Tuesday 8 October
The fast of Yom Kippur commences at 18:08

For those who may need to eat or drink, food and water will be available in the Art Stables.

Please remember that you need to bring your own copy of the Machzor for Yom Kippur.

19:00    Choral Kol Nidre
Begin Yom Kippur with the grandeur of Kol Nidre in our marquee.  The service includes a cello rendition of Kol Nidre, which this year will take place towards the beginning of the service.

The sermon, will be given by Rabbi Professor Tony Bayfield CBE, DD (Cantuar), following the publication of his new book “Being Jewish Today, Confronting the Real Issues”.
Please click here to purchase the book (using the following code for a 30% discount: BJT2019) and here for more information about the book.
Please note that this sermon will only be given in the Marquee.  It will be recorded and will be available to view on the Alyth website after Yom Kippur.

19:00    Kollot Nidre
(Akiva School Hall)
Our service which takes place in the round, largely in Hebrew, and which encourages lay participation and communal singing, and which begins with the singing of Kol Nidre together.  Led by Justin Wise and our Rabbis.
Our Kollot service this year will include a short chevruta study led by Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn Harris.

Kol Nidre Breakout
19:30 – 20:30    What would it feel like to take God out of Yom Kippur?
(Akiva Classroom 3)
Join Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner to explore what it would feel like to take God out of Yom Kippur.
A safe space to discuss belief, doubt and commitment and the journey that we can make on Yom Kippur.

19:30 – 20:30    You’ve Got a Friend in Me
(Akiva Classroom 1)
For School Years 3-6
‘You’ve got troubles, well I’ve got ‘em too, we stick together and we see it through’… How have you used the opportunity for repentance these past ten days? What is it like to apologise to someone? How can we apologise to people? Come together with Sophie, friends and community as we prepare ourselves for Yom Kippur.

19:30 – 20:30    Teen Nidre: Bare Necessities
(Akiva Classroom 2)
For teens
“Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife. I mean the bare necessities, Old Mother Nature’s recipes, that brings the bare necessities of life…” Join Mike as we sift through the fuzziness of life’s experiences and simplify how we can make the most of this period of contemplation and atonement.

Wednesday 9 October


10:15    Choral Service
Find your space in our choral service with the beautiful sound of the Alyth choir led by our Rabbis.

10:15    Kollot
(Akiva School Hall)
Our service which takes place in the round, largely in Hebrew, and which encourages lay participation and communal singing.  Led by Justin Wise and our Rabbis.

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

AT ALYTH (age 0 to School Year 6)

Under 3s (accompanied by an adult)
10:00 – 10:45    Sensory on Yom Kippur

(Youth Hall)
A special version of our Shabbat experience designed to stimulate your babies’ senses in the first years of their life.  Join Rabbi Hannah and Chloe in this service where you and your baby can touch, see, smell, hear and taste your way through the service to create precious Yom Kippur memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Toddlers (accompanied by an adult)
11:30 – 12:30    Yom Kippur Den

(Youth Hall)
Work your way round the Yom Kippur clock with Chloe in our ‘Den’ style service.  This service is for pre-schoolers and their families, filled with stories, songs and activities.

11:15 – 12:45    Atideinu Family Service

(Beit Tefillah)
A musical service for families on Yom Kippur led by Rabbi Hannah. The service will include familiar songs, prayers and stories.

School Years 4 – 6
10:45 – 11:45    Let it Go

(Leo Baeck Hall)
“My soul is spiralling in frozen fractals all around. And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast, I’m never going back, the past is in the past…” A year has passed, and Yom Kippur offers us the chance to move forward positively into the year ahead. First you need to be able to let it go! Join our Youth & Education Team to enjoy a variety of open activities of reflection.

(School Years 7-13)

10:30 – 16:30    Supercalafragalistic-LOITER-alapurpose (Loiter With Purpose)
(Akiva School Foyer)
Trying your best with the fast and looking for some down time during Yom Kippur? For many, these days are a time to come together with Alyth friends and catch up, to share stories and reflect on the year gone by.  Come to the Alyth “hang-out” space where there will be fun and chilled activities.  All ages are welcome.

School Years 7 & 8
10:30 – 11:30    A Cover is Not a Book

(Akiva Classroom 1)
Have you ever made assumptions about someone? Has anyone ever surprised you with their thoughts and behaviour? Has anyone ever asked you “what’s really going on?” Join Mike as we explore our personal stories, behind the immediate front that people see. With each Yom Kippur, are you able to find and reveal yourself just a little bit more?

School Years 9 & 10
10:30 – 11:30    Dig a Little Deeper

(Akiva Classroom 2)
‘Dig down deep inside yourself, you’ll find out what you need’… What does repentance really mean? How do we actually repent? Does repentance actually matter? Come and explore with Sophie what it’s really all about.

School Years 11 – 13
12:15 – 13:00    The Gospel Truth

(Akiva Classroom 1)
What does it mean to be partners in creation? Some suggest that when the Eternal rested on the 7th day, creation didn’t cease but became a shared mission between humanity andיהוה . How do we continue this great work? Join Mike to contemplate the power of partnerships: within ourselves, between people and with God.


We are pleased once again to offer “tracks” through Yom Kippur afternoon: ‘Classical’, ‘Tefillah and Spirituality’, and ‘Study’.  You are welcome to follow one track through the afternoon, or to go to individual sessions that appeal to you.

We also run a Mincha service for families on Yom Kippur afternoon, and a service at Alyth for those who need the opportunity to pray somewhere with easier access.

Classical Track

13:30    Musaf: Avodah Service
The dramatic service in which we remember the Temple service for Yom Kippur. Led by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Lynette Sunderland.

