Park Row will be closing

Dear Fellow Congregants,

With considerable reluctance, but bowing to what has clearly become inevitable, I am writing to inform you that the Office of the Chief Rabbi has today issued halachic guidance to the effect that Orthodox Synagogues throughout the United Kingdom should suspend their prayer services and all other public communal activities in light of the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the Coronavirus. This is similar to the approach being taken by the leaders of the other Abrahamic faiths in the United Kingdom.

As a consequence, please be aware that with effect from this weekend, the Park Row Synagogue will be closed; the Sabbath morning service this Saturday is cancelled, and no services or communal events will take place there until further notice.

Difficult as it is to contemplate, congregants are also asked to refrain from organising, however informally, any minyanim or groups of any kind to say prayers or celebrate religious occasions in private homes. Further halachic guidance and detailed suggestions, and notably on observance in these circumstances of the Festival of Pesach, which is not far off, will be sent in the coming days by Rabbi Mendy Singer, but in essence, the Chief Rabbi’s guidance is that prayers can always be recited on an individual basis at home.

I will inform you when it is deemed safe to re-open our shul for prayer services and other communal events, but you will appreciate that at present it is completely impossible to predict when that will happen: it will be weeks at least, more likely months.

We have all been taken aback by the speed and virulence with which this new virus has extended its grip on life in this country, as in many others. By exercising the greatest care and caution, and heeding the advice of the Government and Public Health authorities, we can hope to return to a more normal existence as soon as possible. Help will be made available in the coming days, within the community, to those who are in need of it.

In closing, on behalf of the Honorary Officers and Council of the Congregation, I would like to wish all those who are indisposed a refuah shleimah; and, to those who have Yohrtzeit or are bereaved, I wish you a long life and freedom from further sorrow.

And may we all, as well as all our loved ones, come through this difficult time and emerge strong and in good health.

With best wishes to you all,

David Turns
President, Bristol Hebrew Congregation

Holocaust Memorial Day Monday

75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Monday 27 January 2020
1:30pm-4:45pm
City Hall, Bristol

Full wheelchair access, Loop and BSL interpreters

Remembering the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust, and genocide in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Speakers include Holocaust educator Dame Helen Hyde, Holocaust survivor Annick Lever and Lord Mayor Jos Clark.

For more information on the event please download the leaflet here.

Community Shabbaton: Friday 14 – Saturday 15 February 2020

Date for your Diary  

Friday 14 – Saturday 15 February 2020
Shabbaton
Guest Speaker: Elkan Levy

A Shabbaton weekend will be organised by members of the Pinner United Synagogue.

There will be a Friday night service and meal, and a meal following the Shabbat Morning service. The Pinner Community will provide EVERYTHING that is needed for weekend.

There will be meat, vegetarian and vegan options for all the meals and of course, all of this has been checked with Council and Rabbi Mendy.

The cost to attend will be approximately £15 per meal. This will be confirmed nearer the time.

Pinner already have 40 people interested, so if you are keen to attend either or both events, please contact Eve Gordon on ‭07768 770550‬ as soon as possible as we need to know the numbers who will be attending.

Elkan Levy, a solicitor and lecturer, made Aliyah in 2011. Educated in London, Israel, and New York, he is well known in British Jewry and held a number of communal offices including President of the United Synagogue and Minister for Small Communities. He is fascinated by history, Freemasonry, and railways.

Everyone is welcome!

More details to follow nearer the time.

Say Cheese! It’s Shavuot!

How do you celebrate your wedding anniversary?
Jewish tradition believes that we “Say it with Flowers” and Cheese and…

…This Sunday, Jews across the world will celebrate Shavuot, our 3,331st Sinai anniversary by decorating our homes and synagogues with flowers, enjoying dairy foods and hearing the reading of the ten commandments.

Celebrate Shavuot with Chabad Bristol at the Park Row Synagogue.
Sunday, 9 June at 11:15 am.

*Reading of the 10 Commandments
*Dairy Picnic Kiddush complete with cheesecake and icecream!
*Special Children’s service with prizes for all!

*Social learning circle

We look forward to celebrating together with you this Sunday.
With blessings for a happy and meaningful Shavuot,

Rabbi Mendy & Chaya Singer and all of us at Park Row Synagogue.

Shavuot Schedule – Sunday, 9 June @ Park Row Synagogue
*10:00 am – Prayer Services begin
*11:15 am – Reading of the 10 Commandments followed by the Children Service
*12:30 pm – Dairy Picnic Kiddush followed by Social Learning Circle

Shabbat UK

Saturday March 2nd, 2019
10am onwards

We’re excited to offer a day of delicious food, good vibes of Shabbat, and a youthful community!

Bristol is happening this ShabbatUK!

Join us for:

Services beginning @ 10:00 AM

Children’s services and Activities @ 11:30 AM

Kiddush + Lunch @ 12:45.

It’s gonna be lively!

RSVP to ujaskiel@aish.org.uk is appreciated but non essential.

High Holiday’s 2018

Below you will see a table of all the dates and times for this year’s high holidays. Please feel free to come along to any of our beautiful and inclusive services…there is no need to book. Shana Tova to one and all!

