Welcome to the High Holy Days at Alyth

The Rabbis, Staff and Council welcome you to our High Holy Days for 5780.

Here, you will find an outline of the services, learning opportunities and activities taking place.

Please take some time to look over this year’s programme either in this section of the website or by clicking here to download the booklet. Please click on the following links for summaries of what is available for different ages:
High Holy Days Services and Activities for 0-4 year olds
High Holy Days Services and Activities for 5-10 year olds
High Holy Days Services and Activities for 11-16 year olds

During the High Holy Days we will be broadcasting various services via our webcam.  Click here to see our timetable of broadcasts.

If you would like to purchase a ticket or have any questions please get in touch by emailing saskia@alyth.org.uk or by calling 020 8455 6763.

We wish you Shanah Tovah and all the best for the year ahead.


Our Team for High Holy Days 5780

The programme of activities that we offer over the High Holy Days is unparalleled anywhere in Europe, and is made possible because of the efforts of our Rabbis, our wider staff team, our volunteers  and lay leaders.

Our High Holy Day services and study are led by our rabbinic team, Rabbi Josh LevyRabbi Hannah Kingston and Rabbi Colin Eimer together with Student Rabbi Nicola Feuchtwang.  We are also delighted to welcome three guest rabbis who will be with us:

Rabbi Professor Tony Bayfield CBE, DD (Cantuar), Professor of Jewish Theology and Thought at Leo Baeck College. Please click here to purchase the book (using the following code for a 30% discount: BJT2019) and here for more information about the book.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism. Please click here for more information about Rabbi Laura.

Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris, Principal of the Leo Baeck College. Please click here for more information about Rabbi  Deborah.

We will also be joined by a number of guest teachers over the period.  Please see inside for details.

The music in our marquee service is one of the most important aspects of our High Holy Days provision.  This year, during Katie Hainbach’s maternity leave, our wonderful volunteer choir is led by Juliane Gallant, supported by our Director of Music Emerita, Viv Bellos.  Our accompanists in the marquee will be the hugely talented Jordan Clarke and Natalie Burch.

Along with our Rabbis and dedicated madrichim, our offerings for families and young people will be led by members of our Youth and Education Hub, Mike Mendoza, Chloe Kimmel, and Sophie Peterman, along with Tor Alter, Alyth Kindergarten’s Head Teacher.

Logistic and care support through the period are provided by our excellent team of professionals, including Community Director Adam Martin, Head of Programming Sam Heller, and Director of Community Care and Life Cycle Lynette Sunderland.

We are also incredibly grateful during this period for the efforts of  our facilities team, Don West, Marco Ferreira and Dee Payne.

Everything that we do at Alyth is built on the commitment and dedication of our volunteers and lay leaders who give their time and energy to ensure that the community runs smoothly.  The High Holy Days are no exception, with well over 200 people assisting at this time.

We are hugely grateful to all those who contribute to the management, vision and direction of the synagogue; those who provide lay support to our services; our volunteer choir who lead us in prayer; our lay readers and those who lead Kollot; the stewards and security co-ordinators and volunteers; our care volunteers; those who lead our meditation activities; those who provide the flowers;  those who clean the silver; those who set up the webcams and support the sound desk; and all those who provide a warm welcome to everyone attending our services and activities.