shabbat
27 September

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Elul Half Hour
(17:45-18:15) Join us for these brief times of reflection, study and contemplation before each of Alyth’s Shabbat services during Elul. This year eight different teachers will use a question from the Bible as a starting point for reflection on our own lives. 
Today,“How shall we return?” (Malachi 3:7) with Student Rabbi Nicola Feuchtwang.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh and Rabbi Hannah.

 

Shabbat Morning
28 September

Elul Half Hour
(09:45-10:15) Today, “Where are you?”(Genesis 3:9). With Rabbi Daniel Lichman.

Shabbat Morning Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Josh with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Jonah Brink Dalton. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Daniel Lichman, Student Chaplain for Reform Judaism.

Bayit Cham Lunch
(13:00-15:00) Join us for a Shabbat lunch with fantastic food, company and discussion. No charge (although donations are welcome). To book and/or to arrange transport call Saskia on 020 8457 8784.

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday 29 September

For all Rosh Hashanah services we will be using a draft of the new Machzor or a service siddur produced by Alyth. These will be provided for use at the services.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sing with Us
(17:15) The opportunity to sing together with Rabbis Josh and Hannah in preparation for the beginning of the New Year.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
(18:00) Join Rabbis Josh and Hannah for a service bringing the very best of our Friday nights to the start of the Yamim Noraim.  This music-filled beginning to the year, with guitar accompaniment, will include both High Holy Days and familiar melodies. Please note the service time and that it is at Alyth.

First Day Rosh Hashanah
Monday 30 September

First Day Rosh Hashanah Services
(From 10:15) We are holding our usual variety of services and sessions at both the Sternberg Centre and at Alyth.
See the website/booklet for all details.

Tashlich
(16:30) Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe at the Dollis Brook at the bottom of Windsor Road, Finchley N3 for our Tashlich service. If there is any rain on Rosh Hashanah, we will be hosting Taschlich at Alyth. Please check the website at 15:00 on Rosh Hashanah with the location.

Erev Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service
(18:30) A gentle service back at Alyth with Rabbi Josh.

Second Day Rosh Hashanah 
Tuesday 1 October

Second Day Rosh Hashanah Services
Tuesday 1 October, from 10:
15Join us at Alyth for a choice of three services: a Choral Service (10:15),  a Band Service  (10:15), the Rosh Hashanah Den (11:00), with activities for school years 3-6 from 11:00.

 

Wednesday 2 October

Jewish Mindfulness Mediation
(20:00) The Alyth Meditation Room offers a space for contemplation through the 10 Days.  Led by expert facilitators and rabbis drawing from the Jewish meditative tradition.  You are welcome to attend every session, or to simply drop in when you wish, and no pre-booking is necessary. This session led by Mika Hadar-Borthwick. There are also sessions on 3, 4 and 7 October.

Thursday 3 October

Ten Days Zone
(16:00-17:00) Join Chloe and the Kef Zone team for our 10 Days Zones to mark the transition between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  With arts, songs, games and food – there will be something for everyone!

Friday 4 October

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-16:45) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s 
Shabbat Den.

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
(17:15-18:15) Join Rabbi Danny Newman and the JMM team for a stress free, restful hour of contemplation, movement and learning to set you up for Shabbat. Together we will experience an hour of menuchah, Shabbat rest.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbis Josh and Hannah.  The Dvar Torah will be given by Rabbi Danny Newman, founder of HaMakom.

Saturday 5 October

Shabbat Shuvah Monthly Midrash in the Morning: Moses
(09:15-10:15) Join Rabbi Hannah for this monthly session studying the midrashic back story of biblical characters over coffee and Danish. This month: Moses - what can he teach us from his death-bed?

Shabbat Morning Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Josh, with guitar. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Raphael Goodman. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris, Principal of the Leo Baeck College.

Sensory Shabbat
(11:00-12:00) 
Our Shabbat experience designed to stimulate your babies’ senses in the first years of their life.
Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe in this service where you and your baby can touch, see, smell, hear and taste your way through the service. Suitable for babies from birth to 2 years. Be mindful that this is a quiet experience.

