In these extraordinary times, our paramount responsibility as Jews is that of Pikuach Nefesh, “saving a life”, and the broader responsibility that we have for the wellbeing of ourselves and of others. As a community we take that responsibility very seriously.
In light of the Prime Minister’s statements, we have therefore taken the hard decision to suspend the majority of Alyth activities.
Even as we are asked to distance from one another, the core ideal of community – supporting one another, praying and learning together – remains our purpose. We are committed to working as a community over the next few months, but know that we need to do so in new and different ways.
Over the last couple of weeks we have done a great deal of work to prepare for this eventuality, including exploring how to transform much of what we do into an online community. You can find some of the details below, and we will be sending more information about these activities over the coming days. Over the weeks ahead we will update this information regularly by email and on the synagogue website and social media.
The most important thing at this time is to look after and protect each other. We are grateful to all of our members who have already volunteered to help care for those who need our love and support. Today we are launching our new care programme, “From darkness to light”. Below you can find ways to volunteer as well as details about how to be in touch with us if you need help.
Between 9:00 and 16:30 we will be answering the following new phone number as our main synagogue number: 020 8457 8794.
There are also two extra phone numbers for you to use this period:
New Alyth Careline – 020 8457 8798
This will be answered between 08:00 and 21:00 by a member of the community for anyone who needs practical support or just someone to speak to.
Emergency Careline – 07726 631 808
We ask that you please use this number if you need urgent pastoral support, for example in cases of illness or bereavement. This will be answered by a member of the Alyth professional team.
We are a community of care. We are walking an unprecedented journey, and will be there to accompany one another as we do so. Please reach out to us if you are feeling anxious or need support. We are here to overcome some of the practical challenges we will be facing together, and to be there for one another.
Below you will find some key information about Alyth over the next few days.
Our services at the regular times of 18.30 on Friday night and 10.30 on Shabbat morning will be live-streamed only.
You can join our virtual congregation by clicking here.
Click here to view the special Shabbat supplement, including extra songs, a specially prepared Torah portion and the Haftarah so you can follow these at home – these will be put online at 5pm on Fridays.
We will continue to read out bereavements and the list of requested yahrzeits before the Mourners’ Kaddish, and invite you to read along with us if you are in mourning.
If you need help to access the live stream, please be in touch by calling 020 8457 8794.
All of our activities for young people and families are suspended with immediate effect and will be moving online. Please click here to see what is on offer throughout the coming week. In addition to our “regular” programming, we will also be offering a variety of new online gatherings for families as we confront our new reality together.
We are developing our programme to ensure that as much as possible will be live online. Details of how to join will be in the Weekly Email. Please click here to see what is on offer throughout the coming week.
Supporting one another in our community: From Darkness to Light
Thank you to all of our members who have already volunteered to help care for those who need our love and support. We have launched our new care programme for this extraordinary situation, “From darkness to light”*, and are already responding wherever possible to the practical and emotional needs that these unprecedented times present.
As a community the potential number of members needing support are substantial. We have a large number of elderly members and many others who are in ‘at-risk’ groups or whose wellbeing will suffer from isolation.
We would like to invite anyone who can volunteer to offer support to do so through Alyth. In the light of recent guidelines this is most likely to be those looking to ‘buddy’ those of our members without their own support network with another member who can be their ‘person’ for this period.
To volunteer click here
You will be directed to a page where you can let us know what you are able to offer.
If you need any help, click here or phone 020 8457 8794
* Why “From darkness to light”?
As a community we have 368 members over the age of 80. A Hebrew word with the gematria (number value) 368 is ‘machshach’ which means darkness, which is found in the verse from Isaiah ‘asim machshach lifneihem la’or’ – I will turn darkness before them to light.
Our task as a community is to make this verse a reality over the weeks ahead – not only for those over 80, but for anyone in our community who needs the love, support and care that we can offer.