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  • Kilburn Grange School visit Hampstead Shul

    Kilburn Grange School visited Hampstead Synagogue in West Hampstead. Fifty children between the ages of 7-8 came to learn about Judaism.  Two volunteers explained about the Jewish Festivals, religious services and the design of the synagogue building.  They were fascinated… read more

  • Camden Faith Leaders’ Forum Interfaith Event

    “Can Faith Respond to the Challenges of the 2020s” was the topic discussed by a panel of religious leaders at Camden Council Faith Leaders’ Forum hosted by Hampstead Synagogue.  Those on the panel were Rabbi Dr. Michael Harris, of Hampstead… read more

  • Fancy Dress and Hamantaschen at Hampstead Purim Festivities!

    Last night we saw the shul buzz with joy as we celebrated Purim as a community. It felt like a pre COVID celebration with members participating in a community reading, a woman’s megillah reading, and even a sell out Young… read more

  • Hampstead Shul supports Afghan refugees this Mitzvah Day

    Last weekend was incredibly busy here at Hampstead! We held our annual AJEX Shabbat where we were fortunate enough to be supported by the new Mayor of Camden, Sabrina Francis. We completed our service with a parade of the Standard… read more

  • East and West, to the Ratline, and Beyond: On Memory and Identity.

    The family of the late Sir Isaiah Berlin joined our synagogue after they moved to Hampstead in 1927.   He remained a member all his life.   A devout atheist, even after he moved to Oxford, he came to Hampstead each year… read more

  • Welcome to Jack and Rivka Cohen our recently appointed Assistant Rabbi and Rebbetzen

    What a time to welcome new members to the Hampstead team! Jack, our Associate Rabbi will focus (not exclusively) on young professionals and young families. He grew up in Mill Hill and, after studying for his degree in Philosophy at… read more

  • Eruv Project Update

    Planning approved by Camden Council! The Eruv has now been approved by Camden Council and is in operation. It includes the Synagogue and details can be found on: – For more information, go to http://www.southhampstead.org… read more


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  • Hosting a synagogue visit for Imam Amir Khan

    Imam Amir Khan heads up the large Mosque in Chichelle Road where they have 2000 people attend services on Fridays!  We gave him a tour and had a lovely discussion about the similarities between the two religions.… read more

  • Hampstead 125 Summer Tea

      Hampstead Synagogue’s 125th anniversary celebrations continued with a summer tea held at the home of Madeleine and Richard Abramson. Sunny weather enabled sixty members of the community to enjoy the delicious afternoon tea which was served in the garden.… read more

  • Daniel Taub delivers 15th Annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture

    Daniel Taub, Ambassador to Israel from 2011 to 2015, delivered the 2017 Isaiah Berlin Lecture (on Thursday 13 July) at Hampstead Synagogue entitled “100 years on: Lessons from the Balfour Declaration.” In front of a packed hall of over 250… read more

  • Music for a summer evening with Robert Max and friends

    More than 100 people attended the Hampstead Synagogue Community Centre on Sunday 9 July to hear a recital given by Robert Max (cello), Hana Mizuta-Spencer (violin), Tim Crawford (violin) and Alinka Rowe (viola). They played Samuel Alman’s  Fuga Fantastica for… read more

  • From the Steppes of Russia to the bright lights of Paris

    Trioka, the Klezmer Hot Club take Hampstead on a klezmer journey Hampstead Synagogue’s 125th year kicked into full swing on Sunday 19 March, with a lively Klezmer Jazz Concert from Troika. Over 130 people packed into the community centre as… read more

  • What’s Rabbi Michael up to?

    This article appeared inthe Hamodia newspaper on 16th February. It is about the Dayanut Programme which I began studying on a few months ago. The Programme is proving very stimulating and enjoyable and I hope to share in Shul some read more

  • Lindsay Simmonds – Scholar In Residence 2016-17

    We are absolutely delighted that Lindsay Simmonds will be our female Scholar in Residence for the new Jewish year 5777, 2016-17. Lindsay is an experienced and popular community adult educator.… read more

  • New Communities Minister visits Hampstead Synagogue

    On Thursday (4th of August 2016), the Board of Deputies organised a visit of the new Communities Minister Lord Bourne to the Hampstead Synagogue in West Hampstead. The visit was part of a day of engagements for the Minister with read more

  • Rabbi Michael takes part in the Maccabi Fun Run

    Last Sunday 19th June I took part in the Maccabi Fun Run to raise money for Tribe and for youth projects at our Shul. I am very grateful to all those members who kindly sponsored me. The run I participated… read more

  • Pre-Pesach British Museum Tour

    Rabbi Dr Raphi Zarum of LSJS will lead a tour of the Egyptian materials at the British Museumread more

  • Rabbi Harris at Limmud

    Having first attended Limmud Conference in 1994 at the then Oxford Polytechnic, and subsequently attended as Limmud  migrated to Worcester, Manchester, Nottingham and Warwick, I was excited to see how things would be at this year’s brand new venue, the… read more

  • Author Michael Mail visits the Book Club

    The Hampstead Book Club held its last meeting of the year on Sunday 6th December, lighting candles for the first night of Chanukah and discussing Michael Mail’s book “Exposure”.  Based on a true incident from the late 1980s, it tells… read more