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Join us for an inspiring, moving and beautiful choral service, beginning the journey home.

This is an opportunity to experience  the beauty of the night time choral Selichot service in the Reform tradition, alongside our warm, welcoming and engaged community

8:00 pm  Coffee and Cake

8.30 pm  Study Session

with Rabbi Danny Newman

9:30 pm  Choral Service

with Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu and

Rabbi James Baaden

Meditation & Mindfulness Session

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Are you busy and stressed out? Do you need time out to relax and unwind?

Join Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu and Sha’arei Tsedek member Jo Green before the start of the Shabbat Morning Service to still the mind, let go of the week’s activities and find a clearer connection to your spiritual self.

For more information please call Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu on 020 8445 3400 or email her at

What matters in our lives

By | Adult Learning

Join Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner for a series of weekly discussions in honour of the late Rabbi Jeremy Collick (z”l). During these sessions we will have the opportunity to discuss what matters in our lives through the prism of Jewish texts, history and literature.

The group will have an informal, thought provoking and joyful atmosphere with no prior knowledge assumed and where we will pool our knowledge of Judaism and life.

Session dates

Tuesdays at 10.15 am—11.30 am

17 September, 8 October, 5 & 19 November, 3 & 17 December

Feel free to come and see if you like what we do and also impact on what we discuss and study together.

Any questions, please contact Rabbi Janner-Klausner on or 07977 227195

Koleinu Erev Shabbat

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Join us for our monthly Koleinu Erev Shabbat Service.  The service is designed to be inclusive, energizing and warm-hearted for those who come and to inspire the synagogue community as a whole, beyond the service.

All welcome.

For more information please call 020 8445 3400 or email

Jewish Tunes: Jews & Musicals Part II

By | Adult Learning

Rabbi James Baaden continues his series of lively and informative talks exploring “Jewish Tunes—Jews and Musicals” in January 2019. During the course of this series Rabbi Baaden will examine the suggestion that the musical is a uniquely Jewish form of popular music.

Tuesday 8 January, 2.00 pm— Richard Rodgers and South Pacific

Richard Charles Rodgers was an American composer of music, with over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals, leaving a legacy as one of the most significant composers of 20th century American music. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Tuesday 15 January, 2.00 pm— Jerry  Herman and Hello Dolly!

Jerry Herman is an American composer and lyricist, known for his work in Broadway musical theatre. He composed the scores for the hit Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles. He has been nominated for the Tony Award five times, and won twice, for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles.

Tuesday 22 january, 2.00 pm— Jerry Brock and Fiddler on the Roof

Jerrold Lewis “Jerry” Bock was an American musical theatre composer. He received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick.

  •  Open to members and guests of Sha’arei Tsedek
  • Suggested donation of £5.00 pp / session
  • Includes refreshments

For more information please contact the Synagogue Office on or call 020 8445 3400.

UK Book Launch of ‘God Loves The Stranger’ by Rabbi Sheila Weinberg

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Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue and HAMAKOM invite you to join them for the UK Book Launch of ‘God loves the stranger’ How to find peace and harmony in an unsettled world by Rabbi Sheila Weinberg.

Moderated by Sha’arei Tsedek Associate Rabbi Danny Newman.

Refreshments included. Members & non-members welcome. Suggested donation £5 pp

In partnership with HAMAKOM – Mindfulness, Wellbeing & Transformation

The evening will feature a talk, brief reading from the book, and an opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book.


GOD LOVES THE STRANGER’ – How to find peace and harmony in an unsettled world.

You. Me. The person down the street or halfway around the globe. In this inspiring collection of stories, blessings, poetry, divine teachings, and meditation exercises, Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg conveys a single, powerful message: Let us not be strangers. God loves us all.

