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MyAlyth Weekly Email (20 February)


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Erev Shabbat
21 February

Please note that as it is half term there is no Baby or Shabbat Den this week. We restart on Friday 28 February. 

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation 
(17:15-18:15) An hour of contemplation, movement and learning to set you up for Shabbat. With Mika Hadar-Borthwick. 
We will explore the Torah comparison of a person as a tree:
- a person is like the tree of a field... (Deut. 20:19)
- for as the days of a tree shall be the days of my people. (Isaiah 65:22)
- He will be like a tree planted near water... (Jeremiah 17:8)

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

Shalom Supper 
(18:30-21:30) Join members of Jami and Jewish Care’s Shalom Centre for a Shabbat evening dinner and entertainment. (With the support of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust). 


Shabbat Morning
22 February

Shabbat Shiur: Bending the Rules  
(09:15-10:15) Parashat Mishpatim contains a large number of laws.  Some are still fundamental to our concept of a just society, some feel quite alien to us.  Which and why? And why has at least one come to have a meaning opposite to the original text? Led by Student Rabbi Nicola

Shabbat Service 
(10:30-12:15) An unaccompanied service, led by Rabbi Josh and Justin Wise. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Samson Bloom. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Colin.

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

Tuesday 25 February

Judaism the Essentials
(20:00-22:00) Our weekly programme of short courses for all those who want to ensure that their Judaism has firm foundations.  Returning after the half term break, we begin a new short course on Ritual and Prayer with a session on Shabbat.

Click here for the Essentials programme for Feb-June 2020

Thursday 27 February 

Youth and Education Hub Provision
Kef Zone, ACE, ACT and year 7 Hebrew return after the half term break. 

Friday 28 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
(17:15-18:15) 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.

What does Trump’s plan mean for Israelis and Palestinians?
(16:15-17:00) Join Adam Ognall, Chief Executive of the New Israel Fund, to digest President Trump’s recently announced ‘Peace Plan’ on the eve of Israel’s latest Knesset elections. Adam will have returned from Israel the day before this talk so will be able to share the latest insights as to how the Plan is being received in Israel and whether it is shaping the likely outcomes of Israel’s elections. Hosted by Rabbi Josh. 

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

Saturday 29 February

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

Service for Wellbeing
(10:30) Join Lynette Sunderland as we take time for ourselves to relax, breathe and explore, during our Shabbat morning service, our mental and physical wellbeing through tuneful prayer.  

Saturday 29 February 

Secret Cinema: Year 3 and 4
(17:00 - 20:00) Come and join us for an evening of play as we dive into the Toy Box with our old friends Woody and Buzz. Be prepared for a magical immersive movie experience, classic cinema snacks and lots of fun with friends! Contact to sign up or for more information.

Purim at Alyth 

Erev Purim

Erev Purim Wine Masterclass
Monday 9 March, 19:00-21:30
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 - 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 16:00
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 hacve 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.

Last Chance to Book  

Alyth's Weekend Away 
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 March

We have a few more spaces available, but need to know by Thursday 27 February. 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


Other Regular Alyth Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Sunday 23 February
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Biblical Hebrew Study Group (10:30)

- Refugee Drop In (14:00)

Monday 24 February
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:30)

Tuesday 25 February
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Wednesday 26 February
- Chamber Choir (19:30)

Thursday 27 February
- 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)

Friday 28 February
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Saturday 29 January
- Choir rehearsal (09:15)

Sunday 1 March
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Biblical Hebrew Study Group (10:30)
- Academy (18:00)

- Bridge (19:00)


Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from last Shabbat: "What Rabbinic Texts about Reptiles can Teach Us about Strength in Leadership"


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


Notice of Special Meeting of Congregants

2 March 2020 at 8:00pm
at Alyth. 
A Special Meeting to consider the future of our building will take place on Monday 2 March. Click here for details of the resolution.

Following the incorporation of Alyth as a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, our Articles of Association can be accessed via our website by clicking here, or on the Charity Commission and Companies House websites. For a copy of our Rules, which are an internal document, please email to requests a copy. 


Mon, 1 June 2020 9 Sivan 5780