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Coronavirus Update

By | News

For the foreseeable future there will be no meetings, activities or events in our building. We do this with the greatest of regret but feel that we have no option in the interests of our community.

Alonim Kindergarten will will be staying open to support children of Key Workers during the Coronavirus outbreak and those from working families.

Virtual Events and Activites

Please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for information about our services, social activities and educational programmes as well as resources from partner organisations in the Jewish and wider community.

Staying connected

We want to do all we can as a community to reduce loneliness, isolation and boredom. If you are at home and you would like to be part of our team, please click here to learn about becoming a Sha’arei Tsedek buddy. We aim for our buddies to be in touch with everyone who has to stay at home.

We are doing all we can to identify anyone who is especially vulnerable in our community. We hope we know who these people are, but if you know of someone you are worried about, please get in touch.

Please rest assured that no matter what your concern or question, our dedicated staff, Rabbinic Team and Council are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us either via our Facebook page, by email to info@shaarei-tsedek. or by calling 020 8445 3400.

These are fast changing times. We are reviewing our arrangements every day, and we will do all we can to stay in touch with you.

In the meantime on behalf of everyone at Sha’arei Tsedek can we wish you and all your loved ones well at this time.

Virtual Passover Resources

By | Events, Festivals, Services

This night IS different from all other nights

On this page we have collated information to help you plan for Pesach, prepare for Seder night, and host or join a virtual Seder.

Virtual Sha’arei Tsedek Pesach and Seder Services

Week commencing 6 April

Wednesday 8 – Erev Pesach

First Night Passover Seder
If you are hosting a virtual family / group Seder would you be prepared to virtually welcome a member of the community? Would you like to join a virtual Seder?

Please contact the Office on 020 8445 3400 or to discuss either of these options.

Thursday 9 – First Day Pesach

10.30 am – Festival Morning Service
Join Rabbi Baaden, to hear a selection from Hallel, the festival melodies, and hear the story of our Exodus from Egypt via Zoom.

6.30 pm – Second Night Passover Seder

Community seder for our members.  Members can join via the Zoom link published in the members’ newsletter dated Monday 6 April.

Week commencing 13 April

Tuesday 14 – Erev 7th Day Pesach

6.45 pm – Erev 7th Day Pesach Evening Service – Remembering Arthur Bergner

Join Rabbi Baaden and Sha’arei Tsedek members to explore the leadership legacy of Arthur Bergner, and to mark this seventh day of Pesach with Kiddush, candles and a special kaddish for leaders and teachers.

Wednesday 15 – 7th Day Pesach 

10.30 am – 0-120 Festival Morning Service 

Join Rabbi Shulamit and team together with members of all ages, to celebrate the morning of the last day of Pesach.


Beyond Sha’arei Tsedek

Thursday 9                                                                                                                      6.00 pm – Reform Movement Second Night Passover Seder 

The Seder will be streamed over Facebook Live; to access it, please go on the “Movement for Reform Judaism” Facebook page here at 6.00 pm on the 9 April. You can also RSVP on Facebook here and you will receive a notification when it starts.

The second night Seder will be streamed over Facebook Live; to access it, please go on the “Movement for Reform Judaism” Facebook page at 6.00 pm. You can also RSVP on Facebook here and you will then receive a notification when the seder is due to starts.

Online Haggadah

The Reform Judaism haggadah is now available online as a resource to help you run your own Seder or follow along with a Seder being streamed online. Click here to access the online haggadah.

Pesach and Chometz Collection Service – Barnet Council

Barnet Council will once again provide a Pesach and Chometz service to Barnet residents in over 300 pre-designated roads before Passover. Please click here for more details.

How to plan for Pesach and how to care for you and your family

In the following article Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu discusses about how to plan for Pesach and how to care for you and your family.

In the following article Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu discusses how to prepare for Seder night, and what to put on your seder plate this year.

Musical Partnerships – A series of afternoon sessions with Rabbi James Baaden

By | Adult Learning


In 2020 we will be continuing our explorations of the outstanding Jewish contribution to the world of popular music.

In recent years, Rabbi James Baaden has led courses at Sha’arei Tsedek which have focused on musicals, singer-songwriters, crooners and divas – and in February attention will shift to Jewish musical partnerships.

A new timetable comes into effect as well:  sessions will be monthly – every “Third Thursday” at 3.00 pm. The slightly later start-time means that you can attend our popular Tai Chi class beforehand, ensuring a whole afternoon of serenity and enjoyment.

As before, the sessions will continue to feature a lively interactive combination of learning, listening, watching, and discussing.

Thursday 20 February, 3.00 pm

Lerner & Loewe

Legendary pairing of lyricist and composer who created several the of the greatest musicals – e.g. My Fair Lady.

