Oct 31, 2014

7 Heshvan 5775

  • Parsha


  • Friday 31 October
  • Candle Lighting, Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat


  • Shabbat 1 November
  • Early-bird Shiur


  • Shacharit


  • Mincha


  • Ma'ariv followed by Havdalah


  • 2 - 7 November 2014
  • Sunday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Monday
  • Shacharit


  • Ma'ariv


  • Tuesday
  • Shacharit


  • Ma'ariv


  • Wednesday
  • Shacharit


  • Wednesday Breakfast


  • Ma'ariv


  • Thursday
  • Shacharit


  • Ma'ariv


  • Friday
  • Shacharit


  • Candle Lighting, Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat


  • Weekday Mincha Minyan
  • 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.




Mitzvah day - Sunday 16 NovemberOctober 30, 2014


!!! ONLY 2 WEEKS TO GO !!!

South Hampstead Mitzvah Day Volunteers

 We need you ON SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER!

                            Please register in advance by email 

We’ve experienced the spiritual highs of Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Shabbat UK, now it’s time to get ready for Mitzvah Day! 

We need you to volunteer in the largest day of mass social action in the Jewish calendar engaging thousands of volunteers across the UK, Israel, Europe, USA, South Africa and the Commonwealth!

Through our traditions of Tzedek (righteousness), Gemilut Hasadim (acts of loving-kindness), and Tikun Olam (repairing the world). Mitzvah Day is a global celebration of social action and Jewish unity.

Following the success of recent years, South Hampstead Synagogue and Cheder are delighted to be coordinating a number of projects that need you to devote a little of your time to make a difference,  Please block the date… and sign up to one of the project!

Please wear Mitzvah Day t-shirts or hats from the past years!

Please register in advance by email giving names of the volunteers, your preferred project and the times you are available, and we will get back to you with your slots.

Here are just some of the projects we will be running:


1. Collectathon - Supporting the Homeless in Camden (Winter Shelters run by Holy Trinity Church, St Mary’s Church, New Horizon Youth Centre), Assylum Seeking Communities, British Heart Foundation, and JAMI

=> For Shul Collectathon will take place from 10am – 1.30 pm / Shul Hall

=> For Cheder please deliver clothes at morning drop-off

Time for a clear-out and donate items for a collection of all good condition, second hand, clothing and shoes for children and adults, especially winter coats, hats and bedding, plus any good condition books.

Please deliver your items to the Shul Hall between 10am – 1.30pm

We need:

=> volunteers to help sort, bag, and label all the items throughout the morning

=> drivers and shleppers to help transport the items from Cheder to Shul

=> drivers to help transport the bagged and boxed items to the recipient charities especially from 12-2pm

=> “shleppers” to help the drivers carry the bagged and boxed items into and out of the cars to the recipient charities especially from 12-2pm


Please can you ONLY deliver the items to SHUL on the 16th NOVEMBER as there is no space to store beforehand, thank you for your cooperation!


2. Mitzvah Day Shopping: 1 - for the Homeless in Camden

11.00am – 3pm / Tesco Englands Lane

Supporting the New Horizon Youth Centre, Camden & St Mary’s Church Homeless Shelter

We need you to help staff a stall outside Tesco in England’s Lane and will encourage shoppers to purchase extra items to be donated to our local homeless organisation New Horizon Youth Centre for 16-21 year olds in Camden - the centre sees up to 3000 young people a year and is open seven days a week, as well as the Homesless shelter run by our neighbouring church St Mary’s

We need

=> volunteers to staff the stall outside Tesco between 11am – 3pm

=> drivers & shleppers to transport the donated items to the homeless centre


2. Mitzvah Day Shopping 2- for the Homeless in Camden

11.00am – 1pm / Waitrose Finchley Road

SHY PROJECT plus others

We need SHY volunteers to help staff a stall outside Waitrose on Finchley Road to encourage shoppers to buys extra items to be donated to our local homeless


3. Support the AJEX Remembrance Parade

2pm – 4pm / Whitehall

An opportunity to support this year's Annual AJEX Remembrance Parade at Whitehall to remember those Jewish Ex Servicemen and Women who fought and gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom that we have today. Please let us know if you are intending to go.


