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Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

September 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Dessert Island Discs & Selichot Service

Dessert Island Discs & Selichot Service

September 1 @ 8:45 pm - 11:00 pm

Prepare for the High Holy Days with our moving choral Selichot service. The evening commences at 8.45pm in the Stern Hall when our new President, Mark Fox, will shipwreck Professor Chris Bowers-Broadbent (WLS Director of Music), Maya Levy (WLS Community Musician) and Malcolm Singer (retired Director of Music at the Yehudi Menuhin School, WLS member, […]

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WLS Tea Party

WLS Tea Party

September 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lovely get-togethers of different generations of the community which everyone involved in – guests, volunteers, rabbis and hosts – tremendously enjoys. They’re so popular that we now need more volunteer drivers! Let us know if you can spare one Sunday afternoon a month for this very enjoyable event, you’ll be rewarded with tea and cake! […]

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Parashat Hashavua

Parashat Hashavua

September 3 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The portion of the week means so much more if you have studied it before. Join Rabbi Helen Freeman in the Stourcliffe Mezzanine and bring along a light non-meat lunch. Look forward to seeing you there.

Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement Support Group

September 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Have you suffered the loss of a partner, relative or friend? Would you welcome the opportunity to meet others in a similar position to yourself?

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Berkeley Lunch Club

Berkeley Lunch Club

September 4 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

From 10.30am: welcome tea and coffee. At 11.00am: Gentle Pilates followed by a discussion about the week’s news. A hot three-course lunch is served at 12.30 pm after  which members are free to chat and relax until approx 2pm. Cost for the day is £11. Contact Selina on 07810 153 592 or Elaine on 07850 645 573

Bereavement Visitors Group

Bereavement Visitors Group

September 4 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our trained Bereavement Visitors help members of the community who have suffered the loss of a loved one. This group is tiny in comparison with the numbers that it might be supporting, so the more such visitors we have the better service we can offer. People from all walks of life may become trained visitors. […]

C.B.T Café

C.B.T Café

September 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The CBT Café is a partnership between WLS and Sophie and Emma, who founded their company, ‘Unravelling Minds’, in order to help lessen the stigma surrounding mental health. The CBT Café is a place for those with lived experience of mental health, whether in their own lives or family or friends or those whom they work […]

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Cancer Support Group

Cancer Support Group

September 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This is a support group for anyone who has had or currently has cancer. WLS is a safe environment to come to in which to share issues in confidence with people who understand what you are going through. Please contact Jo Michaels on 020 7535 0290 if you would like to discuss this further.

Lyons Learning Project – Talmud with Rabbi Neil

Lyons Learning Project – Talmud with Rabbi Neil

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This course runs for 7 weeks and costs £70 As Dr Ruth Calderon said in her maiden speech in the Knesset, “The time has come… to delight in the cultural riches that wait for us, for our eyes, our imaginations, our creativity.” The Talmud is our inheritance and in these weeks we’ll peek into its […]

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Erev Shabbat Service

Erev Shabbat Service

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shabbat Shira

Shabbat Shira

September 7 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm

This is a very special Friday night service that takes place on the marble in front of the Bimah starting after our classic service at 7.15pm. We have our wonderful Shira musicians using drums and guitar and violin and cello too, reflecting the fact that it is a very musical and participatory service. The name […]

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Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

September 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm

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Erev Rosh Hashanah Combo Community Service

Erev Rosh Hashanah Combo Community Service

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

in the Sanctuary An innovation for WLS – start your New Year on a positive note with our joyous Combo service. Over the last decade we have brought together the very best of our Choral and Shira services to create our most popular liturgical experience – the monthly Combo service. This Erev Rosh Hashanah, join […]

Erev Rosh Hashanah Choral Formal Service

Erev Rosh Hashanah Choral Formal Service

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

in the Council Room A chance to enjoy the music and prayers of the traditional Reform service. No organ, but with tunes you may have known from your childhood.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Intergenerational Family Seder

Erev Rosh Hashanah Intergenerational Family Seder

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

in the Samson Family Concourse Come join Rabbis Julia and Helen as we experience a new departure for WLS, a partly Sephardi style Seder for Erev Rosh Hashanah, with a meal and service around the table. It’s fun for the children and educational for all. Cost: £29.50 – Member | £35.00 – Non member | £15.00 - Children […]

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1st Day Rosh Hashanah

1st Day Rosh Hashanah

September 10 @ 8:45 am - 1:45 pm

Click here for more information and to download our services booklet.

