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 Candle lighting 6:09pm  Havdallah 7:07pm
Dear Friends

The Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuvah or the Sabbath of Return. It takes its name from the opening verse of the biblical passage read in synagogue on this day: "Return, O Israel, to the Eternal your God, for you have fallen because of your sin" (Hosea 14:2). 

But what does "return" in this context actually mean? On the most basic level, it means a return to God. On a deeper level, though, repentance can mean a return to one's self.
Many of us live fragmented lives. We rush about trying to make a living or raise a family, which in today's climate are both becoming increasingly difficult. Our focus tends to be on output; long hours at work, time-consuming commutes and responding to the demands of clients, colleagues or managers. 

Consequently, we are left with very little time for any meaningful input such as personal learning and development, cultivating relationships and just thinking and reflecting. As a result, we lose touch with who we really are, what we are truly capable of and what matters most in life. 

This tragic fragmentation of self can lead to behaviour that conflicts with one's deepest principles. Repentance then is a process of returning to one's deepest self and rediscovering the moral bedrock of one's value system.

Returning to one's true self through higher-order questioning is what the Shabbat of Return is all about. 
Our celebration of Shabbat begins this week with our fantastic Bubs & Bagels at 10 am, led by Natalie Stone and Ido Sagir. Bubs & Bagels is a  unique program of playtime and music, designed specifically for children aged 0 - 2 years and their caregivers. 
Kabbalat Shabbat Shuvah service continues at 6:15pm in our Main Sanctuary and Shacharit Shabbat Shuvah service begins at 10am Shabbat morning.

This week our celebration of Shabbat includes a Mincha service where we celebrate Augie Berelov becoming bar mitzvah. We wish the entire Berelov family mazal tov on this special occasion
We also wish mazal tov to our members and friends who are celebrating special birthdays and anniversaries this week.  
Happy Birthday to:

Albert Bentata, Peter Curtis, Oscar Czerniecki, Vera Freidin, Joseph Griffin, Michael Hershan, Hilde Leiser & Ilan Young
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We have had an amazing response to our Rosh Hashanah services both from those in the congregation and those who joined us live through TBI TV. If you have not visited or subscribed to our YouTube Channel. We promise you won't be disappointed. 
The communal response to our new machzor, Mishkan T'shuvah was also amazing!

If you have not purchased your own, copies are available for purchase in the office during the week.

Thanks to the generosity of Alla and Mark Medownick, copies of the Dr Susanna Geiro Machzorim will also be available for loan to use in both our family and main services.
There is no better way to start the day than by joining in our Yom Kippur Tot Service targeted towards children aged up to 5 years of age. 
Rabbi Lazarow will be joining Tammy Cohen and Ido Sagir to lead our Family Service on Yom Kippur. The service is designed for children aged between 6 and 13 years of age and their families.
4:30pm Sunday 13th October

Our sukkot celebrations this year includes Sukkah decorating and family activities on Sunday 13th October at 4:30pm.

Followed by Maariv Service at 6:15pm.

Shanah Tova,
Rabbi Gersh Lazarow               Rabbi Kim Ettlinger                  Cantor Michel Laloum
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