High Holy Day Services 2014-5775


It is a great honour to lead such an interesting and vibrant community. This year the OJC Council has been looking at how we can provide assistance to those in the community who need support. Much of this is related to the way we communicate with each other. You will have noticed that we have a new website. This is more interactive than the previous one and allows us all to see more of what is going on in terms of religious, cultural, educational and social aspects of our lives. We also have group of volunteers who are providing assistance to those in our community who need it.

Charity, some say, starts at home. In this community we rely on people’s contributions, not just money, but the giving of their time and sharing their skills. This is at the core of our community and helps make the OJC function as successfully as it does. So charity in kind is vital. We always need more volunteers.
As we come together once again for the High Holy Days, please think about what you can give in time and
resources and what role you could play in the year ahead for the benefit of our very special community. We all know that times are tough and that we are all time-poor, but if we are to continue to provide services and activities we need your support. Please contact me if you can help.

On behalf of the whole OJC council, I wish you all a happy and healthy Shanah Tovah.
Jon Rowland, Honorary President,  Stuart Kenner, Honorary Treasurer,  Alison Ryde, Honorary Secretary

Our message to visitors
Welcome to our High Holy Days services. We regard it as our mitzvah to offer hospitality to any Jews who happen to be in Oxford, away from their home communities, at this special time of the year. Should you require a meal, please contact us on (01865) 514356 or email connections@ojc-online.org.

Whether you are attending the Orthodox or Liberal services, please note that no prior arrangement is required and that there is no reserved seating in any of our services. However, if you are attending Orthodox services, we ask you to respect our arrangement for the separation of men and women.

You will appreciate that, as a small and independent congregation, we are always conscious of balancing our budget. Therefore, we hope that you will respond in the traditional manner by making a donation in accordance with your means. Whatever its size, you can be assured that it will be much appreciated. Full membership options are available too.
Please send your contributions to The Honorary Secretary at the address above. A pre-paid envelope is also available from the lobby. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Oxford Jewish Congregation’.

The President, honorary officers and Synagogue Council
wish you all a very ‘Happy and Peaceful New Year’ and ‘Well over the fast’.
לשנה טובה תכתבו ותחתמו

Wednesday 24th September (29 Elul) 
Festival begins 6.43 p.m.
Ma’ariv (Evening Service) 7.00 p.m.
Thursday 25th September - (1 Tishri) 
Shachrit (Morning Service) 8.45 a.m.
Reading of the Law 10.20 a.m. …followed by the sounding of the Shofar
  The address will be given by Jill Shatz *
Children’s Sessions – all ages A range of Children’s Services will be available during both days of Rosh Hashanah and over Yom Kippur. Further details will be posted on noticeboards & will be made available to children and families during Cheder classes before Rosh Hashanah. This can also be downloaded from here: Children's Service information.
Mincha & Ma’ariv (Evening Service) 7.00 p.m.…candles after 7.48 p.m.
Friday 26th September - (2 Tishri) 
Shachrit (Morning Service) 8.45 a.m.
Reading of the Law 10.20 a.m. …followed by the sounding of the Shofar
  The address will be given by Isaac Garson*
Children’s session – all ages Children's Service please click here.
Festival ends NB - the end of Rosh Hashanah will be the start of Shabbat.
Friday 26th September (2 Tishri) SHABBAT SHUVAH (Ha’azinu)
Erev Shabbat. Candles at… 6.38 p.m.
Ma’ariv (Evening Service) 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 27th September (3 Tishri)
Shachrit (Morning Service) 9.45 a.m.
Motsae Shabbat 7.44 p.m.
Sunday 28th September  (4 Tishri) 
The Fast of Gedaliah will start at: 5.21 a.m. & end at 7.25 p.m.
Friday 3rd October (9 Tishri)  
Fast commences 6.22 p.m. …Light candles by this time
Kol Nidrei (Evening Service) 7.00 p.m. …including the Kol Nidrei Appeal*
 *The Kol Nidrei Appeal will be launched by Dr Michael Ward on behalf of the Karen Morris Memorial Trust and Shalhevet 
Saturday 4th October(10 Tishri)  
Shachrit (Morning Service) 8.45 a.m.
Reading of the Law 11.25 a.m.
Children’s Sessions – all ages Children's Service please click here.
Yizkor Memorial Service 12.30 p.m. …followed by the address*
  The address will be given by Jesmond Blumenfeld *
Musaf (Additional Service) 1.15 p.m.
  3.30 p.m. to 4.10p.m.  During the break a joint study session will take place led by Rabbi Michael Shire and Clive Lawton. 
Mincha (Afternoon Service) 4.15 p.m.
Neilah (Concluding Service) 6.10 p.m. (6.00 p.m.- a Sephardi style service will also be available on the top floor)
Fast ends at… 7.27 p.m. …followed by Ma’ariv
  *All addresses will be delivered after the Sifrei Torah have been returned to the Ark.


LIBERAL SERVICES 5775 – 2014  
All services will take place the Wilfred Faust Hall. 
ROSH HASHANAH This service will be led by Rabbi Charles Wallach 
Thursday 25th September Morning Service will start at 10.45 a.m.
YOM KIPPUR Services will be led by Rabbi Michael Shire
Friday 3rd October Evening Service for Kol Nidrei will start at 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 4th October Morning Service will start at 10.45 a.m.
Brief Break 12.45 p.m. – 12.55 p.m.
Additional Service 12.55 p.m. – 2.45 p.m.
Break in services 2.45 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
3.30 to 4.10 - A joint study session led by Rabbi Michael Shire and Clive Lawton will take place during this break.
Afternoon, Yizkor Service & Evening Services 5.15 p.m
Services conclude 6.30 p.m. – 7.15 p.m.

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