Our activities

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Our community runs a range of activities, most of which have no cost. Please do contact us if you wish to join for any of these events.

It is important to us that we do not exclude anyone on the grounds of ability to pay.

Kabbalat Shabbat

These services welcome in the Shabbat on a Friday night, both online and at an accessible location (no steps, and good local public transport), usually with musical accompaniment, and with members bringing their own reflections to share.

Challah, apple, honey and lit kiddish candles on a table

Holiday Services and Festivities

We organize events around the High Holidays, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, and Shavuot.

A lulav and etrog

Tish

For a Tish these are the ingredients. You bring:
– Yourselves
– Food: everyone brings a vegetarian dish to share; this can be homemade or from the local supermarket
– Coordination in advance: someone will coordinate to ensure that there is a variety of food available
– Lernen: every tisch is different; the conversation can go from the week’s parsha to local news, to personal experiences and stories.

– The most important: lighting the candles, learning, singing (bensching), getting to know each other better, and being together as a chavurah.

People at a dinner table, in a home, with a pretty table cloth full of Jewish symbols

Walks and Picnics

A Sunday afternoon stroll, sometimes taking in local Jewish history (such as this former synagogue in Blasiusstraat, Amsterdam), and often a piece a cake!

A potluck picnic, with or without pets, in one of Amsterdam’s many parks.

A picture of what is probably now a house, but is the former synagogue in Blasiusstraat

Other Activities

Whether Havdallah (the lighting of candles at the end of Shabbat), Shofar blowing, or a Pride event, we come together for all manner of activities in an organised or ad hoc fashion depending on everyone’s needs.

A women blowing a shofar (and wearing a tallit)