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שבת שלום

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Hebrew Date Sedra English Date
Shabbat 15 Nissan 5779 First Day Pesach Saturday 20th April 2019

It was around Pesach two years ago when Article 50 was triggered, signaling the beginning of the UK leaving the European Union. Little did we know that we would still be amid long and difficult exit negotiations as Pesach comes around once again. Some three thousand, three hundred and two years ago, Moses was undertaking his own long and harrowing withdrawal negotiations with Pharaoh, whose obstinance led to many plagues befalling the Egyptians as punishment for him not letting the People go. We are told to teach the next generation the story of the exodus through engagement with our Seder night meal following its ‘order’.

One question I ask of the younger children at our Seder is “what does it mean to be a slave?”. The usual reply is not being able to do what you want when you want. When we ask, ‘what is freedom?’, the usual answer is being able to do what we want, the opposite of slavery. But as well as freedom of movement, is freedom of thought. Many scholars suggest we may be physically free, but we need to also be spiritually free. Chief Rabbi Mirvis says Freedom is not just the absence of oppression, but the presence of a meaningful route to fulfill one's hopes and ambitions. In the Haggadah we read “In every generation a person must see him or her self as if they have themselves come out from Mitzrayim (Egypt)”. The Hebrew word for "Egypt”, “Mitzrayim”, comes from a Hebrew root which means to bind, shackle, to be bound or a boundary, and also it means servitude, or slavery. So it could be saying we should step out from our own individual "Egypt" and we must strive to overcome our own backstops and get away from what binds us. At this time of year, we should aim to pass-over those boundaries which constrain us and rally against those that have constrained our people in the past.

For over 3000 years we have held meaningful Seders and have been reminding the future generations about the Jewish exodus from Egypt. By re-telling the story of ‘Jexit’ we can continue to celebrate the true meaning of freedom.

Ashley Reece

Shabbat times this week

Shabbat begins in Pinner 7:15pm
Minchah and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:15pm
Shacharit 9:30am
Shabbat Minchah 7:15pm
Shabbat ends and Ma'ariv 8:56pm

Service Times

      Morning Evening
Sunday  21st April Chol Hamoed 8.15am 8.00pm
Monday 22nd April​ Chol Hamoed 6.45am 8.00pm
Tuesday 23rd April​ Chol Hamoed 6.45am 9.30pm
Wednesday 24th April​ Chol Hamoed 6.45am 8.00pm
Thursday 25th April Chol Hamoed 6.45am  
    Yom Tov begins   7.59pm


Shabbat and Yom Tov times

Thursday 18th April    
  Bedikat Chametz (Search for Chametz) after nightfall 8.47pm
Friday 19th April    
  Shacharit followed by Siyum (Fast of the Firstborn) 8.00am
  Last time for eating Chametz 10.39am
  Biur Chametz (Burning the Chametz) 11.49am
  Earliest Candle Lighting 6.27pm
  Mincha and Ma'ariv 7.15pm
  Shabbat and Yom Tov begin 7.49pm
  Seder begins 8.49pm
Saturday 20th April    
  Shacharit 9.30am
  Mincha and Ma'ariv 7.15pm
  Shabbat ends 8.56pm
  Light candles and begin Seder after 8.56pm
Sunday 21st April    
  Shacharit 9.30am
  Mincha and Ma'ariv 7.15pm
  Yom Tov Ends and Ma'ariv 8.58pm


Events Coming Up

Starting at
Games Afternoon : August 2019 5 August 2019 - 2:30pm
Family Friendly Service : Shoftim 7 September 2019 - 11:00am
Games Afternoon : September 2019 9 September 2019 - 2:30pm
Family Friendly Service : First Day Rosh Hashanah 30 September 2019 - 11:00am
Family Friendly Service : Second Day Rosh Hashanah 1 October 2019 - 11:00am
THI Friday : Vayeilech 2019 4 October 2019 - 6:00pm
Family Friendly Service : Yom Kippur 2019 9 October 2019 - 11:00am
THI Friday : Chol Hamoed Succot 18 October 2019 - 6:00pm
THI Friday : Noach 2019 1 November 2019 - 6:00pm


Regular Events Running This Week

Pause for Thought : Season Three

On: 22 April 2019 - 8:15pm