Dec 19, 2014

27 Kislev 5775

  • Parsha


  • Friday 19 December - 3rd Day Chanukah
  • Light 4th Day Chanukah Candles before Shabbat Candles
  • Candle Lighting, Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat


  • Shabbat 20 December - 4th Day Chanukah - Mevorachim Hachodesh
  • Early-bird Shiur


  • Shacharit


  • Mincha


  • Ma'ariv followed by Havdalah and lighting of 5th Day Chanukah Candles


  • 21 - 26 December 2014
  • Sunday - 5th Day Chanukah
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by lighting of 6th Day Chanukah Candles and Ma'ariv


  • Monday - Rosh Chodesh Tevet - 6th Day Chanukah
  • Shacharit


  • Ma'ariv and lighting of 7th Day Chanukah Candles


  • Tuesday - Rosh Chodesh Tevet - 7th Day Chanukah
  • Shacharit


  • Ma'ariv and lighting of 8th Day Chanukah Candles


  • Wednesday - 8th Day Chanukah
  • Shacharit


  • Wednesday Breakfast


  • Ma'ariv


  • Thursday - Bank Holiday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha and Ma'ariv


  • Friday - Bank Holiday
  • Shacharit


  • Candle Lighting, Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat


  • Weekday Mincha Minyan (except Bank Holidays)
  • The Village Shul please call 07849 075455 to check location


  • St John's Wood Shul



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.




SHKoyach - Our South Hampstead & UJIA Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Club - 13 JanuaryDecember 18, 2014

The next UJIA Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Club is on Tuesday 13 January from 6-8pm.

Please note that the venue for meetings will alternate between South Hampstead and St. John's Wood Synagogue,  37/41 Grove End Road, St. John's Wood, London NW8 9NG 

The next meeting will be at:  South Hampstead.

The dates for forthcoming clubs are:


Hosting Shul

13 January


10 February


3 March


21 April


19 May


16 June


12 July


Please contact Marcelle Glantz: or Karen Goodkind: if you would like more  information.Each month includes a session facilitated by UJIA about the Ethiopian Bar / Bat Mitzvah  journey, and also a session led by Youth leaders on becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Sessions are held monthly for boys and girls in School Year 7.


Save The Date : 7 January Adult Education Evening Session with Gila FineDecember 18, 2014

7 January 2015: Gila Fine                                    

Gila Fine is the Editor in Chief of Maggid Books (Jerusalem), and a gifted teacher of talmudic narrative.  Superlatives follow every session she teaches and she is much in demand whenever she is in London.  We are delighted that she will be teaching at South Hampstead.  Not to be missed.

Watch this space for booking detail.


"No Frills" Friday Night Dinner 26 DecemberDecember 19, 2014

We are once again putting on our annual December "No Frills" Friday night dinner.

As the title suggests this means enjoying a lovely Shabbat meal with members of the community in a home from home setting where we all help in setting up, serving and clearing up but most importantly in sharing a meaningful shabbat meal together.

Date: 26th December 2014

Time: Service at 3:41pm with dinner to follow

Price: £16 per person. To book please click HERE. Booking closes on Tuesday 23 December.



Once In A New Moon Educational Series - Monday 22 December with Maureen KendlerDecember 18, 2014

This month we welcome back, in conjunction with LSJS, Maureen Kendler who will speak on

“The Chutzpah of Rizpah”

How a little-known and forgotten woman in the Book of Samuel defies the elements and the law, stages a vigil, campaigns for justice and wins her battle, and so much more. Despite its tragedy, a story to inspire.

Maureen Kendler is a teaching fellow and lead tutor (academic programmes) at the London School of Jewish Studies.  She has a degree in English Literature, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and an MA in Jewish Education. She is a UJIA Ashdown Fellow and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio.  Maureen loves teaching texts, ancient and modern, preferably at the same time! 

The evening will begin with a delicious buffet dinner.

Time: 7:30pm dinner with the talk at 8:15pm

Location: SHY Room

Cost: £12:50 members £17:50 non-members (including dinner) To book, please click HERE.

Don't miss out on what promises to be a fabulous evening!

For more info contact


Please support our weekday MinyanimDecember 18, 2014

As many of our regular weekday Minyan attenders are away over the next two weeks, please try to attend our morning and evening services whenever possible. This would especially be appreciated by those saying Kaddish.


Holocaust Memorial Event - Save the date Sunday 25 JanuaryDecember 18, 2014

On Sunday evening 25 January our South Hampstead Synagogue community will gather together to mark 70 years since the Holocaust. As part of the moving programme planned for this event we will hear from a survivor of the camps and we will launch 70 days of reflection, goodness & education to keep alive the memories and spirit of those who perished 70 years ago.

Adults and teenagers please diarise this date now and look out for further details in early January. Following on from the extremely successful Holocaust Memorial Day event at our shul last year this will be another unique evening not to be missed. 

Adult Education Course - 6 Weeks starting 18 JanuaryDecember 18, 2014

The South Hampstead Cheder in conjunction with SEED is delighted to offer the community a Crash Course in Hebrew Reading and the opportunity to Explore Your Jewish Roots in a discussion setting.

This is a six week course taking place on Sunday mornings from 9.45am to 11.50am at the Cheder, Parliament Hill School, Highgate Road, NW5 1RL, starting Sunday 18 January.

Cost : £75 for the 6 weeks

Places are limited so please book right away. For further information and to book please click HERE.


Office and SHmaltz next weekDecember 18, 2014

Please note that the office will be closed on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December.

There will not be an edition of SHmaltz next week. Please refer to the home page of the website, for times of services.


  • Monday December 22, 2014 -
    Once In A New Moon Educational Series

    Maureen Kendler on "The Chutzpah of Rizpah"
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: SHY Room

  • Every Wednesday starting December 24, 2014
    Wednesday Gemara shiur
    Talmud Class
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Shul Flat

  • Every Thursday starting January 08, 2015
    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 January 25, 2015 -
    Holocaust Memorial Event

    Marking 70 years since the Holocaust - Details to follow
    Location: Shul


By: Rabbi Shlomo Odze

In recent portions we have been reading a lot about dreams. First, there was Jacob’s dream with the ladder and the angels. We then had the dreams of Joseph and his brothers bowing down to him and this week we read about probably the most famous of all of them – Pharaoh’s two dreams with the cows and grain.

In Judaism we attach great importance to dreams, especially recurring ones, or at least we did. 

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