Monday 30 March
We aim to be able to share the time and details of how to join Rabbi Kraft's z''l funeral by around 14:00 today, here on our EHRS website. We expect that it will take place late on Tuesday afternoon 31 March, assuming that all the requirements of the authorities are met. We will also Livestream a Ma'ariv service here on the EHRS website at 20:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in memory of Rabbi Kraft and other members of our community who have passed away this week.
Friday 27 March
It is with deep sadness that I write to tell you that our dear Rabbi Neil Kraft has passed away. After 18 years in our community, he was more than just our rabbi – he was a teacher, mentor, friend and neighbour to so many of us. He will be so sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Susannah and his sons, Elie and Oscar.
Whilst I know the first instinct of many of you will be to pick up the phone to call Susannah, I’m afraid I have to ask you not to do that. She will know we are thinking of them, and I ask you, on her behalf, to respect the family’s wish to spend this time quietly on their own.
I shall be in touch as soon as I can with the funeral arrangements which will be broadcast on Zoom. Hopefully we can come together soon as a community to share our anecdotes and thoughts about Neil. In the meantime, we will all say a prayer in our hearts – may the memory of this righteous man be for a blessing. Zecher Tzaddik Livrachah.
Janet Brand, EHRS Chairman
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 25 March
Please continue to read below the updates on our Community Circles and Shabbat Services.
Please also read a message from our Chairman, Janet Brand who gives information on Funerals and other Life Cycle Events at EHRS.
Stay well and stay safe
Here you will see regular updates for our community.
Due to the Covid-19, the synagogue premises are now closed to visitors. There is no access without prior appointment.
Please do not send anything to the synagogue by post. We can be contacted via email or telephone, as above.
Please do not leave anything in the postbox. Telephones are being answered by staff remotely.
The EHRS offices and departments are trying to operate as much as normal as is possible within the government regulations at this time. This means that you cannot visit the premises – the building is constantly monitored by CST via CCTV, building security systems and security patrols. You can contact EHRS by email or by telephone. The telephone is operated during the normal office hours. Although the staff are operating from home they are reachable via the usual telephone numbers. 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
During the Shabbat Morning service you may have seen that Rabbi Kraft was not well. Nearly 150 people were online using our Livestream. He returned home during the service and is now resting, looked after by by his wife Susannah. We wish him speedy recovery.
Tuesday 24 March
So it has happened – we are effectively in lock down, and I know that for many of you even just the words are enough to produce anxiety. The world changed as of Monday night and we must all now pull together. The staff and Rabbi’s at the shul took last week to try and put measures in place for us all to be able to keep in touch and although the building is closed, the community very definitely is not.
Please continue to read.
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 the link to the Torah and Haftarah portion of the week Parashat Vayikra - Click here to follow it.
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.
Have you signed up to the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue - EHRS Facebook page yet? If you do you will find live events from the Synagogue, videos of what has been happening and the easiest and most fail-safe way of joining us online. You need to join Facebook (at www.facebook.com) and then click here. We also have a thriving page for EHRS Young Families here and for all EHRS Young People here.
For the last weekday of this week, when we have been trying to do what we can from home, Rabbi Mark and Miriam Goldsmith have a song about how good it is to be together, in whatever way we can. If you stood outside your home at 20:00 on Thursday night and heard all the clapping and pan striking to salute the NHS and all health workers you will know what that means! Click here to enjoy.
Friday 27 March
16:15-16:45 Kuddle Up Shabbat by Livestream
Go to the front page of the EHRS website at 16:15 and join Rabbi Mark and the Shabbat Dinosaur for Shabbat stories and songs through our livestream. Best for younger children.
18:30 Erev Shabbat Service
led by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith through the EHRS Livestream
Click here for the Erev Shabbat Service siddur
20:00 Friday Night Lights
Join Rabbi Emily and her family on Erev Shabbat for candle lighting and Shabbat songs, through the EHRS Livestream.
Saturday 28 March
9:15 Neshamah Yoga
Join Rabbi Mark and EHRS member and yoga teacher, Lisa Morris for a fusion of body, mind and spirituality with Yoga practices & Jewish wisdom to help you be ready for Shabbat. Neshamah (Hebrew for soul & breath) Yoga is accessible for anyone, whatever their yoga experience. Join us from home by Zoom for 40 minutes of much needed relaxation. Join us from any computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone or even by your regular land line phone, details below.
10:30 Main Service
livestreamed form the Synagogue
Click here for the Shabbat Morning Service siddur
A link to our Torah and Haftarah Portions for this week will appear at the top of our EHRS Community Channel on the front page of the website.
Celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Ashleigh Teper
Shacharit Service led by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
Torah Service led by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
Leviticus 2:1-13 (Etz Hayim p.590) (Hertz p.413)
Isaiah 43:21-44:6 (Etz Hayim p.607) (Hertz p.424)
11:00 Shabbat B'Bayit
Join Rabbi Emily LIVE on the EHRS Facebook page for Shabbat B'Bayit, a fun Shabbat morning service with songs, stories, and reflections to give you Shabbat flavour without the formality.
To connect to Zoom for Neshamah Yoga, please keep reading.
EHRS Communal Seder - Interactive!
Thursday 9 April, 19:00
We regret that due to the government advice on holding large gatherings we will have to cancel the EHRS Communal Seder this year. If you have already booked for the Seder then your payment will be refunded in due course. We plan instead to hold a ‘virtual’ Seder through Zoom, led by our Rabbis.
We will invite the whole community to join us from the safety of your homes from 19:00-22:00 on Thursday 9 April.
We will put our EHRS Haggadah on line so that can you follow the Seder easily.
Please keep reading to see how you can join us from any computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone or even by your regular land line phone.
Sundays 22 March and 26 April, 10:00 - 11:00
EHRS’s new, 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.
Our class will be held by Zoom meeting which you can access from any computer or smartphone.
Wednesday 8 - Wednesday 15 April
If you are willing to do the mitzvah of hosting a guest, please let Val know. Your Seder does not need to be perfect, people looking for a host family are simply hoping to be together with others. Please see below for Services and activities this Pesach