Sunday 6 October

Israeli Dance Class
(10:30-11:30) Do you love dancing during the hakkafot on Simchat Torah, but always feel you’re doing a mayim when you should be doing a Yemenite step? Join Rabbi Hannah to learn the moves we will be dancing together during Simchat Torah.

Bulb Planting at La Deliverance
(11:15-12:05) Join Mike Freer, our local MP, for the planting of 1500 crocus bulbs on the green by La Deliverance, between Charter Way and Regents Park Road, Finchley in memory of the 1.5 million children’s lives lost in the Holocaust. Rabbi Josh and Alyth members will help to plant from 11:15-12:05. Please contact saskia@alyth.org.uk to let us know that you are coming.

Remembrance Service at Cheshunt
(11:00) One of the customs that has survived the centuries is that of visiting the cemetery between the beginning of the month of Elul and Yom Kippur.  We know that sometimes it's difficult to find the right words and thoughts on such occasions and so we invite you to join Lynette, Head of Community Care and Life Cycle, for a Remembrance Service at Cheshunt Cemetery. There will also be time to visit graves. Please let saskia@alyth.org.uk know if you are coming and if you require transport.

Monday 7 October

Cultivating a Heart of Forgiveness with Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels
(20:00-21:30) JMM and HaMakom are delighted to present this special evening with Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels, the founder and spiritual director of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation and a senior faculty member of HaMakom.  Through study of Kabbalistic texts, sharing, discussion and meditation practice, we will explore the nature of forgiveness and discover ways to help the heart open in forgiveness to others and ourselves.

Other Regular Activities

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Friday 27 September
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat  (17:15)

Sunday 00 Month
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- NO SMG (09:00)

Wednesday 2 October
- High Holy Day Choir Rehearsal (19:00)

Thursday 3 October
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)
- Kef Zone (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- Pop UP AYS (17:30)
- Year 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 4 October
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 6 October
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)
- Bridge (19:00)

 

Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Daphne Sadow, mother of Dee Eimer, and grandmother of Ilana and Reuven.

Philip Neurath Smith Jr., father of Felicia Smith-Kleiner, and grandfather of Haley, Grayson, Ella and Skye.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

 

Shabbat Sermon and D'var Torah

Click here for Rabbi Laura's D'var Torah given last Shabbat entitled: "Why are we here?" Click here for Rabbi Laura's sermon given last Shabbat morning on climate change.

 

Sukkot and Simchat Torah

Click here for more infomation about Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

 

RESET: A song for the New Year

Please click here to see A song for the New Year, a song that we recorded with Jews from all around the world.

 

Nursery World Manager of the Year Award

Good luck to our Kindergarten Head Teacher Tor Alter who has been nominated as a finalist for the Nursery World ‘Manager of the Year’ Award, one of six finalists in the whole UK. The award ceremony is this Saturday night. Good luck, Tor!

 

MyAlyth Weekly Email - 19 September

 

My Alyth

 

 

Erev Shabbat
20 September

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Elul Half Hour
(17:45-18:15) Join us for these brief times of reflection, study and contemplation before each of Alyth’s Shabbat services during Elul. This year eight different teachers will use a question from the Bible as a starting point for reflection on our own lives. 
Today,“Am I my brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4:9) with Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

Erev Shabbat Service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service, led this Erev Shabbat by Rabbi Hannah with Louis Graham and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

Shabbat B'yachad
(19:30-21:30) Join us for a Shabbat dinner with fantastic food and company. No charge but donations are always welcome. For catering and transportation please contact lynette@alyth.org.uk.

 

Shabbat Morning
21 September

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
(09:15-10:15) Join Maxine Levy, Chloe Kimmel  and the JMM team for a stress free, restful hour of contemplation, movement and learning to set you up for Shabbat. Together we will experience an hour of menuchah, Shabbat rest.

