The Hampstead Synagogue is a modern forward-thinking orthodox community. Today it is under the leadership of Rabbi Dr. Michael Harris who joined us in 1995. His guiding philosophy – modern (or centrist) orthodoxy – is based on four principles – Zionism; an openness to secular studies; universalism; and enhancing the role of women in the Jewish community.
To learn more about modern orthodox Judaism click here.
A synagogue reborn
From 2007 to 2009, our 2* listed synagogue building was extensively restored to its former glory. We now boast full disabled access with a hearing loop and a modern heating and electricity system. Indeed, external lights shine through our glorious stained-glass windows at evening services.
Innovations introduced since the re-opening include the establishment of a central bimah and a ladies section on the ground floor of the synagogue.
A community catering for the newly born to those aged 120 (and over!)
We are proud to offer something for all our members. On Shabbat and Festivals we have alternatives to the Main Service catering for children and sometimes for young adults. During the High Holydays there are explantory services and discussions open to all. We have an active Ladies Guild, a Welfare Committtee and LAUNCH our dynamic group for those in their 20s and 30s. In addition, there are numerous events offered to members throughout the year.
We would like to welcome you
You have an open invitation to join us for Shabbat. Our main service is on Saturday morning at 9.15am. We believe that our rabbi and cantor, Rabbi Shlomo Gerzi have successfully made our services more informal and participatory. Do come and tell us what you think. If you contact our office, we will also arrange for someone to greet you.
We want you to join us
The Hampstead Synagogue is a wonderful community and we want you to join us. We are only a phone call or email away.
And finally … here is an invitation especially for you. Click here.