We are a progressive synagogue, and are affiliated to Liberal Judaism. We cater to a broad membership and, thus, offer a variety of service types. We are egalitarian and, in all of our services, men and women participate in every aspect of the service, and everyone sits together, men, women, and children. Our services incorporate an equal mix of Hebrew and English.
We hold a Kabbalat shabbat service every Friday at 8pm, with the exception of the first Friday of the month, when we hold a shorter service that starts at 6.30pm and is usually followed by a bring-and-share dinner. Once every 4 to 6 weeks, we hold an hour-long ‘Tent’ service using candles and guitar music and new melodies.
On Saturdays, our services begin at 11am and end at 12.30pm. As our religion school is held concurrently with services, the children and teachers finish in time to join the service for the final prayers. Services are then followed by a communal Kiddush.
We are a community of active participants, some services are led by the rabbi, whilst others are led by various members of the community. Our Rabbi, Monique Mayer, leads services a couple of times per month. Other services are led by one of the members from the community, in a range of styles from traditional to experimental. The specific schedule of service leaders and service types is circulated in advance. Whichever service you attend, you can expect a friendly and warm welcome.
Our building is wheelchair accessible on the ground floor (where our sanctuary, social hall, and kitchen are located) and has a disabled toilet and a hearing loop.
All are welcome to attend our services. If you would like to attend, please contact the Membership Secretary, at least a week in advance, as a security precaution; it will allow sufficient opportunity for us to notify the Warden on duty and enable us to properly welcome you at the door and show you around.
We usually use the Liberal prayer book, Siddur Lev Chadash, and once in a while might use the new Reform Siddur.