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MyAlyth Weekly Email - 3 October 2019


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Yom Kippur is in 5 days...

We hope you had a good Rosh Hashanah.
Yom Kippur is now 5 days away.  Please click here to see the special section on the website.
If you need visitor tickets for Yom Kippur, please contact



Erev Shabbat
4 October

Our weekly Erev Shabbat activities start with our two "Den" services in their usual time slots as listed in our "Regular Activities" section.

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation
(17:15-18:15) Join our guest teacher Rabbi Danny Newman 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. Today's focus: "Cultivating Forgiveness as a Path to Freedom, Healing and At-One-Ment." Through study and guided meditation we will engage in the internal process of asking forgiveness from those we have hurt; offering forgiveness to ourselves for the ways we have neglected or hurt ourselves; and offering forgiveness to those against whom we may still be holding a grudge."

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbis Josh and Hannah.
The D'var Torah will be given by Rabbi Danny Newman, founder of HaMakom.


Shabbat Morning
5 October

Shabbat Shuvah Monthly Midrash in the Morning: Moses
(09:15-10:15) Join Rabbi Hannah for this monthly session studying the midrashic back story of biblical characters over coffee and Danish. This month: Moses - what can he teach us from his death-bed?

Shabbat Morning Service
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Josh, with guitar. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Raphael Goodman. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris, Principal of the Leo Baeck College.

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.

Sunday 6 October

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.

Remembrance Service at Cheshunt
(11:00) One of the customs that has survived the centuries is that of visiting the cemetery between the beginning of the month of Elul and Yom Kippur.  We know that sometimes it's difficult to find the right words and thoughts on such occasions and so we invite you to join Lynette, Head of Community Care and Life Cycle, for a Remembrance Service at Cheshunt Cemetery. There will also be time to visit graves.

Bulb Planting at La Deliverance
(11:15-12:05) Join Mike Freer, our local MP, for the planting of 1500 crocus bulbs on the green by La Deliverance, between Charter Way and Regents Park Road, Finchley in memory of the 1.5 million children’s lives lost in the Holocaust. Rabbi Josh and Alyth members will help to plant from 11:15-12:05. Please contact to let us know that you are coming. Please bring with trowels and gardening gloves if you have.

Monday 7 October

Cultivating a Heart of Forgiveness with Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels
JMM and HaMakom are delighted to present this special evening with Rabbi Dr James Jacobson-Maisels, the founder and spiritual director of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation and a senior faculty member of HaMakom.  Through study of Kabbalistic texts, sharing, discussion and meditation practice, we will explore the nature of forgiveness and discover ways to help the heart open in forgiveness to others and ourselves.

Kol Nidre
Tuesday 8 October

Kol Nidre
Join us for a choice of services at the Sternberg Centre, including:
Choral Kol Nidre, including the sermon by Rabbi Professor Tony Bayfield CBE
(19:00) Kollot Kol Nidre
(19:30) What would it feel like to take God out of YK? With Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner
(19:30) You’ve Got A Friend In Me and Teen Nidre with our Youth and Education team
Click here for more information.

Yom Kippur 
Wednesday 9 October

(From 10:15) We are holding our usual wide selection of services and sessions at both the Sternberg Centre and at Alyth.
Please click here to see the website and High Holy Days Information Booklet for full details.

Thursday 10 October

Please note that there is no Youth and Education programming on 10 October. This includes no Kef Zone, ACT, ACE, Year 7 Hebrew and Year 10 Hadracha.

Outing: Stitch and Knit at Alexandra Palace
(10:00) A community visit to “Stitch and Knit” at Alexandra Palace. Purchase ticket online or on the door and meet in the Fountain Café Palm Court when the doors open at 10:00. Please email to let her know that you will be joining the outing.

Friday 11 October

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.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service.

Saturday 12 October

Shabbat Shiur: Anat Hoffman: The state of the State of Israel
(09:15-10:15) Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, reflects on the current state of social justice, race relations and religious pluralism in the State of Israel, and how they are affected by the current political situation.

(10:30-12:15) Our informal, participatory minyan. This week the service will be in the Beit Tefillah and is accompanied by a guitar. There will be an area for children so that parents can enjoy the opportunity to pray. Led by Rabbi Josh with Justin Wise. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Zed Gordon.  The sermon will be given by Anat Hoffman.

Stripped Back Shacharit
(10:30) A more formal Shacharit with Rabbi Hannah. Joining the community in the Beit Tefillah for the Torah Service and sermon.

Sukkah Building Cocktails and Canapes (For adults)
(19:00-20:30) What goes down, must go up... As the fruits and leaves fall from the trees, help us to lift them up as we booze and build together. Join us for food and fun. Please let know that you are attending so that we can cater for the correct number of people.

Erev Sukkot
Sunday 13 October

Sukkah Decorating Morning
(10:00-12:30) (For all the family) Come and join our young members as we build the final touches to our beautiful sukkah. Learn how to shake a lulav, try some fruit juices and find yourself in the shelter of our ancestors. Please bring with some greenery and “long lasting” vegetables to hang in the Sukkah – these will be made into soup and stews after Sukkot.

Young Family Sukkah Build
(11:00-11:45) Join Tor and Rabbi Hannah to take part in decorating the Alyth community sukkah. Make delicious smoothies and funky fruit art, play games and sing sukkot songs. Please bring your own vegetables or tinned fruits to hang in the sukkah.

Erev Sukkot Service
(18:30-19:30) Led by our Rabbis with the Alyth Choir.

Sukkot Morning 
Monday 14 October

Sukkot Morning Choral Service
(10:15) Led by our Rabbis and the Alyth choir. Please note the start time.

Musical Service for Families
(10:45) A special musical service for all generations. Led by Rabbi Josh, with a Kids Corner.

Sukkot Sensory Service
(11:00) A special version of our Shabbat experience designed to stimulate your babies’ senses. Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe in this service where you and your baby can touch, see, smell, hear and taste your way through the service to create precious memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Suitable for babies from birth to 2 years old.

Sukkot Breakout
(11:00-12:15) Come and celebrate Sukkot through Arts and Crafts with Sophie Peterman.

Regular Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 4 October
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat  (17:15)

Sunday 6 October
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 7 October
- JOY (12:45)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- CREATE (17:30)
- Monday Club (19:00)

Thursday 10 October
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)

Friday 11 October
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 13 October
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)


Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Jennifer Emanuel, mother of Sarah Langsford and Michael Emanuel, and grandmother of Hannah, Charles and Sophie.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.


Rosh Hashanah Sermons

Click here for Rabbi Hannah's D'var Torah from Erev Rosh Hashanah: "The Butterfly Effect".

Click here for Rabbi Colin's sermon from first day Rosh Hashanah.

Click here for Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner's sermon from second day Rosh Hashanah.


Simchat Torah

Click here for more information about Simchat Torah including our special celebration of the Bee, 'Sweet as Honey', with special guest bees.


Sun, 31 May 2020 8 Sivan 5780