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MyAlyth Weekly Email - 19 September


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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


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

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.

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 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)


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.




Mon, 1 June 2020 9 Sivan 5780