Jewish Life Prayer Weekly Services Shabbat services are limited to 125 people allowed in the synagogue, it is essential that you book your slot in advance with Micky Nathanson here. Despite the government guidelines being relaxed, we as a synagogue are guided by the principle of pikuach nefesh-the preservation of life. Our Covid Committee has made the decision to keep in place the requirement for mask wearing in services, unless you are participating or have an exemption. It is vital that we keep each other safe. As we will also maintain social distancing and keeping to our own ‘household bubble’, the procedure will be unchanged from last Shabbat. Visit our calendar for more information Each Friday, members and visitors alike are warmly welcomed to our traditional Reform choral service at 6pm in Hebrew and English together with a sermon and beautiful music as we close the working week and prepare for Shabbat. On the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month we also have an informal and uplifting band-led Shira service, at 7.15pm. “Shira” means singing in Hebrew and the emphasis is on a vibrant, participatory service with lots of singing and modern music. On the 2nd Friday of each month, the 6pm service becomes what we call a ‘Combo’ service, bringing together our choir, our Director of Music, our Community Musician, and the Shira band, to create an energetic and participative communal prayer-experience. Often this Combo service will be followed by a community dinner (for which pre-booking is preferred). On Saturday mornings, our weekly Shacharit Service begins at 11.00am, featuring our choir under the direction of our Director of Music. The Torah is read, and there is usually a sermon. Many members choose to mark their lifecycle moments at these services, whether this is a bar/bat mitzvah, baby blessing, pre-marriage celebration or significant birthday/anniversary. Morning services are preceded by coffee and cake from 10.30am. At the conclusion of every service there is a kiddush (blessing with wine, and light reception). On Saturdays there is also a children’s service (Shabbatots) commencing 10.00am. On Wednesdays during term-time there are evening Ma’ariv prayers at 6.30pm. Prayers can be arranged on other days for those bereaved who wish to mark their loss through Shiva at the synagogue.