14:45    Musaf: Martyrology Service
Remembering our Jewish martyrs in a contemplative service with Rabbi Colin and Viv Bellos.

16:00    Minchah Service
Our afternoon service in which we hear Torah and the Book of Jonah. Led by Rabbi Josh.

16:30 – 18:00    Ease of Access Minchah, Yizkor and Neilah Service
(at Alyth)
A special service for those who find accessing the Sternberg Centre on Yom Kippur afternoon particularly difficult, but would like to join members of the community in prayer.  Join Lynette and Student Rabbi Nicola Feuchtwang at Alyth for a shortened service which will include Minchah, Yizkor and Neilah prayers.  For further information or for transport please contact Lynette on 020 8457 8793 or at lynette@alyth.org.uk no later than 2 October.

Tefillah and Spirituality Track

13:30 – 14:30    Imrei Finu Avodah
(Akiva School Hall)
Led by Rabbi Josh, Imrei Finu is a guitar-led service with singing to new and familiar melodies, readings and plenty of silence.  In this special service, we echo the path taken by the High Priest during the Avodah service in our own song and reflection.

14:45 – 15:45    Service for Wellbeing
(Akiva School Hall)
At this point in the afternoon we traditionally read of the Martyrs of Judaism, who sacrificed themselves for their traditions. Their stories still often ring true for us today, as we may sometimes feel the need to sacrifice ourselves for those around us. Come together with Rabbi Hannah and Lynette to sing, pray and reflect on our own wellbeing. We take time to think of the things that feel burdensome in our lives, and ask ourselves what are we martyrs for?

16:00 – 17:15    Minchah Meditation
(Akiva Classroom 3)
Allow stillness to infuse your inner Yom Kippur journey through Jewish Mindfulness Meditation. Jonah the prophet journeyed down from Jaffa, to the ship, to the whale then back up into the world in the Haftarah that we read at Minchah. Mika Borthwick will guide you down into yourself and back to the possibilities of the coming year in this relaxing and restful hour of mediation.

Study Track

Taking stock – three big questions for modern Judaism.
Over Yom Kippur afternoon we will look at three aspects of Jewish life and study – Text, Law and Peoplehood.
We will ask where we are today as Progressive Jews in these three key elements of our Jewish lives.  How has our relationship with these changed – in theory and in practice?

13:30 – 14:30    How do we read? Our relationship with Text today.
(Akiva Moadon)
What does it mean to read the text as a twenty-first century Progressive Jew?  What new approaches do we have, what new questions do we ask?  Explore these questions with Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn Harris, Principal of the Leo Baeck College, where she also teaches Bible.  Deborah’s PhD, in Biblical Studies, was entitled ‘A Hammer for Shattering Rock: Employing Classical Rabbinic Hermeneutics to Fashion Contemporary Feminist Commentary on the Bible’.  Using examples from Bible and Rabbinic Literature, she will explore the nature of our relationship with text.

14:45 – 15:45    How do we act? What is the role of Jewish Law in our lives?
(Akiva Moadon)
Part of our Jewish library is a highly developed and detailed legal corpus, defining everything from how we get dressed to how we pray; what we eat to the ethics of our behaviour.
For previous generations, this corpus was understood to be authoritative, but what authority does it have for us today?  And if it does not define our practice, what does it do?
As well as being Rabbi at Alyth, Rabbi Josh asks these questions with new generations of rabbis as a Lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College.  Together we will look at the theory and practice of Progressive Halachah.

16:00 – 17:15    Who are we? The meaning of Peoplehood today
(Akiva School Hall)
Join Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner as she explores the meaning of Jewish peoplehood in the 21st century.  What does Klal Yisrael mean today?  How do we understand our relationship with other Jews from across the religious spectrum?  What part do – and should – Israel and Shoah play in our identities?  Rabbi Laura is Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism.


16:15 – 17:15    Family Minchah Service: When You Wish Upon A Star
(Akiva Classroom 1)
Let your conscience be your guide as we sing our way through the afternoon service. Join Rabbi Hannah and Mike as we explore who’s really pulling the strings in our lives. Honesty is the best policy, especially on this particular day of contemplation. Families are invited to journey the familiar story of the whale… with a twist.


17:30 approx    Yizkor Service
Our memorial service to remember loved ones who are no longer with us.  Led by Rabbis Josh, Hannah and Colin.
Please note that there will be no admission during the Yizkor service once it has begun.  The service will begin with the singing of Psalm 23 on page 624, and end with the mourners’ Kaddish.  We ask that you please remain in the marquee until Kaddish has been recited.

For all young people
17:30 – 18:15    Colours of the Wind

(Akiva Classroom 2)
Can you weave with all the colours of the wind? Life is like a kaleidoscope with lots of different colours coming in and out. What colours have formed your life this past year? What colours do you hope you will see in 5780? Come and join Sophie and Chloe for some time of contemplation and reflection through the medium of loom-making.


18:15 approx    Neilah Service
Our concluding service for Yom Kippur.  Including the final sermon of Yom Kippur, given by Rabbi Hannah.

For all young people
18:15    Hakuna Matata

(Akiva Classroom 2)
It’s a motto… We’ve reached the concluding moments of the day. We’d love to believe that it means no worries for the rest of your days. That it’s our problem-free philosophy BUT we cannot walk away from Yom Kippur with empty promises. Join Rabbi Hannah and the Youth & Education Hub as we make final preparations for what’s ahead and seal the gates on our commitments to grow and challenge ourselves in the year to come.

19:10    Havdalah and the end of the fast
We will be making Havdalah, the concluding ceremony for Yom Kippur, in front of the marquee. Led by our young people.

Food to break the fast is available outside the Art Stables.

If you are happy to invite an Alyth member to break the fast with you and your family, please contact Lynette at lynette@alyth.org.uk.