Shabbat & Festivals

Shabbat Vayera
15 / 16 November 2019
17 / 18 Cheshvan 5780
Friday 15 November

Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat 3.56 pm 
Candle lighting  3.56 pm

Shabbat 16 November
Come & join us at the BBC - Before Brachot Commence to discuss “The Laws of the Blessings” 9am - 9.15am in shul

Shabbat Morning Service - Shacharit  9.15am

This week we are delighted to celebrate the

Batmitzvah of Amelia Talisman

Service Leaders

PD: David Conway
Shacharit: Rabbi Akiva

Leining: Yehuda Simcha Gaffin

Haftorah: TBC
Mussaf: Rabbi Akiva
Anim Zemirot: TBC

Dear Torah: Amelia Talisman

Mincha be 20 minutes after the start of the Kiddush

Shabbat Ends 5.10pm

Maariv Begins 5.25pm

Next Seuda - Shabbat Chaye Sarah
23 November

all welcome 
Please join us on this Shabbat at 3.24pm for mincha and our communal seuda. There will be food and drink and everyone in the community is invited to come along.   Stay for Havdalah. Shabbat will terminate at 4.54pm

Youth & Children's Services

Toddlers (0 - Nursery): 11-11.45am, Nursery

Intermediates (Reception - Year 2): 10.45-11.45am, Children’s Library 1st floor Wiseman Linden building

Seniors (Years 3 - 6):  10.45-11.45am, Beit Hamidrash 1st floor Wiseman Linden building

Youth Service: 10.45am - 12.00pm, 1st Floor Community Centre. 

Bnei Akiva: next meeting will be in September after the summer break. For more information please click here or contact please contact Josh.

The Totteridge Friday Night Minyan

The Totteridge minyan is finished for this season, thank you to all those who have hosted and all those who have come along to support. We restart in April after Pesach next year  

Request for Men to join the Leyning Rota 

To enable greater participation from our members, the wardens would like to invite any men who might be interested in leyning. This could perhaps be their Bar Mitzvah Sedra or they could learn a new one?

Alternatively if you know anyone who would be interested, please could you let the wardens know.

Service buddies

We have a service buddy arrangement at Woodside Park to help with following and understanding the Shabbat service.


This will include finding your place in the siddur on arrival in shul and throughout the service, when to stand and why, in fact anything you would like to know about the workings of the service. We will pair you with a buddy who will sit next to you and help you find your way around. This arrangement will be entirely confidential.


If you interested in this, including acting as a buddy, please contact the shul office by telephone: 020 8445 4236 or email

Chanukah Dash 2019

Date: Shabbat Vayeshev Seudah 21st December


Venue: WL Hall

It's Back

Don’t miss the “Chanukah Dash” 

We will be running a Festival edition of the popular Torah Dash format. 

Talks include, Chanukah Story, Who were the Maccabees, Latkas, Donuts and Cheese, The Dreidel, Customs and Traditions around the world, The Menorah, Prayers, Chanukah Art, each talk will be 3 minutes.

If you would like to speak or help sponsor food and drink please contact the two Gary’s - Gary Simon and Gary Lyons.

It will be huge fun. 

There will be food and drink. 

Everyone is invited to take part, 
youth, or adult, individually, as a family or other grouping.

......or just come along and listen
if you prefer.

Start approximately 3.20 pm

.......followed by Maariv and Community Havdalah at 4.48pm

Tevya Talks

Woodside Park presents a series of Ten talks

Spreading Inspirational and Powerful Ideas

Next Speakers will be

Marsha Gladstone

"Reflections on my Journey"

Michael Goldstein

President United Synagogue

"What is the United Synagogue and how was it created"


Date: Shabbat 30th November 

Time: Approx 11.30pm

Our Inspirational speakers

Edwin Shuker - Vice President, Board of Deputies (14 September 2019)

Hilton Nathanson - CEO, Firefly Capital (12 October 2019)

Marsha Gladstone - Chair, Yoni Jesner Foundation

Michael Goldstein - President United Synagogue

Prof. Arkady Rzegocki - The Ambassador of Poland

The Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP

Rebbetzen Gila Hackenbroch

Dr Rachel Landau - Clinical Director of Emergency and Urgent Care

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Shelley Gilbert

Family Friendly Shabbat Morning Services

A special opportunity for kids, parents and grandparents to get involved and feel part of a main shul service


Late November

Mid January

Late February

Prepare for a noisy fun yet traditional and deeply inspiring service

Exact dates TBC

Coffee and Croissants 10am

Abridged family service 10.30 - 11.30

To have your say, to get involved or for more information 

please contact Rabbi Akiva:


or telephone: 0792 864884

The Lego Club

Date: 09 November

Time: 10.00 - 10.45

Venue: 1st Floor Wiseman Linden Hall

"Calling all Lego lovers" come along to the Lego club for children

Come and play lego, with special raffle draw and prizes 

Future Dates: 

Saturday: 7 December

For more information please contact

Hochmah Squad
for Year 9 & 10 parents and kids:


We are pleased to announce the launch of the Hochmah squad for Year 9 & 10.


What’s it about?  Hochmah means wisdom so it’s about anything Jewish and thought-provoking.  Likely topics will include:


  • What is Reform and Conservative Judiasm about?

