Orthodox Jews pray three times a day. The services are:
- Shacharit – the morning service
- Mincha – the afternoon service
- Ma’ariv – the evening service
Each service corresponds with a sacrifice that would have been offered up in the Temple in Jerusalem. Following the destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonians the exiled Jews had to find another way of serving G-d and this was done by extending the prayers that were in existence at the time. Over the centuries, other prayers have been added to the Jewish liturgy in response to other experiences.
At the heart of each service is the Amidah. This is the personal prayer, comprising of 19 blessings, that is said silently whilst standing. This is each person’s opportunity to connect directly with G-d.
When praying as a congregation, a quorum of 10 men over the age of 13 is required for each service. At the Shacharit service on a Monday, Thursday and Shabbat (Sabbath) the service also includes a reading from the weekly reading (Sedra) from the Sefer Torah. On Shabbat afternoons, there is a further Torah reading of the following week’s Sedra.
On Shabbat and Festivals, an additional service called Mussaf is recited after Shacharit and the weekly Sedra.
In the summer months, Mincha and Ma’ariv are usually recited together.
If you want to know the service times, and you are either not a member, or do not have a site password, then please phone the office on 020 8950 7340.
As well as the regular Shabbat services, there are the following additional services: