• A Beacon of Community Togetherness – Alyth’s Kosher Iftar

    This is the fourth year that Alyth Synagogue has invited the local Muslim community to join members of the Synagogue for an Iftar, the meal and prayers at the end of each day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. This year the Alyth Synagogue Iftar took place on Shabbat evening for the first time. […]

  • Alyth AGM 2017: Chairs’ Report

    Chairs’ Report “How are things going being the Chair?” An obvious, sometimes surprising, genuine and occasionally ‘agenda’d’ question.  One that a couple of people in the room may have been asked before.  One that is easy to answer with a simple “it’s great” or “it’s stressful” or “I’m loving it” – all of which are […]

  • Inaugural Lionel Blue Memorial Lecture: The Archbishop of York

    More than 230 people packed into the North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth) in Barnet to hear the Rt Rev & Rt Hon Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, deliver the first Lionel Blue Memorial Lecture. The event was part of the 60th anniversary celebrations for Leo Baeck College, the preeminent institution for the training of Progressive […]

  • Mental Health in the Jewish Community – Reducing stigma, raising awareness

    Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Rabbinic Partner at Alyth, welcomed guests this week to an inspirational evening with guest speaker and award-winning mental health campaigner, Jonny Benjamin which focussed on overcoming the stigma surrounding mental illness. Jonny Benjamin, recounted his experience of mental illness and his search to find the man that saved his life nine years […]

  • Let’s Talk about Death

    On Sunday 5 March Alyth held an afternoon of workshops and discussions exploring managing uncertainty towards the end of our lives, the choices that are available for our final resting place, end of life practicalities, and the customs and practices surrounding death in Judaism.  The Keynote Address was given by Dr Adrian Tookman, Medical Director […]

  • Alyth Arts Week

    Alyth celebrated a packed week of activities as part of their inaugural “Arts Week”. Activities such as a Private View (for selected works of art by local artists) and young theatre group Blink, drew packed crowds including many from outside the community. Organiser Viv Bellos, MBE said, “So wonderful to see Alyth packed with art, […]

  • A Packed Purim

    Alyth celebrated Purim with a packed day of events. After three different Megillah readings (one for families under 6, families over 6 and a “grown up” reading) and a costume parade, many ran and walked through the rain in fancy dress to raise money for four refugee and mental health charities. Over 200 adults and […]

  • Alyth has a hit with HOGWARTS movie experience

    Alyth’s Youth and Education Hub have been running Movie Experience evenings for their youth for 3 years this month. These innovative themed evenings at which the moviegoers discover what’s showing based on the clues around the synagogue, have been a huge hit at Alyth. They build friendships, confidence and create a rare social space for […]