Sign In Forgot Password

MyAlyth Weekly Email (19 December)


My Alyth

This email covers the next two weeks up to Thursday 2 January 2020. On behalf of everyone at Alyth, Chanukah Sameach and happy new year!



Erev Shabbat
20 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
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service. Led by Rabbi Josh and Rabbi Hannah. The D'var Torah will be given by Mike Mendoza before he travels to Israel for 6 months. 


Shabbat Morning
21 December

Shabbat Service 
Led by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner with Justin Wise. The service will be accompanied by guitar. Includes the Bat Mitzvah of Dina Leibling-Blitz. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Laura.

Big Bang
This month led by Rabbi Hannah and the Big Bang musicians.

Monday 23 December 

Chanukah Sensory in Pyjamas 
(16:00-17:00) Join Rabbi Hannah for this special Chanukah experience for your little ones. Come for a relaxing, stimulating and fun Chanukah and make sure to wear your pyjamas! We will be singing special Chanukah songs, dancing to the Chanukah beat and lighting candles with our Sensory and Den friends. 

Thursday 26 December 

Boxing Day Ramble: Colne Valley & Bayhurst Wood
(10:00-15:00) A 7 mile walk through the ancient Forest of Middlesex, Denham Country Park and the Grand Union Canal. Lunch at the Swan Inn Denham. Please email to book and for the starting location.

Friday 27 December

There will be no Baby or Shabbat Den this week

Chanukah Jewish Mindfulness Meditation 
(17:15-18:15) Touching the light within us through Midrash, contemplation, and meditation with Mika Hadar-Borthwick. 

Erev Shabbat Chanukah Service 
(18:30-19:30) Led by Rabbi Colin, our Erev Shabbat service begins with the lighting of the chanukiah for the sixth night of Chanukah. 

Chanukah B'yachad 
(18:30-21:30) Join us for a Shabbat and Chanukah dinner with fantastic food and company. No charge but donations are always welcome. For catering and transportation please contact 

Saturday 28 December

Shabbat Chanukah Service 
(10:30-12:15) A choral service, led by Student Rabbi Nicola Feuchtwang with the Alyth choir, including Hallel for Shabbat Chanukah. 

Friday 3 January

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, with Rabbi Hannah and Beth, 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 Beth. 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 led by Rabbi Josh. 

Saturday 4 January

Shabbat Service 
(10:30-12:15) Our service, led by Rabbi Hannah with Justin wise and the Alyth choir.

The service will be accompanied by guitar. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Leo Sinclair. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Hannah. 

Book now for 2020

Antisemitism. What it is. What it isn’t. Why it matters - 
An evening with Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger

Tuesday 14 January, 20:00-21:45

We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue, cross bench Peer in the House of Lords, former CEO of the King's Fund, and author of a recently published book on antisemitism, “Antisemitism. What it is. What it isn’t. Why it matters.”  Julia’s book has been described by Philippe Sands as “Passionate, principled and necessary - a book for our times.”  
To reserve your place, email or phone 020 8457 8784.

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

Alyth's Weekend Away 
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 March  
The Weekend Away (27 - 29 March 2020) is for everyone in the community at every age and stage. There are activities and services, and opportunities to socialise and have fun, or just sit and read the paper or walk in the countryside. Click here to find out why the Alyth Weekend Away is the perfect weekend away for you!

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

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

Fri 20 December
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)

Sun 21 December
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)

Mon 23 December
- Senior Club (14:00)

Sun 29 December
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)

Thur 2 January
- Bridge (14:00)

Fri 3 January
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)

Sat 4 January
- Choir rehearsal (09:15)


Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Raymond Ettinger, husband of Sandra and father of Grace Palazzolo.

Zac Brettler, son of Matthew and Rachelle Brettler, grandson of Jackie Gryn. 

Julius Alterman, father of Richard Alterman, Lesley Alterman and Frances Hetherington, brother of Pearl Trosser.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.


Shabbat D'var Torah and Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's D'var Torah: "Philadelphia 1989" and click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from last Shabbat: "Looking beyond ourselves"


Alyth at Limmud

Sam Heller, Mike Mendoza, Sophie Peterman and Abi Symons from the Alyth team will be at Limmud on Monday 23 December. We would love any Alyth member there too to join us for a drink at the bar between 19:40-20:40 that evening. 
If you would like to join Limmud, and 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.


Office opening hours 

Please note that Alyth has reduced opening hours over the forthcoming holiday break.

On 24, 27, 30 & 31 December the Alyth office will be open from 10:00 - 16:00.

The office will be closed on 25 & 26 December and 1 January.

The synagogue will be open as normal for services over Shabbat 27-28 December, with a special Shabbat B’Yachad meal on the evening of 27/12.

The Alyth emergency care line (for out-of-hours emergency care) is 07726 631808.


Sun, 31 May 2020 8 Sivan 5780