Contact Info

General enquiries:

For general enquiries, please contact the Northwood Synagogue office on:
Tel: 01923 820004
Email: admin@northwoodus.org

Address:

21-23 Murray Road
Northwood, London
HA6 2YP
UK

SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE, COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Services

due to the corona crisis most of our activities are now online. however we do have shabbat morning services at the synagogue but numbers are restricted and pre-booking is essential
Shabbat Services in the Shul will be open to everyone. It will be on a first registered, first come basis. You will need to book via:  
https://myus.theus.org.uk/events/61888/services-at-northwood/


TO BOOK:  You will need to register for every service that you wish to attend.  If you do not register, you will not be allowed into the Shul. It is a requirement of the Government's Track and Trace programme. 
 
1.     REGISTERING TO ATTEND A SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE

To attend a Shabbat morning service, you will need to book via: https://myus.theus.org.uk/events/61888/services-at-northwood/
  • A separate booking for every person is required, even if they are in the same household.
  • If you are attending shul for a particular reason (eg for a yahrzeit or a special celebration), this should be included in the booking details.
  • Where possible, please provide your English name, your Hebrew Name as well as the Hebrew names and relationships of Yahrzeit relatives.
  • If you do not have access to the internet, then you can book by calling the Shul office.
  • We will confirm attendance on the Thursday before each Shabbat.
  • If your plans change and you cannot make the date, or if you or someone in your household develops COVID-19 or has been in contact with an infected person, please email book@northwoodus.org as soon as possible, so we can reallocate your space to someone else who may be on a waiting list.
YOU MUST NOT ATTEND SHUL (even if you have Yahrzeit or wish to say Kaddish) if ANY of the following applies:
You have had Covid-19 diagnosed within the past 8 days.
You have, or have had, any of the following symptoms of Covid-19 within the past 8 days.
  • A high temperature.
  • A new, persistent cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours – if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • Loss of, or a change in, your sense of taste and/or smell.
  • Anyone in your household or your ‘support bubble’ has had COVID-19 or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 within the past 14 days; or you have been told you should self-isolate for 14 days.
2.     ARRIVING AT SHUL
To enter the Shul building, you must wear a face covering and keep it on at all times whilst in the building. 
You must also maintain a social distance of 2 metres at all times throughout your time in the building. 

  • Before you are allowed to enter the building, your name will be checked against the booking list.
  • Entry will be via the garden gates and a one way routing is in place
  • The seating has been arranged for 2-metre social distancing and, as you enter the building, move around and leave the building, you must at all times retain this social distancing.
  • Doors will open at 09.45, with the service starting at 10.00.
  • On entering the Shul, hand sanitiser is available which must be used before proceeding. 
  • The cloakroom will remain closed, so you must keep coats etc with you.
  • A Siddur and a Chumash will have been placed on each seat ready for you. At the end of the service, please leave them on your seat.
  • Men should use their own tallit, as communal tallitot will not be available.
  • There are no reserved seats, so please find one (there are two seats in each ‘place’, to allow you to put coats and books on the 2nd seat). Please place your books and coats on the seat with the safety tape.
  • You will not need to wear gloves. Those being called up will not touch the Sefer Torah.
  • Please ensure that you keep your face covering over your mouth and nose at all times.
  • There will be no singing except from the Rabbi (at the front).
Should you need to use the toilet:
  • You must use the hand sanitiser before you enter.
  • A maximum of one person can enter the toilets at any time. If queuing for the toilet, ensure that you maintain 2-metre distancing at all times.
  • Before leaving the toilet, you must thoroughly wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and you must use hand sanitiser once you have left the toilet before entering the main Shul hall.
  • You must follow the one way system and return to the Shul hall by leaving the entrance hall through the front entrance and re-entering the Shul via the back door.
     
3.     THE SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE
The service will start at 10.00am.
The service will start from Shochen Ad (Pesukei D’Zimra should be recited individually at home). 
  • All those receiving aliyot must ensure that they retain social distancing whilst moving around the Shul hall.
  • Those leading the services will face the Ark and will be 4 metres away from the nearest congregant.  They will not wear a face covering, which will help the congregation to hear their voices.
  • The congregation will have their mouth and nose covered. Responses to prayers should be given as normal but, as per Government regulations, there can be no communal singing.
  • There will be no kiddush after the service.
4.     LEAVING THE SERVICE
On finishing the service, congregants can prepare to leave the building, but should only leave their seating area when told to do so by stewards, as we aim to ensure the maintenance of the 2-metre distancing rule at all times. 
  • Please leave Siddurim and Chumashim on the seats.
  • Do not linger within or outside the building, and maintain social distancing at all times.