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.
Wednesday 1 July
Dear friend and member of EHRS,
I hope you are all keeping safe and well as we move into the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you for all your support during this difficult period of lockdown. In the light of last week’s announcement on the partial lifting of
restrictions for places of worship, we are reflecting on the implications for EHRS and what this may mean for the future
(more of this below). In the meantime, I wanted to write to you to update you on a range of issues, and to hopefully
answer any questions you may have on how we are dealing with the operational aspects of this crisis.
Here you will see regular updates for our community, updated Thursday 9 July
Please continue to read.
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
Friday 10 July
16:15-16:45 Kuddle Up by Livestream
Join Rabbi Mark 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 Mark through the EHRS Livestream
Click here for the Erev Shabbat Service siddur
Saturday 11 July
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 Debbie
Sedrah Pinchas Numbers 27:1-20
(Etz Hayim p.925) (Hertz p.691)
Read by Rabbi Debbie
Haftarah Pinchas 1 Kings 19:1-14
(Etz Hayim p.938) (Hertz p.699)
Read by Vikki and Tom Wall
Anim Zemirot sung by Tammy Gilmore
'Torah Comes Alive' Family Service 11:00-12:00
You are invited to participate in the Great Nagila Raffle
Tickets are £1 each, £10 for 10, £20 for 20 etc!!! All the money raised goes to support Nagila.
Bekonscot Model village ticket
Mon Platin shampoo and hair mask travel pack
Basket of homemade cookies from Gemma
Nail gift set
4 tickets to London Zoo
Please make your payment below and we will then send you your raffle ticket numbers. Good luck!
Voices Across Continents: An Hour in Haifa, Israel
Thursday 16 July, 14:00-15:00
An evening with Heather Morris, author of ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’
Wednesday 22 July, 20:00
We are delighted that Heather Morris, author of ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ and ‘Cilka’s Journey’ will be talking to us from Australia on Zoom and other channels.
Based on the powerful and moving true story of Lale Sokolov, ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ has deservedly received wide acclaim all over the world. This is unquestionably one of the most life-affirming, unforgettable, and human stories of the Holocaust.
Heather Morris, author of the internationally bestselling novels The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journey, grew up on a farm in rural New Zealand. On her way back across the paddocks from school, Heather would visit her great-grandfather and listen to his experiences of war - stories he told only Heather. From a young age Heather discovered that people would tell her their stories if she stopped and listened.
Let’s enjoy a Quarintini Martini!
Thursday 23 July, 20:00 on Zoom
Cook-a-long with Former Pub Landlord and mixologist Dave Clarke.
He will teach us the skills and a few recipes which form the basis of making virtually any cocktail you fancy, and how to pour a proper beer! Virgin cocktails also an option.
Saturday 25 July, 09:15-10:00
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 Pinchas on Saturday 11 July - 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.
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.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur 5781/2020 at EHRS
The High Holy Days for EHRS is an extraordinary celebration of community as well as being a spiritually transformative time for every individual in our congregation. Most years close to two thousand members come onto our Stonegrove site at the same time. This year, as we continue to cope responsibly and caringly with the Covid-19 pandemic, we will have to prioritise the highest Jewish value, pikuach nefesh, the preservation of life and adapt our High Holy Days experience accordingly. In the Talmud Yoma 83a our Rabbis tell us directly that this is what we must do as they consider a case where a building has collapsed near a Synagogue on Yom Kippur. They rule that the services must end immediately and all go out to help save anyone still living as long as there is still breath in their body.