REGULAR RELIGIOUS SERVICES & FESTIVALS
"The absence of a resident Rabbi in Colchester seems always to have strengthened the determination of lay readers in the Community to maintain continuity of religious services over the years. "
The Community relies on lay members to lead and conduct its religious affairs and services. Miraculously such leaders have emerged without fail for many years now. All are owed the gratitude of the Community.
Services use the Singer's Siddur.
FRIDAY EVENING SERVICES
Services are held in the synagogue every Friday evening throughout the year commencing at 8.00pm
Attendees enjoy a traditional Shabbat evening service followed by Kiddush wine and Challah.
Every effort is made to ensure a Minyan to enable memorial prayers to be recited provided advance notice is given.
Shabbatons are held from time to time as well as mini study sessions.
"Arriving a little early and not being in too much of a hurry to leave after the service provides an opportunity for some socialising"
Services on a Saturday are regrettably infrequent but special effort is made to celebrate Barmitzvahs and the like when a full house is usually achieved.
HIGH HOLY DAYS
Services are held to celebrate the New Year on both days of Rosh Hashanah
The service held on the eve of Yom Kippur provides an opportunity for members to support the annual charity appeal.
The Yom Kippur service is followed by Breaking the Fast in the synagogue.
Although the services follow the traditional form every effort is made to make them meaningful by concentrating on the more accessible aspects of the service.
TIMETABLE FOR HIGH HOLY DAYS, SUCCOTH AND SIMCHAT TORAH 5778-5778 (2018)
Erev Rosh Hashonah, 9 September, 7:30pm,
Rosh Hashona First Day, Monday 10 September
Children's Service, 11:00am
Rosh Hashonah Second Day<, Tuesday 11 September, 9:30am
Kol Nidre, Talits, please, Tuesday 18 September
Kol Nidre Service, 7:15pm
Yom Kippur, Wednesday 12 September
Shofar blown, followed by refreshments.
Building the Succa (volunteers please, bring fruit, foliage, etc. for decoration), Sunday 23 September, 10:00am
Succoth/Shabbat, Friday 28 September, 8:00pm
Succoth Service for Children, (Lulav and Ethrog), Sunday 30 September, 10:00am
Simchat Torah/Shabbat service with party and food, Friday 5 October, 7:30pm
Members able and willing to assist in services are always welcome to contribute and should make themselves known to the Warden.