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The Liberal Synagogue Elstree

Synagogue services

On the final Saturday of each month, our service is geared towards our younger members and their families. There is a Tots' service from 10.15 - 10.40 am, then our regular service at 11.00 am which, on the last Shabbat morning of the month, is geared more towards our younger members. This is also the service when children who have celebrated a birthday during the past month are called up to the bimah to receive a birthday blessing from the Rabbi. All children (and their parents!) are welcome.

There are also other synagogue services during the year which are partially or exclusively dedicated to our younger members. For example, there are special children's services along with the regular services on Rosh ha-Shanah morning and Yom Kippur afternoon and services such as those held at Simchat Torah, Chanukkah and Purim are always aimed specifically at children.

For those children who attend Jewish schools (and therefore have the day off school for all Jewish festivals) special activities are often arranged on those days to encourage them to attend shul (which is, after all, the purpose of being given the day off school).

Please remember that synagogue attendance is an integral element of Judaism and the Religion School experience alone provides an unbalanced view of what being a Jew in a synagogue is all about. We look forward to seeing your child(ren) at many of our different services and functions.

Youth Activities

We fully and actively support all Liberal Judaism LJY-Netzer activities for young people from the age of 8 upwards and regularly send representatives to all events, including Kadimah Summer Camp for 8 - 15's and on Israel Tour at 16. Our scholarship scheme makes these activities accessible to all members, regardless of their financial situation.