Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu

Our Rabbi


I have just celebrated ten years as a rabbi and eleven serving our Kehillah. I think that there are very few Jewish communities as adventurous, as caring, and as committed to putting our ethics into real life practice. I grew up in the mainstream Orthodox community; where I never saw a girl or woman do anything other than prepare kiddush: food and drinks for after the service. When I was in my early twenties I saw young women in my family begin to play an active role in their synagogues, but only once everyone had signalled that the formal prayers were concluded. It is a privilege to be able to study and lead, and to see women and men, boys and girls, find their place in the Kehillah.

My overriding joy is in learning and teaching, whether it is the alphabet to our six year olds or Talmud to our adults. Actually, teaching Talmud to children is also fun too!

I am also a lecturer at Leo Baeck College, London, where I have the pleasure of teaching and learning from the next generation of rabbis. My own Jewish background means that I strongly feel the interconnectedness of all the Jewish people, to create an open and inclusive community which respects and supports the many Jews today whose partners are not Jewish, and who want to find their own way in the Jewish world.
I share my life with my partner Rebekka and our two children.

Where we are

Services are held at: 

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

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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