Synagogue and Religious Provision

Latest Update: 6th April 2020 16:40pm

 

Reshet, a joint project of the JLC and UJIA have produced this guidance for Jewish organisations on safeguarding during Covid-19.

The Faith Forum for London and Strengthening Faith Institutions released this update and advice following the increased social distancing measures and confirmation from the Health Secretary that this includes places of worship

 

Kashrut

In response to the Coronavirus crisis, the Kashrut Division of the London Beth Din has released a list of regular products and a set of guidelines to allow those in need to buy a range of basic goods for Pesach that are not under special Pesach supervision.

Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations Ephraim Mirvis has issued this statement.

Synagogue Body Guidance

The United Synagogue prepared this advice for their members and synagogues.

Movement for Reform Judaism have issued this advice for their communities.

S&P Sephardi Community have issued this update on their response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Masorti Judaism have issued this guidance to their communities for Coronavirus (covid-19)

A Message from Rabbi Charley Baginsky of Liberal Judaism on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner of the Movement for Reform Judaism has recorded this message:

 

United Synagogue Live Streaming of Services

The United Synagogue have launched Kabbalat Shabbat Live, a streamed service before Shabbat begins. This and other services outside of Shabbat can be found on the United Synagogue facebook page.

Progressive Synagogue Live Streaming of Services

Liberal Judaism have two options for live streaming services:

Liberal Jewish Synagogue

Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue

Reform Judaism services can also be live streamed from

Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue)

Bournemouth Reform Synagogue

Bromley Reform Synagogue

Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue

Finchley Reform Synagogue

Maidenhead Synagogue

Menorah Synagogue

Mosaic Reform Synagogue

Radlett Reform Synagogue

Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue

Sinai Synagogue

West London Synagogue

 

Burial Guidance

The United Synagogue Burial Society has closed all cemetaries to visitors. The cemetaries will only open for funerals and new guidance will be issued shortly on the United Synagogue Coronavirus update website.

The Joint Jewish Burial Society (JJBS), which administers many burials on behalf of many Reform, Liberal, Masorti and Independent Jewish communities, has issued this new guidance on burials that it administers.

Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism have taken a difficult decision to restrict the physical attendance at all funerals to solely the rabbi, cantor or shaliach tzibbur (service leader). Please see this letter for a full explanation of the decision.