Opening the door to a shul is – well, like opening an internet portal. You walk in to be greeted by an array of vibrant, colourful activities in a number of different areas.
There will be lots of like-minded people, who you hope to join and who will welcome you to their various groups.
The big difference is that shul is real rather than virtual and what it offers can benefit both your spiritual and physical well-being.
At Muswell Hill shul you will find something on offer whatever your interest or age.
Older children can get involved in our fabulous youth group Iclub
as well as learning at the cheder which prides itself on teaching in an experiential and fun way.
As you continue your Jewish journey, Muswell Hill offers you adult education, Shabbat on the Hill and social events throughout the year such as our famous Harmony and Humour.
We also run a friendship and luncheon club for our older members.
There are three services on Shabbat
Every Friday night, with service times adjusted seasonally. This consists of the weekday afternoon service and the service to welcome in Shabbat.
Starting at 9.15 am. This comprises the morning service (shacharit); Kriyat Hatorah, the pivotal part of the service when we leyen that week’s sedra from the Torah; and musaf, the additional and final part of the service, recited in place of additional sacrifices that were made after shacharit on Shabbatot and chagim during the days of the Temple.
Starting an hour and a quarter before the time Shabbat goes out. This latter service consists of the Shabbat afternoon service, a shiur by Rabbi David, the regular weekday evening service and havdalah for the end of Shabbat.
Services on yomim tovim, for example Rosh Hashanah or Pesach, will follow a similar pattern, with evening and morning services.
Weekday services are on Sunday mornings at 8.15 am followed by breakfast; Monday and Thursday mornings at 7 am. There will also be morning services during Chol Hamoed Sukkot and Pesach, during Chanukah, on Rosh Chodesh and fast days.
Muswell Hill is gaining a widespread reputation for its inclusive and welcoming services. When he visited us in June, new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said that he had heard about Muswell Hill’s warmth and friendliness and wanted to experience it for himself.
If you’ve never been and you’re looking at shuls in the area, that really is the best way to find out. We look forward to saying “hello” when you walk through that door.