Join us for Shacharit Online

Since the beginning of the CV19 national lockdown student rabbis, faculty members and alumni from Leo Baeck College have been leading daily morning prayer services online. Open to all, these Shacharit services have created a new and meaningful prayer space and brought together a new community of individuals from around the country and across the Progressive world.

As you’ll read below, Shacharit services at LBC have always been an opportunity for student rabbis to experiment with styles, liturgy and melody, to hone their individual style and skills. Leading Shacharit online they have shown their maturity and sensitivity, creating space for people to worry about the sick, mourn their dead, express hope for life and appreciation for kindness. They have brought the music and openness of the College’s Room of Prayer into the lives of many who are seeking warmth, solace and comradeship in these challenging times.

From August 2020 online services will take place on Tuesday and Friday at 8.30am.

To join us for Shacharit with LBC Online click here for uptodate details and links.

Both the Reform Siddur Forms of Prayer and Liberal Siddur Lev Chadash are used and available online.


Shacharit during term time

The LBC community gathers together for shacharit services in the Room of Prayer (Room 16) during term-time. Shacharit is a moment we share before dispersing for the day’s study and work.  Students, faculty, staff and visitors are all invited to join in.

This sacred space is used to encourage creativity in worship and personal spiritual expression. We take the opportunity to draw upon the wide possibilities for prayer, using different siddurim or alternative methods of tefilah.

We also take the opportunity at the end of each service to remember friends, family and colleagues who have passed away.  If you would like to say Kaddish please let us know so we can include their name.

All rabbinic students are encouraged to lead services, read Torah and present a D’var Torah on a regular basis. Fifth-year rabbinic students are required to offer a senior sermon and read Torah at least once in their final year.  Preparation and feedback for those taking the service is available. In addition, asking fellow students for their feedback is often helpful and productive and creates a professional development opportunity.

Times are as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8.30am – 9.15am

Communal Weekly Thursday shacharit is from 09.00am – 10.00am including a sermon slot and Torah reading.