Join your local Reform Synagogue
Our communities may have their physical doors closed, but every one of them is open and ready to welcome you virtually for our period of reflection and celebration. Whatever your background and whether you have ever considered yourself a Reform Jew or not, all you need is an internet connection and you can be part of something bigger together with thousands of others this High Holy Days.
Use our synagogue locator to find your local Reform Synagogue and to sign-up to join them for the High Holy Day period.
Celebrate with our communities
Below is information from a selection of communities who have asked us to publicise their events. To search all our communities and register for their content, use our synagogue locator.
Friday 2 October – Kuddle Up Sukkot, 16:15-16:45
Join us in person at the synagogue for Kuddle up Sukkot! Our lovely young families Kiddush with songs, our Rabbis and our dinosaur… but also time to spend under the sukkah and help decorate it. Please bring some laurel/leaves/flowers and a printed out family photo to decorate the sukkah. Please book your family so we can cater accordingly, individual challah rolls will be provided for Kiddush, go to www.ehrs.uk/event/kuddle-up-sukkot. *This event adheres to new government guidelines and the synagogue’s Covid safe policy. Religious services are allowed to be held, socially distanced in a place of worship with larger groups of people*
Saturday 3 October – Eco-Shiur, 9:15-10:00
Over this extraordinary year the Earth has had something of a rest from regular damaging human activity. What difference has this actually made and what can we do as Jews to improve the ecological future of the world? With Rabbi Mark. Please email email@example.com for Zoom details.
Shabbat B’Sukkah, 10:30
Shabbat B’Bayit heads into the Sukkah to bring you a very special Shabbat B’Sukkah LIVE from EHRS! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom details.
Wednesday 7 October, 19:00-19:45 – The Gleaning of Life
Join the founder of Leket Israel’s leading food rescue organisations for a fascinating talk on how we put the duty to leave your fields for the poor and the strange to glean today. Joseph Gitler will talk about the amazing and important parallels the charity has to Sukkot, he’ll also chat about the ways they’ve helped the most vulnerable in Israel through COVID-19. Please email email@example.com for Zoom details. To boost your experience of the evening, we suggest you watch the film Ushpizin which is available to rent online. It explores the harvest festival through the eyes of an Ultra Orthodox couple in Jerusalem. Even though it’s not essential to this event, we believe it will add to it. You can buy or rent the film from Amazon Prime Video or You Tube.
Thursday 8 October, 20:00-21:30- Eco Gardeners Question Time
Rabbi Mark hosts this delightful and informative evening on behalf of EcoSynagogue and the Board of Deputies. During Sukkot, what would you like to know about how to garden in the most sustainable way, whether your garden is a window box or much larger? Your questions welcome on the night.The panel is Chaired by Matthew Biggs from BBC Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time and includes Matthew Frith, Director of Conservation for the London Wildlife Trust and three expert gardeners. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom details.
Friday 9 October – Kuddle Up Simchat Torah, 16:15-16:45
An introduction to our Sifrei Torah for our youngest members with our Rabbis and Shabbat Dinosaur. Join us on Zoom, email email@example.com for details.
Saturday 10 October – Family Simchat Torah Activities, 10:30
Our young people get ready for the joy of Torah with Rabbi Debbie. Join us on Zoom, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. You will then get to hear the very end of the Torah and the very beginning for the year
Erev Sukkot: Friday 2 October, 7-7.45pm, featuring Sukkot & Kabbalat Shabbat from Pete and Jacky Martin’s sukkah! Join link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7816511141
Sukkot morning: Saturday 3 October, 10:30am, Sleeping Rough: Street homelessness and what we can do about it. Join link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7816511141
Simchat Torah: Friday 9 October at 6.30pm and Saturday 10 October at 10.30am. Dance your way from the end of one Torah reading cycle to the beginning of the next as we celebrate Simchat Torah at Kol Chai. An intergenerational event – all welcome! Join link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7816511141
Friday 2 October, 6.30pm – An exploration of impermanence, talk by members who volunteer in organisations providing shelter and protection for the vulnerable. On Radlett’s Facebook, Website or Youtube
For more information about this event and services for Sukkot and Simchat Torah, visit the Radlett Reform Synagogue website.
Friday 2 October, 6.45 pm Erev Sukkot Service
Sukkot is our most weather dependant festival. Coinciding with the beginning of the autumn rains in Israel, we might be facing a downpour in London on Friday evening! Join us online for a Friday night festival service – together we will create an Erev Sukkot to remember. All welcome. Join via Zoom, Facebook or our website
Join us on Shabbat morning for a community celebration of Sukkot. Together we will sing and recite the special blessings and songs of the season, creating our own virtual sukkah, an island of peace, whatever the weather. All welcome. Join via Zoom, Facebook or our website
Join us for a creative and musical celebratory service. For all ages from 0-120. All welcome. Join via Zoom, Facebook or our website
We end as we began, celebrating the cycle of Torah. Our service will be led by Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, Rabbi James Baaden and Rabbi Colin Eimer with music and singing from Louise Katin and the choir. Join us for this unique online celebration. Join via Zoom, Facebook or our website