 

Shavuot 2018

In the Hebrew year 2448, just weeks after leaving Egypt, we all stood together at the foot of Mount Sinai where G-d gave the Torah.

3,330 years later, we are still celebrating!
We re-live the Sinai experience and the Giving Of The Torah by hearing the 10 Commandments being read from the Torah on Shavuot morning and enjoying dairy foods. (Cheesecake is a favourite, although customary not obligatory.)

Rabbi Mendy & Chaya Singer will be hosting a celebration this weekend at the Park Row Synagogue on Shavuot morning for the reading of the 10 Commandments and a Grand Dairy Feast (vegan options too) following the prayer service. On Sunday, 20 May, 11am. We hope you can join us.

As Children are the future and the ones who carry the Torah on to the next generation, they will be included in the celebration with a fun Children’s Service and Ice Cream Party!

Looking forward to celebrating together this Sunday.

Dates over the High Holidays

Wed 20 Sep
Rosh Hashana Eve
18:55 – Candle lighting for 1st day Rosh Hashana
Evening service then Community Dinner (RSVP)

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Thurs 21 Sep
Rosh Hashana
09:00 – 1st day Rosh Hashana Morning Service
20:00 – Candle lighting for 2nd Day Rosh Hashana

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Fri 22 Sep
Rosh Hashana
09:00 – 2nd day Rosh Hashana Morning Service
18:50 – Candle lighting for Shabbat Shuva

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Sat 23 Sep
Shabbat Shuva
10:00 – Shabbat Morning Service
19:56 – Shabbat ends

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Sun 24 Sep
Fast of Gedaliah
05:14 – Fast of Gedaliah starts
19:37 – Fast ends

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Fri 29 Sep
Yom Kippur
18:34 – Yom Kippur candle lighting & Fast begins
Kol Nidre Evening Service

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Sat 30 Sep
Yom Kippur
10:00 – Yom Kippur Morning Service
13:00 – Yizkor (approx)
19:39 – Fast ends

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Wed 4 Oct
Sukkot
18:23 – Candle lighting for 1st Day Sukkot

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Thurs 5 Oct
Sukkot
10:00 – 1st Day Sukkot Morning Service
19:28 – Candle lighting for 2nd Day Sukkot (after this time)

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Fri 6 Oct
Sukkot
10:00 – 2nd Day Sukkot Morning Service
18:19 – Candle lighting for Shabbat Chol Ha’moed

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Sat 7 Oct
Shabbat – Sukkot
10:00 – Shabbat Morning Service
19:24 – Shabbat ends

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Wed 11 Oct
Shemini Atzeret
18:07 – Candle lighting for Shemini Atzeret

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Thurs 12 Oct
Shemini Atzeret
10:00 – Shemini Atzeret Morning Service
12:00 – (approx) – Yizkor
19:00 – Evening Service for Simchat Torah & Hakafot
19:13 – Candle lighting for Simchat Torah (after this time)

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Fri 13 Oct
Simchat Torah
10:00 – Simchat Torah Morning Service & Hakafot
18:03 – Candle lighting for Shabbat Bereishit

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Sat 14 Oct
Shabbat
10:00 – Shabbat Morning Service
19:09 – Shabbat ends

2017 High Holidays Timetable

Sun 2 Oct 18:27

18:30

Candle lighting for 1st day Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana evening service

Mon 3 Oct 09:00

19:32

1st day Rosh Hashana Morning Service

Candle lighting for 2nd Day Rosh Hashana

Tue 4 Oct 09:00

19:30

2nd day Rosh Hashana Morning Service

End of Rosh Hashana

Wed 5 Oct 05:34

19:12

Fast of Gedaliah starts

Fast ends

Fri 7 Oct 18:16 Shabbat Shuva – Candle Lighting
Sat 8 Oct 10:00

19:21

Morning Service

Shabbat ends

Tue 11 Oct 18:07 Candle lighting for Yom Kippur, Fast begins & Kol Nidre Evening Service
Wed 12 Oct 10:00

13:00

19:12

Yom Kippur Morning Service

(approx) – Yizkor

Fast ends

Fri 14 Oct 18:00 Candle Lighting
Sat 15 Oct 10:00

19:06

Morning Service

Shabbat ends

Sun 16 Oct 17:56 Candle lighting for 1st Day Succot
Mon 17 Oct 10:00

19:02

1st Day Succot Morning Service

Candle lighting for 2nd Day Succot (after this time)

Tue 18 Oct 10:00

19:00

2nd Day Succot Morning Service

Second Day ends

Fri 21 Oct 17:46 Candle Lighting
Sat 22 Oct 10:00

18:52

Morning Service

Shabbat ends

Sun 23 Oct 17:42 Candle lighting for Shemini Atzeret
Mon 24 Oct 10:00

12:00

18:00

18:48

Shemini Atzeret Morning Service

(approx) – Yizkor

Evening Service for Simchat Torah & Hakafot

Candle lighting for Simchat Torah (after this time)

Tue 25 Oct 10:00

18:47

Simchat Torah Morning Service & Hakafot

Simchat Torah ends