Elul Half Hour
(09:45-10:15) Today, “When they ask me, “What is God’s name?” what shall I say to them?” (Exodus 3:13) with Lynette Sunderland.

Shabbat Morning Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Justin Hall. Rabbi Laura will also be giving the sermon.

Big Bang
(11:00-12:00) Alyth's famous musical Shabbat experience. This month led by Rabbi Hannah with Rabbi Josh and the Big Bang musicians.

Saturday 21 September

Teen Selichot
(19:30-22:00) A secret cinema style Selichot event, to help you prepare for the High Holy Days. We will start the evening with an immersive screening of the 2004 comedy “Mean Girls” to see what the students of Northshore High can teach us about staying true to ourselves in the year ahead. Following light refreshments, we will gather at the ‘Spring Fling Dance’ to reflect, sing and find our peace as we prepare for the new year.  With Rabbi Hannah and Sophie Peterman.

Selichot Choral Service with Film
(21:00-00:10) We will start the evening with Eli Cohen's 1991 film "The Quarrel". Montreal 1948, Rosh Hashanah. Chaim, a Yiddish writer, is reluctantly drawn into making up a minyan.  Later, in a park, he sees an old friend from pre-war yeshivah days in Lithuania.  Hersh, now a rabbi, survived Auschwitz with his faith strengthened; Chaim escaped the Nazis, but had lost his faith long before.  The two argue about their Judaism, their survival – and their quarrel. After light refreshments, we will begin our reflective choral service with Rabbi Colin, Student Rabbi Nicola, Viv Bellos and the Alyth Choir at 23:10. You are welcome to join just for the film or to come in time for refreshments and the service.

Sunday 22 September

Israeli Dance Class
(10:30-11:30) Do you love dancing during the hakkafot on Simchat Torah, but always feel you’re doing a mayim when you should be doing a Yemenite step? Join Rabbi Hannah to learn the moves we will be dancing together during Simchat Torah. There will also be a session on 6 October.

Ramble: Totteridge Valley
(14:00-17:00) Meet at the Three Hammers Pub on the corner of Hammers Lane and Ridgeway, NW7 4EA. All welcome, stout boots and walking sticks required with one path likely to be boggy. Please book in by emailing viv@alyth.org.uk.

Thursday 26 September

Cheshbon Hanefesh Zone
(16:00-17:00) (Reception to Year 6) Cheshbon HaNefesh is the practice of self-reflection at the High Holy Days.  We will look back on the Jewish year that is coming to an end. Join us for fun and food, games and celebration.

Friday 27 September

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-16:45) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Elul Half Hour
(17:45-18:15) Join us for these brief times of reflection, study and contemplation before each of Alyth’s Shabbat services during Elul. This year eight different teachers will use a question from the Bible as a starting point for reflection on our own lives. 
Today,“How shall we return?” (Malachi 3:7) with Student Rabbi Nicola Feuchtwang.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh and Rabbi Hannah.

Saturday 28 September

Elul Half Hour
(09:45-10:15) Today, “Where are you?”(Genesis 3:9). With Rabbi Daniel Lichman.

Shabbat Morning Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Josh with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Jonah Brink-Dalton. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Daniel Lichman, Student Chaplain for Reform Judaism.

Rosh Hashanah at Alyth

For all Rosh Hashanah services we will be using a draft of the new Machzor or a service siddur produced by Alyth. These will be provided for use at the services.
 
Erev Rosh Hashanah Sing with Us 
Sunday 29 September, 17:15

The opportunity to sing together with Rabbis Josh and Hannah in preparation for the beginning of the New Year.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service 
Sunday 29 September, 18:00

Join Rabbis Josh and Hannah for a service bringing the very best of our Friday nights to the start of the Yamim Noraim.  This music-filled beginning to the year, with guitar accompaniment, will include both High Holy Days and familiar melodies. Please note the service time and that it is at Alyth.

 
First Day Rosh Hashanah Services
Monday 30 September, from 10:15

We are holding our usual variety of services and sessions at both the Sternberg Centre and at Alyth.

