Festival Services

Evening festival service are usually held at 6.00pm and morning services at 11.00am, preceded by coffee and cake from 10.30am. At the end of every festival service there is a kiddush (blessing over wine).

    • Pesach

    The very first communal Seder in the UK took place at West London Synagogue in 1931. 91 years later, once again, we are making
    history with our first ever in person and online SEDER IN THE SANCTUARY.
    Following on from two years of lockdown Zoom Seder, with over 600 households participating online, we are back to in person communal Seder celebrations.
    Join Rabbi David, Rabbi Helen, Maya and 130 other members for a fully-catered, Covid-safe Seder in our beautiful synagogue.
    Alternatively, follow along from the comfort of your own home, via our livestream

    2022 DATES:

    - Friday 15 April - 1st NIGHT SEDER  - click here for more information and to book your place at Seder in the Sanctuary
    - Saturday 16 April - 1st DAY PESACH
    - Thursday 21 April - EREV 7th DAY PESACH
    - Friday 22 April - 7th DAY PESACH

    • Mimouna

    - Saturday 22 April - COMBO SERVICE & DINNER IN THE SANCTUARY

    After seven days of matzah, end the festival of unleavened bread in style with the Jewish North African tradition of a communal chametz meal shared together, at this unique experience of dining in the magnificent setting of the Sanctuary, with its Moorish architecture.
    After dinner talk with guest speaker from Harif, a charity dedicated to promoting the history, culture and heritage of Jews from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa). With a chance to walk around the Harif Exhibition: Celebrating the Sephardi Community in London.
    Places at the popular supper cost £30 for adults & £15 for children, students and unwaged.

    Book your place here.

    • Shavuot

    The evening of Shavuot starts with an uplifting service, followed by a supper and then a ‘Shavuaton’ - a full night of inspiring study sessions. We are joined by St John’s Wood’s Liberal Jewish Synagogue and run an educational programme from dusk to dawn. We welcome the first rays of morning with a roof-top sunrise service. The traditional 11am service commences with the community’s children dancing on rose petals in the Sanctuary, to release their perfume.

    2022 DATES:

    - Saturday 4 June - TIKKUN LEYL SHAVUOT
    - Sunday 5 June - SHAVUOT

    • Sukkot

      After the solemnity of the High Holy Days, we come together to build and decorate a communal sukkah (tabernacle). Each year we have a theme, and at an Open House service we welcome people of all faiths and none into the sukkah.

      2022 DATES:

      - Sunday 9 October - EREV SUKKOT
      - Monday 10 October - 1st Day SUKKOT

      • Simchat Torah

      At the end of the torah reading year, the torah scrolls are danced around the synagogue to joyous klezmer music. Congregants help unwind one scroll from one end of the Sanctuary to the other. The rabbis circumnavigate this scroll, reliving the journey from Genesis to Deuteronomy. A celebratory supper follows the evening service. The next morning the wardens at the end of their term of office are honoured.

      2022 DATES:

      - Sunday 16 October - EREV SIMCHAT TORAH
      - Monday 17 October - SIMCHAT TORAH

      • Chanukah

      The communal chanukkiah dates back to 1849, and we light it each night of Chanukah to mark the miracle of the light and the hope of good triumphing over evil. Each night of Chanukah is dedicated to a different constituent group of the community. There may be a rabbis’ drinks reception, a celebratory intergenerational Shabbat Chanukah service, a children’s doughnut party, area group meetings all over London where we light the chanukkiah in members’ homes, a young adults event, a tea party for our senior members.

      2022 DATES:

      - Sunday 18 December - 1st Candle
      - Sunday 25 December - 8th Candle

      • Purim

      For families there is a Purim carnival, and for all we have a spirited reading of the Megillah (Esther), followed by a themed Spiel (show) performed by rabbis and wardens in fabulous costumes, and an ‘after party’. 

      2023 DATES: