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MyAlyth Weekly Email (9 JANUARY)


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Erev Shabbat
10 January

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

Ruach Erev Shabbat 
(17:15-19:30) Our Friday night Bar/Bat Mitzvah programme resumes today. 

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


Shabbat Morning
11 January

Shabbat Shiur: The Story of David  
(09:15-10:15) This week’s Haftarah describes the death of King David. Join Rabbi Hannah to explore stories about his life from the bible and from the imagination of the Rabbis.

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

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

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 Hannah Kieve 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 12 January

Sunday Morning Galim 
(10:00-12:30) Our Sunday morning learning programme is a nourishing space for young people to build, develop and explore their Jewish identity. The programme resumes today. Please contact for more information. 

Biblical Hebrew Study Group
(10:30-12:00) We are delighted that our member Edward Gold will be running a weekly study group to understand how Biblical Hebrew ‘works’, learning how to translate and understand the original text. If you are interested in joining or for further information please contact  

(13:00-15:00) The centre of madrichim enrichment at Alyth. All leaders year 9+ are welcome to join the Youth and Ed team for Sunday fun and social. followed by a group cook-in and lunch. Meet Israelis your age and enjoy the community together. Contact for more information. 

Academy of Performing Arts at Alyth 
(18:00-20:00) Our drama group for year 8+ resumes today, preparing their performance of Little Shop of Horrors for May. 

Tuesday 14 January

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

(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.

Friday 17 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.

Kindergarten Reunion for those in Reception: 'Tell us about School' Tea
(15:30-17:00) All Alyth Kindergarten children now in reception are invited to join the current K2’s, Tor, Lara and Rabbi Hannah for a delicious afternoon tea where you can tell us all about life in your new school. The tea will be followed by Shabbat Den. RSVP to Mita at

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 Hannah. 

Shabbat B'yachad  
Join us for a Shabbat dinner with fantastic food and company. No charge but donations are always welcome. For catering and transportation please contact  

Saturday 18 January

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation 
(09:15-10:15) Awakening from hibernation through movement and meditation. An hour of contemplation, movement and learning to set you up for Shabbat. With Maxine Levy.

Shabbat Service 
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir, piano and guitar. Includes the Bat Mitzvah of Lola Morris.

Big Bang
(11:00-12:00) This month led by Rabbi Josh and the Big Bang musicians.

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Alyth’s Annual (Tu B’Shvat) Supper Quiz 
Sunday 9 February, 19:15-22:30

Celebrate Tu B’Shvat 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 changed our lives. Each member of our family found their own way to connect with this amazing community. For me it was the learning and really getting to know other members over a coffee or drink in the bar”.
The planning for the Weekend Away is moving forward with the programme taking shape. There will be tefillah as well as plenty of opportunities to learn, to develop new skills and to socialise. The Youth & Education team have so many exciting activities planned, they’re not sure how they’ll fit everything in. The Weekend Away really is for everybody. 
Join us at the beautiful High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, just 7 miles from the M25, about an hour from Alyth by car. Go to to find out why the Alyth Weekend Away is the perfect weekend away for you! Book with

Pre Pesach Trip to the Tutankhamun Exhibition   
Tuesday 31 March, 10:00-14:00 

We have been given the opportunity to buy four more tickets for this otherwise sold-out trip with Rabbi Josh and Viv Bellos. Tickets cost £22 per ticket. Please contact by Friday 17 January to book a place, after which bookings will be closed. 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.

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

Sunday 12 January
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 13 January
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:30)

Tuesday 14 January
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Thursday 16 January
- Mellow Yoga (11:00)
- Pardes (13:00)
- Bridge (14:00)
- Kef Zone (16:00)
- ACE (17:00)
- ACT (17:00)
- Pop Up AYS (17:30)
- Year 9 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 17 January
- Baby Den (10:30)

- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:15)

Sunday 19 January
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)


Community News

We regret to announce the deaths of: 

Erica Burkeman, mother of Bob and Stephen Burkeman.

Vera Feurmann, cousin of Nick Alexander.

Harold Higgott, father of Gordon Higgott

Alasdair Nisbet, father-in-law to Elizabeth and grandfather of James, Anne and Rebecca.

Sonny Warner, father of Clive, Brian and Grahame Warner.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.


Shabbat D'var Torah and Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's D'var Torah from last Shabbat: "She’lo yitpacheid klal – facing the fears of a New Year"

Click here for Rabbi Hannah's sermon from last Shabbat: "Vayiggash – Can people really change?"


Mitzvah Day Awards 

Alyth's Sunday Morning Galim has been shortlisted as one of the 5 finalists for this year's Mitzvah Day Awards in the category of Outstanding Youth Award. Click here to vote for SMG until Tuesday 11 February.  


Alyth/Golders Green Parish Church Night Shelter

This year, our Night Shelter (which is hosted together with our friends at Golders Green Parish Church) will be running on Tuesday nights from 17 March until 2 June 2020.  

This year we will be running for 12 weeks - which means we will need more volunteer shifts than in previous years. In particular, we always need more volunteers for the overnight, breakfast and driving shifts. We will be running a training evening in February for all volunteers, and will arrange an induction for every new volunteer before their first shift.

If you are interested in knowing more about how the Night Shelter is run, please contact



Mon, 1 June 2020 9 Sivan 5780