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Shabbat

Friday evening services offer a relaxed beginning to Shabbat.

 

All of our Friday services are musical and are designed to gently ease into Shabbat. They can be found on our website, on our Youtube channel or directly on our Facebook page. 

On the first Friday of every month, we have a number of services running in parallel. In addition to our service in Radlett, we currently have 2 zoom alternatives. These represent our local area groups, in and around Welwyn (North Herts/South Beds) and for those living in the Hemel Hempstead area. Whilst we are currently on zoom, when we are able, we physically meet in a local community hall. These local services offer the opportunity for all Jews in the area to meet once a month for a friendly, informal, musical friday night service followed by a bring and share supper.  These local groups have created friendships of synagogue members living near each other and interest groups such as the Welwyn area Book Group.

Shabbat morning services commence at 10.30am.

We welcome members and visitors alike to our weekly Shabbat morning service. We use the UK Reform Siddur, Seder Ha-t’fillot, which can be found together with other useful resources on our Live page of this website.

Our young people celebrate becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah on Shabbat mornings (or afternoons) by leading part of the service and reading from Torah. There are often other celebrations such as Baby Blessings, Aufrufen, or special anniversaries during our services; these simchas are seen as community occasions for us all to share. 

On some weeks the singing is led by our own talented voluntary choir. The choir does not ‘perform’ for a congregation of ‘spectators’ – rather it supplements and encourages congregational singing and participation. Whilst the choir couldn’t physically perform together during lockdown, Cantor Sarah created several opportunities for members of the choir to sing. These recordings can be found on our Youtube channel.

As a consequence of our commitment to congregational participation, members of the community often lead our services and read from the Scroll. We actively encourage this, even amongst those who have not done so previously. The preparation and studying involved are, in themselves, a source of spiritual fulfilment and satisfaction.

Family Services

We regularly hold a range of shabbat and festival services that are especially appropriate for our younger members. These include Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Tots with singing and dancing, Family Services for primary age and a regular havdalah gathering for young families. 

All dates and details of Services appear in our weekly community news email bulletin.

Please contact the synagogue office for further information on 01923 856110

There are opportunities to improve your Hebrew or indeed to learn from scratch at The Learning Circle on Tuesday nights.

Fri, 24 September 2021 18 Tishrei 5782