Although lay readers take most of the weekly erev Shabbat and monthly Shabbat morning services, Rabbi Emeritus Charles Middleburgh is a frequent visitor to DJPC.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU WISH TO VISIT BUT HAVE NOT HAD CORRESPONDENCE WITH DJPC IN ADVANCE, YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.
Services & Festivals
Services are held every Friday night, with ad hoc Shabbat morning services and additional services. If you are planning on visiting the shul, please email us in advance for a schedule and security information.
The Festivals are celebrated with much enthusiasm in DJPC. Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, assisted by the choir, has led the Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur services over the past number of years.
The cheder children and their parents decorate the Sukkah for Sukkot. Simchat Torah celebrations are always well attended with everyone having the chance to parade with the Torahs. Chanukah is celebrated with communal menorah lighting, latkes, donuts and chocolate gelt for the kids! The cheder children plant a tree every year for Tu BiShvat. Purim plays and Megillah readings are lively events and are traditionally followed by a pizza party. The Chavurah style second night abridged Family Seder is always fun and well attended. Shavuot over the years has seen tensely fought out cheesecake baking competitions!
Life Cycle Events
A number of B’nei Mitzvot are celebrated each year. Due to the size of the community, it is rare that two children celebrate their simcha on the same day. We often welcome children and their families from overseas who wish to celebrate their big day in Ireland.
Weddings & Baby Blessings are also celebrated in the shul.
Unfortunately we are not in a position to offer mixed faith wedding ceremonies, but we do have a Mixed Faith Blessing option available, subject to Rabbi availability.
Cheder is held on a fortnightly basis during the school term for members children from 1st - 6th class. The class is split into 1st - 3rd and 4th - 6th class with an hour spent on Hebrew and the other hour spent on creative learning about Judaism, the festivals and other relevant information. Over the last year, the children have enjoyed coming up with a new game called Jewopoly, playing Shabbat snap, making their very own Kotel, designing a modern day temple and lots more. The children take part in the monthly early Erev Shabbat service, reading passages from the service and leading some of the singing.
For children coming up to Bar / Bat Mitzvah, they work directly with the Rabbi to learn the B'rachat, Parasha and Haftorah.
Hebrew Lessons and Adult Education are available for members.
Tots on the Bimah runs on a monthly basis. The ten-minute service is suitable for babies up to age 6 and is a great introduction before starting cheder at age 7. Parents and grandparents are very welcome too. After the service, there is a craft session based on an upcoming festival, and we finish up with tea and coffee for the parents while the children play. Tantrums, tears, crayon eating & chat all accompany this informal Sunday morning activity. If you wish to be added to the WhatsApp group, please email your contact details.
Unfortunately we are not in a position to offer conversion due to limited Rabbi resources.
The Chairman of Rites and Practices is Jenni Harrision and she can be contacted via the DJPC email address.