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High Holy Days 5781/2020

Welcome to The Liberal Jewish Synagogue for the High Holy Day Services 5781. These services are the highlight of our liturgical year, providing time for us to reflect on the past year, on our relationships and what we hold to be significant in our lives.

This year our festival services will look and feel very different from the past, but with the assistance of new technology we very much hope that they will offer reassurance, strength and hope for the coming year.

Please note that to limit screen time, services will be shorter than usual and, as with our Shabbat services, all the music will be pre-recorded by our wonderful musicians.

Although we cannot physically be with each other, for the first time family and friends from all over the UK and from around the world can gather together for our online services.

Registration for Online services

For security reasons, we ask that all non-members complete a simple form and register here


As always, we ask that those who are not members make a donation toward attending these special services, this can be done through our Local Giving page

Alternatively, you can contact us at for details on making electronic, credit/debit card or cheque payments.

Online access for all

To access times and dates and further information, please view the LJS High Holy Day booklet here

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue YouTube channel will stream all Adult services, which can be viewed here. Please subscribe to receive timely reminders of services.

Please note: To access Zoom discussions please contact by 3pm on Friday 25 September. The office will be closed after 3pm and will not reopen until after Yom Kippur. Please note that for security reasons, we will not be making this information available publicly.

All Young Children’s Services, Family Services and Family Activities will be held online via Zoom on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. Please see the Rimon Newsletter, or email for access information.

For High Holy Day Family Services times, you can view our timetable here

Kol Nidre Sunday 27 September

6.33pm Fast commences
7.00pm Evening Service including a recording of Gemma Rosefield and Martin Sanders-Hewett playing Bruch's Kol Nidre– online via the LJS YouTube channel

Yom Kippur Monday 28 September

9.30am   Young Children’s Service (0-6 years)– online via Zoom
10.00am Family Service (7-13 years) with Student Rabbi and Rimon Lead Matt Turchin and Rabbi Igor Zinkov – online via Zoom
10.30am Family Activities – online via Zoom - All Zoom details for the above will be in the Rimon newsletter or via
11.00am Morning Service in the Sanctuary – online via the LJS YouTube channel

Please note: There will be no Musaf (Additional) or Minchah (Afternoon) Services this year. Instead we will offer a choice of services, discussions and events with other Liberal Judaism congregations which will include our own activities, as follows:
2.30pm  Young Adult Discussion ‘Judaism and Decision Making’ with Rabbi Igor Zinkov – online via Zoom. This will be an interactive session where participants will discuss and explore practical aspects of decision making in modern conditions, through the lens of Judaism. The session will focus on the intersection of professional expertise in different areas, and Jewish ethics and values.

2.30pm ‘What shall we do during this time, the deepest part of Yom Kippur?’ with Rabbi Alexandra Wright – online via Zoom. For many of us the Musaf service between the end of the Morning Service through to the story of Jonah in the Afternoon Service is the hardest but deepest part of the Day of Atonement. Please join members and friends of the LJS for an informal discussion via Zoom to talk about the impact that coronavirus has had on our spiritual journeys over the past six months. How have we managed? What have been the sources of pain and difficulty, but also resilience and courage?

4.00pm An online pre-recorded dramatisation of the Book of Jonah with Dame Janet Suzman as the voice of God - online via the LJS YouTube channel.  Followed by a Zoom discussion.

5.45pm Yizkor (Memorial Service) – online via the LJS YouTube channel.

6.30pm Ne’ilah (Concluding Service) – online via the LJS YouTube channel

7.32pm Service ends. Fast ends. Havdalah with tea and honey cake – please provide your own at home!

Daily Calendar of Repentance for Ellul
The Social Action team and Rabbis have created a daily calendar of repentance for the month of Ellul which began on Thursday night 20th/Friday 21st August.  For Week 1, click here; for Week 2, click here; for Week 3, click here; and for Week 4, click here












The LJS extends our good wishes to you and your dear ones for a peaceful, healthy and happy 5871

Tue, 22 June 2021 12 Tammuz 5781