 
Tashlich
Monday 30 September, 16:30

Join Rabbi Hannah at the Dollis Brook at the bottom of Windsor Road, Finchley N3 for our Tashlich service.

 
Erev Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service
Monday 30 September, 18:30

A gentle service back at Alyth with Rabbi Josh.

 
Second Day Rosh Hashanah Services
Tuesday 1 October, from 10:15

Join us at Alyth for a choice of three services: a Choral Service (10:15),  a Band Service  (10:15), the Rosh Hashanah Den (11:00), with activities for School years 3-6 from 11:00.

Rosh Hashanah is in 10 days...

Rosh Hashanah is just 10 days away. The marquee is nearly up, and we are entering our final preparations for the full Alyth High Holy Day programme.  Please click here to see the special section on the website.

If you have not received your tickets, please contact saskia@alyth.org.uk.  Saskia is also the contact for visitor tickets.

Click here to see pictures of the marquee as it is being erected...

 

 

Regular Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 20 September
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat  (17:15)

Sunday 22 September
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Refugee Drop In (14:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 23 September
- High Holy Day Special Alyth Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:00)

Tuesday 24 September
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)

Wednesday 25 September
- High Holy Day Choir Rehearsal (19:00)

Thursday 26 September
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Kef Zone (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- Year 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 27 September
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 29 September
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- NO SMG

 

Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's D'var Torah on the Kollot haftarah, given last Shabbat morning:  "Uprooting Torah for the Sake of Heaven"

 

RESET: A song for the New Year

Go to the 92Y Facebook page at 3pm on Tuesday 24 September.

 

 

 

MyAlyth Weekly Email (12 September)

 

My Alyth

 

 

Erev Shabbat
13 September

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Ruach Erev Shabbat
(17:15-19:30) The return of our Bar/Bat Mitzvah programme after the summer break.

Elul Half Hour
(17:45-18:15) Join us for these brief times of reflection, study and contemplation before each of Alyth’s Shabbat services during Elul. This year eight different teachers will use a question from the Bible as a starting point for reflection on our own lives. 
Today,“But will God really dwell on earth?” (I Kings 8:27) with Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh and Rabbi Hannah.

 

Shabbat Morning
14 September

Elul Half Hour
(09:45-10:15) Brief times of reflection, study and contemplation before each of Alyth’s Shabbat services during Elul.
Today, “Are you right to be angry?” (Jonah 4:4) with Rabbi Hannah.

Shabbat Morning Service
(10:30-12:15) This week, a Kollot-style service in the Beit Tefillah, accompanied by guitar.  There will be an area for children so that parents can enjoy the opportunity to pray.
Led by Rabbi Josh and Justin Wise with Rabbi Hannah. Includes the Bat Mitzvah of Maya Solomons-Wise.

Sunday 15 September

Sunday Morning Galim
(10:00-12:30) The return of our weekly supplementary education programme for those in reception - year 6. Please contact sam@alyth.org.uk for more information about SMG or any of our youth and education programmes.

Young Adults Pre-HHD Lunch
(13:00 - 15:00) An opportunity for young adults in our community to eat and learn, together with Rabbi Hannah and Sam Heller, in advance of the High Holy Days.  Meet people you will be praying with over the coming weeks and help to welcome newer members into our Alyth family. Email sam@alyth.org.uk to let us know you are attending.

Tuesday 17 September

This Year’s Big Issues: Is Britain Becoming a more Intolerant Society (and if so, what can we do about it?)
(20:00-22:00) Join Keith Kahn-Harris and Omar Khan as they explore the apparent growth of racism and intolerance in the UK and how we can respond. Sociologist Dr Keith Kahn-Harris is the author of ‘Denial: The Unspeakable Truth’ and ‘Strange Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and the Limits of Diversity’.  Dr Omar Khan is Director of the Runnymede Trust, the UK's leading race equality think tank. Hosted by Rabbi Josh.
It is always very helpful to have a sense of how many people will be at an event, so please let us know you are coming by emailing saskia@alyth.org.uk.

