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Services & Events

Please note that we do not hold any services during the month of August. Services resume on Saturday 5th September.

2015 High Holyday Information:

Rosh Hashanah begins sunset of Sunday September 13, 2015 and ends nightfall on Tuesday September 15, 2015.

Yom Kippur Begins sunset on Tuesday September 22, 2015 and ends at nightfall on Wednesday September 23, 2015.

*EBMC’s Kashrut Policy: Any food you bring to Our services / events needs to be either suitable for vegetarians or kosher Parev. If you make a dish at home it must be from ingredients that are approved kosher / vegetarian (or fish, eg salmon, tuna) and cooked/prepared in a disposable container. When you bring a prepared dish, the community trust that you have conformed to these standards. 

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The High Holydays at EBMC

Rosh Hashanah

The "Head of the Year" is a happy holiday. People exchange New Year’s cards and New Year’s greetings. Families gather together for meals and open houses after attending Community services.

The Community looks especially beautiful for the High Holidays. The Torah is covered in white and the rabbi and cantor also wear white.

It is a mitzvah (commandment) to hear the shofar (ram’s horn) on Rosh Hashanah, as it’s loud sound reminds us that the Lord is present and that it is time to wake-up and pay attention to our lives.

On Rosh Hashanah, we dip apples in honey and wish each other a "sweet, new year." We also eat a special round challah with raisins.

The ten-day period between Rosh Hashanah and the next holy day, Yom Kippur, is considered to be a time of great importance in Judaism, when traditionally our fate for the new year hangs in judgment.

At Rosh Hashana, Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti Community will meet for services in the morning, including the traditional Torah readings and shofar service. At a quiet point in the afternoon, we will walk to Brook Road Park. There we will throw bread crumbs into the water, symbolically casting off our sins in an ancient ceremony known as Tashlich.


Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים‎), Also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this the actual number of prayer services. Unlike a regular day, which has three prayer services (Ma'ariv, the evening prayer; Shacharit, the morning prayer; and Mincha, the afternoon prayer), or a Shabbat or Yom Tov, which have four prayer services (Ma'ariv; Shacharit; Mussaf, the additional prayer; and Mincha), Yom Kippur has five prayer services (Ma'ariv; Shacharit; Musaf; Mincha; and Ne'ilah, the closing prayer). The prayer services also include a public confession of sins (Vidui) and a unique prayer dedicated to the special Yom Kippur avodah (service) of the Kohen Gadol in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

As one of the most culturally significant Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur is observed by many secular Jews who may not observe other holidays. Many secular Jews attend Community on Yom Kippur—for many secular Jews the High Holy Days are the only recurring times of the year in which they attend Community,[1]—causing Community attendance to soar.


It's easy so why not join today?

You can now join EBMC online. Just click here and download some simple forms. Return them to us via e-mail or post and that's it! Your membership application will be handled by our membership staff. You can contact them here for any questions about becoming a member of our community.

Annual membership is £225 per person, £450 per couple. Membership includes all children under 21 years and includes burial scheme.

Once you have submitted your form we will be back in touch to answer any of your questions.

Can You Help at Shul?

We are looking to recruit volunteers for various roles within our community. If you can assist us please get in touch. Details below:

  • Can you help with Children's Services? We need people to take both toddlers and juniors Shabbat morning service. No previous experience required. All resources and help in preparation provided.

  • Security Volunteers for Shabbat and High Holyday Services

  • Kiddush - We need people to set up and clear away our kiddush after Shabbat morning service. You can also sponsor a kiddush if you are commemorating a special occasion.

  • Can you leyn or take a service? We would be especially happy to hear from those who would like to become involved in leading our services.

JLGB Borehamwood

JLGB Juniors is for children aged 8 to 11 and generally are in Years 3 to 5.

JLGB is fun. Weekly group meetings, camps and other events across the country mean your children will be able to experience the hundreds of different activities offered every year.

JLGB provides a safe environment. Every JLGB leader is police checked, first-aid trained and has attended a rigorous training programme.

A large percentage of JLGB members grow up to become excellent leaders. As the Chief Rabbi has said, the JLGB “has inspired many generations of young leaders who have learned, through their involvement in the JLGB, the qualities, skills and attributes of good leadership”.

Regardless of whether or not your children attend Jewish schools, being a part of the JLGB family provides them with an unmatchable opportunity to make Jewish friends for life from all over the country and beyond.

Anyone in Year 6 can attend our Senior unit so please feel free to email for further information:
B/Captain Linda Leveney
Officer Commanding Borehamwood Juniors & Seniors.
Email: borehamwoodcompanies@gmail.com 

Café Ivrit

Come learn some Hebrew, speak some Hebrew, or just be around Hebrew! 

Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. 

For more information contact:
Howard Feldman, Café Ivrit co-ordinator.



With so many new members with babies and young children it would be in the community's best interest if a Parent and Toddler Group were to be established. It would give us an opportunity where parents, grandparents or carers and their children can go to have fun and meet new people. Parents and carers would remain with, and would be entirely responsible for, their children throughout the sessions.

What we are looking for are volunteer coordinators who would be responsible for the administration of the group and not involved in any childcare.

If you would like the opportunity to volunteer for this community role please contact: info@ebmc.org.uk. 

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