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Mazel Tov to Sha’arei Tsedek on the occasion of the Induction of Principal Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu

By | Events, Shaarei Tsedek

On Shabbat 18 May Sha’arei Tsedek held a special Shabbat morning service marking the induction of Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu as its Principal Rabbi and some of the very many welcome and significant aspects of its evolving community.

Special guests included Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris and The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Reuben Thompstone.

Rabbi Ambalu joined the community in early 2018 and since then she has brought energy, vitality and new ideas to the life of Sha’arei Tsedek, working ,דור ודור across and through the generations.

Richard Woolf, Chair said: “With the arrival of Rabbi Ambalu we look forward to continuing to develop a model Reform Jewish community that is vibrant, inclusive and welcoming to all. Together we look to build a relational community based on values of Torah, avodah (service) and gemillut chassidim (acts of loving kindness). Today is a milestone in our community’s history, formally marking Rabbi Ambalu’s appointment and, on behalf of the community, I wish Shulamit every success and support in the years ahead.”.

Below please find a selection of photos from the occasion.

Photo credit: Leslie Gold


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Tikkun Leyl Shavuot – “Sweeten your words in our mouth”

Saturday 8 June, 6.45 pm – 10.15 pm

6.45 pm – Bring and Share Meal followed by fun quiz led by Student Rabbi Anna Posner

Please bring along a ready plated vegetarian/fish starter/main course or dessert to share with the community. Further details 

9.00 pm – Learning Sessions Choose from one of following:

1/ Wherever you will go – led by Student Rabbi Anna Posner

What is the relationship between Ruth and Naomi and how do our individual backgrounds influence our reading? We’ll play with Midrash and the book of Ruth to see these characters in a new light and write our own modern Midrash based on what we find.

2/ The First Fruits,  the Bikkurim – led by Rabbi James Baaden

Shavuot started out as the Festival of the First Fruits – seven different edible plants which were brought to the Temple in Jerusalem in ancient times:  an early harvest festival which was a sort of springtime counterpart to the autumn late harvest festival, Sukkot. There is much in the Tanakh and in Jewish law about these “Seven Species”.  Find out what they actually are with Rabbi James Baaden – and explore the symbolic meanings of the Bikkurim.  Plus, as in the case of Rabbi Baaden’s previous “Milk and Honey” sessions in years gone by, there will be ample opportunity to enjoy the fragrant and delicious reality of all seven First Fruits.

3/ A Taste of Torah: Milk and Honey at Shavuot – led by Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu

Come and get a taste for the words of our rabbis, for their thought and their stories. Why do they say that the Torah is like milk?  And what do they mean by honey?

9.45 pm – Creative Erev Shavuot Service – led by Student Rabbi Anna Posner

A musical meditation using Niggunim and short liturgical songs

Shavuot Morning – Sunday 9 June, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Family and Community Service

Please join us for a family service led by Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu and Student Rabbi Anna Posner with participation from the Religion School pupils. Our service will be followed by a delicious cheesecake and ice cream kiddush.

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

Klezmer-ish …… the music of the travellers

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Klezmer-ish …. the music of the travellers

Monday 15 July, 7.30 pm

Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound.

Join us for an evening and musical journey through Klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz, Irish fiddle music.

Tickets: £15.00 pp


For more information about Klezmer-ish click HERE

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

28 May, 4 & 25 June, 2 July, 17 & 24 September, 22 & 29 October,

5 & 26 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