Thursday 19 September

Pop Up AYS
(17:30-18:15) In place of a weekly choir, in 2019-2020 we will be running ‘Pop Up AYS’ – short bursts of rehearsals in preparation for a series of concerts.  These will include our regular singing commitments on Mitzvah Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaShoah and an Erev Shabbat Service. You can join us for one, some or all of the pop-ups during the year. The first concert we have booked is on Mitzvah Day on the morning of Sunday 17 November. There will also be rehearsals on 3, 17, 31 October and 14 November. Contact sam@alyth.org.uk for further information and to sign up.

Year 7 Hebrew
(18:15-19:15) The start of term. For all those who want to continue their Hebrew practice in the run up to their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  Contact sam@alyth.org.uk for further information and to sign up.

Friday 20 September

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-16:45) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Elul Half Hour
(17:45-18:15) Join us for these brief times of reflection, study and contemplation before each of Alyth’s Shabbat services during Elul. This year eight different teachers will use a question from the Bible as a starting point for reflection on our own lives. 
Today,“Am I my brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4:9) with Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Hannah and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

Shabbat B'yachad
(19:30-21:30) Join us for a Shabbat dinner with fantastic food and company. No charge but donations are always welcome. For catering and transportation please contact lynette@alyth.org.uk.

Saturday 21 September

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
(09:15-10:15) Join Maxine Levy, Chloe Kimmel  and the JMM team for a stress free, restful hour of contemplation, movement and learning to set you up for Shabbat. Together we will experience an hour of menuchah, Shabbat rest.

Elul Half Hour
(09:45-10:15) Today, “When they ask me, “What is God’s name?” what shall I say to them?” (Exodus 3:13) with Lynette Sunderland.

Shabbat Morning Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Justin Hall. Rabbi Laura will also be giving the sermon.

Big Bang
(11:00-12:00) Alyth's famous musical Shabbat experience. This month led by Rabbi Josh, Rabbi Hannah and the Big Bang musicians.

Teen Selichot
(19:30-22:00) A secret cinema style Selichot event, to help you prepare for the High Holy Days. We will start the evening with an immersive screening of the 2004 comedy “Mean Girls” to see what the students of Northshore High can teach us about staying true to ourselves in the year ahead. Following light refreshments, we will gather at the ‘Spring Fling Dance’ to reflect, sing and find our peace as we prepare for the new year.  With Rabbi Hannah and Sophie Peterman.

Selichot Choral Service with Film
(21:00-00:10) We will start the evening with Eli Cohen's 1991 film "The Quarrel". Montreal 1948, Rosh Hashanah. Chaim, a Yiddish writer, is reluctantly drawn into making up a minyan.  Later, in a park, he sees an old friend from pre-war yeshivah days in Lithuania.  Hersh, now a rabbi, survived Auschwitz with his faith strengthened; Chaim escaped the Nazis, but had lost his faith long before.  The two argue about their Judaism, their survival – and their quarrel. After light refreshments, we will begin our reflective choral service with Rabbi Colin, Student Rabbi Nicola, Viv Bellos and the Alyth Choir at 23:10. You are welcome to join just for the film or to come in time for refreshments and the service.

Sunday 22 September

Israeli Dance Class
(10:30-11:30) Do you love dancing during the hakkafot on Simchat Torah, but always feel you’re doing a mayim when you should be doing a Yemenite step? Join Rabbi Hannah to learn the moves we will be dancing together during Simchat Torah. There will also be a session on 6 October.

Ramble: Totteridge Valley
(14:00-17:00) Meet at the Three Hammers Pub on the corner of Hammers Lane and Ridgeway, NW7 4EA. All welcome, stout boots and walking sticks required with one path likely to be boggy. Please book in by emailing viv@alyth.org.uk.

