Religious life in the Jewish Community is remarkably diverse
Whether secular or orthodox, Jews of all kinds will find it easy to feel at home in the Frankfurt Community. With our own synagogues and prayer rooms, we cater to the various religious groups and offer an extensive general infrastructure.more
The Jewish Community has a comprehensive infrastructure, which is detailed below.
To help you lead a religious life, we provide a mikveh. Women wishing to use the mikveh should call 0151 / 51166592. Men can use the mikveh every day except Saturdays, from 7.00 to 10.00 a.m. To enter, please ring the bell at Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 30.
We also offer Bikur holim. If you would like a personal visit from the Rabbi, please contact the rabbinate. For kosher hospital meals, please contact our office.
If you are interested in synagogue music and songs, the Schlomo Reiss Synagogue Choir could be for you. The choir is looking for enthusiastic singers with a basic understanding of music who would be willing to sing at services in the Westend Synagogue – and who like the idea of performing with one of the world’s top cantors. Rehearsals are hold on Wednesdays from 8.00 to 8.45 p.m. in the youth centre in Savignystraße 66. If you are over 17 years of age and interested in joining, please contact Benjamin Brainman on 0178 / 1783352 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aliyot, shiva, yahrzeit and kiddush/tikkun
The supervisor of the Westend Synagogue, Fiszel Ajnwojner, has taken over from Benek Rosenthal s.A. and is now responsible for aliyot, shiva, yahrzeit and kiddush/tikkun. You can contact him on 069 / 55 47 77 or 0175 / 249 55 68.
Mezuzot, tefillin and tallit are available from the rabbinate.
Prayers led by guest cantor
On Shabbat and holidays, prayers are led by Cantor Yoni Rose. Since in Corona times it is only possible to sing in a reduced form, Chief Cantor Tsudik Greenwald does not lead prayers in den Westend Synagogue for the time being. (Further dates will be published in the next edition of the Jewish Community magazine).
If you would like to involve Cantor Greenwald in your simcha, please contact the rabbinate to discuss requirements.
Talmud Torah keneged kulam
The study of the Torah is equal to all of the commandments (TB Shabbat 127A).
Shiurim on current topics for all community members
Rabbi Apel and Rabbi Soussan offer shiurim on current topics. If you are interested in taking part, please contact the rabbinate, see our noticeboard or join our email distribution list.
On Sunday afternoons, Rabbi Apel holds shiurim in the Westend Synagogue on the following topics: Understanding The Meaning of Prayers and Their Sources, The Faith and Understanding Of Being God’s People, and Halacha – Growing Your Knowledge. For details of exact times, please contact the rabbinate.
For children, Rabbi Apel offers Thorat Chaim every Sunday at 11.00 a.m. in the Kiddush Room of the Westend Synagogue. Aimed at children between 10 and 13 years old, this shiur is designed to familiarise them with chumash, mishna and halacha. If you are interested, please send an email to the rabbinate.
Rabbi Apel runs Omek Ha‘Parashah – gaining a deeper understanding of the weekly Torah portion, or parashah. The shiur is held in Hebrew. Please contact the rabbinate for further information.
Rabbi Soussan offers shiurim in the community’s Congregation Hall in Westendstraße 43, fifth floor. Upcoming dates: 23. April (at Senior's Club, Savignystraße 66), 21. May, 16. June 2020.
Lev Isha for women
Sara Soussan invites all women in our community to join this monthly meeting. It starts at 7.30 p.m. at the Seniors’ Club in Savignystr. 66. Upcoming dates: 07. September 2020, 26. October, 23. November and 14. December 2020.
Rabbi Apel and Rabbi Soussan offer shiurim on parashah topics every Shabbat after the communal kiddush and welcome anyone with an interest to join them in the Westend Synagogue.
Rabbi Shlomo Raskin offers shiurim every Shabbat after morning prayers, and mitpallelim with an interest are most welcome to join. If you would like to take part, come to the Atereth Zwi Synagogue in Bornheimer Landwehr 79b.
