Historic Reform synagogue service

THIS Shabbat is set to be historic, as — for the first time — 15 Reform communities will join together for a special Mental Health Awareness Shabbat.

All 13 Reform communities in the north of England, as well as Coventry and Southend shuls, will join take part.

Representatives from each synagogue will take on a role in leading the ground-breaking collaboration between Reform northern communities, which will see an online service explore themes of mental health through readings and prayers written for the occasion.

In addition to the main service, there will be two services for children.

RSY-Netzer will be running a service for secondary school-aged children, exploring the theme of mental health with teenagers and young people.

There will also be a service for primary school children called ‘Butterflies In My Belly’, which will use stories and games to discuss anxiety and low mood with younger children, led by Alison Branitsky, of Manchester Reform Synagogue, and Rum Samuel, Sheffield Reform Jewish Congregation’s Community Development Worker.

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