Regular
Activities

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Friday 13 September
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat  (17:15)

Sunday 15 September
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 16 September
- Alyth Toddler Group (10:00)
- JOY (12:45)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:00)

Tuesday 17 September
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)

Wednesday 18 September
- Soup, News and Schmooze (12:45)
- High Holy Day Choir Rehearsal (19:00)

Thursday 19 September
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Kef Zone (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- Pop Up AYS (17:30)
- Year 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 20 September
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 22 September
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Refugee Drop In (14:00)
- Academy (18:00)

 

Community News

We regret to announce the death of Tziporah (Cicelia) Marx, mother of Ron Marx, Dafna Marx and Dita Lewis.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

Mazel tov to Jeni Weiner and Ben Burman on their recent engagement.

 

Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Colin's sermon from last Shabbat: "Violence and Abuse of Language"

 

Alyth High Holy Days

Tickets were posted on Friday 30 August. Please click here to see the special section on the website for more information about the High Holy Days this year. Please contact saskia@alyth.org.uk if you haven’t received your tickets or for visitor tickets.

 

Jewish School Admission Form Signing

If you are applying for admission to a Jewish primary or secondary school and need help with your supplementary information form, please go to www.alyth.org.uk for more information. We have school signing slots available on Tuesday 17 September from 16:30-19:00. This session will be by appointment only. Please email saskia@alyth.org.uk to book your 15 minute appointment.

 

 

MyAlyth Weekly Email (5 September)

 

My Alyth

 

 

Erev Shabbat
6 September

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Elul Half Hour
(17:45-18:15) Join us for these brief times of reflection, study and contemplation before each of Alyth’s Shabbat services during Elul. This year eight different teachers will use a question from the Bible as a starting point for reflection on our own lives. 
Click here for the full programme. 
Today:
"Is it a time for you to dwell in your panelled houses, while this House is lying in ruins?” (Haggai 1:4).
With Rabbi Josh.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh.

Shalom Supper
(19:30-21:30) Join members of Jami and Jewish Care’s Shalom Centre for a Shabbat evening dinner and entertainment.

 

Shabbat Morning
7 September

Elul Half Hour
(09:45-10:15) Join us for these brief times of reflection, study and contemplation before each of Alyth’s Shabbat services during Elul. "What is your name?" Genesis 32:28.
With Rabbi Colin. 
Click here for the full programme.

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the B’nei Mitzvah of Maximo Biddle Woolf and Josh Becker.

Tefillah Lab: The 'private' in the midst of the 'public'
(10:30) What place is there for me as an individual in my own right in a service as opposed to me simply as part of the community/collective? Join Rabbi Colin on a journey of exploration. We will join the service in the Beit Tefillah for the Torah Service.

Sensory Shabbat
(11:00-12:00) Our Shabbat experience designed to stimulate your babies’ senses in the first years of their life. Join Chloe in this service where you and your baby can touch, see, smell, hear and taste your way through the service. Suitable for babies from birth to 2 years. Be mindful that this is a quiet experience.

 

 

Monday 9 September

CREATE
(17:30-19:30) The start of term for CREATE 2019! Craft with Chloe, our educator, who has a Foundation Diploma and experience in the arts. This programme is a great opportunity to learn new skills. During the course we will learn an array of skills, including how to use a sewing machine, life drawing skills, how to make jewellery, fashion drawing and much much more. The programme is once a month for School Year 8 and older.

 

Tuesday 10 September

Judaism the Essentials
(20:00-21:45) The start term for our Essentials programme. ‘Essentials’ is our programme of short courses for all those who want to ensure that their Judaism has firm foundations. Taught by Rabbi Hannah, Rabbi Josh and Jon Epstein.Email hannah@alyth.org.uk or josh@alyth.org.uk for more information.
This week we will being our look at The Jewish Calendar.

 

Thursday 12 September

Cantillation Information Evening
(18:30-19:15) If your child is having their Bar or Bat Mitzvah between December 2019 and September 2020, one of the questions they will need to think about is whether to leyn (chant) their Torah portion. At this session with Viv Bellos, she will explain the process of learning the singing and introduce you to the neginot (musical accents) found in the Chumash. Email sam@alyth.org.uk to sign up.

