Mitzvah Day this year is on Sunday 17 November. There will be a number of activities and collections to join in with, in particular we are looking for volunteers to distribute biscuits decorated by the cheder children to some of our senior members. If you have a car and are can give even just an hour of your time that day please contact the synagogue office, any help would be hugely appreciated.
As part of our activities for this year’s Mitzvah Day we are collecting for The Camden Foodbank.
The Camden Foodbank is one of over 1200 foodbanks in the UK supported by The Trussell Trust. The Foodbank serves the local community by providing 3 days of emergency food and household items to people in economic crisis who have been referred to them by a registered agency such as social services or the job centre. The Foodbank relies entirely on donations to be able to carry out its work and ensure that no-one referred to them goes hungry. At this time the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following items:
Tins of fish – tuna, sardines, mackerel
Tins of meat (meatballs, hot dogs etc)
Long life semi-skimmed milk
Tins of fruit
Tins of vegetables – peas, potatoes, carrots, sweetcorn
Cartons of long life juice
Bags of sugar
Tins/packets of soup
Packets of instant noodles
Packets of microwave rice
Service times coming up are as follows:
Succot: Evening services at 18:45 on Sunday 13 and Monday 14 October, morning services at 10:00 on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 October
Shemini Atzeret: Evening service at 18:45 on Sunday 20 October, morning service including Mazkir at 10:00 on Monday 21 October
Simchat Torah: Under-fives service at 17:00 and family service at 19:00 on Monday 21 October, morning service at 10:00 on Tuesday 22 October
Shabbat services continue as usual at 18:45 on Fridays and 10:00 on Saturdays.
CURRENT BID: £500
With just over two weeks remaining until our fundraising event, A Night To Remember, we have one final lot to auction, with proceeds going to Belsize Square Synagogue and Rays of Sunshine.
Not one, but TWO signed Arsenal shirts!
Get both the new Adidas home and away kits signed by every member of the first team squad.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your bids.
CLOSING DATE FOR BIDS: FRIDAY 30 AUGUST, 2PM
From Cantor Paul Heller:
Erev Tisha BeAv (Saturday night), wishing an easy fast to all those who will commemorate the significance of the catastrophic events that made us refugees in our history. And, especially today, sharing the hunger suffered by the 65 million refugees from countries to which they cannot return.
Dates and Service Times:
- 1st evening – Sunday 29 September, 6.45pm
- 1st day – Monday 30 September, 9.30am
- 2nd evening – Monday 30 September, 6.45pm
- 2nd day – Tuesday 1 October, 9.30am
- Youth (6+) & Children’s (under 6) Services – both days, 11am
- Kol Nidrei – Tuesday 8 October, 7.00pm
- Yom Kippur – Wednesday 9 October, 10.00am
- Youth (6+) & Children’s (under 6) Services – Wednesday 9 October, 11.30am
Non-members are welcome at our High Holiday services, but tickets must be booked in advance and are not transferable.
A professionally supervised creche is available for all morning and daytime services (for children under 6 years old)
NEW – Do you have to leave early on Yom Kippur to feed your children? We have the solution for you!
This year a dedicated team of volunteers will be preparing lunch packs for children to eat following the Youth Services on Yom Kippur.
Packs will include: Sandwich (cream cheese or strawberry jam), crisps, cake, apple, carton of juice. The cost to order a lunch pack is only £5 and can be booked by clicking here.
Click here to book tickets or contact the synagogue office.
Click here to download our High Holiday information booklet.
The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) unveilied a commemorative plaque in honour of Belsize Square Synagogue on Tuesday 25 June 2019, in celebration of the synagogue’s 80th anniversary. Guests at the ceremony included descendants of founder members of the synagogue. Camden Council was represented by the council leader Georgia Gould and Councillors Richard Cotton and Neil Nerva.
Belsize Square Synagogue was founded in 1939 by Jewish refugees, the majority of whom came from Germany. It continues today as a thriving progressive Jewish community blending modernity with tradition. Many of their members are children, grand-children or great-grand-children of the founders.
AJR Trustee and Belsize Square member, Frank Harding, who devised the plaque scheme, said: “This is a special plaque in AJR’s scheme as it is dedicated to a whole community rather than a specific person, which demonstrates the significance Belsize Square Synagogue has had for many of our members. AJR continues to enjoy a close relationship with the synagogue, holding our annual Holocaust Memorial Day and Kristallnacht ceremonies there and we look forward to continuing our special bond.”
AJR have chosen this special unveiling to launch a new INTERACTIVE MAP on the AJR website which shows the location of all ten blue plaques, with information and photographs about each one.
A selection of photos from the 80th Anniversary Civic Service which took place on Sunday 24 March.
Photos by Paul Rowland
The new Head Teacher at Belsize Square Synagogue’s Cheder says she is “hugely excited” to be taking over the role.
Caroline Loison has been a life-long member of the community, attending the Cheder herself before going on to teach there too. “Appreciating the uniqueness of Belsize Square and understanding its background and traditions, puts me in a particularly good position to recognise what our members and their families are looking for. I am determined to ensure the Cheder grows and thrives, as it did under our previous Head Teacher Jeanie Horowitz.”
We are holding a Shabbat Kiddush on January 19th to thank Jeanie for her 16 years in charge of the Cheder. Rabbi Altshuler paid tribute to her for her long and tireless years of dedication: “She has brought enthusiasm and skills to everything she has done for the congregation and Jewish education, and we will miss her greatly.”
Caroline has been a qualified teacher for 16 years and has taught in both the State and Private sector. In her various previous roles, she has been a designated Safeguarding Lead at an Independent Prep School, a Governor for six years at a local state school, and more recently, has been working at a Nursery in Mill Hill which has enabled her to understand the Early Years Foundation Stage.
She aims to create an atmosphere at the Cheder that is conducive to both learning and having fun. “Educating the next generation has always been my passion,” she says, “and I can think of nothing better than playing an important role in the education of the children at my own Synagogue, enriching Jewish lives for the better. Jewish Studies will – of course – be a key part of our Cheder timetable, but we will also be focussing on Hebrew reading to ensure students are ready for Bar or Batmitzvah at Belsize Square.”