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Erev Shabbat
1 November

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

Physicians for Human Rights Israel
(17:15) We are delighted to be welcoming to Alyth three representatives of Physicians for Human Rights Israel, winners of a New Israel Fund 2019 Human Rights Award.  Join us from 17:15 to meet their leadership and hear about their work. They will also be giving the D’var Torah during the Friday night service.
At the core of PHR is the belief that everyone living under Israeli authority should have equal access to healthcare.  They deliver vital healthcare assistance to the most disempowered groups in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.  Founded in 1988, the organisation currently treats over 18,000 people per year, while in parallel advocating for policy improvements in health care provision. PHRI works together with 3,500 volunteer doctors, nurses, and therapists to provide vital healthcare.
With us on the evening will be Professor Raphael Walden, the current President of PHRI (and formerly the personal doctor of his father-in-law Shimon Peres), Dr. Mushira Aboo-Dia, an Israeli-Palestinian gynaecologist and obstetrician at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, and the current Chairman of the PHRI Executive committee, and Ran Goldstein the PHRI Executive Director.

Erev Shabbat service
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbis Josh and Hannah.
The Dvar Torah will be given by Physicians for Human Rights Israel.

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Shabbat Morning
2 November

New Members Breakfast and Four Shabbat services

If you have joined Alyth over the past year you are  invited to join us for a special breakfast at 9:15, before the morning services begin.

A special message from our rabbis:
We know that some Alyth members will be watching the rugby on Saturday morning.  Whether you are happy with the result or a disappointed South African, we invite you to please come and join us after the match finishes - you will be very welcome whatever time you arrive.

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) A Kollot style service with guitar, led by Rabbi Josh. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Rafi Rosenfield.

Study Service: Ashkepardi
(10:30) A study service in the library with Rabbi Colin, looking at Ashkenazi and Sephardi influences on our siddur and the differences between the two traditions.

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 and Chloe 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.

Family Musical Service
(11:00) A youth movement style service for all ages. Led by Mike Mendoza.

Friday 8 November

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 Chloe, 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 Chloe. Join us for songs, stories and to meet new friends at Alyth’s Shabbat Den.

Ruach parent's session: Torah
(17:15-18:00) Each term, Ruach parents are invited to join our rabbis for a special one-off learning session based around the term’s theme in Ruach (this term, Torah). Over 45 minutes, Rabbis Josh and Hannah will explore how we read Torah as modern Progressive Jews, and what questions we hope our children will ask of it. Please let us know if you are coming to

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

Year 8 Chavurah Supper
(18:30-21:30) Join us for the Kabbalat Shabbat service at 18:30 which will be followed by a “pot luck” dinner, where everyone provides a nut free, vegetarian or fish main course or a dessert. We all sit down and enjoy dinner together. This is for all families with children in Year 8. Siblings and grandparents are of course welcome!

Saturday 9 November

Shabbat Shiur: Sugyot Every Reform Jew Should Know - Lessons from the Fall of Jerusalem
(09:15-10:15) Join Rabbi Josh for a special ‘Sugyot every Reform Jew’ should know, looking at the text which he quoted in his sermon on Yom Kippur morning in which the rabbis explored the cause of the fall of Jerusalem.

Shabbat Service​​​​​​​
(10:30-12:15) A choral service, led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Elliott Poole.

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

Young Family Seudah​​​​​​​
(15:00-16:30) Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe for our first spectacular Seudah of 5780. Together we will enjoy shabbat through arts and craft and a lovely tea.

Monday 11 November

Talk with Us: Tefillah
(20:00) Join us to share your thoughts on this year's High Holy Days. Please let us know you are coming by email to This session will be preceded by Ma'ariv at 19:45.

Save the date

Invest in Peace (at Alyth)
Tuesday 19 November, 19:00​​​​​​​
Alyth, in conjunction with Golders Green Parish Church, invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian. People of all faiths and none are welcome to attend this interfaith event, in partnership with Solutions Not Sides. 
The event will be supported by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. An appeal will be made for Solutions Not Sides at the event.
Click here to register for your free ticket or contact 
for more information.

A Celebration of Alyth's Windows with Ardyn Halter and Launch of the 'Art at Alyth' Project
Sunday 24 November, 10:30-12:15
Join us for a very special morning, including brunch, looking at the history, symbolism and design of our Beit Tefillah’s beautiful windows.
We are delighted to welcome artist Ardyn Halter, who designed and created the ‘Time’ windows at the back of the Beit Tefillah. Ardyn is the son of Roman Halter z”l who designed and created the windows at the sides of the Beit Tefillah on the theme of Chai (Life).
Ardyn will speak about the design and creation of our windows, and about his father’s work. We will also look together at some of the symbolism placed within the designs.
The morning will end with the launch of a community project celebrating the windows and the art of Alyth. This will include the opportunity for members to write and reflect on the windows, and a series of events over  the coming months about our art and those who created it.
In order that we know how much food to buy, please email to let us know you are coming.  
For more information on the Art at Alyth project email

Other Regular Alyth Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Friday 1 November
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 3 November
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)
- Bridge (19:00)

Monday 4 November
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- JOY (12:45)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- CREATE (17:30)
- Monday Club (19:00)

Tuesday 5 November
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Wednesday 6 November
- Soup, News and Schmooze (12:45)

Thursday 7 November
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)
- Kef Zone (16:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- Year 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 10 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 8 November
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 10 November
- Alyth Community Cycle (08:15)
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)


Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Naomi (Nin) Saunders, mother of Andrew and Jonathan Saunders​​​​​.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.


Shabbat D'var Torah and Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's Dvar Torah from last Shabbat: "Male and Female God Created Them"

Click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from last Shabbat: "Three Rules for Reading in 5780"


Alyth's Weekend Away 2020​​​​​​​

Why should I come to the Weekend Away? Click here to find out.



Mon, 1 June 2020 9 Sivan 5780