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MyAlyth Weekly Email (16 JANUARY)


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Erev Shabbat
17 January

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

Kindergarten Reunion for those in Reception: ‘Tell us about School’ Tea  
(15:30) 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 

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

Shabbat B'yachad 
(18:30-19:30) Join us for a Shabbat dinner with fantastic food and company. No charge but donations are always welcome. For catering and transportation please contact 


Shabbat Morning
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 
(10:30-11:30) 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.

Monday 20 January

Spanish Table Talk 
(20:00-21:00) Following Alyth’s recent trip to the home of Maimonides in Cordoba, Rabbi Hannah and Lynette invite you to join an evening of learning on the Rambam while enjoying Spanish tapas, Sangria and Ladino songs. £5 per person. For catering purposes please book in with Saskia at or 020 8457 8784.

Tuesday 21 January

Year 10 Theatre Trip: Six The Musical 
(18:00) Our annual Year 10 theatre trip, for our recent Hadracha graduates, will send us back in time to meet the wives of Henry VIII as we go and see Six the musical! We have a few more tickets available. Contact for a ticket.

Alyth Film Club: Waltz with Bashir (2008)
(19:30-22:00) In 1982, Ari Folman was a 19 year old soldier in the Israeli army during the Lebanon War. In 2006, he meets with a friend from that period, who tells him of the nightmares he has about that war. In “Waltz with Bashir,” a unique, moving and serious animated film, Folman - now an actor and film director - explores what emerges as the PTSD related to his wartime experiences. Nominated for an Academy Award, the film has won great acclaim and many international awards.

Thursday 23 January

(13:00-14:45) The imagery of a garden has often been used in Jewish tradition to describe our textual tradition. Each week will start with a different text from within our rich library. Thereafter, who knows where the journey will take us?
Rabbi Josh will be teaching on 23 January.
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner will be teaching on 30 January and 6 & 13 February.

Friday 24 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.

Year 6 Information Evening and Chavurah Supper 
(17:15-21:00) A jam packed evening for families in Year 6 who will start the evening with the Bar and Bat Mitzvah team to learn about the journey and meet others in the year group, then join the Friday night service which is followed by a chavurah “pot luck” supper where everyone provides a nut free, vegetarian or fish main course or dessert. Please email if you would like to attend and let us know what dish you will be bringing. 

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

Saturday 25 January

Shabbat Shiur: Pharisees, Sadducees and the Sanhedrin
(09:15-10:15) According to the early rabbinic text Megillat Ta’anit, this day in the Hebrew calendar, 28 Tevet,  is a day on which we are not allowed to fast or to eulogise.  The reason?  “The ‘kenishta’ took its seat for judgement”.  Together we will explore what this means, as we journey into the world of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  With Rabbi Josh.

Shabbat Service 
(10:30-12:15) A service with guitar in the round, led by Rabbi Josh and Justin Wise. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Yoni Efrat. 

Stripped-back Shacharit 
(10:30) A more formal Shacharit with Rabbi Colin. Joining the community in the Beit Tefillah for the sermon.

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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

Other Regular Alyth Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

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

Sunday 19 January
- Alyth Community Cycle (08:20)

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

Monday 20 January
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:30)

Tuesday 21 January
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Wednesday 22 January
- Soup, News and Schmooze (12:45)

Thursday 23 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 7 Hebrew (18:15)
- Year 9 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 24 January
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 26 January
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)


Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Katinka Easton, mother of Andrew, Janet and Carole Easton. 

Gloria Freilich, wife of Sydney Freilich, mother of Nicholas Freilich, sister of Tony Dix and Maurice Dix.

Robert Phillips, father of Lewis Phillips, David Benedict and Robin Phillips, older brother of Pat Hasenson.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.


Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from last Shabbat: "Breaking the Cycle"


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