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 SERVICESServices 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"
SHABBAT SERVICESServices 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 DAYSServices 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 5777-5778 (2017)
Tallits, gentlemen, please
Rosh HashonahErev Rosh Hashonah Wednesday 20th September - Evening Service - 6.48pm 1st Day Rosh Hashana Thursday 21st September - Morning Service - 9.30am
Childrens service 11.00am 2nd Day Rosh Hashonah Friday 22nd September Morning Service - 9.30am
Yom KippurErev Yom Kippur Friday 29th September - Fast begins 6.27pm
Kol Nidre Service 6.30pm
Yom Kippur Saturday 30th September - Morning Service - 9.30am
Children's service - 11.00am
Afternoon Service 5.00pm
Fast ends 7.30pm
Shofar is blown, followed by refreshments.
TIMETABLE FOR SUCCOTH 5778 (2017)Sunday 1st October building the Succah - at the Schul at 10.00am: volunteers please
. - please bring foliage, greenery, fruit and things to decorate the Succah. Succoth/Shabbat Evening Service - Friday 6th October 7.30pm
to be followed by Kiddush in the Succah. Succoth Service - Saturday 7th October 10.0am.
Led by Rabbi Sybil Sheridan, followed by Kiddush and Buffet Lunch. Children's Service - Sunday 8th October 10am
Lulav and Etrog with the children,
TIMETABLE FOR SIMCHAT TORAH 5778 (2017)Simchat Torah - Sunday 15th October 3.00pm Service with party and food.
ACTIVE PARTICIPATIONMembers able and willing to assist in services are always welcome to contribute and should make themselves known to the Warden.