Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue (EHRS) is an inclusive, progressive, vibrant and welcoming Holy community, which strongly values tradition whilst responding to the challenges of modern day Jewish living.
There are so many activities and opportunities at EHRS, which make it much more than a synagogue, it is a community centre for all ages, or as someone described us, a multiplex cinema offering something for everyone.
The synagogue building is a place of worship and also a community centre with many different regular and special activities for all ages. We are delighted to offer a huge range of Synagogue services and activities to cater for all ages. These include Nagila, our Early Years Nursery; Orot, our Religion School; Youth Clubs; Uniformed Groups; our Day Centre for the elderly, plus a wide range of adult education and social groups.
The synagogue premises are currently closed to visitors. There is no access without prior appointment.
The EHRS offices and departments are trying to operate as much as normal as is possible within the government regulations at this time. The telephone is operated during the normal office hours. Although the staff are operating from home they are reachable via the usual telephone numbers and email addresses. Please listen to the menu when you call, to be connected as appropriate. Please do not send anything by post. All payments should be made via the website. We will soon be able to take payments over the phone once a new system is set up.
In the case of a bereavement, please contact the Jewish Joint Burial Society
We are pleased to say that following the success of re-introducing the Sunday Shacharit service, we have now started careful, socially distanced attendance on Shabbat mornings.
We intend our next services to be on Saturday 12 and 26 September for a maximum of 30 people from 10:30-12:00.
These shortened services do not take place in the Beit Tefillah, but, just like the Sunday service, are lay-led and take place in the Community Centre. There are strict rules governing how the service can be safe for you, but if you would like to be part of a minyan back in the premises, please ensure you register. Please note that only those congregants who register by the Wednesday before the service will be allowed entry in order to protect the safety of all.
Should more than 30 people register to attend we will prioritise those who have suffered a recent bereavement, are commemorating a yarzheit or celebrating a life cycle simchah. Please note this on the form when you register.
Please register your attendance below.
Friday 11 September
16:15-16:45 Kuddle Up Shabbat
Join Rabbi Mark and the Shabbat Dinosaur for Shabbat stories and songs through our livestream. Best for younger children. If you would like to tell us what to put in the Shabbat pot or where you have that Shabbat feeling, you can join us on our Livestream.
18:30 Erev Shabbat Service
led by Rabbi Mark through the EHRS Livestream
Click here for the Erev Shabbat Service siddur
20:00 Friday Night Lights
Saturday 12 September
10:30 Main Service available to watch through the EHRS Livestream
Click here for the Shabbat Morning Service siddur. A link to our Torah and Haftarah Portions for this week will appear on the EHRS Community Channel on the front page of the website.
Shacharit Service and Torah Service led by Rabbi Mark
Celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of Zac Barton, and the baby blessing of Lydia Bord, daughter of Emma and Andy Bord
Sedrah Nitzavim-Va-yeilech Deuteronomy 30:11-20
(Etz Hayim p.1170) (Hertz p.881)
Read by Zac Barton. Continuation read by Rabbi Mark
Haftarah Nitzavim-Va-yeilech Isaiah 61:10-62:7
(Etz Hayim p.1180) (Hertz p.883)
Read by Zac Barton
Anim Zemirot sung by Harley Barton
11:00 Family Service
Sunday Shacharit Service
09:30-10:00 in the EHRS Community Centre and on the EHRS Livestream
Join our Sunday Shacharit from the spacious EHRS Community Centre upper floor with in-person participation possible. We can accommodate up to 15 participants socially distanced. If you would like to join the in-person minyan, please ensure you register. For safety and traceability you will need to register that you would like to join us by the Wednesday before the service and we apologise that we cannot let anyone in who has not pre-registered.
Please register your attendance below
Memorial Services at our Cemeteries and EHRS in Elul, Sunday 13 September
There is a tradition to visit the graves of loved ones in the period before the High Holy Days. This can be done privately at any convenient time. EHRS is also arranging short collective Memorial Services in the Prayer Halls at Cheshunt Western, Cheshunt Woodlands, Edgwarebury Lane and Southgate cemeteries, following which people can visit the graves of family and friends to say a prayer & Kaddish. We will also hold a service at EHRS for those whose relatives were cremated or who are buried elsewhere. The services will take place as follows:
Southgate Cemetery, 10:45 with Rabbi Steven Katz
Cheshunt Western Cemetery, 11:00 & Cheshunt Woodlands Cemetery, 11:45 with Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers
Edgwarebury Lane, 12:00 with Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
EHRS, 12:00 with Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman. This memorial service will also be broadcast live from our Beit Tefillah (Main Sanctuary) on the EHRS Livestream Classic Channel.
We apologise that numbers will have be limited according to the rules of the cemeteries.
Whilst we can't get together in person, below you will find links to the videos and resources created by your EHRS team
Click here for a link to the the video made by our Rabbis as an example for our Apple throwing video. Please send a video of yourself throwing an apple out of the frame to Rabbi Mark to join in with our Rosh Hashanah Primary Years service. We will do the editing!
Here is a link to the Torah and Haftarah portion for Shabbat Nitzavim-Vaylech on Saturday 12 September - click here
Here is a link to the entire Reform Judaism Siddur to use on weekdays and Shabbat: Seder HaTefillot - Forms of Prayer. All you need to do to find your way around the Siddur is to type the page number you need in the box at the top next to the word 'pages'. Thank you to Reform Judaism for making this facility available.
If you are joining a funeral service from home you can follow this service in this online Siddur provided by Reform Judaism. Click here to download it in full or click here for an abridged printable version.
If you are joining a Shivah (Memorial Prayer) service from home you can follow this service in this online Siddur provided by Reform Judaism. Click here to download it in full.
On Shabbat 1st August Rabbi Mark led a Shiur on "Halachah-How does it work in Reform Judaism. Here is the source sheet that he shared: Click here to download.
Please continue to read for more links, including our EHRS Online Talks of the Week, songs and prayers