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.
SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY SARA MOLEMAN (on the occasion of Sara & Jason’s 1st Wedding Anniversary, Rosh Chodesh Ellul)
The Sedrah begins with, and takes its name from, the word shoftim (judges). Moses outlines how the Jewish people must set up their legal systems. We are told “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof” – “Justice, justice you shall pursue” (Devarim 16:20). The word tzedek is repeated, emphasising the importance that HaShem places in the pursuit of justice. Justice alone is not sufficient; we must carry out justice in a just manner. But what does it mean to carry out justice justly?
The Sedrah clearly sets out that we must have unbiased, incorruptible judges and witnesses to make decisions with “righteous judgement” (ibid 16:18). Yet justice is not only reserved for the courts: we are required to judge people favourably in our personal and communal lives (Pirkei Avot 1:6). Even a person who has accidentally killed another may find sanctuary in a city of refuge (Devarim 19:2).
We read this week’s Sedrah on the first Shabbat in Ellul. In Ellul we reflect upon our deeds of the past year in preparation for the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) and HaShem’s judgement of us. As we start this auspicious month, let us take care to judge ourselves and others justly and favourably. By doing so, we can make amends with those around us and perhaps find our own refuge in teshuva.View previous parshiot
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.