• Recently at an Alternative Shabbat Minyan we were going through some conventional prayers in a non conventional way. Still, one participant asked for something more... it was too dry; and holding the books and reciting the words seemed to stand in the way of connectivity, which is essentially what prayer should be about. So, someone started humming, and then singing, and another joined in and then another. The singing got louder, the books were put out of steps way, the clapping got more inventive and the dancing fused into oneness with minds, body and soul.


  • Coming to a Carlebach Friday night was the first time, outside of the States, that I knew what it was like to feel something during a service. The music and ruach are absolutely beautiful. I find the whole experience uplifting and in some ways very cathartic. I find the people who go an open, intelligent, creative and engaging crowd of people to be with. To me, Carlebach feels like a meaningful collective expression of what is good about being Jewish in London today.


  • I went along to the Carlebach minyan a few weeks ago, and participated in a kabbalat shabbat service that could proudly stand alongside the best of what Jerusalem or Tzfat has to offer. There were 100 or so people present, packed into a small living room, overflowing out into the garden, singing so vibrantly and passionately that the room itself was literally reverberating with excitement. This was grassroots, informal, non-ideological Judaism at its best and most vibrant.