Shabbat is the centre of our synagogue’s life. Our services use both English and Hebrew and follow the Liberal Jewish prayer book, Siddur Lev Chadash. Most services are led by our Rabbi, and we also have lay members who share in prayer leading. Several are graduates of the Ba’al Tefillah training course run by Liberal Judaism.
Our musicians - Franklyn Gellnick (pianist) and Dean Staker (guitar, voice and composition) - contribute greatly to our services, whether creative or traditional. They help to make our prayers refreshing, reflective and restorative.
Friday evening – Kabbalat Shabbat (6.30pm)
‘On the seventh day God rested’ and so we begin our rest by welcoming Shabbat with the lighting of the candles and community prayer. On the third Friday of the month Shabbat Resouled, our popular band, enhance our worship with their creative style of music. Chavurah suppers, where members bring dinner to share, often follow the service; please check the calendar for dates.
Saturday morning – Shacharit (11.00am)
On Saturday mornings we follow Siddur Lev Chadash, except for the first Shabbat of the month, when we use an adapted siddur with transliteration. This is our lively family service, Shabbat B’Yachad, when the children from our religion school (Ivriah) and many families participate.
We have a family room with toys and other resources where the under-fives with a parent or carer can spend time. Once a month at 10.15 am we offer for them a half-hour musical service. Check the calendar for dates.
Shabbat mornings are enlivened before the service by our weekly discussion group Café Ivriah, that runs during Ivriah term, and an occasional Breakfast Shiur with expert visiting speakers.
The ceremony that ends Shabbat is celebrated as a communal event on the last Saturday of the month. We hold concerts by our own members of all ages (some of them professional musicians) or by invited guest performers, as well poetry readings and discussions over a cup of tea or a light meal. Please check the calendar for timings and dates.