We mark, on Shabbat and Sunday, Rosh Hodesh Elul - one month until Rosh Hashanah.
Looking forwards let me share, here, our plans for the Davenning in the Kiddush Hall this year. AS well as a traditional Minyan Chadash Kol Nidrei and Neilah, we are also offering a 90 minute reduced service. It will be feature participative davenning, led by former NLS choir master Joseph Finlay, and creative approaches to Torah Service and much else. It’s designed to appeal to those who would want a briefer service, with mixed seating, also to include families with children who would prefer an adult-offering above a children’s service. All welcome, access by the same ticket which provides access to the main services. (Tickets with timings will be posted to members on XXX. Non-members can purchase tickets from the Synagogue office or the web-site.)
Let me also take this opportunity to urge members to join us for our Slichot service on Saturday 1st September. Chazan Stephen Cotsen will be leading us. Julian Dawes will be bringing his own style and compositions to the evening and I will be sharing insights into one of the most special prayers of the season to get us in the spirit. It is the most magical way to get in the mood for the services that follow (from evening of 9th, 10th and 11th Sept).
And finally, Rosh Chodesh Ellul - we begin reciting Psalm 27 at evening and morning services. It speaks of one great wish, ‘to dwell in the House of God, all the days of our life.’ It may be the wish of us, or maybe there is something else. What, exactly, do you wish for your life? Not the material things, not the things that can be counted, but the things that truly count. What is our great wish for the year ahead. For the time is coming,
Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh Tov, Shannah Tovah,