Using a blend of ancient and modern ideas, GOD LOVES THE STRANGER carves a clear pathway that enables us to learn how to love one another and create just societies. From teaching us how to handle suffering and aversion in positive, productive ways; how to learn creative skills for mindfulness, meditation, and retreat practice; and how to bring the roots of love and gratitude into our everyday lives, this book is a comprehensive tutorial for navigating today’s interpersonal and situational challenges with grace, spiritual fulfillment, and understanding. It offers tender, thought-provoking insight into the awareness that we are not—are never—alone; and that neither are our family members, our friends, or the strangers everywhere in the world.

About the author

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg served as a congregational rabbi for seventeen years.  She has also worked in the fields of Jewish community relations, Jewish education and Hillel. She has published widely on such topics as feminism, spiritual direction, parenting, social justice and mindfulness from a Jewish perspective and has contributed commentaries to Kol HaNeshama, the Reconstructionist prayer book. Rabbi Weinberg has taught mindfulness meditation and yoga to rabbis, Jewish professionals and lay people in the context of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She serves as a spiritual director to a variety of Jewish clergy including students and faculty at HUC-JIR in New York. She is creator and co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program. She is married to Maynard Seider and they have three married children and six grandchildren.


For further information about this event please contact Rabbi Danny Newman at or telephone the Synagogue Office on 020 8445 3400.

God Loves the Stranger book cover

Koleinu Erev Shabbat Service

By | Services

Join us for our monthly Koleinu Erev Shabbat Service.  The service is designed to be inclusive, energizing and warm-hearted for those who come and to inspire the synagogue community as a whole, beyond the service.

Our next service is on:

Friday 21 December

All welcome.

For more information please call 020 8445 3400 or email

Mitzvah Day 2018

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On Sunday 18 November we celebrated 10 years of Mitzvah Day with an Inter-generational Tea Party. A big thanks to Roz Levenson, Religion School teaching staff and pupils for providing the entertainment and refreshments; Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP for attending the event; our Community Hub Group volunteers for helping with the event and Rabbi Ambalu for her welcoming remarks.

Below please find a slide show of images from the celebration.




Photo credit: Simon Kimmel

Accessible Learning for Adults – Autumn 2018 Programme

By | Adult Learning

Here at Sha’arei Tsedek we are passionate about lifelong learning.

In addition to our educational programme for children and teenagers, we offer a diverse and stimulating programme of adult learning including courses, lectures, cultural activities and workshops, including:

  • Midweek Discussion Group: this group meets twice a month on Wednesday mornings for an hour’s wide-ranging discussion on diverse topics. The group is led by Emeritus Rabbi Colin Eimer.
  • Leading with Meaning: a course for anyone who wants to get more out of Tefillah, and to develop their own skills as a prayer leader at Sha’arei Tsedek.
  • Transitions Group: this monthly group meets to support members to grow and develop. The group is led by Ruth Dines, Councillor and Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu.
  • The Big Questions: this monthly discussion group is for anyone who has ever wondered about life’s big questions.
    • What are contemporary ideas of God? And does God listen?
    • How should we be living our lives today?
    • Will the Jewish world ever recover from the Shoah?
    • How do we live authentically with real meaning?
  • Access to Judaism: a weekly class taught by outstanding educator, Steve Levenson. We warmly welcome individuals who are interested in conversion for themselves without a connection to a significant other. We are delighted to be creating a space for each one to grow their own Jewish life.
  • Beginners’ Hebrew: a new Wednesday evening class for anyone who is interested in learning Hebrew.
  • Jewish Tunes – Jews and Musicals: a short season of lively and informative talks led by Rabbi James Baaden on Thursday afternoons in November.
  • Talking Texts: a chance to get our teeth into something a bit more challenging, this course focusses on text study skills and developing your ability to lead prayer and read Torah. We will study a selection from Talmud, Midrash and the Codes. We welcome people with every level of experience and translations are always provided. Morning and evening sessions.

Please note: There may be a small voluntary donation for some of the courses. Members and non-members are welcome.

For more information on our Accessible Learning for Adults programme including precise dates or times please click here or contact the Synagogue Office on 020 8445 3400.