4. Sunshine For Seniors - visiting SAGE home to sing and play music

3.30pm – 5pm / SAGE


5. Bake For Homeless - supporting the St Mary’s Church Winter Shelter

An opportunity to support Camden’s homeless with home-made food, we have been asked for biscuits, cake and soup for the homeless shelter run by our neighbouring church.

12.30pm – deliver cakes, biscuits and soup to St Mary’s Church


6. A Whole Series Of Projects Going On For Children Via The Cheder

A whole series of projects and activities will be going on for Cheder children in each year group  - including a visit to Otto Schiff Home (we need drivers from Cheder to Otto Schiff and back from 11am)

Please register in advance by email 

Thank you for getting involved!


ShabbatUK - One Week Later - A message from Chief Rabbi MirvisOctober 30, 2014

 Dear Friends

At a time when we are still under the spell of last week’s remarkable Shabbat experience, I would like to share a few reflections with you.

First of all, thank you so much for participating in ShabbatUK. Together, we enjoyed a historic weekend for the British Jewish community. The overall remarkable impact was due to everything that you, your family, your friends and community did which collectively gave tremendous joy and inspiration to the whole of the British community.

ShabbatUK took place on Parshat Noach, in which there is a poignant description of the aftermath of the flood.  What was the first thing that Noah did once the flood was over?  There are occasions in our lives when we are struck by extraordinary experiences; events that have the potential to provide a turning point in our lives; times when we feel that perhaps Hashem is trying to tell us something.

The flood was certainly such an event.  All of mankind had been destroyed except for one single family.  Emerging as a new Adam, how was Noah going to respond to the monumental experience that he had lived through. The Torah gives us the answer;

“And Noah, the man of the ground, recommenced life and planted a vineyard.  He drank from the wine, became drunk and rolled on the ground in his tent” (Genesis 9:20).

For Noah, it was as if the flood has not occurred. He quickly moved back to being his original self. What a missed opportunity!

Please ensure that the remarkably impactful experiences that we enjoyed last Shabbat at family, communal, national and global levels, will prompt us to guarantee that this coming Shabbat will be different from the one we had 14 days before.

In this spirit I call on you please to yet again “do one more thing”, something extra or different for this Shabbat.  Perhaps, if these activities are not your regular practice, you can light the Shabbat candles, bless your children, attend a Shul service, have a great Shabbat meal, make kiddush or havdalah or sing the Grace after Meals.  Or, perhaps this Shabbat you can make it more meaningful by refraining from certain activities you might normally do. Whatever it is that you decide, I have no doubt that your day will be immeasurably enriched.

Together, let’s ensure that the impact of ShabbatUK will live on.

With warm regards and very best wishes. 

Shabbat Shalom!

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis


Midrash Two Part Series - 3 and 17 NovemberOctober 30, 2014

Midrash: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Join Tim Cowen of LSJS for a two-part introduction to Midrash on Mondays 3 and 17 November

Time : 8:15pm – 9:45 pm

Location : SHY room

No charge but please email to register your attendance

Midrash is the foundation of how we understand the Hebrew Bible. All Jewish interpretation of Torah is either based on Midrash or is a reaction to it. Most of us know it only through fantastical stories. But where does it come from and what were its authors trying to achieve? These two interactive sessions are a small part of a one-year course which is running for its second year at LSJS.  They are designed to give you a taste of the Midrash and how it works.  Open to all. No prior knowledge required.

Session 1: Foundations of the Midrash

In week 1 (3 November), we will look at:

- What is Midrash?

- Historical origins of the Midrash

- Are the Midrashic stories literally true?

Session 2: Pillars of the Midrash

In week 2 (17 November) we will explore how the Midrash works.  In particular: 

- The 5 axioms on which the Midrash approaches all biblical text.

- We will learn some Midrash together to apply what we have studied.


SHKoyach - Our South Hampstead & UJIA Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning ClubOctober 30, 2014

Starts on Tuesday 11 November from 6-8pm. Parents are invited to an Information session from 7.30pm.

Sessions are held monthly in the SHY room and are for boys and girls in School Year 7.

Each month includes a session facilitated by UJIA about the Ethiopian Bar / Bat Mitzvah journey and also a session led by the South Hampstead Youth leaders on becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Should you require further information, please contact Marcelle Glantz: or Karen Goodkind: 


Shica - (South Hampstead International Cruising Association)October 23, 2014

Save the date – Our next SHICA sailing trip will be Sunday 31 May to Sunday 7 June 2015.

