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MyAlyth Weekly Email (12 September)


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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 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 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

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 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 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

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


Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

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 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 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 to book your 15 minute appointment.



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