While Sha’arei Tsedek remains a completely “virtual” community during the COVID-19 crisis, this page will serve as a resource for our members, with information on our services, learning programmes and a variety of other available offerings.

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, on Twitter, by email to info@shaarei-tsedek. org.uk 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.

Sha’arei Tsedek Night Shelter initiative – UPDATE

During the current Coronavirus outbreak night shelters in Barnet, run by Homeless Action in Barnet, has been trying to keep running its normal service. However, this has been challenging for both the guests and volunteers. As the pandemic has worsened it has become harder to sustain the night shelter provisions offered within the borough and the current shelter provisions have been temporarily closed.

Speaking about the situation Amanda Weiss, Charity Operations Manager for Together in Barnet says: “I am very pleased and relieved to inform our supporters, that, as of Monday evening, all of the guests supported by the charity have been placed in temporary accommodation provided by the government in West London. Needless to say this is fantastic news”.

Our shelter was due to start in June and run until September. Unfortunately, this initiative is now temporarily on hold until further notice. Over the coming weeks and months HAB will be working in conjunction with the government to organise logistics of getting necessary essentials to the clients.

As a small charity these changes will pose some financial challenges to the organisation. If you would like to support Homeless Action in Barnet/Together in Barnet and make a donation please click here.

Alonim Kindergarten is staying open to support children of Key Workers during the Coronavirus outbreak

Released: 23 March 2020

Alonim has announced it is staying open to support children of key workers and those from working families. On Wednesday (18 March), Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, said all schools would close on Friday until further notice. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in his daily conference confirmed the closures but said some schools would be kept open with a skeleton staff to provide support for children of key workers, including NHS staff, police and delivery drivers.

Roz Levenson, Head Teacher said: “It is essential that we support families so that NHS staff can work during this critical time. I am proud that the Alonim team can help”.

Richard Woolf, Chair added: “I am grateful to our teachers, security and caretaking staff who have volunteered to work so that Alonim can stay open. Thank you to everyone at this difficult time”.

Sha’arei Tsedek Caretaking and Security staff will continue to provide support whilst Alonim Kindergarten remains open.

Israeli Movie Night
Over the last decade Israel has emerged as a surprising powerhouse in the foreign film industry with many award-winning films and TV series. Unfortunately due to the CoronaVirus outbreak the UK SERET International Israeli Film Festival has been postponed. However, they are streaming films on a weekly basis every Thursday at 8.00 pm. For more details click here.

Reform Judaism – RJ:TV

RJ:TV is Reform Judaism’s interactive broadcasting platform for these challenging times. Each day RJ will provide a range of interactive programming that you are invited to join – from daily prayer services and adult learning sessions to fun for all ages and casual catch-ups. Click here for details.

RSY-Netzer -Remote Synagogue Youth

RSY-Netzer – Remote Synagogue Youth 

Programming for schools years 1-11 is provided by RSY-Netzer. Click here for more details and how to register for the programme.

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

To read Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu’s article Rabbi Shulamit please click here.

How to prepare for Seder night and what to put on your seder plate this year

To read Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu’s article about how to prepare for Seder night, and what to put on your seder plate this year please click here.

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.