Our History

The Beginning

There is a long history of progressive Judaism in our corner of North London. When the North London Progressive Synagogue finally closed, a small group of members and others had already started to establish a new community as they wanted to a local community . This would be based on the traditions of the past and be innovative ,welcoming, diverse offering an inspiring and inclusive experience of Judaism relevant to the 21st century.

Some Key Moments

There have been some key moments in the life of the community:

2002 – Steering group established, initial services and meetings

2002 – First High Holiday services

2003 – North London Progressive Jewish Community was formally established (constitution adopted)

2003 – we found a permanent home, at the Community Rooms of St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington

2003 – Appointed first part-time administrator – a must!

2004 – Employment of our first (and only!) Rabbi, Shulamit Ambalu

2012 – we celebrated our 10th Birthday, and chose a new Hebrew name, Kehillah North London

2014 – we began our Year of Innovation, so that we could try new things, work with different partners, learn from our experiences and enrich and grow the Kehillah.

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

Click links below to download a copy of our latest newsletters

July 2017 calendar

February 2017 newsletter

July 2016 newsletter

January 2016 newsletter