Erev 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Koleinu Shira Service

Erev 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Koleinu Shira Service

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Rabbi David, Maya and the Shabbat Shira musicians for a relaxing, informal service to mark the end of the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Through our shared prayers, vocal harmonies, silences and wordless tunes, we will journey through the liturgy of repentance as we consider the potential of the New Year. At the end […]

Lyons Learning Project Study Session

Lyons Learning Project Study Session

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Allow Rabbi Neil and the Lyons Learning Project to introduce you to Abraham and the Palace in Flames – how does this famous midrash (rabbinic interpretation) obligate us to act in our world today?

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2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm

A more informal service with beautiful alternative readings to supplement the regular prayers and Shofar blowing and, instead of a sermon, a chance to learn with Rabbi Neil and the Lyons Learning Project.

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Learn to Lein

Learn to Lein

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to chant from the Torah? It’s never too late to learn to lein. Mastering the age-old Jewish art of reading the musical cantillation marks will give you new insight into the pace, tone and rhythm of the Torah. It will also help you with Hebrew reading and understanding. This easy-going and […]

Lyons Learning Project – Talmud with Rabbi Neil

Lyons Learning Project – Talmud with Rabbi Neil

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This course runs for 7 weeks and costs £70 As Dr Ruth Calderon said in her maiden speech in the Knesset, “The time has come… to delight in the cultural riches that wait for us, for our eyes, our imaginations, our creativity.” The Talmud is our inheritance and in these weeks we’ll peek into its […]

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Kolnoa-Cinema: Tapuchim Min Hamidbar/Apples from the Desert

Kolnoa-Cinema: Tapuchim Min Hamidbar/Apples from the Desert

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  Dir. Arik Lubetzki / Matti Harari (2014) The new season of KOLNOA screenings commences with a multi award winning film from a much loved novel of the same name. An Orthodox girl shocks her Sephardi family in Jerusalem’s cloistered community, by breaking taboos to run away with a man to his desert kibbutz. A […]

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Erev Shabbat Service

Erev Shabbat Service

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Library Minyan

Library Minyan

September 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

An alternative Shabbat morning service in the Bob Shafritz Library. The introduction of this egalitarian, participatory and musical service is being led by a group of members and you are warmly invited to come along and savour the spirit of our brand new Library Minyan! Perhaps you are musical, interested in leyning a small piece of Torah, […]

ShabbaTots Service

ShabbaTots Service

September 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Run by Avivit Katzil, our Shabbat morning services are informal and fun, with English and Hebrew songs, accompanied by guitar and ukulele, and percussion instruments for children to join in. The Rabbis join us for Kiddush.

Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm

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Religion School

Religion School

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gil Reshef: 020 7535 0260 Gil is our Head of Education and runs the Religion School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, TRIPOD and Jewish Preparation programmes. Adi Ben-Naim: 020 7535 0291 Adi is the Religion School administrator and supports and manages all Religion School and Youth matters. Rabbi Neil Janes Neil is the Rabbi of […]

Drop-In Centre

Drop-In Centre

September 16 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

There are many ways to support our Drop-In Centre, from donating nappies, basmati rice and clothing (in good, wearable condition), to pitching in at the centre on the third Sunday of each month. Keep in mind that all of our volunteers were once first-time volunteers, so inexperience need not be an impediment to your participation! […]

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Parashat Hashavua

Parashat Hashavua

September 17 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The portion of the week means so much more if you have studied it before. Join Rabbi Helen Freeman in the Stourcliffe Mezzanine and bring along a light non-meat lunch. Look forward to seeing you there.