Youth and Education Hub Start of Term
Today, Kef Zone, ACE, ACT and Year 10 Hadracha all return after the summer break.
Kef Zone: 16:00 - 17:00
ACE: 17:00 - 18:15
ACT: 17:00 - 18:15
Year 10 Hadracha: 18:30 - 20:00
Click here for this year's term's dates
If you require any more information about any of these programmes, please contact sam@alyth.org.uk

 

Friday 13 September

Baby Den
(10:30-11:30) Wake up with Shoshi the Sheep to sing songs, be with friends and bop to a Shabbat beat. Our musical Baby Den, this week with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe, is designed to help your little one develop creativity, co-ordination and concentration.

Shabbat Den
(16:15-16:45) For pre-schoolers and their families with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Ruach Erev Shabbat
(17:15-19:30) The return of our B'nei Mitzvah programme after the summer break.

Elul Half Hour
(17:45-18:15) Join us for these brief times of reflection, study and contemplation before each of Alyth’s Shabbat services during Elul. This year eight different teachers will use a question from the Bible as a starting point for reflection on our own lives. 
Today,“But will God really dwell on earth?” I Kings 8:27. With Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn Harris.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh and Rabbi Hannah.

 

Saturday 14 September

Elul Half Hour
(09:45-10:15) Today, “Are you right to be angry?” Jonah 4:4. With Rabbi Hannah.

Shabbat Morning Service
(10:30-12:15) This week, a Kollot-style service in the Beit Tefillah, accompanied by a guitar.  There will be an area for children so that parents can enjoy the opportunity to pray. Led by Rabbi Josh. Includes the Bat Mitzvah of Maya Solomons-Wise.

 

Save the date

This Year’s Big Issues: Is Britain Becoming a more Intolerant Society (and if so, what can we do about it?)
Tuesday 17 September, 20:00-22:00Join Keith Kahn-Harris and Omar Khan as they explore the apparent growth of racism and intolerance in the UK and how we can respond. Sociologist Dr Keith Kahn-Harris is the author of ‘Denial: The Unspeakable Truth’ and ‘Strange Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and the Limits of Diversity’.  Dr Omar Khan is Director of the Runnymede Trust, the UK's leading race equality think tank. Hosted by Rabbi Josh. Please let us know you are coming by emailing saskia@alyth.org.uk.

Regular Activities

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Friday 6 September
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)

Saturday 7 September
- Choir rehearsal (09:15)

Sunday 8 September
- Cycling Community (08:15)
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 9 September
- JOY (12:45)
- Senior Club (14:00)

Tuesday 10 September
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)
- Mentor Training (17:30)

Wednesday 11 September
- High Holy Day Choir Rehearsal (19:00)

Thursday 12 September
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Kef Zone (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- ACE (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 13 September
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Saturday 14 September
- Choir Rehearsal (09:15)

Sunday 15 September
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Academy (18:00)

 

 
Shabbat Serman

Click here for Rabbi Josh's D'var Torah from last Shabbat: "Why Ben Stokes wasn't out and what we can learn from it." Click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from last Shabbat: "The danger of 'Blessing and Curse'.

 

Alyth High Holy Days

Please click here for information about the High Holy Days at Alyth.

 

Jewish School Admission Form Signing

If you are applying for admission to a Jewish primary or secondary school and need help with your supplementary information form, please go to www.alyth.org.uk for more information. We have school signing slots available on Sunday 8 September from 10:00-12:00 and Tuesday 17 September from 16:30-19:30. These sessions will be by appointment only. Please email saskia@alyth.org.uk to book your 15 minute appointment.

 

Monday Club Volunteers

We are pleased to announce that the Monday Club, our weekly club for people with learning difficulties is returning in September.

Please click here to see what volunteering opportunities are available and how you can be involved.

 

Sun, 17 November 2019 19 Cheshvan 5780