Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue (EHRS) is an inclusive, progressive, vibrant and welcoming Holy community, which strongly values tradition whilst responding to the challenges of modern day Jewish living.
There are so many activities and opportunities at EHRS, which make it much more than a synagogue, it is a community centre for all ages, or as someone described us, a multiplex cinema offering something for everyone.
The synagogue building is a place of worship and also a community centre with many different regular and special activities for all ages. We are delighted to offer a huge range of Synagogue services and activities to cater for all ages. These include Nagila, our Early Years Nursery; Orot, our Religion School; Youth Clubs; Uniformed Groups; our Day Centre for the elderly, plus a wide range of adult education and social groups.
Here you will see regular updates for our community, updated Thursday 6 August
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The synagogue premises are now closed to visitors. There is no access without prior appointment.
The EHRS offices and departments are trying to operate as much as normal as is possible within the government regulations at this time. The telephone is operated during the normal office hours. Although the staff are operating from home they are reachable via the usual telephone numbers and email addresses. Please listen to the menu when you call, to be connected as appropriate. Please do not send anything by post. All payments should be made via the website. We will soon be able to take payments over the phone once a new system is set up.
In the case of a bereavement, please contact the Jewish Joint Burial Society
Introducing the High Holy Days at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue 2020/5781
As we are now less than two months away from Rosh Hashanah, EHRS's Rabbis, Mark Goldsmith, Debbie Young-Somers and Emily Jurman and High Holy Days Co-ordinator Michael Weber are delighted to introduce the special way that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will take place in 2020/5781 at EHRS, on-line and, in local parks, in person. Click here to watch this seven minute video featuring the EHRS choir.
Sunday Shacharit Service
Sunday 16 August, 09:30-10:00 in the EHRS Community Centre and on the EHRS Livestream
We are delighted to offer these services as part of our small steps to re-introduce our normal life back in our building. If you would like to attend a services please complete the following information and return this form to us by Wednesday of the week prior to the service – as space is limited we cannot guarantee a place, but we will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm that our are welcome to attend! Initially we are limiting this service to 15 people in person but we will hopefully grow the numbers as we learn how to manage the service. The Sunday morning service will continue online at www.ehrs.uk as in previous weeks for those not able to attend the synagogue in person.
Please register your attendance below
Friday 7 August
16:15-16:45 Kuddle Up by Livestream
Join Rabbi Emily and the Shabbat Dinosaur for Shabbat stories and songs through our livestream. Best for younger children. Please check the EHRS Our Week Ahead email for the opportunity to join on Zoom so we can hear your suggestions for what to put in the Chicken soup pot and where you have your Shabbat feelings!
18:30 Erev Shabbat Service
led by Rabbi Debbie through the EHRS Livestream
Click here for the Erev Shabbat Service siddur
20:00 Friday Night Lights
Join Rabbi Emily on Erev Shabbat for candle lighting and Shabbat songs, through the EHRS Livestream or on Zoom.
Saturday 8 August
10:30 Main Service available to watch through the EHRS Livestream
Click here for the Shabbat Morning Service siddur. A link to our Torah and Haftarah Portions for this week will appear on the EHRS Community Channel on the front page of the website.
Shacharit Service and Torah Service led by Rabbi Emily
Sedrah Eikev Deuteronomy 11:8-21
(Etz Hayim p.1051) (Hertz p.791)
Read by Rabbi Emily
Haftarah Eikev Isaiah 49:14-51:3
(Etz Hayim p.1056) (Hertz p.794)
Read by Phil Dave
Anim Zemirot sung by Maisie Boyne
11:00-12:00 Shabbat Family Service
Wednesday 12 August, 20:00
Join our monthly Young Adults opportunity to learn together at our Beer and Shiur - for now, please bring your own tipple, but at some point we hope to be able to gather in an actual pub!
This month: How Green is Judaism? The Blue Planet series & Extinction Rebellion have helped raise National & International awareness of the urgency of climate change and protecting our environment. What does Judaism have to say about all of this, and should we be doing more to look after creation?
Voices Across Continents
Jewish Business Ethics in Lockdown London and Boston
Wednesday 19 August
18:00-19:00 London Time, 13:00-14:00 Boston Time
Andalusian Adventure: Join us on a Virtual Trip to Cordoba and Toledo
Thursday 20 August, 17:00-19:00
Join Spain’s first native Rabbi since 1492, Rabbi Haim Casas, for a virtual tour of Cordoba and Toledo, two of the main centres of Judaism in Andalusia and the cradle of our Jewish learning and traditions from the 10th Century until the expulsion of Spain’s Jews in 1492. Hosted by Rabbi Mark (to whet our appetite for a real tour in the future!).
Please book your place below at a cost of £5 and we will send you the Zoom details to join us.
Talmud Class - via Zoom
Sundays 5 & 19 July and 2 & 30 August 10:00-11:00
EHRS’s stimulating and friendly Talmud class is open to all levels of Jewish knowledge. Join Rabbi Mark to grapple with the ideas of our classical Rabbis. Join the discussion of 2000 years ago and its remarkable relevance to issues today. No previous Talmud study experience necessary, just a thirst to get deep into the foundational texts of Judaism. This class is conducted online through Zoom as discussion and argument is what it is all about!
Whilst we can't get together in person, below you will find links to the videos and resources created by your EHRS team
Here is a link to the Torah and Haftarah portion for Shabbat Eikev on Saturday 8 August - click here
Here is a link to the Torah and Haftarah portion for Shabbat Re'eh on Saturday 15 August - click here
Here is a link to the entire Reform Judaism Siddur to use on weekdays and Shabbat: Seder HaTefillot - Forms of Prayer. All you need to do to find your way around the Siddur is to type the page number you need in the box at the top next to the word 'pages'. Thank you to Reform Judaism for making this facility available.
If you are joining a funeral service from home you can follow this service in this online Siddur provided by Reform Judaism. Click here to download it in full or click here for an abridged printable version.
If you are joining a Shivah (Memorial Prayer) service from home you can follow this service in this online Siddur provided by Reform Judaism. Click here to download it in full.
On Shabbat 1st August Rabbi Mark led a Shiur on "Halachah-How does it work in Reform Judaism. Here is the source sheet that he shared: Click here to download.
Please continue to read for more links, including our EHRS Online Talks of the Week, songs and prayers
Here are a selection of recordings from the EHRS Choir for you to listen to. The "Krafty Koristors" will be able to provide more recordings in this way, so please look out for them here in the coming weeks. Ann Sadan
Odecha is part of Psalm 118, which is always included in our Halleil prayers on Rosh Chodesh and Festivals. You can find it on page 673 in our Siddur, beginning at v 21. We have three different tunes that are sung at EHRS, and this recording has proved to be one of the favourite versions in our Shul. If some of the chords sound familiar, or Stephen Glass’ arrangement ‘rings some bells’ this is because we also sing Stephen’s Adon Olam - known as San Francisco. We hope you find this uplifting.
EHRS is here to help and support your application for admission to a Jewish school.
If you choose to apply for admission to a Jewish day school, EHRS is delighted to help everyone looking to obtain CRP (Certificate of Religious Practice) points for admissions in September 2021. All of our services (Including Erev Shabbat, Shabbat Morning, Kuddle-Up Shabbat and Family Services) are eligible for CRP points. Please see below for more information.