Friday evening services offer a relaxed beginning to Shabbat.
On the first Friday of every month, we have 3 services running in parallel, in Radlett and in community halls in Borehamwood and in Welwyn.
The services in both Borehamwood and Welwyn 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 (vegetarian, no nuts please). Please contact the office for location details of these services.
In Radlett, on the third Friday of every month, the service is followed by a bring-and-share chavurah meal – a friendly and social occasion often accompanied by lively singing. The service on these weeks is slightly shorter and especially suitable for families with children.
(Needless to say, families are welcome on other Fridays and conversely you don’t need to bring a child to enjoy the chavurah service!).
We use the the UK Reform Siddur, Seder Ha-t’fillot, and the service is followed by a Kiddush which gives the Community an opportunity to socialise.
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.
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.
We have an innovative Family Corner within the synagogue where younger children can play quietly.
This enables parents to enjoy the service while remaining responsible for their children. Just through the door by the Family Corner is a ‘Kids Corner’ where parents can take their child out for a break from the service. As a community our aim is to try and meet the needs of all our members and this applies to religious services as well as other areas of activity.
All dates and details of Services appear in our weekly email bulletin ReNew.
Please contact the synagogue office for further information on 01923 856110