Oct 25, 2014

1 Heshvan 5775

  • Parsha


  • Friday 24 October Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan
  • Candle Lighting, Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat


  • Shabbat 25 October Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan
  • Early-bird Shiur


  • Shacharit


  • Mincha following the ShabbatUK lunch


  • Ma'ariv followed by Havdalah at St John's Wood ONLY


  • 26 - 31 October 2014
  • Sunday
  • The Clocks Go Back 1 Hour at 2.00am
  • 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.




Shabbat UK Timetable of EventsOctober 24, 2014

Friday 24 October

Musical Friday Night service with the shul choir at the shul at 5.35pm followed by Friday night dinner at host families.

Shabbat 25 October

Early Bird Shiur at 8.55am

Service at 9.15am followed by Kiddush and Shabbat lunch

During lunch and the afternoon there will be activities for children & youth at the shul

Following lunch there will be Mincha at 2.30pm ONLY, there will not be a later Mincha

From 4.00pm - 5.00pm at St John's Wood there will be a variety interesting speakers and topics which SHS members are welcome to join. 

Seudat Shlishi and a magical musical havdala ceremony with Levi Levin will take place from 5pm – 8pm at St John’s Wood Synagogue with our neighbouring communities of St John’s Wood, Saatchi,  Anshei Shalom & Lauderdale Road. Those wishing to join the group going to St John's Wood should meet at SHS at 4.15pm

Note, there will not be a Maariv service at South Hampstead, only at St John’s Wood.

These events are significantly subsidised. If you would like to help contribute towards sponsorship please click here

In Honour of Shabbat

Everyone marks Shabbat in their own personal way. However, as a community to mark Shabbat UK South Hampstead is going green and cutting out the screen. This means that we are encouraging as many people as possible to walk to shul and as many people as possible to keep their mobile phones turned off for the entire Shabbat (just until 6.35pm on Saturday !) We are highlighting these 2 particular aspects of Shabbat observance to enhance the family & communal focus of Shabbat. #Keeping it together! 


Adult Education Course - 6 Weeks starting 2 NovemberOctober 23, 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, starting Sunday 2nd November.

Cost : £75

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


Once in a New Moon - Monday 27 OctoberOctober 23, 2014

Once in a new moon , Monthly education Programme, Monday 27 October.

This month we are delighted to be welcoming back, in conjunction with LSJS, Debbie Meyer who will speak on Joshua - A Suitable Leader?" 

With the completion of the Torah cycle on Simchat Torah we read about the death of our greatest leader Moshe and the hand over to his disciple Joshua.

But why was Joshua chosen? Which qualities had he demonstrated to prove that he would be a worthy successor and suitable leader?

The answers are surprising and provide an insight into the complexities of creating a nation and the nature of leadership. 

Debbie Meyer has a degree in Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and qualified as a solicitor both in Israel and the UK. She is a graduate of the LSJS Susi Bradfield Women Educators’ Fellowships. She is interested in the characters and personalities in Tanach and the portrayal of women and women's issues. She has taught and developed courses on King David, King Solomon, Joshua, Judges and the women of Tanach.

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)

Click HERE to book online.                                           

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


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 Shabbat 7 & 8 NovemberOctober 23, 2014

The Return of Rabbi Dr Laibl Wolf - another chance to engage with one of our most popular Scholars in Residence at a Friday Night Dinner, Seudat Shlishit and a unique Motzei Shabbat presentation in the home of Robin Fisher.

Full details during the coming week.


Once In A New Moon - Save The Date Sunday 23 NovemberOctober 23, 2014

For next months Once In A New Moon talk we will be welcoming an internationally renowned teacher. Save the date, Sunday 23 November, details to follow.



Mitzvah day - 16th NovemberOctober 23, 2014

Save the date - Lots of volunteering opportunities for all ages throughout the day.


  • Every Wednesday starting October 29, 2014
    Wednesday Gemara shiur
    Talmud Class
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Shul Flat

  • Every Thursday starting October 30, 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: Rebbetzin Lauren Levin

When I was told the story of Noah’s ark as a child, I was always told about the loving God who had saved Noah, his family, and all the animals that were with him. Last week, my daughter was looking at a book which showed Noah safe in the ark, and then very dramatically depicted a few bedraggled desperate people clinging to a rock, drowning. She asked me what happened to these people. Suddenly the story was turned to the other side: is this not a story of cruelty? How can we justify God wiping out an entire world of people and animals, killing millions?

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