Welcome to the the largest and most inclusive shul in Hendon.
Within our community you will find a full range of activities for all ages and lifestages within a vibrant, modern orthodox framework. This pack highlights just a few of the activities that take place regularly on the Synagogue campus and I am sure that you will find something here for you.
Our synagogue has served the community for over 60 years and has seen many changes both within our membership and beyond. Throughout that time, Hendon United Synagogue has adapted to meet its members needs in a huge variety of ways.
VA’ETCHANAN (SHABBAT NACHAMU)
SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY SHELLEY BERKE
I was born on Shabbat Nachamu, and every year at this time I think how great it would have been to have Va’etchanan as my Bar Mitzvah reading, had I been a boy! It is replete with important passages, such as the first paragraph of the Shema and the Ten Commandments.
Another such section is the verse said just before the first aliyah to the Torah: ‘And you who cleave to HaShem are all alive today’ (Devarim 4:4; Siddur p 410). How exactly can we ‘cleave’ to G-d? ‘Cleave’ means ‘join together’, ‘be one’. How can this apply to the relationship of a tiny human being and the infinite G-d?
The Baal Shem Tov (d. 1760) and other Chassidic leaders taught us that, though we may be tiny, we have a Divine spark within us. This inner flame yearns to join with G-d. It can do this through Torah, prayer and mitzvot.
G-d himself is within the Torah : when we study Torah, we are joining with him. The Jewish people have a special love for its teachings, and thousands of books have been written so that we can better understand its meaning.
The simple meaning of prayer is that we are speaking to G-d, from the depths of our heart. The Baal Shem Tov also taught that Divine radiance is present in the Hebrew words of our tefillot. When we pray with kavana (devotion), our souls join that radiance. This makes prayer potentially a deeply inspiring experience.
‘Mitzvah’ can be translated as ‘connection’ (from the Aramaic ‘tzavta’). Carrying out a mitzvah means that we are connected to G-d because it is His will that we are expressing. At the moment we perform a mitzvah, we are joined with G-d.
In summary, through cleaving to HaShem by means of Torah, prayer and mitzvot, we can truly live!
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Rabbi Mordechai and Judy Ginsbury joined Hendon United Synagogue in February 1999. Prior to this they had spent nearly 14 years as Rabbi and Rebbetzen of the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation in Manchester.
During their tenure with us they have endeared themselves to the Community with their warm, intelligent and welcoming approach and have enhanced and furthered Hendon’s reputation as a dynamic and vibrant Kehilla.