  • Should we treat men and women differently?

  • Why pray?

  • Who wrote the Torah?

  • Should we welcome refugees or send them away

  • What makes a good (or bad) leader?


We’ll  be pulling in experts from across the community to address these topics just for you.  And you will have the opportunity to ask questions and make sure you get straight answers!   All served up with the usual squad nosh.


Who can come?  


Anyone in year 9 and 10.  Yes, anyone…..we’re including girls (well, it is about wisdom…..).  Please spread the word.


What’s on?


First squad will been the 6 July.   Come to shul for 10.00am prompt for first choice of the J2Os.  The title of the session is:  "Programming self-driving cars - who would you kill?”


The session will be led by Naomi Cohen (aka Toby’s Mum). She trained as a civil engineer and has a special interest in modern technology and ethical issues. 

(Girls and Boys are all invited)
Ethics Squad – The Only Way is Ethics

Date: TBC

Time: 10am

Venue: Middle classroom of the top floor of the Wiseman Linden building

Woodside Park Synagogue Squads is proud to announce the launch of a brand new squad for all year 11 students. Ethics Squad – The Only Way is Ethics will feature inspirational discussions on current affairs subjects relevant to youth today from a Jewish perspective. Led by Jonathan Cantor, this promises to be a thought provoking and fun series. Also, there will be J2O, Pringles marshmallows, chocolate etc

Shabbat @ WPS

Shabbat Times
View the Shabbat Times in London. This takes you to the United Synagogue site.
Shabbat UK 2019
The next Shabbat UK will take place on 01 / 02 March 2019
Call Up Priorities
In agreement with the Rabbi, the wardens will allocate call ups on shabbos and yom tov according to the following priorities.
Davening Guidelines
Community Guidelines for PD, Shacharit & Mussaf Services on Shabbat and Yom Tov
Parasha Insights
by Rabbi Hackenbroch Vayishlach, Vayeishev, Miketz, Terumah, Vayikra, Korach, Pinchas, Massei, Shoftim, Ki Teitzei,
Batmitzvah Dvar Torah
Read the D'var Torahs from our batmitzvah girls
Shabbat Traditions
The Y behind the traditions by Rabbi Hackenbroch Friday Night in Shul and Shabbat Preparations
Children & Youth Services
We have thriving children's services covering all age groups: Toddlers, 0-4 years old Intermediates 5-7 years old Children 8-12 years old and Youth Services
Bnei Akiva
Woodside Park Bnei Akiva runs weekly meetings in the shul every Shabbat afternoon
Hochmah Squad
for parents and children (boys and girls) in Years 9 & 10 Hochmah means wisdom so it’s about anything Jewish and thought-provoking.
Boys Squads
Details of the Shabbat morning squads for boys, Anim Zemirot Squad, Leining Squad and Tefillah Squad
Torah Dash
Seudah in the Popular Torah Dash Format, each speaker will pit their wits against the egg-timer, they will have exactly 3 minutes
WPS Shul Shabbat Guide
WPS Shul Shabbat Guide can be downloaded from the website
Yavneh Nursery Shabbat
Caters for children from 2 to 5 years of age in a caring and nuturing environment
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Festivals @ WPS

Rosh Hashannah
begins in the evening of Sunday, 29 September 2019 at 6.29pm and ends in the evening of Tuesday, 01 October 2019 at 7.25pm
Yom Kippur
begins in the evening of Tuesday, 8 October 2019 at 6.08pm and ends in the evening of Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 7.07pm
begins in the evening of Sunday, 13 October 2019 at 5.57pm and ends in the evening of Tuesday, 15 October 2019 at 6.55pm
Simchat Torah
begins in the evening of Monday, 21 October 2019 at 6.42pm and ends in the evening of Tuesday, 22 October 2019 at 6.40pm
begins in the evening of Sunday, December 22 2019 and ends in the evening of Monday, December 30 2019
Tu B'Shevat
begins in the evening of Sunday, 20 January 2019 and ends in the evening of Monday, 21 January 2019
begins in the evening of Wednesday, 20 March
2019 and ends in the evening of Thursday, 21 March 2019
begins in the evening of Friday, 19 April 2019 and ends in the evening of Saturday, 27 April 2019
Yom HaShoah
begins in the evening of Wednesday, 01 May 2019 and ends in the evening of Thursday, 02 May 2019
Yom Hazikaron
begins in the evening of Tuesday 07 May 2019 and ends in the evening of Wednesday 08 May 2019
Yom Ha'atzmaut
begins in the evening of Wednesday 08 May 2019 and ends in the evening of Thursday 09 May 2019
Lag B'Omer
begins in the evening of Wednesday 22 May 2019 and ends in the evening of Thursday 23 May 2019
Yom Yerushalayim
begins in the evening of Saturday 01 June 2019 and ends in the evening of Sunday 02 June 2019
begins in the evening of Saturday 08 June 2019 at 10.20pm and ends in the evening of Monday 10 June 2019
Tisha B'Av
begins in the evening of Shabbat, 10 August 2019 at 8.33pm and ends in the evening of Sunday, 11 August 2019 at 9.18pm
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