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 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.

2017- We said farewell to Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu as she left her role as Rabbi for KNL

2018 – Employment of Cantor Tamara Wolfson as our new Spiritual Leader

Where we are

As the New Community Rooms are under refurbishment at least until the end of 2019, we are temporarily holding most of our regular services at: 

William Patten Primary School, Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0NX

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Kehillah North London is a thriving and diverse Jewish community, based in Stoke Newington. We are proud of our inclusive, friendly and innovative approach to building a Jewish community.

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Kehillah North London
(Formerly North London Progressive Jewish Community)

71-75 Shelton Street 
Covent Garden
London WC2H 9JQ

Tel: administrator (part time) 07706 354602  
In the event of a death or other emergency, please call: 07521 308923

Registered United Kingdom charity no.1163562