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MyAlyth Weekly Email (5 March)


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Coronavirus: 3 ways to help protect your community 
1) Please stay at home if you feel unwell.
2) When you come into the Alyth building wash your hands with warm water and soap.
3) We are especially vulnerable at Kiddush so please be careful when taking food.
To protect our more vulnerable members and visitors, we ask all at Alyth to please bear in mind government guidelines before coming to the building. For more information on current guidelines, please click here.
We are still receiving expert advice and we will update you as soon as we can. 


Erev Shabbat
06 March 

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 Rabbi Hannah and Katie Hainbach.


Shabbat Morning
07 March 

Shabbat Shiur: Sugyot every Reform Jew should know
(09:15-10:15) A sugya is a discrete section of the Talmud.  In these shiurim we explore sugyot that are particularly interesting, entertaining or challenging.  With Rabbi Josh.

Shabbat Service 
(10:30-12:15) A choral service with piano. Led by Rabbi Josh with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Ron Laufer. The sermon will be given by Student Rabbi Dr Tali Artman.

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

Monday 09 March - Erev Purim

Erev Purim Wine Masterclass 
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.
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Teen Erev Purim Secret Cinema - Spider-Man: Far from Home 
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…

Tuesday 10 March - Purim 

Purim Baby Den 
For Alyth’s youngest members: Don’t forget your fancy dress. With Rabbi Hannah and Beth.

Just added: Purim Megillah Reading & Lunch  
(12:30-14:00) Join Rabbi Hannah and Mike Mendoza for a megillah reading over a light lunch. 

Mega Purim Party 
For Primary School children and their families: Join Rabbi Hannah and Sophie 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.

Alyth Film Club: The Shop on the High Street (1965)      
(19:30-22:00) Antonin Tono Brtko is a poor carpenter appointed by his Nazi brother-in-law to be 'Aryan controller' of an old Jewish widow’s sewing shop in a Nazi-occupied Slovakian town in 1942. The widow, Rozalie, is near deaf, isolated and partially sighted. Barely even registering there is a war going on, she fails to fully realize the implications of the context in which she lives. Believing Tono is simply her new assistant, the two develop a tentative friendship that sees him maintaining that fiction as he attempts to protect her from the encroaching Nazi horror. With English subtitles.

Friday 13 March 

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.

Ruach Parent's Session: Avodah 
(17:15-18:15) To correspond with the ‘Avodah’ term at Ruach, this session, taught by Rabbi Josh and Rabbi Hannah, will look at aspects of our prayer lives.  This session is specifically for parents whose children attend the Ruach programme.

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

Saturday 14 March 

Special Choir Breakfast  
(09:00-10:15)  A special breakfast for choir members to speak about music in our services with our rabbis and welcoming back Katie.

Shabbat Service 
(10:30-12:15)  Led by Rabbi Josh. Includes the Bat Mitzvah of Gabriella Hilton. 

(10:30-12:15) Our informal, unaccompanied, participatory minyan.  Led by Rabbi Hannah and Justin Wise.

Year 6 Bowling Trip 
(17:00-19:00) Part of the B’nei Mitzvah process at Alyth is focused on social bonding. Therefore, we plan one tailored event in Year 6, a residential in Year 7 and an international trip in Year 8. Join us for the first social of the journey - the Year 6 bowling trip.
Email to sign up. 

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Academy of Perfoming Arts at Alyth Presents: Little Shop of Horrors 
Saturday 2 May, 19:00 & Sunday 3 May, 15:00 and 19:00 

Academy of Performing Arts at Alyth presents  a performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” Tickets cost: £10 (adults), £8 (concessions), £3 (under 18s). Click here to book. 

The Alyth Big Iftar  
Monday 11 May (evening) 

Alyth’s seventh annual Iftar as we extend a warm welcome to our Muslim neighbours. Email to register. 

Alyth Refugee Drop-In Concert 
Wednesday 20 May, 19:30 

We are excited to welcome back Wiyaala, the winner of Ghana's X Factor. The concert, to raise funds for Alyth Social Action projects, will also feature the Alyth Refugee Drop-in choir with singers from over 12 countries. Join us for a wonderful celebration of different communities coming together as one. Click here to book tickets.


Other Regular Alyth Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 06 March 
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 08 March
- Alyth Cycling Community (08:30)
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Biblical Hebrew Study Group (10:30)
- Refugee Choir Rehearsal (13:30)

- Singing for Pleasure (15:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 09 March 
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:30)

Tuesday 10 March 
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Thursday 12 March
- 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 13 March
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Saturday 14 March 
- Choir Rehearsal (09:15)

Sunday 15 March 
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)


Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Monica Mendoza, aunt of Laurance Mendoza.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.


Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Hannah's sermon from last Shabbat: "Building our own Disneyland"


Finchley Foodbank Collection 

Following a few busy weeks the Foodbank is running short of some basics, such a jars of pasta sauces, tins of tomatoes, UHT milk and bags of rice.
If you are able to donate any of these items, please drop them off in the Alyth foyer before Friday 6 March.  The Foodbank is also taking donations of coffee,  cupasoups, cereals, tins of vegetables, custard/rice pudding and toiletries (shampoo, deodorants for men and women, shower gel and toilet paper).
Thank you


18 Under 18

Mazel Tov to Evie Leibling Blitz for being one of the Jewish News 18 under 18. Click here to read the full article. 



Mon, 1 June 2020 9 Sivan 5780