May 24, 2015

6 Sivan 5775

  • Parsha


  • Friday 22 May - Omer 48
  • Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat


  • Latest candle lighting


  • Shabbat 23 May - Omer 49
  • Early-bird Shiur


  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Maariv


  • Shabbat Ends, Yom Tov begins


  • 17 - 22 May
  • Sunday - 1st Day Shavuot
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Monday - 2nd Day Shavuot - Bank Holiday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by shiur


  • Tuesday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Wednesday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Thursday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Ma'ariv


  • Friday
  • Shacharit


  • Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat


  • Latest candle lighting



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.




Annual General MeetingMay 21, 2015

The Annual General Meeting took place on Monday 18 May.

To see the list of those elected to office including the Board of Deputies representatives please click HERE.


Full Shabbat and Shavuot Weekend Timetable of Services and EventsMay 21, 2015

Friday 22 May

· 7.15pm: Shul service (latest time to light Shabbat candles 8.42pm)

Shabbat 23 May - First night Shavuot

· 9.00am: Early bird shiur.

· 9.30am: Shul service.

· 11.00am: Children’s Services and SHY as normal.

· 12.00pm: Nosh ’n’ Drosh with Scholar in Residence Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg MD who will speak on ‘A matter of life and death: Defining the moment of death – organ transplantation.’

· 8.30pm: Mincha followed by Ma'ariv.

NB. The transition from Shabbat to Yom Tov presents some complexities in Jewish Law. Kiddush for Shavuot cannot be said until 9.58pm which is the time that Shabbat ends and Yom Tov begins. For those who would like to eat dinner at a reasonable time earlier in the evening the suggested order of events would be: 1) Eat dinner without kiddush and challah prior to Mincha and Ma'ariv which will take place at 8.30pm. 2) Pray Mincha and Ma'ariv. 3) At 9.58pm light candles for Yom Tov. The flame used to light these candles should be taken from a flame that was lit prior to Shabbat. Before lighting candles say “Baruch Hamavdil Ben Kodesh LeKodesh”. 4) Recite kiddush for Yom Tov (which includes havdalah for Shabbat) and have challah to mark the Yom Tov meal along with some dessert or similar.

· 9.58pm: Shabbat ends and Shavuot begins.

· 11.30pm: Fabulous Tikun Leil programme featuring presentations on contemporary topics of Jewish thought - See below for full details.

SHY will be holding its own superb youth dinner and Tikun Leil - See under SHY below for full details.

Sunday 24th May – First day Shavuot

· 3.24am: Early service.

· 9.30am: Main service.

· 10.40am: All children under Bar and bat Mitzvah, please join us on the Bima for a special occasion to hear the Ten Commandments and collect your delicious ice cream!

· 11.00am: Children’s services. There will not be SHY on Sunday due to the late night tikun leil SHY programme.

· 5.30pm: Leining & Learning for women and girls age 8+. The leining of Megillat Rut, learning led by Rebbetzin Lynndy and Julie Apfel, song, refreshments and chat. Please email to confirm your attendance.

· 7.15pm: Mincha & Ma'ariv.

NB. On the Second night of Shavuot, one may recite Kiddush, have challah and dinner as normal immediately following Ma'ariv. However candles for the second night of Shavuot should be lit from 10pm using a pre-existing flame.

Bank Holiday Monday 25 May - Second day Shavuot

· 9.30am: Shul service including Yizkor.

· 11.00am: Children’s Services and SHY as normal.

· 12.30pm: Communal lunch for those who have pre-booked

· 4 – 6pm: Not to be missed! Shavuot tea at the home of Family Weller

· 8.30pm: Mincha followed by a shiur by Rabbi Shlomo Odze

· 10.01pm: Yom Tov ends


TIKUN LEIL ‘The Late, Late Show’ Saturday Night, 23 May, 11.30pm – 3.15am Shul Hall.

Join us for a great night of learning, discussion, cheesecake and coffee - stay as long as you like!

· 11.30pm – 1am: Keynote address by Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg MD
‘Changing concepts: The definition of motherhood in the face of recent UK legislation allowing three parent babies.’

· 1.15am – 2.15am ‘Shavuot: Sadducees v Sages!’ Rabbi Shlomo Levin

· 2.30am – 3.20am ‘Our Claim to Fame!’ Rabbi Shlomo Odze


Once In A New Moon Educational Series - Monday 22 June with Dr Simi PetersMay 21, 2015

This month we are delighted to welcome, in conjunction with LSJS, a new speaker for this series - Dr Simi Peters - who will deliver a talk entitled :     "Do Jews Need Kings?"

