Aug 01, 2014

5 Av 5774

  • Parsha


  • Friday 1 August
  • Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat

    7.15 pm

  • Latest Candle Lighting

    8.35 pm

  • Shabbat 2 August
  • Early-bird Shiur

    9.00 am

  • Shacharit

    9.30 am

  • Bet Hamedrash Study Programme

    7.15 pm

  • Mincha

    8.15 pm

  • Havdalah

    9:43 pm

  • 3 - 8 August 2014
  • Sunday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Monday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha


  • Fast of Av Begins


  • Ma'ariv followed by Eicha


  • Tuesday - Fast of Av
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Fast Ends


  • 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.




High Holydays 2014 5775July 31, 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.


****  Seating forms are now overdue. If you have not yet replied please do so immediately. **** 

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.

Bet Hamedrash - Shabbat Evening one hour before MinchaJuly 31, 2014

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

Starting one hour before Mincha on Shabbat, this week at 7.15pm.


Tisha B'Av Timetable and Evening ProgrammeJuly 31, 2014

Monday 4 August

Where possible, on the eve of Tisha B'Av one should eat a full meal prior to the Mincha service but have the traditional Seuda Hamafseket (consisting of bread and a hard-boiled egg customarily dipped in ashes) after Mincha. Therefore Mincha will take place at 8.00pm and bread and hard-boiled eggs will be available afterwards. Non-leather shoes are worn during the Fast.

8:00pm: Mincha

8.20pm: Seuda Hamafseket

8.43pm: Fast begins

8.45pm: Ma’ariv and Reading of Eicha (Lamentations)

Tuesday 5 August

7.00am: Shacharit followed by a selection of Kinot

5.00pm: 'Mourning for Jerusalem in 2014'.

Live Kinot webcast from Yeshiva University with Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, Senior Scholar of Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future.

This will include insights and discussion giving meaning and relevance to the elegies traditionally recited on Tisha B'Av to mourn the destruction of the Second Temple and other tragedies in Jewish history including the Crusades and the Holocaust.

6.00pm: WWI Film

This Tisha B’Av marks 100 years since the beginning of World War 1.We will be screening a film and will have an opportunity to gain insight into the sermons of Chief Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz which he delivered during that period of history.

7.15pm: Mincha with Tallit and Tefillin. Followed by Ma’ariv.

9.31pm: Fast Ends. (Meat and wine should only be consumed from 1.07pm on Wednesday 6 August).


Shabbat UK - 24/25 October 2014July 31, 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?


  • 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

  • Tuesday August 05, 2014 -
    Tisha B'Av Evening Programme

    Mourning for Jerusalem and WW1 Film
    Time: 6:00pm
    Location: SHY Room

  • Every Wednesday starting August 06, 2014
    Wednesday Gemara shiur
    Talmud Class
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Shul Flat

  • Every Thursday starting September 07, 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


By: Rebbetzen Lauren Levin

This week we begin reading the book of Devarim, which has a style unlike any of the others. This is clear right from the opening of the book: "These are the words which Moses spoke to all of Israel..."( 1:1). Most of the book records the speeches of Moses, speaking to his people in the first person, in which he reiterates the events of forty years in the desert, teaches them both the general principles and details of the Torah, repeats some of what had already been taught, while presenting "new commandments" as well. Various commentators, both early and late, have dealt with this very different nature of Devarim, each from his own specific point of view.


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