Carers’ Support Group

Carers’ Support Group

September 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Sometimes the role of a carer is overwhelming, isolating and hard, even if it is difficult to admit this to ourselves and to others. The sharing of experiences with others in the same position may strengthen our ability to cope and can make a real difference. This is a chance to get advice and information […]

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Kol Nidre Choral Community Service

Kol Nidre Choral Community Service

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The haunting cello playing Kol Nidre, plus the choir and organ repeating and embellishing it, begins the most solemn day of the year. The music, and the liturgy, challenge us and go straight to the heart. Please click here for more information and to download our services booklet

Koleinu Shira Kol Nidre Service

Koleinu Shira Kol Nidre Service

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On the holiest night of the year, join us for a gentle, participative service.  Starting with Bruch’s haunting Kol Nidre melody, led by Maya Levy, we will work our way into the spiritual depths of Yom Kippur as we pray, shoulder to shoulder and voice to voice, using the words of our traditional and contemporary […]

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Yom Kippur Services

Yom Kippur Services

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Please click here for more information and to download our services booklet

Yom Kippur Shacharit Services

Yom Kippur Shacharit Services

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

11.00-14.00: CHORAL COMMUNITY SERVICE in the Sanctuary The classical WLS choral service probably hasn’t changed a great deal in a century, but it still packs a punch, makes us think, and gets us in the mood for the long, reflective, moving day of Yom Kippur. 11.00-14.00: KOLEINU: SHIRA CHADASHAH in the Room of Prayer A […]

Yom Kippr Musaph Services

Yom Kippr Musaph Services

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

14.00-16.00: CHORAL COMMUNITY SERVICE in the Sanctuary During the deepest and most sacred part of the Day, the growing quiet of the Sanctuary is enhanced by a gentle, historical journey through the Avodah Temple Worship. Our lay historians bring alive the ancient penitential practices of Temple Judaism. As we transition into the Martyrology, we are […]

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Erev Shabbat Service

Erev Shabbat Service

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat Morning Service

September 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Sukkah Building

Sukkah Building

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Our theme for this year’s Sukkah is Ohel Avraham v’Sarah – Abraham and Sarah’s Tent. We only have two days to get the sukkah up and decorated, so please come along and help us. Saturday 22 September, 18.00 -22.30 Adult community Sukkah building – you bring the fruit, flowers and wine and we will supply […]

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Sukkah Building

Sukkah Building

September 23 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Our theme for this year’s Sukkah is Ohel Avraham v’Sarah – Abraham and Sarah’s Tent. We only have two days to get the sukkah up and decorated, so please come along and help us. Saturday 22 September, 18.00 -22.30 Adult community Sukkah building – you bring the fruit, flowers and wine and we will supply […]

Erev Sukkot Service

Erev Sukkot Service

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our family-friendly service will include a chance to shake the lulav (palm branch) along with myrtle and willow, and etrog (citron), as we pray together and honour those who’ve helped build our Sukkah. This brief but beautiful service will conclude with kiddush in the Sukkah.

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Sukkot Service

Sukkot Service

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

After the self-reflection of Yom Kippur it is important to return our attention to the wider world around us. The festival of Sukkot brings us back to nature, and nature back to us, right into our Sanctuary through the ancient ritual of waving the lulav (palm branch) along with myrtle and willow, and etrog (citron). […]

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Berkeley Lunch Club

Berkeley Lunch Club

September 25 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

From 10.30am: welcome tea and coffee. At 11.00am: Gentle Pilates followed by a discussion about the week’s news. A hot three-course lunch is served at 12.30 pm after  which members are free to chat and relax until approx 2pm. Cost for the day is £11. Contact Selina on 07810 153 592 or Elaine on 07850 645 573

