Service Times

Regular weekday services (Winter timetable)

  Shacharit Mincha Ma'ariv
Friday 6.50am & 8am  Mincha / Ma'ariv when Shabbat starts  
Shabbat 9.30am After Kiddush 15 minutes after Shabbat goes out 
Sunday 8.30am Mincha / Ma'ariv at time Shabbat starts on previous Friday  
Monday 6.45am 1:30pm at Ohr Yisrael 8pm at Croxdale
Tuesday 6.50am 1:30pm at Ohr Yisrael 8pm at Croxdale
Wednesday 6.50am & 8am 1:30pm at Ohr Yisrael 8pm at Croxdale
Thursday 6.45am 1:30pm at Ohr Yisrael 8pm at Croxdale

Rosh Chodesh Shacharit is 6.45am. Service times will vary around Yom Tov, and on Bank Holidays. In the winter, the weekday evening service is Ma'ariv only, although there may be a weekday lunchtime Mincha service at Ohr Yisrael Federation Synagogue. 

Please always check the latest newsletter for the most up-to-date service times.

After the 6:50am service on Fridays there is coffee and croissants. 

Winter holidays 2018/2019 times of weekday services

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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 chazanut 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.

There is also an alternative 'Limmud Minyan' each Shabbat morning which commences at 9.30am. This service is much smaller and 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 starting at 8am. 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.

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 babies through to the end of primary school.

In the summer month, Shabbat afternoon services commence an hour before the end of Shabbat, followed by a challenging shiur given by the Rabbi for about 35 minutes until the end of Shabbat.

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 6.45am, with Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday services at 6.50am. 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 8pm 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 8pm.

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

Kiddushim

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.