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MyAlyth Weekly Email (5 DECEMBER)


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Erev Shabbat
6 December

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) Our regular Friday night service. Led by Rabbi Josh.  The D’var Torah will be given by Chloe Kimmel to mark her leaving the Alyth staff team.

Shalom Supper
(19:30) Following the service, join members of Jami and Jewish Care’s Shalom Centre for a Shabbat evening dinner and entertainment.


Shabbat Morning
7 December

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15A choral service, led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Albert Selby and Bat Mitzvah of Skye McDowall-Smith.

Tefillah Lab: Study Service
(10:30-12:15Join Student Rabbi Dr Tali Artman for a special study service from Eretz Yisrael in the late antiquity period.  We will use Genizah fragments and modern research to guide us through the service. As well as training for the rabbinate, Tali is also an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and teaches Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College. 

Saturday 7 December

Young Family Seudah
(15:00-16:30) Following the release of the second Frozen movie, come and watch the original film with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe. Smash your way through icicles to find hidden treasure with Anna, use ice paints to create your own magical kingdom with Elsa, and build your very own snowman with Olaf. We will eat our delicious Shabbat tea and do all our activities while singing along to Frozen.

Sunday 8 December

Year 5 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Date Booking Meeting
(11:00-12:00) Do you have a child in Year 5? If so, you should have received a letter inviting you to this preliminary meeting to talk to us about the allocation of a date for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah in 2022/2023. 
If you have not received this letter please contact as a matter of urgency.

Alyth Choral Society Concert: Elijah
(18:30) ACS perform Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah. Tickets cost £18 (including refreshments) and can be purchased from For more information go to

Tuesday 10 December

Annual Budget General Meeting
(20:00) Our Annual Budget General Meeting is being held on Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 20:00. The Budget and all related papers are available at

Friday 13 December

There is no Baby or Shabbat Den this week.

Hadracha Skills Weekend
(Friday 13 - Sunday 15 December) TA special winter residential camp, creating a home away from home for our wonderful madrichim.
Skills Weekend brings together Years 10-13 to development their leadership potential and bond as a leadership body. We have filled every bed space for a second year running. All attendees must have graduated Yr10 Hadracha. For more information contact

Erev Shabbat Service
(18:30) Our regular Friday night service. Led by Rabbi Josh.

Saturday 14 December

Shabbat Shiur - Sugyot Every Reform Jew Should Know: The meanings of light
(09:15-10:15) A sugya is a discrete section of the Babylonian
Talmud. In these sessions with Rabbi Josh, we look at sugyot which are especially important, insightful or entertaining, and which every educated Jew should know about.  In this session we will look at a sugya and some related texts about light on Shabbat and Chanukah.  
Please note that Rabbi Josh taught the central text of this shiur at Pardes on 28 November.

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) A choral service, led by Rabbi Josh with the Alyth choir. 
Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Louis Levy-Barnett.

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

Save the date for 2020

Alyth’s Annual (Tu B’Shvat) Supper Quiz
Sunday 9 February, 19:15-22:30
Celebrate Tu’Bshvat with us at our Annual Alyth Supper Quiz.
£26 per person (includes supper).
Tables of 10 - make up your own table or we can allocate you to a table.
To buy tickets call Saskia on 020 8457 8784 or email

Pre Pesach Trip to the Tutankhamun Exhibition
Tuesday 31 March, 10:00-14:00
Prepare for Pesach by immersing yourself in Ancient Egypt with Rabbi Josh and Viv Bellos. We have a limited number of tickets, costing £22 per ticket.  Please contact to book your place. We will meet at 10:00 at the entrance to the Saatchi Gallery (SW3 4RY).  After the exhibition we will have lunch together for those who wish.


Other Regular Alyth Activities

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Fri 6 December
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sat 7 December
- Choir Rehearsal (9:15)

Sun 8 December
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Alyth Bike Ride (16:00)
Festive Lights Of London ride
- Academy (18:00)

Mon 9 December
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- JOY (12:45)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:30)

Tues 10 December
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)

Thur 12 December
- 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)

Sun 15 December
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)


Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Harold Hodes, husband of Harriet Hodes, father of David, Jonathan and Michael Hodes and brother of Hazel Swerdlow.

Lloyd Kuber, son of Alma and Ivan Kuber, husband of Linda Kuber, father of Daniel, Marc and Matthew Kuber, and brother of Sheri Haywood.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.

Mazel tov to Kate Caro and Matt Horne on the birth of their son, Elijah Horne.


Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from last Shabbat: "Why we say ‘L’shalom’ not ‘B’shalom’"


Alyth's Weekend Away 2020

27-29 March 2020

Pray with us, learn with us, be with us…
laugh with us, relax with us, create with us, ramble with us, play table tennis with us, quiz with us, eat chocolate with us, meditate with us, read the newspapers with us, stay up late with us, design with us, revise in a quiet corner with us, drink coffee with us, connect with us, study Talmud with us, drink with us, dance with us, watch films with us, play with us, hide and seek with us,  chill with us, play games with us, sing with us, make new friends with us, make memories with us...

The Weekend Away is for everyone in the community at every age and stage. There are activities and services, and opportunities to socialise and have fun. Click here to find out why the Alyth Weekend Away is the perfect weekend away for you and to sign up.


Limmud 2019

Be inspired by hundreds of sessions led by Jewish educators from around the world. If you are aged under 35, Alyth can help you to go with an Alyth Limmud Bursary of up to 75% of the costs. Contact Rabbi Josh or Rabbi Hannah for support.


Sun, 31 May 2020 8 Sivan 5780