Jul 24, 2014

26 Tammuz 5774

  • Parsha


  • Friday 25 July
  • Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat

    7.15 pm

  • Latest Candle Lighting

    8.45 pm

  • Shabbat 26 July Mevorachim Hachodesh
  • Hashkama Minyan followed by kiddush

    8:00 am

  • Early-bird Shiur

    9.00 am

  • Shacharit

    9.30 am

  • Shabbat afternoon get-together

    5.30 pm

  • Bet Hamedrash Study Programme

    7.30 pm

  • Mincha

    8.30 pm

  • Havdalah

    9:56 pm

  • 27 July - 1 August 2014
  • Sunday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Monday - Rosh Chodesh Av
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Tuesday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Wednesday
  • Shacharit


  • Wednesday Breakfast


  • Mincha followed by Maariv


  • Thursday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Friday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat


  • Shabbat Commences



South Hampstead Synagogue is a vibrant, growing modern orthodox Jewish community in metropolitan London with a reputation for warmth, humour, informality, innovation and a non-judgemental approach.




Tisha B'AvJuly 24, 2014



High Holydays 2014 5775July 24, 2014




All the relevant forms for High Holyday bookings have been emailed and those without email should have received them by post. They are also available to download below.

It would be most appreciated if you would please complete and return the seating request form by Thursday 31 July.

To download the seating form please click here, Seating Form.

Memorial Prayer – Yizkor

Please complete and return the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) form by Sunday 28 September. To download the form, please click here, Memorial Prayer Form.

Four Species – Arba Minim

To purchase the Four Species (Arba Minim) via the Shul, please place your order by clicking HERE.

Price is the same as last year £32 per set. Closing date for orders is Sunday 14 September.

Succot Communal Lunch

There will be a communal lunch in the Succah on the second day of Succot, Friday 10 October.

Prices: Adults 12+ £23.50, Adults 70 + £13.50, Children aged 5 – 11 £13.50, Children under 5 free.

Advance booking essential, no later than Wednesday 1 October please. To book click HERE.


Please pay your part in helping to keep the community safe, throughout the year and especially over the High Holydays. Please read the letter from the Security leaders and volunteer your services whenever possible by returning the form. To download them please click Security Letter and Security Form. Thank you.

Personal Rosh Hashana Greetings 5775 in SHamas

Include your names or a personalised greeting on the Shana Tova greetings page in the Rosh Hashana edition of the SHamas South Hampstead magazine and wish the entire community a Happy New Year in one fell swoop !

Donation of £10 for names only, £25 for a personalised greeting. Bookings close on Sunday 10 August.

To enter your details online, please click HERE or call the office on 020 7722 1807.

Naftali, Gilad and Eyal - A South Hampstead ResponseJuly 24, 2014

Together with Jews in Israel and throughout the world South Hampstead Synagogue Community mourns the shocking murder of three beautiful young people whose lives were cut off in their prime.

As part of their yeshiva curriculum Naftali, Gilad and Eyal were studying Tanach, the Hebrew Bible that describes in the main, the history of the Jewish people and its connection to the land of Israel.

There are 925 chapters in the Bible.

As a mark of solidarity with the families of these three young men and as a way of continuing their studies, the South Hampstead Synagogue Community proposes to complete reading the entire Bible by the end of Shloshim (the thirty days) that conclude on Wednesday 30th July.

All men women and children are invited to choose at least one chapter of the Bible (with no limit on the maximum) to read or study.  Families can take this on as a family project.

You can enter your choice by clicking HERE.

The entire Bible in English can be found online HERE and HERE

May their memories be for a blessing.

The Rabbinic Team

With thanks to Benjamin Gross for suggesting this initiative.

Don't forget to complete your reading by Wednesday 30th July !



Bet Hamedrash - Shabbat Evening one hour before MinchaJuly 24, 2014

Our summer season Bet Hamedrash programme continues this Shabbat with Rabbi Eli. 

Starting one hour before Mincha on Shabbat, this week at 7.30pm.


Israel Fund AppealJuly 24, 2014

Due to the current situation in Israel there have been many requests for donations by various organisations providing welfare services for both civilians and soldiers in the south. The Israel Fund is therefore quite depleted and top-up donations of any amount, large or small, would be most welcome. Cheques or charity vouchers should be made payable to South Hampstead Synagogue and please mark them "Israel Fund" on the back. The account details for bank transfers are available from the office. Collection boxes are also available and if you already have one, please bring the contents into the office at regular intervals for banking.





Brondesbury EruvJuly 24, 2014

Brondesbury Park Synagogue have submitted a planning application for an eruv. Eleven pairs of poles are in the Borough of Camden and therefore this will be a test case of Camden's ruling on an Eruv. A positive decision will obviously set a precedent for our own pending application and therefore it would be very helpful if South Hampstead members log their support. You can do so by logging into Camden's planning portal at, click on "comment on a planning application", then on "planning application search" and search on application number 2014/2464/P. Choose "add comments here" to submit your letter of support. To go direct to the comments page please click HERE.


Shabbat UK - 24/25 October 2014July 24, 2014

Together with communities across the UK, our Shul will be actively participating in the international Shabbat Project which was so successfully pioneered in South Africa. It will take place around the world on 24/25 October 2014. To feel the energy of this unique project please take a moment to watch an extremely informative and gripping movie clip by clicking HERE

To get this special Shabbat off to a sensational start in our own South Hampstead Synagogue community, we are launching an ‘open your home for Friday night dinner’ campaign. We are looking for dinner hosts who will open their homes on Friday night 24 October and invite other members of our Shul who live in neighbouring streets. Hosts will open their homes to all fellow South Hampstead members regardless of whether these neighbours are friends or not yet friends. We hope that there will be clusters of homes across the breadth of our Shul membership which will all celebrate Shabbat together. If you would like to be a host for this important occasion please email Cara Blitz at

Other exciting events to be announced shortly will be held at the Shul during the day of Shabbat the 25 October.

There will also be a London wide challah bake on Thursday evening the 23 October which will take place at Brent Cross Shopping centre. Women and girls from South Hampstead Synagogue will have the opportunity to attend as a group.

Further details to follow.

Please diarise the date – Shabbat UK…what will you do?


  • Saturday July 26, 2014 -
    Shabbat Get Together

    Dr Irene Polinskaya will speak on 'Sacred laws' in Ancient Greek and Jewish Traditions.
    Time: 5:30pm
    Location: The home of Sue and Robert Nyman, 24 Hornby Close, NW3 3JL

  • Sunday July 27, 2014 -
    Once In A New Moon

    Serach bat Asher: The Oldest Woman in the World with Leya Landau
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: SHY Room

  • Every Wednesday starting July 30, 2014
    Wednesday Gemara shiur
    Talmud Class
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Shul Flat

  • Every Thursday starting July 31, 2014
    Mother & Toddlers Music
    A lovely group for mums and their toddlers each Thursday at the Synagogue.
    Time: 10:30am till 11:30am
    Location: South Hampstead Synagogue - Small Hall

  • Sunday August 03, 2014 -
    Book Club

    Raphael Langham will present "An officer and a spy" by Robert Harris.
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: The Home of Paul de Keyser, 16 Upper Park Road, NW3 7UP


By: Rebbetzen Lauren Levin

“And these are the journeys of Bnei Yisrael”(33:1)...what a journey the book of Bamidbar has been! We began with all the preparations for an imminent entrance to the Promised Land, watched it all fall to pieces, and in the last few weeks have seen the slow and systematic training of a new generation. They now stand on the threshold that their parents saw vanish from before their eyes. What will enable this generation to succeed entering Eretz Yisrael without disaster?


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