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MyAlyth Weekly Email (23 JANUARY)


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Erev Shabbat
24 January

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

Year 6 Information Evening and Chavurah Supper 
An 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.


Shabbat Morning
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.

Sunday 26 January

AYS singing at Holocaust Memorial Day Concert
(14:00) Join us in this commemorative service to remember the victims of genocide at the Ricketts Quadrangle of the Middlesex University, The Boroughs, Hendon, NW44BT. The ceremony will include music provided by a number of choirs and bands including a duet from the Alyth Youth Singers, accompanied by our member Miri Gellert. 

Thursday 30 January

(13:15-14:45) 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 Laura Janner-Klausner will be teaching on 30 January and 6 & 13 February.

Friday 31 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.

Ruach Residential 
(Friday - Sunday) 20 children having their Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Alyth embark on the Ruach Residential this weekend. The Ruach Residential creates a home from home, led by our Youth and Education Hub educators together with some amazing madrichim (youth leaders). The weekend will include site run adventure activities, Shabbat services and group building exercises. 

Erev Shabbat Service - Shabbat Briyut HaNefesh
(18:30-19:30) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Hannah with Justin Wise. This weekend marks the JAMI (the Jewish Mental Health support organisation) Briyut Ha’Nefesh (Wellbeing of the Soul) Shabbat. During this Friday night service Lynette, Head of Community Care and Life Cycle, will give the D’var Torah

Saturday 01 February

Shabbat Briyut HaNefesh Shiur and Breakfast 
(09:15-10:15)  Join Rabbi Hannah and Lynette over breakfast to discuss
 what Judaism says about caring for both our mental and physical wellbeing as seen through the eyes of the Prophets.

Choral Service 
(10:30-12:15) A choral service with piano. Led by Student Rabbi Nicola 
Feuchtwang with the Alyth choir.

Imrei Finu
(10:30-12:15) Led by Rabbi Josh, Imrei Finu is a special, spiritual prayer experience, including singing to new and familiar melodies, classical davening and plenty of silence, with an informal participatory Torah service.

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.

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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 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

Alyth's Refugee Drop In Concert 
Wednesday 20 May, 19:30-21:30

Our refugee drop-in choir sings with Wiyaala, a Ghanaian Afro-pop singer-songwriter who sings in her native language of Sissala and Waala dialects and English, often combining all three languages within her songs.
Click here to purchase your ticket.

Other Regular Alyth Activities

Click here for this month's Around Alyth.

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)
- Biblical Hebrew Study Group (10:30)

- Refugee Drop In (14:00)
- Academy (18:00)

Monday 27 January
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:30)

Tuesday 28 January
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Thursday 30 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)

- Chamber Choir (19:30)

Friday 31 January
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 02 January
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Biblical Hebrew Study Group (10:30)
- Academy (18:00)
- Bridge (19:00)


Community News

This week we celebrate with

Jeannette and Martin Cohen on the birth of their granddaughter Miriam Cohen. 

We regret to announce the death of: 

Alfred Fertig, father of Hilary and Paul Fertig, brother of David Fertig.​​​​​

Woolfie Marmot brother of Alec Marmot.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.


Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Hannah's sermon from last Shabbat: "How to step back from leadership"


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 Friday 31 January.  


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




Sun, 31 May 2020 8 Sivan 5780