Are the Jewish people meant to have a sovereign?  Is the mitzva to have a king obligatory or optional?

Our exploration of the eighth chapter of Samuel and Deuteronomy 17 will yield some surprising answers to that question.

Simi Peters is the Director of the Alisa Flatow International Program. A scholar of Tanach and Midrash, Simi has an M.A. in Linguistics from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. She is a graduate of the prestigious Jerusalem Fellows of the Mandel School of Leadership at Hebrew University.

Simi is the author of the critically acclaimed book “Learning to Read Midrash” (Urim Publications) as well as several articles on Midrash and education, in a variety of publications. She has served as an educational consultant for a number of prominent Jewish education initiatives, including the JCCA of North America’s Ethical Start Program.

Simi has been involved in adult Jewish education for women since making aliya in 1981. She lives with her family in Jerusalem.

The evening will begin with a delicious buffet dinner.

Time: 7.45pm dinner with the talk at 8.15pm

Location: SHY Room

Cost: £12.50 members £17.50 non-members (including dinner). To book, click HERE.

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


Nosh 'n' Drosh Kiddush, Shabbat 23 MayMay 20, 2015

On Shabbat 23 May there will be a Nosh 'n' Drosh sit down Kiddush with our Scholar in Residence over Shavuot, Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg MD who will speak on:

A matter of life and death: Defining the moment of death – organ transplantation.

This will be held in the shul hall immediately after the service. An alternative Kiddush will be held in the SHY room for children and those who choose not to attend.

Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, MD is an associate clinical professor of medical ethics at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. He is the author of The Encycloapedia of Jewish Medical Ethics, published in seven volumes in Hebrew and three volumes in English (translated by Dr. Fred Rosner), for which he was awarded the Israel Prize in 1999. Professor Steinberg is a senior paediatric neurologist at Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem. He directs the Medical Ethics Unit at Shaare Zedek. Head of the editorial board of the Talmudic Encyclopaedia, he is also director of Yad Harav Herzog, and a member of national and international societies of child neurology, medical ethics, and Jewish medical ethics. He is the author and editor of thirty books in forty-eight volumes and 242 articles and chapters in scientific journals and books on Jewish medical ethics, general medical ethics, the history of medicine, medicine and law, and paediatric neurology.


Marriage In Halacha through Mishnayot, Gemarot, Shulchan Aruch and Teshuvot, commencing 3 JuneMay 21, 2015

Wednesday Evenings 8.15 - 9.45p.m. 3, 10, 17 June (inclusive); 1, 8, 15 July (inclusive)
In the SHY room
This unique 6 week textual series for women will be taught by Rabbi Michael Pollock who is a skilled Talmud teacher at the Midrasha Judi Back Women’s Institute for Torah Studies and at the LSJS. The course is suitable for women of all levels of Hebrew language ability and all ages.
To register your attendance please email

The first session on 3 June will be on the subject:

        Protecting the Wife : Ketuba

  • Mishnayot and Gemarot outlining the text
  • Shulchan Aruch. Delineating the husbands responsibilities
  • Teshuvot. The effect of the Ketuba in modern times

To see the full course content, click HERE.


  • Every Wednesday starting May 27, 2015
    Wednesday Gemara shiur
    Talmud Class
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Shul Flat

  • Monday June 01, 2015 -
    Monday evening shiur with Henry Knobil

    A look at the coming Shabbat's Parsha
    Time: 8:00pm till 9:00pm
    Location: The home of family Maurice

  • Wednesday June 03, 2015 -
    Midrasha Course

    Marriage In Halacha Through Mishnayot, Gemarot, Shulchan Aruch & Teshuvot
    Time: 8:15pm
    Location: SHY Room

  • Every Thursday starting June 18, 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

  • Monday June 22, 2015 -
    Once In A New Moon Educational Series

    "Do Jews Need Kings?" with Dr Simi Peters
    Time: 7:45pm


By: Rebbetzin Lauren Levin

 As we approach the festival of Shavuot and think back to the bliss and inspiration of receiving the Torah, all appears sweetness and light (especially with a mouthful of cheesecake!). When the Jewish people recited in unison 'we will do and will listen' their faith seemed complete; they had absolute clarity and trust in God. Yet for many of us, without the revelation of Mount Sinai palpable in our minds faith is a more complex affair. Rabbi JB Soloveitchik's treatise 'the lonely man of faith' resonates with many of us.


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