Rabbi Shlomo Raskin also offers shiurim on the topic of brachot every Monday at 11.00 a.m. in the Coffee House at the Centre for the Elderly in Bornheimer Landwehr 79b.
Every Saturday afternoon, after minchah, the third meal is taken communally in the Shtibel. As well as liturgical and Drashot songs, the rabbis now also offer a regular shiur on Hilchot Shabbat.
A shiur for women
Every last Thursday of the month there is a shiur for women at 10:30 a.m. in the Coffee House of the Jewish Community’s Centre for the Elderly at Bornheimer Landwehr 79b.
A shiur in Russian
Galina Yermolynska offers a Russian-language shiur for women every Thursday from 7.00 to 10.00 p.m. If you are interested in taking part, please contact the rabbinate.
KIDS, TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Kids, teens and young adults in our community get to enjoy a host of activities, shiurim and shabbatonim, where they can pray and eat Shabbat meals together, for instance. To find out more, contact the rabbinate or one of the following organisations that offer these activities in conjunction with the rabbinate of the Jewish Community in Frankfurt:
Jewish Experience Visit the website at www.j-exp.de or call Meir Lisserman on 0179 / 499 30 28.
Bejachad is a dynamic initiative by volunteers in our community and is run by Rabbi Soussan. Designed especially with families in mind, it is becoming more and more popular, and offers a range of fantastic religious-themed events and excursions on every Jewish holiday. If you are interested in joining, please write to email@example.com or call the rabbinate.
BAR AND BAT MITZVAH CLUB
Bar Mitzvah Club
Rabbi Julian-Chaim Soussan and Cantor Yoni Rose run preparatory sessions and welcome all boys aged 11 and over. The aim of these meetings is to:
• Prepare and teach the boys all they need to know about Judaism and Halacha
• Strengthen their sense of belonging and identification with Judaism
Preparations cover all areas including reading Hebrew (where required), the Jewish calendar, feast and fasting days, customs and traditions, Jewish folklore and much more. In addition, the boys are provided with all they need to know for their Bar Mitzvah, such as how to attach tefillin or read the Torah and Haftarah.
Lessons are held every second Wednesday, by appointment, from 4.30 to 5.30 p.m. at the Religious School.
Bat Mitzvah Club
These preparatory classes are designed for girls aged 11 and over. They are held by Bilha Apel in the Religious School. To register your daughter or find out more, please contact the secretarial office at the Religious School on 069 / 972 053 95, or ask at the rabbinate.
Name-giving, b’rit milah, chuppah
After the birth of a daughter, her name is usually publicly announced at the synagogue at the next possible opportunity, which is normally the next Shabbat. With a boy, b’rit milah will take place after eight days. If you need information about a mohel, please contact us.
When two people fall in love, it’s time to think about planning the wedding.
For either of these celebrations, please contact us in good time so we can discuss the religious and organisational details.
For kosher celebrations to mark special events and simcha, Sohar’s Restaurant in the Jewish Community Centre will be happy to help. You can contact the team by phone, on 069 / 75 23 41, or by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also several large and exclusive hotels and venues in Frankfurt, such as:
• Marriott Hotel (Telephone: 069 / 7955-5555)
• Hotel Intercontinental (Telephone: 069 / 2605-2515)
• Hotel Hilton (Telephone: 069 / 13380-2000); Catering: Sohar’s Restaurant
• Hotel Fleming’s (Telephone: 069 / 50 60 400)
• Frankfurter Hof (Telephone: 069 / 215 121); Catering: Sohar’s Restaurant
• Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten (Telephone: 069 / 900 29-152)
Sohar’s Restaurant offers kosher food which can either be consumed directly on the premises or delivered to a nearby venue, along with all catering equipment needed. To organise a religious event and/or simcha in our community, please contact the rabbinate. If you are planning to use another location, please let us know in good time so we can make sure it meets requirements.
The phrase ‘under the supervision of the rabbinate’ is valid only when signed and dated by the community rabbi. If you are in any doubt, please ask to see a kashrut certificate.
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