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Borehamwood and
Elstree Synagogue




BES@Yavneh (which is held in the shul at Yavneh College on Hillside Avenue) is a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive environment for davening, attended by young and established families living close to Yavneh College, as well as attracting many other people young and old from around Borehamwood and Elstree.

We are currently led on an interim basis by Rabbi Yaakov Finn. Rabbi Alex Chapper will take up his new permanent role with the Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue community in spring 2017.

In late 2015, a Yavneh Think Tank took place, which produced a document entitled "Our community inspired by Jewish values" - A strategic vision for BES@Yavneh, the BES community in the Southside of Borehamwood. This document can be read at www.borehamwoodshul.org/YavnehStrategicVision.

Friday nights

We hold Shabbat services at the Yavneh shul every Friday night, including Minchah, Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv.

During the winter months we also run Gingerbread Storytime for kids (up to the age of 8) following the songs of Kabbalat Shabbat the children are told a story and a receive a gingerbread man, before coming back into the shul for Kiddush and to sing Yigdal.

We are also in the shul for Yom Tov evening services.

Shabbat mornings

We hold weekly Shabbat morning services in Yavneh shul, and encourage people to join our davening, Haftarah and leining rotas, if they are of a competent level.

On Shabbat mornings we run four children's services: toddlers (pre-school), infants (nursery & reception years), years 1-2, and years 3-6. We also have a youth service and discussion for those in years 7-11.

We also have fantastic kiddushim, including the famous "Yavneh cake"!


We have morning and evening services on all the chagim, including Pesach, Shavuot and Succot.

Our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services always attract a large number of congregants who enjoy the most special ruach and spiritually uplifting atmosphere that Yavneh is now so well-known for. We daven in the school's main hall, providing a spacious environment in which people are not cramped.

We also run four children's services and an explanatory service in the shul. On Yom Kippur there is a lunch for the children.

Get involved

We are always looking for new people to get involved in the services - it's your community after all - whether that is leining, davening, taking children's services, security or helping organise kiddush.

Get in touch

If you'd like more details, please email us on yavneh@borehamwoodshul.org to receive regular email alerts, or join our BES@Yavneh Facebook group to stay in touch.

We look forward to seeing you at Yavneh!

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