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MyAlyth Weekly Email (6 February)


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Erev Shabbat
07 February 

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 
Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh.

Shabbat Babayit 
(18:30-21:00) This Friday, join Rabbi Hannah, Sam Heller and Hannah Kieve for a special Shabbat meal for our Israeli families, hosted by a member of our community who lives locally. For the address, please register with, letting her know how many will be attending and what dish you will be contributing. 


Shabbat Morning
08 February 

Shabbat Shiur: Jumping into the Sea and the Messiah son of Joseph 
(09:15-10:15) Join Student Rabbi Dr Tali Artman, lecturer in rabbinic literature at Cambridge University to explore the story of the parting of the sea and the tale of those who sought to leave Egypt before the right time.

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

(10:30-12:15) Our informal, unaccompanied, participatory minyan. Led by Rabbi Josh.

The sermon in the choral service and dvar torah in Kollot will be given by Student Rabbi Dr Tali Artman.

Sunday 9 February 

Trip: Jewish History in the British Museum  
(10:30) Some of the most important extra-biblical artifacts from the ancient near-East can be seen in the heart of London. Together, we use the evidence found in the British Museum to piece together ancient Jewish history. Led by Rabbi Josh.  This trip is now full.

Alyth’s Annual Tu B’Shvat Supper Quiz
(19:15) Celebrate Tu B’Shvat with us at our Annual Alyth Supper Quiz.  £26 per person (includes supper). Tables of 10 - make up your own table or we can allocate you to a table. To buy tickets call Saskia on 020 8457 8784 or email

Tuesday 11 February 

Essentials Tu B’Shvat Seder 
(20:00) The annual Essentials Tu B’Shvat Seder, with Rabbi Hannah.  The evening is open to all the community. Please let us know you are coming with

Friday 14 February

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, with Rabbi Hannah and Beth 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 Beth. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Sing With Us
(17:15-18:15) Join us as we sing new and familiar melodies, exploring harmonies and preparing our voices for our Shabbat service. With Rabbi Josh and Rabbi Hannah. 

Ruach Budapest Trip Information Evening and Pre Trip Family Chavurah Supper 
(17:15-21:00) Parents of those year 8 children going on the Budapest trip in February are invited to the information meeting at 17:15 while the children are at Ruach and then please all join us for the Friday night Shabbat service, followed by a bring and share dinner. Everyone is asked to bring a veggie, or fish, dish (main or dessert) and start the following week’s trip off in high spirits!

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

Saturday 15 February 

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation 
(09:15-10:15) Buds of flowers sprouting into spring. Awakening from hibernation through movement and meditation. Contemplation, movement and learning to set you up for Shabbat. With Mika Hadar-Borthwick.

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Josh and Justin Wise with the Alyth choir accompanied by guitar. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Jonah Phillips. 

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

Feb Fun For Young Ones 

Feb Fun for Young Ones 
Monday 17 - Friday 21 February 
Join the Youth and Education team and Alyth Kindergarten staff for Alyth’s half term camp for children aged 2-4 years old. Feb Fun is a perfect way to spend the school holiday. The scheme has a safe and homely environment while giving us the flexibility to use our space in exciting and innovative ways. To register or if you have any questions please contact

Purim at Alyth

Erev Purim

Erev Purim Wine Masterclass
Monday 9 March, 19:00
For adults:
 A lot of the Purim story happens over wine and feasting.  This Purim, join us for an evening of food and Israeli wine tasting including a masterclass with Israeli wine ambassador, Tal Sunderland-Cohen.
Tal Sunderland-Cohen is a consultant, lecturer and writer and author of the book 'Wine Trails of Israel'. Reading of the Megillah will be woven into the evening.  Tickets are £10 per person, which includes food and wine. Register with 

Teen Purim Secret Cinema presents Spider-man: Far From Home
Monday 9 March, 19:00-21:30

For School Years 7-13: Explore the themes of Purim with us in Spiderman’s lab. Your code-breaking powers are needed to solve Mysterio’s encrypted messages. You’ll be given a passport that will let you travel to New York for a classic NY-style dinner (hot dogs anyone?) then bring you back to Europe with Peter Parker’s high school class as they go on the field trip of a life time. All is not as it seems this Purim. RSVP to to receive your part, plan your costume and come in disguise. Hero or villain? We’ll find out…

Purim Day

Purim Baby Den 
Tuesday 10 March, 10:30
For Alyth’s youngest members: don’t forget your fancy dress. 
With Rabbi Hannah and Beth.

Purim Party 
Tuesday 10 March, starting at 16:
For Primary School children and their families: Join Rabbi Hannah, Sophie and Hannah for our mega Purim party. Drop in at 16:00 for face painting and art activities before the party begins at 16:30. We will have supper together and round off the fun with an immersive Megillah reading and lots of hamantashen. Fancy dress optional, but strongly encouraged. Please rsvp to so we know how many to cater for!

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Alyth's Weekend Away 
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 March 
Over 180 people are already signed up for the Alyth Weekend Away, with only a few more rooms available.  This special weekend includes services, meals and prayer, relaxing together, and a diverse programme of sessions, including study, craft and a leadership track.  
There is a full programme of activities for children with the Youth and Education hub and madrichim, as well as a study room for our teenagers to do their homework and to revise.
Join us at the beautiful High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, just 7 miles from the M25, about an hour from Alyth by car. Go to to find out why the Alyth Weekend Away is the perfect weekend away for you! Book with

Alyth's Refugee Drop In Concert 
Wednesday 20 May, 19:30-21:30
Our refugee drop-in choir sings with Wiyaala, a Ghanaian Afro-pop singer-songwriter who sings in her native language of Sissala and Waala dialects and English, often combining all three languages within her songs.
 Click here to purchase your ticket.

Other Regular Alyth Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 7 February
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 9 February
- Alyth Community Cycle (08:15)

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

- Biblical Hebrew Study Group (10:30)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 10 February
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:30)

Tuesday 11 February
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Thursday 13 February
- 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 9 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 14 February
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Saturday 15 February
- Choir rehearsal (09:15)

Sunday 16 February
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)

- Biblical Hebrew Study Group (10:30)


Community News

We celebrate with: 

Erica and Ed Perry on the birth of their daughter, Emilia Perry, a granddaughter to Naomi and Alan Perry, 

We regret to announce the death of: 

Henry Jackson, husband of Kathrine Jackson, father of Anthony Jackson.

Evelyne Pell, mother of Clifford Pell and Suzanne Rister, sister of Ruth Arnold.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.


Shabbat D'var Torah and Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Hannah's Dvar Torah from last Shabbat and click here Student Rabbi Nicola Feuchtwang's sermon from last Shabbat. 


Alyth/Golders Green Parish Church Night Shelter

This year, our Night Shelter (which is hosted together with our friends at Golders Green Parish Church) will be running on Tuesday nights from 17 March until 2 June 2020.  
This year we will be running for 12 weeks - which means we will need more volunteer shifts than in previous years. In particular, we always need more volunteers for the overnight, breakfast and driving shifts. We will be running a training evening in February for all volunteers, and will arrange an induction for every new volunteer before their first shift.
If you are interested in knowing more about how the Night Shelter is run, please contact



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