Message from our Chairman:
As I write this, my 4th update, we have just watched the funeral of dear Rabbi Kraft z”l. I say watched, but for many of us, myself included, this was a frustrating time as the live link came and went as more and more people tried to access it online. At one point more than 1300 computers tried to access the site. I think Neil would have been quietly amused to have crashed the internet, and he would have been totally surprised that so many wanted to share in this moment, modest man that he was.
If you were unable to join us you can view here a full recording of the service. You will hear and see the whole funeral starting from 30 seconds into the video and also Susannah Kraft Levene's and other eulogies for Rabbi Kraft z''l. However, if all 1300 of you attempt this at the same time, it may not work! You can follow the service in this on-line Siddur provided by Reform Judaism. Click here to download it.
We will also Live-stream a Ma'ariv service here on the EHRS website at 20:00-20:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in memory of Rabbi Kraft and other members of our community who have passed away this week. You can follow this service in our full Siddur. Click here to download it.
I know that Neil’s family is not the only one to be grieving at the moment. I want to pass on my sympathies and kind wishes to all mourners – I fear this is something I will be saying a lot in the weeks to come.
My next update will be more uplifting, I hope, with some more information of some of the fabulous things still on offer through the synagogue. In the meantime, I wish you and yours well.
Keep safe, Janet Brand
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.
Here you will see regular updates for our community, updated Thursday 2 April. Please continue to read.
The synagogue premises are now closed to visitors. There is no access without prior appointment.
The EHRS offices and departments are trying to operate as much as normal as is possible within the government regulations at this time. The telephone is operated during the normal office hours. Although the staff are operating from home they are reachable via the usual telephone numbers and email adresses. Please listen to the menu when you call, to be connected as appropriate. Please do not send anything by post. All payments should be made via the website. We will soon be able to take payments over the phone once a new system is set up.
In the case of a bereavement, please contact the Jewish Joint Burial Society
Whilst we can't get together in person, below you will find links to the videos and resources created by your EHRS team.
Here is a link to the entire Reform Judaism Siddur to use on weekdays and Shabbat: Seder HaTefillot - Forms of Prayer. All you need to do to find your way around the Siddur is to type the page number you need in the box at the top next to the word 'pages'. Thank you to Reform Judaism for making this facility available.
Here is a link to the Torah and Haftarah portion for this week Parashat Tzav and Shabbat HaGadol - click here
We are delighted to enable you to use the EHRS Haggadah L'dor va'Dor - click here and you can download it to use on Seder night.
If you are joining a funeral service from home you can follow this service in this on-line Siddur provided by Reform Judaism. Click here to download it.
Here is a link to the Reform Judaism Machzor to use on Pesach first and seventh morning: Pesach Machzor. You will see that it is an updated version of the Machzor we have been using in Synagogue since 1995, which cannot be adapted to be put on line.
Have you signed up to the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue - EHRS Facebook page yet? If you do you will find live events from the Synagogue, videos of what has been happening and the easiest and most fail-safe way of joining us online. You need to join Facebook (at www.facebook.com) and then click here. We also have a thriving page for EHRS Young Families here and for all EHRS Young People here.
For the last weekday of this week, when we have been trying to do what we can from home, Rabbi Mark and Miriam Goldsmith have a song about how good it is to be together, in whatever way we can. If you stood outside your home at 20:00 on Thursday night and heard all the clapping and pan striking to salute the NHS and all health workers you will know what that means! Click here to enjoy.
This was made through individual recordings sent to me which I then collated and 'roughly' mixed, and I chose Essa Enai specifically for Rabbi Neil Kraft and his family at this very sad time. Click here to play
The Choir will be able to provide more recordings in this way, so please could everyone look out for them on the EHRS website in the coming weeks.
Friday 3 April
16:15-16:45 Kuddle Up Shabbat by Livestream
Go to the front page of the EHRS website at 16:15 and join Rabbi Mark and the Shabbat Dinosaur for Shabbat stories and songs through our livestream. Best for younger children.
