Friday: 6:45 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am (Kikar Kids services at 11:00 on first Saturday in the month)
Experiencing Belsize Square Synagogue Shabbat services, Friday night and Saturday morning, can only be described as a unique spiritual journey!
Our tefillah (prayer) incorporates a musical tradition that was brought to London from German in 1939, preserving a legacy of Jewish life that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. Each Friday night our services are accompanied by our professional choir; on Saturday mornings, our professional choir, community adult choir, or youth choir leads our congregation in the most elegant Jewish liturgical music ever composed, in the main, by Lewandowski and Selzer. The shaliach tzibbur, our esteemed Cantor Paul Heller, leads the powerful emotions of the liturgy, and our dear rabbi, Stuart Altshuler, always shares a timely message from the depths of Jewish tradition and wisdom.
Our services attempt to find ways to teach and to lead the community to a new level of participation, to instil a powerful emotional and spiritual encounter. We consider ourselves keeping to our Belsize Square heritage if we can continue to create an atmosphere that is majestic, which allows for encountering the Oneness that exists between our congregants and with God, and which provides a place for memory, or connecting with the past.
In addition to the elegant Belsize Square musical backdrop, our aim is to capture the core of Jewish tradition on Shabbat, to link our participants to the ideals of Judaism, to experience the traditional liturgy mostly in Hebrew, to enable those who come to measure their lives with the lofty standards of our eternal tradition, and to enhance our relationship to the Jewish people and to God.
Torah and Haftarah readings:
|Friday 30 June - Saturday 1 July: Tammuz 7||Shabbat Chukkat: Numbers 20:1-21:10, 21:34-22:1||Judges 11:1-33|
|Friday 7 - Saturday 8 July: Tammuz 14||Shabbat Balak: Numbers 22:39-23:26, 25:7-9||Micah 5:6-6:8|
|Friday 14 - Saturday 15 July: Tammuz 21||Shabbat Pinchas: Numbers 26:52-28:15, 29:35-30:1||I Kings 18:46-19:21|
|Friday 21 - Saturday 22 July: Tammuz 28||Shabbat Mattot-Mas'ei: Numbers 32:1-33:49, 36:10-13||Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4, 4:1-2|
|Friday 28 - Saturday 29 July: Av 6||Shabbat D'varim: Deuteronomy 2:2-2:30, 3:20-22||Isaiah 1:1-27|
|Friday 4 - Saturday 5 August: Av 13||Shabbat Va'etchanan: Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25, 7:9-11||Isaiah 40:1-26|
|Friday 11 - Saturday 12 August: Av 20||Shabbat Eikev: Deuteronomy 9:4-10:11,11:22-25||Isaiah 49:14-51:3|
|Friday 18 - Saturday 19 August: Av 27||Shabbat R'eih: Deuteronomy 11:26-12:28, Numbers 28:9-15||I Samuel 20:18-42|
|Friday 25 - Saturday 26 August: Ellul 4||Shabbat Shof'tim: Deuteronomy 18:6-19:13, 21:7-9||Isaiah 51:12-52:12|
|Friday 1 - Saturday 2 September: Ellul 11||Shabbat Ki Teitzei: Deuteronomy 23:8-24:13, 25:17-19||Isaiah 54:1-10|