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 1 - Saturday 2 September: Ellul 11||Shabbat Ki Teitzei: Deuteronomy 23:8-24:13, 25:17-19||Isaiah 54:1-10|
|Friday 8 - Saturday 9 September: Ellul 18||Shabbat Ki Tavo: Deuteronomy 26:12-28:6, 29:6-8||Isaiah 60:1-22|
|Friday 15 - Saturday 16 September: Ellul 25||Shabbat Nitzavim-Vayeilech: Deuteronomy 30:1-31:6, 30:18-20||Isaiah 61:10-63:9|
|Wednesday 20 - Thursday 21 September: Tishri 1||Rosh Hashanah first day: Genesis 21:1-27, Leviticus 23:23-25||1 Samuel 1:1-2:10|
|Thursday 21 - Friday 22 September: Tishri 2||Rosh Hashanah second day: Genesis 22:1-19, Leviticus 23:23-25||Jeremiah 31:1-20|
|Friday 22 - Saturday 23 September: Tishri 3||Ha'azinu Shabbat Shuvah: Deuteronomy 32:1-52, 32:48-52||Hosea 14:2-10, Micah 7:18-20, Joel 2:15-27|
|Friday 29 - Saturday 30 September: Tishri 10||Yom Kippur: Shacharit: Exodus 33:12-34:10, Leviticus 23:26-28: Minchah: Leviticus 19:1-18||Shacharit: Isaiah 57:14-58:14; Minchah: Jonah, Micah 7:18-20|
|Wednesday 4 - Thursday 5 October: Tishri 15||Succot first day: Leviticus 23:23-44, Deuteronomy 16:13-15||Isaiah 35|
|Thursday 5 - Friday 6 October: Tishri 16||Succot second day: Deuteronomy 8:1-18, Leviticus 23:42-44||1 Kings 8:2-21|
|Friday 6 - Saturday 7 October: Tishri 17||Shabbat Chol Hamoed Succot: Deuteronomy 14:22-15:18, Deuteronomy 16:15-17||1 Kings 8:22-43|
|Wednesday 11 - Thursday 12 October: Tishri 22||Shemini Atzeret: Deuteronomy 10:12-11:21, Deuteronomy 28:2-6||1 Kings 8:54-66|
|Thursday 12 - Friday 13 October: Tishri 23||Simchat Torah V'zot Hab'rachah: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Genesis 1:1-2:3, Deuteronomy 4:2-4||Joshua 1:1-8|
|Friday 13 - Saturday 14 October: Tishri 24||Shabbat B'reisheet: Genesis 5:1-6:8, 6:5-8||Isaiah 42:5-43:10|
|Friday 20 - Saturday 21 October: Cheshvan 1||Shabbat Noach Rosh Chodesh: Genesis 11:1-11:32, Numbers 28:9-15||Isaiah 66:1-24|
|Friday 27 - Saturday 28 October: Cheshvan 8||Shabbat Lech L'cha: Genesis 16:1-17:27, 17:24-27||Isaiah 40:27-41:16|