In 2021 our community celebrates its 60th birthday and we will be marking this occasion with events and special services.
The community begin in 1960 when Messrs Gus Radges, Cecil Gordon and Hector Myers formed a temporary committee to establish a Reform Community in Southgate, North London.
On 17 January 1961 140 people attended a public meeting at Church Hall, High Street, Southgate and it was agreed that a Reform Community be established. The first service was held on Passover that year.
By 1962 membership had increased and the community began to look for a permanent home. On 12 February 1964 the community of 112 families moved to Queens Avenue, Winchmore Hill. The first service was held on 18 December 1965 and was officiated by Rabbi Sonny Herman.
In 1977 Rabbi Colin Eimer was appointed following Rabbi Herman’s retirement. In 1980 the community moved to larger premises in Southgate High Street.
The 1980’s saw the establishment of the synagogue’s kindergarten, Alonim, under the leadership of Pamela Hartog and the appointment of a permanent Youth Leader.
In December 1999 the community moved to its current home, 120 Oakleigh Road North. In 2010 Southgate & District Reform Synagogue changed its name to Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue.
Principal Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu was appointed in February 2018.
Planting for the Future: Thursday 28 January 2021
In celebration of our Diamond Jubilee and to mark the festival of Tu b’Shevat we have partnered with Barnet Council to plant a magnolia tree on the green opposite the synagogue and with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Barnet, to provide plants for a sensory walkway as part of their outdoor spaces.
Later in the year we will be inviting younger members of our community to add additional planting underneath the trees.
These initiatives reflect our community’s commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world through social responsibility and taking care of the environment, and to building a legacy for future generations.
Help our legacy grow – how you can get involved
60 Years of Memories
We have set ourselves an ambitious project to capture 60 years of your memories, stories and photos to build a digital and printed history of our community as well as inviting younger members to contribute with their thoughts on our future in words and images.
We invite you to be part of building this legacy and share your memories, stories and photos.
Please send your memories and photos* by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the synagogue office at
120 Oakleigh Road North, London, N20 9EZ
*Where possible please could photos include: names of people in the photo; the occasion /event; the month/year.