Wednesday 25 March

Please continue to read below the updates on our Community Circles and Shabbat Services.
Please also read a message from our Chairman, Janet Brand who gives information on Funerals and other Life Cycle Events at EHRS.

Stay well and stay safe

Here you will see regular updates for our community.

EHRS Community Circles Update
Thank you for expressing an interest in volunteering to support members of our community over the coming weeks. This is a guide to the role of Community Circle Coordinators, so that you can decide if you’d like to volunteer in this capacity. Given the size of our community and the number of members who rely on our support, we have decided to establish Community Circles – small groups of ten or so households which have the same/similar postcodes, which will become a localised support network. As a Community Circle Coordinator, your role will be to facilitate communication within your circle, and help ensure that every household that wishes to participate feels supported by EHRS.

As a Community Circle Coordinator, you will have to:
Make an initial phone call to each of the other households to inform them of our plan and see if they would like to participate
Ascertain the needs/capabilities of each household
Work out the best method for keeping participating households connected over the coming weeks
Facilitate a MUTUAL support group over the coming weeks. It is not your job to shop for ten households, or phone every single household every day! The idea is to create a circle where everyone helps each other out where they can.
Feed back to Val Joseph and Marissa Rosenthal via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after the initial calls, and then where necessary moving forwards (I.e. if there is someone in your circle with more complex needs that the synagogue should be made aware of)
Encourage those in your circle to share any local initiatives they discover e.g. supermarket special hours for older/immunocompromised customers and NHS workers, other mutual support groups on Facebook, local business initiatives etc.

If you think you have the time to volunteer in this capacity, please respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that Val and Marissa can place you in a Circle. You will be given your list of around ten households to contact, and instructions for how to handle and record the initial phone calls.

Communal Seder: We regret that due to the government advice on holding large gatherings we will have to cancel the EHRS Communal Seder this year. If you have already booked for the Seder then your payment will be refunded in due course. We plan instead to hold a ‘virtual’ Seder through the EHRS Livestream on our synagogue web page, led by our Rabbis, and will be putting details here as to how this will take place over the next couple of weeks. We will invite the whole community to join us from the safety of your homes on the evening of Thursday 9 April.

Our Shabbat Evening and Morning Services and Sunday Shacharit: We regret that due to the government advice on holding gatherings we are moving all of our religious services to our EHRS Livestream service only. What this means is that you will be able to join us for these services at exactly the same time as they normally take place from the comfort of your home, but we will sadly not be opening the Synagogue for our congregation to gather. 
Our Rabbis, will conduct our services from the Bimah of the Synagogue and you can join us at from any computer or smart phone.

Our B’nei Mitzvah are going ahead in this special situation using video relay from their home. Our parallel services  at the Synagogue will not now take place. We will, though, also be running a parallel service through Facebook Live, less formal and more interactive on most Shabbat mornings. Details of all of these will be included in our Thursday “Our Week Ahead” email.

During the Shabbat services the leader will of course be reading out the Yarzheits and notifications of bereavement, as we normally do, before Kaddish. Sadly we will not be able to invite members to come to the Synagogue for Aliyot to the Torah or other Mitzvot in the service, for the sake of all of our safety.

If you have any questions about our services or how to use the EHRS Livestream Service or Facebook Live please do feel welcome to call us at EHRS on 020 8238 1000.