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As the oldest and largest Liberal congregation in this country, we are at the forefront of developments for a meaningful and spiritual Jewish experience in the twenty-first century. We are a vibrant, diverse and democratic community in the heart of central London with over 2000 members. They are drawn from all corners of the capital, as well as further afield, and have a wide range of backgrounds.
We pride ourselves on being open, inclusive and friendly. This ethos, which infuses everything we do, combines respect for tradition with a liberal and tolerant outlook on modern issues. We hope you will find something special in our congregation, whether it is the Jerusalem stone of the sanctuary, the beauty of the music or the warmth of the welcome.
We hold a variety of services on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, celebrate the full calendar of Jewish festivals and carry out ceremonies for all Jewish life cycle events. We perform mixed faith blessings and same sex commitment ceremonies. You will find more information in the Life Cycle section.
There is a strong tradition of community care at the Synagogue, which extends beyond the congregation. Our Rabbis and members are actively involved in social out-reach activities, and have a special interest in building good relationships with other communities through interfaith dialogue.
Lifelong education is a high priority. We run a Nursery School which is open to children from all backgrounds and currently has 44 children on its register. Our lively and well-attended Religion School, with a roll in excess of 130 children, has classes for children up to the age of 15. Following Bar- or Bat-Mitzvah, our young people continue to study until Kabbalat Torah (previously known as Confirmation). Most of them choose to become religion school classroom assistants after the age of 15. A wide programme of Adult Education classes caters for every level of knowledge.
Members and Friends are encouraged to participate in everything that the Synagogue offers. Volunteers play a big part in Synagogue activities. A monthly newsletter and a weekly email bulletin keep everyone updated on services, events and news.