18:30 Erev Shabbat Service
led by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith through the EHRS Livestream
Click here for the Erev Shabbat Service siddur
20:00 Friday Night Lights
Join Rabbi Emily and her family on Erev Shabbat for candle lighting and Shabbat songs, through the EHRS Livestream.
Saturday 4 April
10:30 Main Service
livestreamed form the Synagogue
Click here for the Shabbat Morning Service siddur
A link to our Torah and Haftarah Portions for this week will appear at the top of our EHRS Community Channel on the front page of the website.
Shacharit Service led by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
Torah Service led by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
Sedrah Tzav Leviticus 6:1-23
(Etz Hayim p.613) (Hertz p.429)
Haftarah Tzav Malachi 3:13-24
(Etz Hayim p.1297) (Hertz p.1006)
leyned by Robert Davis
11:00 Shabbat B'Bayit
Join Rabbi Emily LIVE on the EHRS Facebook page for Shabbat B'Bayit, a fun Shabbat morning service with songs, stories, and reflections to give you Shabbat flavour without the formality.
EHRS Communal Seder - Interactive!
Thursday 9 April, 19:00
We regret that due to the government advice on holding gatherings we have had to cancel the EHRS Communal Seder in the Synagogue building this year. If you have already booked for the Seder then your payment will be refunded in due course. We will instead be holding a ‘virtual’ Seder through Zoom, led by our Rabbi Mark and Rabbi Emily from their respective homes. For those who find Zoom difficult to use it will also be available on the Livestream on the front page of the EHRS website.
We invite the whole community to join us from the safety of your homes from 19:00-22:00 on Thursday 9 April. If you have Seder supplies at home then do make up a Seder plate but please do not put yourself in danger to obtain them. We are delighted to enable you to use the EHRS Haggadah L'dor va'Dor - click here and you can download it to use on Seder night. Our Seder timing will work like so: 19:00-20:00 First half of Seder 20:00-20:30 Break for you to enjoy your meal (you can keep your Zoom on or come back in later) 20:30-21:30 Second half of Seder - ending with "Next Year in Jerusalem!"
Please keep reading to see how you can join us from any computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone or even by your regular land line phone.
Sundays 22 March and 26 April, 10:00 - 11:00
EHRS’s new, stimulating and friendly Talmud class is open to all levels of Jewish knowledge. Join Rabbi Mark to grapple with the ideas of our classical Rabbis. Join the discussion of 2000 years ago and its remarkable relevance to issues today. No previous Talmud study experience necessary, just a thirst to get deep into the foundational texts of Judaism.
Our class will be held by Zoom meeting which you can access from any computer or smartphone.
Wednesday 8 - Wednesday 15 April
If you are willing to do the mitzvah of hosting a guest, please let Val know. Your Seder does not need to be perfect, people looking for a host family are simply hoping to be together with others. Please see below for Services and activities this Pesach
Please note there is no Erev Pesach Service on Seder Night Wednesday 8 April
Thursday 9 April: First Day Pesach
9 April 2020, 15 Nisan 5780
Go to www.ehrs.uk/live to live stream our services
Main Service 10:30
Please click https://www.reformjudaism.org.uk/online-pesach-machzor/ for the Pesach Morning Service siddur
A link to our Torah and Haftarah Portions for the festival will appear at the top of our EHRS Community Channel on the front page of the EHRS website.
Shacharit led by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
Torah Service led by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
First Reading – Exodus 12:37-51
(Etz Hayim p.388) (Hertz p.259)
Second Reading – Deuteronomy 8:10-18
(Etz Hayim p.1041) (Hertz p.783)
Haftarah Ezekiel 37:1-14
(Etz Hayim p.1308) (Hertz p.1015)
Pesach B'Bayit 10:30-11:15
Join Rabbi Emily LIVE on the EHRS Facebook page for Pesach B'Bayit, a Pesach morning service with songs, stories, and reflections to give you un-leavened Passover flavour without the formality.
Pesach for Kids 11:30-12:15
Join Rabbi Emily LIVE on the EHRS Facebook page for Pesach for Kids, a Pesach morning family service to make our festival come alive with a true charoset of song, prayer, Torah tales and interaction.