Sunday 29 September
At the Synagogue, Alyth Gardens

As it is Sunday evening, we are starting our services slightly earlier than normal to allow members to come to shul before dinner.
If you would be happy to host an Alyth member for Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner, please contact Lynette at
We will be using the draft Erev Rosh Hashanah Machzor, which will be provided at the services.

17:15-17:45    Sing With Us
(Beit Tefillah)
The opportunity to sing together with Rabbis Josh and Hannah in preparation for the beginning of the New Year.

18:00    Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
(Beit Tefillah)
Join Rabbis Josh and Hannah for a service bringing the very best of our Friday nights to the start of the Yamim Noraim.  This music-filled beginning to the year, with guitar accompaniment, will include both High Holy Days and familiar melodies.

The D’var Torah will be given by Rabbi Hannah.

Monday 30 September

10:00    Crèche
(Ground Floor – Shofar Day Care Centre)
We offer a crèche for the youngest children led by staff members from Alyth’s Kindergarten.  In order to provide the correct number of carers in the crèche, places can only be offered to children whose parents have pre-booked their place through

All  services will use the draft of our new Rosh Hashanah Machzor.  Copies will be available at the service, and there is no need to bring your own Machzor on this day.

10:15    Choral Service
Our choral service with the beautiful sound of the Alyth choir.  Led by our Rabbis.

10:30    Kollot
(Akiva School Hall)
Our service which takes place in the round, largely in Hebrew, and encourages lay participation and communal singing.  Includes an area for children so that parents can enjoy the opportunity to pray.  Kollot will continue for a full service including Musaf, led by Justin Wise and our Rabbis.

The sermon, which will be given by Rabbi Colin, will be given in both the Choral and Kollot services.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Breakout
11:15-12:15    This Year’s Big Issues: Radical change?  Will AI reshape our lives?
(Akiva Classroom 3)
With Brexit and political manoeuvring dominating the news, fundamental shifts in the way we work, communicate and even think are being overlooked.  Begin 5780 with a look at one of the most important questions of our age – how will Artificial Intelligence reshape our society and our lives?
Join Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, and Professor Neil Lawrence, The Deep Mind Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge, as they discuss ethical and religious perspectives on new technology.

AT ALYTH: (age 0 to School Year 6)

Under 4s (accompanied by an adult)
10:45 – 12:00    Little Bang

(Youth Hall)
Join Tor, our Kindergarten’s Head Teacher and Chloe, our Early Years Educator, for a musical Rosh Hashanah service. There will be songs and crafts to keep all of our youngest Alyth members and their families engaged and excited about the New Year.

For Families (and other Big Bang lovers)
10:30 – 12:00    Big Bang

(Beit Tefillah)
Now in its 10th year, the Big Bang is Alyth’s world famous, participative, musical Tefillah (prayer) experience for all the family.  Led by Rabbi Hannah and our team of musicians.  Join them for this service with percussion, guitar and violin.

School Years 4 – 6
10:45 – 11:45    A Whole New World

As our world completes another orbit around the Sun, 5779 comes to a close. What’s been happening down on Earth in that time? Come on a magic carpet ride to reflect on the past year and set your goals and dreams for 5780.

All the family
12:00    Rosh Hashanah Kiddush

(Leo Baeck Hall)
Join us for a special Kiddush of apples and honey.  Time to relax with one another before going on for lunch, or to the services at the Sternberg Centre.


10:30 – 13:00    Supercalafragalistic-LOITER-alapurpose (Loiter With Purpose)
(Akiva School Foyer)
Looking for some down time during the Rosh Hashanah services?  For many, the High Holy Days are a great time to come together with Alyth friends, to catch up, share stories and reflect on the year gone by. Led by a member of the Youth & Education Hub, come to the “hang-out” space where there will be fun and chilled activities.  All ages are welcome.

School Years 7 & 8
10:40 – 11:40    How Far I’ll Go

(Akiva Classroom 1)
With a new year on the horizon what challenges are we facing? This year we’ve been tackling single use plastic. What more can we do to protect our world next year? Join Sophie and be a part of Alyth’s conversation around what we can do to be more environmentally friendly.

School Years 9 & 10
10:40 – 11:40    Circle of Life

(Akiva Classroom 2)
Everything the light touches is our kingdom. A person’s time rises and falls like the sun. One day, the sun will set on our time here, and will rise with you as the new leaders of the community. “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance.” What role have you played this year to step into your leadership potential with Alyth? Join Mike as we explore the journey after Bar/Bat Mitzvah and ask, ‘how can we prepare for this period of reflection?’

School Years 11-13
12:15 – 13:00    Go the Distance

(Akiva Classroom 2)
“How am I supposed to prove myself a hero if nobody will give me a chance?” Join Mike as we explore the opportunities we have to switch on our potential and awaken our inner heroes as leaders of the community – “For a true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.”

Monday 30 September

16:30 – 17:15    Teddy Bear’s Tashlich
If you go down to the Brook today, you better remember your bread;  If you go down to the Brook today, we’ll help you clear your head;  For every bear that ever there was, join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe because…
Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their Tashlich!
Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe at the Dollis Brook at the bottom of Windsor Road, Finchley N3 for our annual tashlich service.  Tashlich is for the whole Alyth community, as well as younger children.

Click here to download a guide to running your own Tashlich service.

Monday 30 September at Alyth

18:30    Erev Rosh Hashanah Second Day Service
(Beit Tefillah)
A gentle service to bring in the second day of Rosh Hashanah.  Led by Rabbi Josh.

Tuesday 1 October at Alyth

We join together back at Alyth for prayer, Torah and shofar.  We will be offering four options, reflecting the diverse needs and preferences of our community.
Whichever service you are attending, there is no need to bring your own Machzor as copies of either the draft Machzor or our special service booklets will be available for everyone.
Please again note the slightly earlier start time than for Shabbat services.

10:15    Choral Service
(Beit Tefillah)
Find your space in our choral service with the beautiful sound of the Alyth choir. Led by Rabbi Hannah, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Student Rabbi Nicola Feuchtwang. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

10:15    Band Service
(Leo Baeck Hall)
A special musical service for all generations, led by Rabbi Josh and the band – musicians from the Alyth community who come together to lead Erev Shabbat and special Festival Services.

11:00    Rosh Hashanah Den
(Youth Hall)
Babies, toddlers and young children are naturally interested in music. This year we make our way round the ’stops on the clock’ with Rabbi Hannah and Chloe in our immersive service where your little one can dance, sing and pray their way through Rosh Hashanah.

11:00    Breaking Free
School years 3-6
Come and celebrate with us as we soar and fly into the New Year with arts, crafts, music and more!