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Elstree Synagogue



Service Times

Regular weekday services

Please note that as service times may vary, you should always
check the latest newsletter for up-to-date timings.

  • Sunday: Shacharit at 8.30am. Minchah and Ma'ariv at 8.00pm in the summer, and at the same time as Shabbat started on the preceeding Friday in the winter.
  • Monday and Thursday: Shacharit at 6.45am. Minchah and Ma'ariv at 8.00pm in the summer. In the winter, Minchah at 1.30pm at Ohr Yisrael and Ma'ariv at 8.00pm at BES.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: Shacharit at 6.50am. Minchah and Ma'ariv at 8.00pm in the summer. In the winter, Minchah at 1.30pm at Ohr Yisrael and Ma'ariv at 8.00pm at BES.
  • Friday: Shacharit at 6.50am. Minchah and Ma'ariv at 7.30pm in the summer, and at the time that Shabbat starts in the winter.
  • Shabbat: Shacharit at 9.30am, Minchah 60-90 minutes before Shabbat ends (check newsletter), Ma'ariv when Shabbat ends

Please also note that:

  • Rosh Chodesh Shacharit Monday to Friday is 6.45am.
  • Service times will vary around Yom Tov, and on Bank Holidays, the Sunday times usually apply.
  • Service times may also vary shortly before Rosh Hashanah and after Pesach (when weekday Minchah and Ma'ariv may be held earlier than 8.00pm).
Photo of view from bimah

Shabbat services

The main Shabbat service is open to all and commences at 9.30am. We endeavour to strike a balance between informality and dignity, thus creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, whilst upholding the sanctity of the Synagogue. The community is fortunate to have a wealth of davenning and leining talent within its membership. This means the Shabbat morning service is vibrant and engaging for regular shul-goers, as well as visitors.

Since the main Shabbat service is the hub of our community, life's events are celebrated, including Barmitzvahs, Batmitzvahs, Aufrufs and baby namings. (For these types of simcha, where the celebrant is given a call up, the special blessings following it may sometimes be carried out by the wardens, on an occasion when the Rabbi is committed to visiting our other Shabbat morning services.)

There is also an alternative 'Limmud Minyan' each Shabbat morning which commences at 9.30am. This service is much smaller and more intimate than the main service and involves discussion and more of a 'learning and educational' style of service.

Additionally, every fortnight, there is a Hashkama (early) minyan. This is a small, intimate service, which is particularly good for families with young (pre-walking) children, enabling husbands to go home in time for their wives to attend the regular services.

For those of you living on the south side of Borehamwood, we hold our BES@Yavneh Shabbat morning services every Shabbat.

Click here for more information on our alternative minyans.

Running in tandem with these adult services is a weekly Youth Service with a slightly later start, tailor made for secondary school children who can enjoy a Shabbat morning with their peers.

In our family orientated community, we also have a full range of childrens' services from pre-nursery through to the end of primary school.

Shabbat afternoon services commence 60-90 minutes before the end of Shabbat, followed by a challenging shiur given by the Rabbi for about 35 minutes until the end of Shabbat, or a Seudah Shlishit in the summer.

Friday night services are held in the Synagogue, and are supplemented by parallel services at the same time and under the auspices of the Synagogue every week in Elstree and South Borehamwood. During the summer, these Shabbat evening services commence at 7.30pm. During the winter, these Shabbat evening services commence at the same time that Shabbat starts.

Daily Services

Daily services are held morning (in the Synagogue) and evening (in the Bet HaMedrash or Gilah Hall) throughout the year. Monday and Thursday morning services start at 6.50am, with Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday services at 7.00am. On Rosh Chodesh, the service commences at 6.45am.

The Sunday morning service is a little later at 8.30am. Sunday afternoon and evening services are held at the same time as Shabbat commences on the preceding Friday. Monday to Thursday afternoon and evening services start at 8.00pm in the summer. In the winter months we combine with the Ohr Yisrael shul in Theobald Street for the afternoon services at 1.30pm. Their members come to our evening services at 8.00pm.

On Public/Bank Holidays, the service times are usually the same as the preceding Sunday.

Occasionally the regular times of services are changed and these are usually noted in our weekly newsletter. This is most common shortly before Rosh Hashanah and after Pesach.


All Shabbat and Yom Tov services are followed by Kiddush (except on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). Extra foodstuffs are set on out on some Yomim Tovim and minor chagim, as appropriate.

Please contact the shul for further information or if you are a parent and would like to be involved in running or supporting the children's services in any way.

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