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MyAlyth Weekly Email (30JANUARY)


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Erev Shabbat
31 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 7 Ruach Residential 
(Friday-Sunday ) On this weekend 20 children having their Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Alyth embark on the Ruach Residential. Led by the Youth and Education Hub, 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 this Shabbat by Rabbi Hannah with Justin Wise. This weekend marks the JAMI (the Jewish Mental Health support organisation) Shabbat which we have chosen to call ‘Briyut HaNefesh’ (wellbeing of the soul). During this Friday night service Lynette, Head of Community Care and Life Cycle, will give the D’var Torah.


Shabbat Morning
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. 

Shabbat Service
(10:30-12:15) 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. 

Thursday 06 February

Tu Bishvat Zones 
(16:00-17:00) For primary school children! Join Hannah Kieve and the Youth and Education Hub’s madrichim (youth leaders) to celebrate the “New Year of the Trees” with arts and crafts, games, music and a delicious tea! 

Friday 07 February

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
(18:30-21:00) Our regular Friday night service led by Rabbi Josh.

Shabbat Babayit
(18:30-21:00) Join Rabbi Hannah, Sam Heller and Hannah Kieve for a special Shabbat meal for our Israeli families, hosted by a member of our community who lives locally. For the address, please register with, letting her know how many will be attending. 

Saturday 08 February 

Shabbat Shiur: Jumping into the Sea and the Messiah son of Joseph
(09:15-10:15) Join Student Rabbi Dr Tali Artman, lecturer in rabbinic literature at Cambridge University to explore the story of the parting of the sea and the obscure tale of those who sought to leave Egypt before the right time. 

Shabbat Service 
(10:15-12:15) A choral service, led by Rabbi Hannah with the Alyth choir. Includes the Bar Mitzvah of Nathan Curran. 

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

Sunday 09 February 

Trip: Jewish History in the British Museum
(10:30-12:00) Some of the most important extra-biblical artefacts from the ancient near-East can be seen in the heart of London. In this annual ‘Essentials’ trip, open to all, we use the evidence found in the British Museum to piece together ancient Jewish history. Led by Rabbi Josh. Book with

Alyth’s Annual (Tu B’Shvat) Supper Quiz
(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 

Purim at Alyth 

Teen Purim Secret Cinema presents Spider-man: Far From Home
Monday 9 March, 19:00-21:30
For School Years
Explore the themes of Purim with us in Spiderman’s lab. Your code-breaking powers are needed to solve Mysterio’s encrypted messages. You’ll be given a passport that will let you travel to New York for a classic NY-style dinner (hot dogs anyone?) then bring you back to Europe with Peter Parker’s high school class as they go on the field trip of a life time. All is not as it seems this Purim. RSVP to to receive your part, plan your costume and come in disguise. Hero or villain? We’ll find out…

Erev Purim Wine Masterclass 
Monday 9 March, 19:00-21:30
For adults
An evening of food and Israeli wine tasting including a wine masterclass given by Tal Sunderland-Cohen. Tal Sunderland-Cohen is a consultant, lecturer and writer and author of the book 'Wine Trails of Israel'. A reading of the Megillah will be included. The March issue of Around Alyth will provide further details. £10 per person, which includes food and wine. Register with Our family Purim activities will take place on Tuesday 10 March.

Purim Baby Den 
Tuesday 10 March, 10:30
For Alyth’s youngest members—don’t forget your fancy dress. With Rabbi Hannah and Beth.

Tuesday 10 March, starting at 16:00
For Primary School Children and their families

Join Rabbi Hannah, Sophie and Hannah for our mega Purim party. Drop in at 16:00 for face painting and art activities before the party begins at 16:30. We will have supper together and round off the fun with an immersive Megillah reading and lots of hamantashen. Fancy dress optional, but strongly encouraged. Please rsvp to so we know how many to cater for!

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Alyth's Weekend Away
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 March 
Over 180 people are already signed up for the Alyth Weekend Away, with only a few more rooms available
.  This special weekend includes services, meals and prayer, relaxing together, and a diverse programme of sessions, including study, craft and a leadership track. 

There is a full programme of activities for children with the Youth and Education hub and madrichim, as well as a study room for our teenagers to do their homework and to revise.

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

Sunday 02 Febraury
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)

- Bridge (19:00)

Monday 03 February 
- Alyth Baby and Toddler Group (10:00)
- JOY (12:45)
- Senior Club (14:00)
- Monday Club (19:30)
- CREATE (17:30)

Tuesday 04 February 
- Hebrew Reading from Scratch (19:00)
- Judaism the Essentials (20:00)
- Alyth Choral Society (20:00)

Wednesday 05 February
- Soup, News and Schmooze (12:45)

Thursday 06 February
- 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)
- Year 9 Hadracha (18:30)

Friday 07 February
- Baby Den (10:30)
- Shabbat Den (16:15)
- Ruach Erev Shabbat (17:00)

Sunday 09 February 
- Alyth Community Cycle (08:15)
- Sunday Shacharit (09:00)
- Sunday Morning Galim (10:00)
- Academy (18:00)


Community News

We regret to announce the death of: 

Morris Berelowitz, father of Mark Berelowitz.

Ruby Hamilton, daughter of Suzanne and Derren Hamilton, sister of Lola Hamilton and granddaughter of Paul and Trisha Reik. 

Our thoughts are with those who mourn.


Shabbat Sermon

Click here for Rabbi Josh's sermon from last Shabbat: "They are Believers: Having confidence in ourselves and those who follow"

Click here for Rabbi Hannah's reflections for Holocaust Memorial Day 


Alyth and Golders Green Winter 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


Alyth's Security Update

Please click here to read an update from Michael Jawett, our volunteer head of security.




Sun, 31 May 2020 8 Sivan 5780