Thursdays 26th April to 31st May 2018 at 8 - 9:30pm, New North London Synagogue, 80 East End Road, Finchley N3 2SY

The Jewish Book we use the most and know least about! A course in six sessions given by Rabbi Cantor Geoffrey Shisler.

Taking place at New North London Synagogue on Thursdays (26th April to 31st May 2018, 8 - 9:30pm), the course will give you an opportunity over six weeks to explore the most used Jewish book and look at topics including: -

  • The History of the Siddur
  • History in the Siddur
  • The Choreography of Jewish Prayer
  • Halachot for the Sh’liach Tsibbur
  • Why do we say this Prayer?

This course is for all people who lead prayer, who don’t yet and may not, or who just love their shul!

Teaching will be given by Rabbi Cantor Geoffrey Shisler. Rabbi Cantor Geoffrey Shisler served Synagogues in Stamford Hill, Kenton, Bournemouth, and the New West End until his retirement in 2014. He taught chazanut and nusach hat’filla at Jews College for 11 years. His publications include two volumes of his compositions Shiru Lo Shir Chadash and a handbook for the Gabbai, T’nu Kavod laTorah.

Cost: £80 (£60 concessions) payable to EAJL By Bank Transfer, Sort Code: 40-20-16 Account Number: 11678752

For those attending the course you can download each week's audio here (password required to open zip file):-

Future weeks audio will be available each Sunday after that week's course (please e-mail for password).

If you're unable to attend the course in person but would still like to buy the course in audio form, please contact Chazan Jacky, details below.

If you have any other questions please get in touch by emailing Chazan Jacky here or call Chazan Jacky at +44 208 958 5090.

Download the flyer here.



Booking has now opened for our next T'filla Leaders' Retreat!

Taking place from Thursday 5th July to Sunday 8th July 2018 in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, this weekend retreat enables participants from across the world to come together to form a supportive and spiritual community, where we as Sh'lichei Tsibbur can engage in a deeper understanding of what it means to enter the world of t'filla and develop confidence in ourselves to lead it.

Following feedback from previous years, this Retreat will be based on the 't'filla lab' experience. Participants will all be involved in leading part of the services throughout the weekend and through this we will learn what works and what might even work better for the sh'liach tsibbur.

Teaching will include how to create mood, craft space, engage people in prayer, respect different traditions, use silence and meditation, use nusach and niggunim, structure timing and how to connect to and hold the kehilla.

Some FAQS are below but if you have any other questions or would like to book a place please do get in touch by emailing Stephen here or call Chazan Jacky at +44 208 958 5090.


Who is the EAJL retreat for?

Sh'lichei tsibbur (of all levels of experience) and those who aspire to lead services, who want to enable their communities to open their hearts to a deeper t'filla experience.

Do I need to be an experienced Sh'liach Tsibbur?

No, you can learn whether you are a beginner or a seasoned expert.

What will I get from the retreat?

A deeper understanding of what it means to enter the world of t'filla and confidence in yourself to lead it.

Do I need to come for the whole weekend or can I come for a day?

The experience is the whole weekend. Here we learn how to build community.

Do I have to belong to a particular movement? (eg Liberal/Reform/Masorti/Orthodox?)

No. There are many ways to be a Jew.

What will I learn?

You will learn why we need a deeper engagement with our Jewish self and how to enable others.

How much does it cost?

The earlybird fee for all bookings made before Pesach 2018 is £395. This includes accommodation, food and teaching. After Pesach 2018 the fee will be £450.

Is there a possibility to get a bursary/help with the cost?

Unfortunately EAJL does not have funds to cover bursaries. However we encourage those interested in attending who require bursaries to contact their synagogue/movement who may have an education budget to help.

Can I pay in instalments?

Absolutely. Book early to qualify for our earlybird participant fee and pay in either 3, 5, 6, 8 or 10 instalments. All fees must be paid in full before 1st July 2018.

Do get in touch with any questions and book early as places are limited! For more information e-mail here.