Welcome to Minyan Chadash!
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The service and kiddush:
Minyan Chadash means 'New Minyan', a fitting indication of our combination of the traditional and the modern under one roof at 'Bayit Chadash', the Hebrew name of New London Synagogue.
We meet once a month for a friendly and informal Shabbat service, usually on the first Shabbat of the secular month, in New London Hall, where we have our own beautiful aron hakodesh (holy ark), bimah (pulpit) and sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls). Each month we have a d'var Torah (sermon) given by a member of the congregation, and Rabbi Jeremy and Cantor Jason usually come by to say hello and share a Torah insight or a melody. The service is in Ivrit (Hebrew), we sing both traditional and new tunes and everyone is welcome to take part in the ways they like. No special expertise is required or expected. You come as you are. However for those who wish, there is a rota of congregants who leyn (chant a short section of the weekly Torah reading, or the Haftarah), and we are always happy to find new people who would like to join them.
If you are new to the Synagogue and want to experience Minyan Chadash, please come along. You will find us at the end of the corridor to the right of the entrance hall, from 9:45am on Shabbat mornings on the dates below. There are no designated seats -- and men and women are invited to sit together. Come in and let us welcome you.
The service ends around 12 Noon, and congregants in both the Minyan Chadash and the sanctuary service join together for kiddush, and sometimes for a special mini-lecture, song session, or guest presentation.
In addition there is often lunch at a member's house, to which you are cordially invited. People on the mailing list are asked to let the host know in advance if they are coming, to make the catering easier, but if you are new to the town or Shul then room will be found!
History and further information
The Minyan Chadash celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. From humble beginnings, it's grown into a vibrant and confident minyan that is an effective group within New London Synagogue. Our services are warm, participatory and fully egalitarian. We celebrate, sing, pray and study together, creating friendships and building community. We're committed to making everyone welcome and there's always a chance to have a meal together after each service.
We generally hold services on the first Shabbat of every month. On Shavuot, we have dinner and a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, with all-night learning and discussion, culminating in a sunrise minyan. We also have services and meals at other festive times, including Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur (break-fast). We introduced a Tu BiSh'vat (New Year for Trees) seder in 2011.
We run classes and offer one-to-one tuition to teach skills such as Torah and Haftarah chanting, leading prayers and facilitating a study session.
We depend on participation -- come and join us and play a part in one way or another. If you are interested in taking an active role in Minyan Chadash services, or organising aspects of the services and events, or for more information, please contact Stephen Lerman, the Minyan Chadash Coordinator, by clicking here.
To be added to the Minyan Chadash mailing list, please click here.
The Minyan Chadash has released a book about our extraordinary ten-year development, ‘Minyan Memories’. It includes a thoughtful chronicle of our history, as well as contributions by many individuals. You can order a copy from the Synagogue office for just £5. Please call 020 7328 1026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.