Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue (EHRS) is an inclusive, progressive, vibrant and welcoming Holy community, which strongly values tradition whilst responding to the challenges of modern day Jewish living.
There are so many activities and opportunities at EHRS, which make it much more than a synagogue, it is a community centre for all ages, or as someone described us, a multiplex cinema offering something for everyone.
The synagogue building is a place of worship and also a community centre with many different regular and special activities for all ages. We are delighted to offer a huge range of Synagogue services and activities to cater for all ages. These include Nagila, our Early Years Nursery; Orot, our Religion School; Youth Clubs; Uniformed Groups; our Day Centre for the elderly, plus a wide range of adult education and social groups.
Friday 20 September
18:30 Erev Shabbat Service
led by Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman
Special guest D’var Torah: In our service this week we welcome Anirban Basu from Kolkata & Baskar Sundaram from Chennai. They are Directors of the projects which Tzedek, the UK Jewish community’s development charity, supports in India. Hear what they are achieving and why as Jews we can and should be involved in the world’s poorest communities.
Saturday 21 September
9:15 Bite of Torah Breakfast
with Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
10:30 Family Service
led by Rabbi Neil Kraft
10:30 Main Service
Shacharit Service led by Eleanor Davis
Torah Service led by Rabbi Mark Goldmsith
Celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of Zac Green
Bite of Torah Breakfast
Saturday 21 September, 09:15 - 10:15
Ki Tavo – Heart warming blessings and blood curdling curses. Join Rabbi Mark to see how the Torah promises us a wonderful life ahead but also terrible consequences if we choose to turn away from its message. Why are such curses included in this portion and what do they mean?
This year our High Holy Days at EHRS will give you the opportunity to enjoy your Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur just as you have for many years at the Synagogue, but there will also be opportunities on Yom Kippur to build your experience of these special days with new style services and learning if you wish.
The times of the main Services for High Holy Days are listed on the tickets, as are the times of the many children’s, family, youth and young adult services.
Young Adult High Holy Day Ticket Scheme 5780 (previously know as Jeneration)
Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism are happy to announce that once again they be providing a joint High Holy Day Ticket Scheme for young adults, enabling them to attend High Holy Day services at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue for free. To be eligible for this scheme you must be aged between 18-27. Please click here to apply.
You will find further information on our services and activities below.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Saturday 21 September
It is traditional to begin the High Holy Days by coming together on a Saturday evening for Selichot, the first opportunity to hear and recite our poems of pardon. We will start the evening with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s Casablanca. To get us into the spirit of forgiveness of this season, we ask what will it take for Rick to forgive Ilsa?
After light refreshments, we will transition into our choral service with our Rabbis, Ann Sadan and the EHRS Choir beginning at 23:00. Feel welcome to come at any stage of the evening.
Film and discussion 20:15-22:30, followed by tea 22:30-23:00 Selichot Service 23:00-00:10
Visiting the graves in Elul
Sunday 22 September
There is a tradition to visit the graves of loved ones in the period before the High Holy Days. This can be done privately at any convenient time. EHRS is also arranging short collective Memorial Services in the Prayer Halls at Cheshunt, Edgwarebury Lane and Southgate cemeteries, following which people can visit the graves of family and friends to say a prayer & Kaddish.
The services will take place on Sunday 22 September as follows:
Southgate at 10:45 with Rabbi Steven Katz
Cheshunt at 11:00 with Rabbi Neil Kraft
Edgwarebury Lane at 12:00 with Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
Creating Magic Moments with your Child
‘Building Jewish confidence for children aged 5-10 and parents together’
2nd Sunday of the Month, 11:00-12:30 at EHRS
Judaism is beautiful when lived l’dor vador, (from generation to generation). Do you want your child to experience the best of Judaism and inspire a love that could last a life time? Come to EHRS’s brand new monthly parent and child together programme to celebrate important aspects of Jewish culture, tradition and values and meet other families from your community in an environment that is fun and meaningful for parents and children.
This programme is for families with primary school aged children (5-10) who attend Jewish day schools or mainstream schools of any type. Everyone welcome whatever your knowledge, background or family make-up.
There is no charge and you can come to any one or all sessions as you choose.
13 October - Magic of Sukkot. Helping to build and create the community sukkah. Our first session uses all of your senses and skills to help make the EHRS Sukkah beautiful. Wave the Lulav, make the decorations, hear the story and create the beautiful fruit and vegetation filled shelter that has accompanied the Jewish people at this season for 3000 years. This magic led by Rabbi Mark.
We have many services and activities for this year's Sukkot & Simchat Torah celebrations, including Family Teas, Arts & Crafts in the Sukkah, Sukkot Environmental Night and a Simchat Torah Procession Party. It all kicks off with our Sukkah Decorating Party on Sunday 13 October.
Please see below for what we have on offer and join us for a fruitful Sukkot and a happy Simchat Torah.
Tuesday 15 October
Climate Change is a Jewish issue - EHRS’s Environment Night during Sukkot, 19:00-21:30
Join Rabbi Mark, activists for efforts to preserve the environment and prevent climate change from within our EHRS community and the leadership of Eco Synagogue, for an evening of workshops on what we could do this year in our home, work and shul lives to be better environmental citizens. A time to share ideas and to learn from others. Includes a light vegan supper.
Please book below to let us know you are coming.
Challah Making with Tami Isaacs aka 'The Challah Queen'
Thursday 17 October, 19:00 - 21:00
(please note change of date to the one advertised in LeDor VaDor)
Tami Isaacs, founder of Karma Bread Bakery in Hampstead, will be joining us to teach members of her EHRS community how to make challah. The Challah Queen herself will give a live and interactive demonstration at the shul for all you enthusiastic bakers. So why not come along and learn from one of the best?
£10 per person, places are strictly limited.
It's on a kneed to know basis, so use your loaf and book your place below.
Please join us for our annual EHRS Supper Quiz in aid of the Youth Centre
Sunday 27 October, 18:30 - 21:30
Tickets are £20 per person
Tables of 8 - 10, so please bring your friends along to enjoy the evening. Food and soft drinks provided. Please feel free to bring your own wine. Food to be served at 18:30 (vegetarian option available)
We will be taking photographs during the evening for publicity purposes. If you would prefer not to be photographed, please notify the quiz masters on the night giving your table number or name. For more information please contact Babs on 0208 954 2776 or 07957 260111
Please book and pay below.
We also have a Youth Supper Quiz for those aged 5-14.
For the duration of the adult quiz we will offer a bunch of fun activities including a super exciting quiz designed especially for young participants! There might also be some surprising prizes for the winners!
Mondays, 28 October, 4, 11, 18, 25 November, and 2 December, 19:30 - 21:30
An enjoyable and friendly art class. All materials supplied, all abilities welcome. Run by Claire Bright.
Donations for costs of art supplies £5 per person per week (£30 total)
Concession (over 60’s and students) £3 per person per week (£18 total)
Please book your place below