Thursday 19 March, 3.00 pm

Simon & Garfunkel

Two Jewish boys from New York who hit the big time in the late 1960s with a series of songs that continue to be heard everywhere.

Thursday 16 April, 3.00 pm

Weil & Mann

Our one married couple in this series, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann had a string of hits in the 1960s covered by a variety of well-known singers.

Thursday 21 May, 3.00 pm

Rodgers & Hart

The same Rodgers as in Rodgers & Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers earlier in his career collaborated with Lorenz Hart in writing a number a classic songs associated above all with the city of New York and  the voice of Ella Fitzgerald.

Thursday 18 June, 3.00 pm

Bacharach & David

Burt Bacharach and Hal David, another great composer/lyricist duo, wrote a number of the greatest songs of the 60s, covered by a variety of singers to this day.

Thursday 9 July, 3.00 pm

Comden & Green

A partnership which lasted six decades and spanned a continent, Betty Comden and Arthur Green were the creative geniuses behind a remarkable series of successful Hollywood films and Broadway shows.


Mental Health Awareness Shabbat

By | Services

Friday 31 January / Shabbat 1 February 2020

Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, launched by JAMI in 2017, aims to raise the profile of mental health in the Jewish community and to give a focal point for mental health and wellbeing activities. It provides an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to be more in touch with their own mental health and wellbeing.

The first Mental Health Awareness Shabbat in 2017 saw over 80 synagogues, organisations, student and youth groups from across the whole Jewish community taking part. This rose to more than 120 in 2019. The plan now is to make 2020 even bigger with more communities than ever now on board.

Mental Health Awareness Shabbat is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to be more in touch with their own mental health and wellbeing, and to raise awareness of mental health and mental illness in the local and wider community.

Join us as our community comes together to learn about strengthening mental health and supporting those in our community who struggle with mental illness.

Friday 31 January – Koleinu Erev Shabbat, 6.45 pm

We begin our Mental Health Awareness Weekend with an uplifting musical Friday night service.

Shabbat 1 February – Morning of Meditation & Mindfulness & Shabbat Morning Service, 10.30 am

We are delighted to hold our first parallel morning of mindfulness meditation led by Jo Green, on the theme of  ‘Coming Into Calmer Waters’, from 10.30 am – midday. There will be an opportunity to hear from our Guest Speaker, Adam Dawson, chair of JAMI, in the main service at midday.

Adam Dawson, Barrister and Chair of Jami’s Board of Trustees  

Adam’s career as a barrister has been focused on personal injury and clinical negligence as a result of medical trauma, and consequently the impact of mental health and wellbeing on rehabilitation. He is former chair of UJS, vice chair of the London Jewish Forum and trustee at Jewish Care. Adam went on to found (and continued as Chair of Governors) the first ‘Free School’ in the UK and prior to this spent 3 years as a member of the JLC/Board of Deputies Strategic Review of Jewish Schools and has recently been appointed as Chair of Jami’s Board of Trustees.




Vivian Solomon Memorial Lecture 2020

By | Vivian Solomon Memorial Lecture Past Events

Sunday 2 February 2020 – 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm

The Ethical Alef-Bet

In honour of the scribal vocation of Vivian Solomon, Rabbi Mark Solomon will lead us in study of a remarkable Talmudic passage that interprets the letters of the Alef-Bet as a moral and spiritual lesson in fundamental Jewish values. The Talmud then turns to strange permutations of the Alef-Bet, and the lesson takes on a darker tone, spanning the heights and the depths of being. You will never see the Hebrew alphabet the same way again.


Mark Solomon is Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College, where he has taught since 1991, shortly after he was ordained as an orthodox rabbi. He is part-time Rabbi of the Edinburgh and Leicester Liberal Jewish communities, and Interfaith Consultant for Liberal Judaism. He comes from Australia and lives in Friern Barnet, but travels constantly up and down the country.

About – Vivian Solomon Memorial Lecture

Sha’arei Tsedek has a long reputation for loving Torah and loving learning. This lecture, held each year in January, celebrates the life of Vivian Solomon z’’l, a Torah scribe and a lover of Torah. These lectures are an opportunity for in depth, scholarly and accessibly focus on aspects of the Torah as text and as story.

Quiz Night & Supper

By | Events

Sunday 16 February 2020 – 7.15 pm

Join us for an evening of fun and test your knowledge. Bring your family & friends. Play as a team (tables of 10 max).


£18.00 per person.

Early Bird ticket £16.00.  Offer ends 1 February 2020.

Ticket includes:

  • Fish Supper (Vegetarian option available, please denote when booking)
  • Soft drinks & tea/coffee

BYO – wine and beer


Buy tickets for Quiz Night & Supper


T: 020 8445 3400