Nisa-Nashim Jewish Muslim Women’s Network

Nisa-Nashim Jewish Muslim Women’s Network

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

West London Synagogue hosts a local branch of Nisa Nashim, a national initiative bringing together Jewish and Muslim Women. We host evening meetings six times a year on issues of mutual interest to our group. Rabbi Helen Freeman leads this group, alongside a core group of Jewish and Muslim women. To sign up and get […]

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Learn to Lein

Learn to Lein

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to chant from the Torah? It’s never too late to learn to lein. Mastering the age-old Jewish art of reading the musical cantillation marks will give you new insight into the pace, tone and rhythm of the Torah. It will also help you with Hebrew reading and understanding. This easy-going and […]

Lyons Learning Project – My Jewish London with Searle Kochberg

Lyons Learning Project – My Jewish London with Searle Kochberg

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Telling my story through images and text…and avoiding the stereotype! With Searle Kochberg £40 - 26 September, 7 November & 5 December After researching and creating a series of mini-documentaries of Jews like you and me walking their London to tell their biography Searle brings this unique narrative form to students of the Lyons Learning Project. […]

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Cancer Support Group

Cancer Support Group

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This is a support group for people who have had or currently have cancer. There is no age limit and it is open for both male and female attendees. WLS is a safe environment to come to in which to share issues in confidence with people who understand what you are going through. Each meeting is […]

YAD Shake it in the Sukkah

YAD Shake it in the Sukkah

September 27 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Invite everyone you know to be a guest in our Sukkah in this unique and fun, multi-faith evening! With a £10 donation you get three alcoholic shakes and all profits will go to our Refugees Community Sponsorship Project. Come and meet the people behind this wonderful project.    

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Seymour Group Lunch in the Sukkah

Seymour Group Lunch in the Sukkah

September 28 @ 12:15 pm - 2:30 pm

‘It’s a Wild Life!’ Lunch in the Sukkah in memory of Ronnie Jacobs, co-founder of the Seymour Group, whose son, Mark will describe his career at the BBC, using beautiful natural history slides and bizarre tales from the bush. £15 payable at the door. Book early by phoning Hermy Jankel on 020 7722 8489. If […]

Erev Shabbat Service

Erev Shabbat Service

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shira & Supper in the Sukkah

Shira & Supper in the Sukkah

September 28 @ 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Rabbis Neil and David for a Shira service with a difference as we celebrate Sukkot, the happiest of festivals, with our musicians in our stunning Sukkah followed by a bring and share dinner. This event is open to all the community. Please bring some food (that is vegetarian or permitted fish) to share with […]

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Open House Shabbat Service

Open House Shabbat Service

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm

We welcome people of all faiths and none, and ambassadors from around the world, to our Open House Shabbat during Sukkot. There will be celebratory kiddush in the sukkah, and everyone will have the chance to wave a lulav.

B’nai Brith European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage

B’nai Brith European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage

September 29 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

We welcome people of all faiths and beliefs to join us for our Open House Shabbat morning service at 11.00am, followed by a kiddush (small lunch). Following this, as part of the B’nai Brith European Day of Jewish Culture and Heritage, we will be giving a guided tour of the 140 year old Grade 1 […]

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Religion School

Religion School

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gil Reshef: 020 7535 0260 Gil is our Head of Education and runs the Religion School, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, TRIPOD and Jewish Preparation programmes. Adi Ben-Naim: 020 7535 0291 Adi is the Religion School administrator and supports and manages all Religion School and Youth matters. Rabbi Neil Janes Neil is the Rabbi of […]

Erev Simchat Torah Service + bring and share supper

Erev Simchat Torah Service + bring and share supper

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for our annual celebration of the ending and beginning of reading the Torah. The evening starts with a scroll unrolling around the sanctuary – a must for all generations! This will be followed by a festival evening service with Torah processions and dancing to a live band. To complete the evening we’ll be […]

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