No sailing experience is necessary for this fantastic holiday, which will be our 14th trip. Sun, sea, great company, communal Friday night and Shabbat are the norm, combined with the thrill of sailing the beautiful Ionian islands in comfortable, well-equipped sailing boats.

Not to be missed! You need to do one of these before you die. Or I do.

We are over half full already, so get on it NOW.     

Enquiries to:


Scholar In Residence Rabbi Dr Laibl Wolf - Shabbat 7 & 8 NovemberOctober 30, 2014

We are delighted to host Rabbi Dr Laibl Wolf LL.B M.Ed.Pysch.D.Div as our Scholar in Residence over Shabbat 7/8 November. Laibl Wolf is a worldwide teacher of Jewish spirituality, meditation and mind-body control. He has had a profound influence on thousands of lives. His bestselling book, Practical Kabbalah was published by Random House.

Rabbi Wolf visited South Hampstead a number of years ago and his talks were very well received. We are delighted at the prospect of his return visit.

Friday Night Dinner 7th November 6.00pm:

Sensuality, Sexuality and Seduction - The meaning of love in a mean and unloving world.

Adults £19.50, Family of 2 Adults 1 Child (aged 2-11) £49.00, Family of 2 Adults 2 Children £59.00, Family of 2 Adults 3 Children £69.00, Adults 70+ £12.50, Children Under 2 Free

Online booking essential for Friday night dinner. To book please click HERE.


The following sessions are free of charge:

Shabbat 8th November Seudat Shlishit (approx. 4.00pm) 

The Jew and the Crescent - Jewish fundamentalism and Muslim extremism.

Motzei Shabbat 8th November 8.00pm

The Jew and the Lotus - Peering into the Buddhist mirror to discover Jewish spirituality.
Kindly hosted by Robin Fisher, 11 Thurlow Road, NW3 5PL.

No charge but please click HERE to indicate attendance for catering purposes.


Save The Dates : Forthcoming adult education evening sessionsOctober 30, 2014

23 November 2014: Judy Klitsner

We are delighted that the internationally renowned Torah teacher Judy Klitsner will be our Once in a New Moon guest. Judy, a student of the great Torah teacher Nechama Leibowitz, is the author of the acclaimed Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other, a National Book Award winner in 2009.  In her lively, interactive teaching sessions, Judy draws together traditional sources, modern scholarship and her own original insights.

Judy’s topic is “The Patriarch and the Priest: Why do Jewish Leaders Have Non-Jewish Mentors?”What happens when the Bible’s greatest leaders face personal and spiritual crisis?  In a lively and interactive text-based exploration, we will examine the encounters of troubled “Jewish” leaders with mysterious “non-Jewish” priests, who provide counsel and guidance.  Our exploration will consider larger questions about leadership, about chosenness, and about relations between Jews and non-Jews.

22 December 2014: Maureen Kendler

Maureen, teaching fellow at LSJS, never fails to deliver excellent, engaging ‘Once in a New Moon’ seminars. Her topic is “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. Dinner 7:30 pm, seminar at 8.15 pm.

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 details for all these sessions.


Nosh 'n' Drosh Kiddush Shabbat 8 November - Simon Hochhauser in conversation with Lazer CarmelOctober 30, 2014

During Kiddush on 8 November, Simon Hochhauser will be in conversation with Lazer Carmel on the subject 'Modernity Engages the Chareidi World'.

There are many issues that seem to divide the chareidi and non chareidi worlds.  Work ethic, army service, engagement with the wider society, social and financial dependence.  Each of these groups eyes the other from its own perspective and there is little direct engagement.

Simon and Lazer will explore some of these issues.

Lazer Carmel is the Director of External Affairs at Mesilla.


Mesila is a non-profit organization dedicated to combating poverty in the Israeli Chareidi Community by empowering men, women and children to seek, achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency and financial stability.  Its programmes include, women’s empowerment, business counselling, family financial counselling and education.


Lech Lecha

By: Rebbetzin Lauren Levin

“Hashem said to Abram: Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you”. Much has been written about Abraham being commanded to “go for yourself” - Why couldn’t he just be commanded to “go”?


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