If you are thinking about the process of conversion, even if you are unsure and want to find out more, get in touch with our rabbi. She will listen to you; help you to understand the process, and be honest in telling you right away about what might be the best next steps, including the prospect of circumcision for men.

Once it seems as though converting to Judaism is right for you, our rabbi will open a file for you at the Liberal Beit Din. You will need to come regularly to Shabbat and festival services for a minimum of twelve months; the period is usually around a year and a half, or more. You will learn to read classical Hebrew, follow services and recite blessings for festivals and Shabbat in your home.

It’s not as hard as you think! You will come to a year of adult education classes to learn about how to live a Jewish life, about our history, our festivals, our theology, and our Big Ideas. You will come to play an active part in our community and make friends here.

Once both our rabbi and your feel you are ready, she will invite you to write two essays for submission to our Beit Din. A date will be fixed some months in advance. On the day itself, you will go before the three rabbis of the Beit Din, with our rabbi’s support and hopefully the support of your own friends and future family. Although not strictly a requirement, all of the people in our community who convert immerse in the mikvah. Finally, we will welcome you as a member of our Kehillah on a Shabbat morning following your conversion.

Converting to Judaism is not about essentially changing who you are (though it may well do that), but more significantly it is about joining a people, entering a stream of Jewish history, and about belonging.

Where we are

Services are held at: 

The New Community Rooms, Spensley Walk, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES.

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A Prayer for London

Eternal God, now more than ever do we understand that everyone of us is connected, none of us is alone. None of us untouched by the suffering in our city, in London. Our ears are filled with the sounds of sirens, our eyes and minds are full of the sight of terrible terrible suffering. None of us is left untouched. We think of those who lost their lives in Grenfell tower. They and their families are like us and our grandparents and parents. They came here for a better life and a life of peace. We think about the terrible wounds, and the terrible deaths of those in Borough Market and London Bridge, and Westminster, and now outside the Finsbury Park Mosque and we search for the courage it takes to carry on. To live with such loss and such pain. Give us the courage to fight for what is right, and the gentleness to be open to our grief, and let every scar that we Londoners must bear, be one day part of what will make us strong, and let us say, amen.

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Kehillah North London
(Formerly North London Progressive Jewish Community)

71-75 Shelton Street 
Covent Garden
London WC2H 9JQ

Tel: +44 (0)20 8123 5752
Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu: 020 7403 3779

Registered United Kingdom charity no.1097713

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