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Aliyot policy

Maximum Aliyot Numbers per week:

  • Normal Shabbat: target 7, maximum 8 plus Maftir
  • Simcha Shabbat: target 8, in exceptional circumstances the President may extend to 10 plus Maftir
  • Double Simcha Shabbat: target 10 plus Maftir

Order of Entitlement to an Aliyah:

  1. Bridegroom on the day of the wedding 
  2. Bridegroom on the Shabbat before his wedding
  3. Barmitzvah on the Shabbat after his Hebrew birthday
  4. Naming of a newly born baby girl
  5. Bridegroom whose marriage has taken place earlier that week
  6. Observing Yahrtzeit 
  7. Father of a baby boy on the Shabbat before the Brit Milan


Other occasions for an Aliyah that are not a requirement, but every attempt will be made to accommodate if there is space available, include:

  • returning from journey
  • recovery from illness
  • significant birthday or anniversary
  • special achievement
  • yahrzeit in the coming week, or yahrzeit on behalf of a female spouse
  • newcomer or visitor to Shule
  • end of Shiva or Shloshim

Aliyot for Simcha:

Guaranteed aliyah for a simcha is the Ba’al Simcha only.
The number of aliyot we endeavor to allocate per simcha is as follows:

  • Barmitzvah     - 4…barmitzvah (Maftir), father, 2x grandfathers
  • Chatan           - 3…chatan, father, father-in-law
  • Baby Naming - 1…father

 Other family and guests may be accommodated in opening the Ark, taking out the Torah, Hagbah, Gelilah and opening the Ark for Anim Zmirot

The President or Acting President may, when he deems it necessary add a maximum of one extra aliya to the prescribed number of aliyot. He must report to the congregational committee the number of times he has added this extra aliya on a quarterly basis.

Please fill out an Aliyah Request Form to organise your call up. 

Mon, 27 May 2019 22 Iyyar 5779