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 2 - Saturday 3 March: Adar 16||Shabbat Ki Tissa: Exodus 33:12-34:35, 34:33-35||I Kings 18:1-39|
|Friday 9 - Saturday 10 March: Adar 23||Vayak'hel-P'kudei Shabbat Parah: Exodus 39:22-40:28, Numbers 19:1-22||Ezekiel 36:16-38|
|Friday 16 - Saturday 17 March: Nisan 1||Vayikra Shabbat Hachodesh: Leviticus 4:27-5:26, Numbers 28:9-15, Exodus 12:1-20||Ezekiel 45:16-46:18|
|Friday 23 - Saturday 24 March: Nisan 8||Tzav Shabbat Hagadol: Leviticus 8:1-36, 8:33-36||Malachi 3:4-24|
|Friday 30 - Saturday 31 March: Nisan 15||Pesach, 1st day: Exodus 12:29-51, Numbers 28:16-18||Isaiah 43:1-21|
|Saturday 31 March - Sunday 1 April: Nisan 16||Pesach, 2nd day: Leviticus 23:1-22, Deuteronomy 16:1-3||II Kings 23:1-9 & 21-25|
|Thursday 5 - Friday 6 April: Nisan 21||Pesach, 7th day: Exodus 14:5-15:21, Exodus 13:6-10||II Samuel 22:1-7 & 17-31|
|Friday 6 - Saturday 7 April: Nisan 22||Pesach, 8th day: Deuteronomy 15:12-16:17, Exodus 23:14-17||Isaiah 11:1-10, 12:1-6
|Friday 13 - Saturday 14 April: Nisan 29||Shabbat Sh'mini Machar Chodesh: Leviticus 11:1-47, 11:45-47||I Samuel 20:18-42|
|Friday 20 - Saturday 21 April: Iyar 6||Shabbat Tazria-M'tzora: Leviticus 14:33-15:33, 15:31-33||II Kings 7:3-20|
|Friday 27 - Saturday 28 April: Iyar 13||Shabbat Acharei Mot-K'doshim: Leviticus 19:15-20:27, 20:25-27||Amos 9:7-15|