Service Times

Our regular services are held as follows:

  • Friday evenings, at 8.00 pm in Summer (mid April to late August), or just around sunset in autumn and winter – see panel below
  • See our Full Shabbat and Festival Calendar for the timings of Shabbatot & Festivals in Edinburgh for the current year
  • Saturday mornings, at 10.00 am (starting at Nishmat), followed by Kiddush (at around 11.45)
  • Mincha on Shabbat is just after Kiddush in winter, variable in summer
  • Sunday mornings, at 9.00 am
  • Weekdays – by arrangement only
  • All festivals

If you would like to join our services please do let us know in advance by filing in the Visitors’ form or contacting our Secretary 

Service FAQs

What is the form of your services?

Our services are Orthodox and our “minhag” is Ashkenazi and very similar to that of the United Synagogue in England, however we welcome Jewish visitors of any denomination and level of observance. Men and women sit separately.

Are you part of a larger organisation?

We are an independent community, however we take guidance from the Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Which prayer books do you use?

We generally use the Sacks (2006) edition of the Singer’s prayer book and the Soncino Chumash, however we also have some copies of the ArtScroll siddur.

Do you offer visitors an “aliyah”?

Yes very much so, however if you would prefer not to receive one then please do just say so.

Are any aspects of your service unique to Scotland?

Listen out for the prayer for the Royal Family – we use their Scottish titles. And you just might hear “Adon Olam” sung to the tune of “Scotland the Brave”!

Any other questions?