Friday: 6:45 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am (Kikar Kids services at 11:00 on first Saturday in the month)
*** In line with government guidelines the synagogue building remains closed. We are continuing our regular services virtually as set out below. Any members who need assistance in accessing these events on their computer should call the synagogue on 020 7794 3949 where we can explain how to do so over the phone. A copy of our prayer book is available online for any members who do not have one but wish to follow along.
Friday night – Cantor Heller chants the service live from the bimah at 6.45pm every Friday night via BelsizeLIVE (www.synagogue.org.uk/services/live/).
Shabbat Morning – we are maintaining a virtual service, broadcast from 10.00am. Each service includes Shacharit, the weekly Torah and Haftorah portions and MussafThe Rabbi records his weekly sermon and the Cantor leads kaddish for those who are remembering loved ones.***
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 Germany 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 Sulzer. 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.