Welcome

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.

Weekly Parsha

TERUMAH

SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY RABBI YISROEL BINSTOCK – Terumah: Desert log-in

Terumah describes the construction of the Mishkan or Tabernacle in the desert. Our commentators discuss where our ancestors might have found the raw materials needed for such an edifice. We know that they left Egypt with great wealth and they acquired even more from spoils washed up on the shores of the Red Sea after the Egyptians had drowned.

One item is particularly perplexing. The walls were made from huge planks of shittim wood, at least 15 feet long. Where would such lumber have from? Rashi, quoting the Midrash, relates the tradition that Jacob foresaw prophetically the need for such timber; knowing that it was unlikely to be found in the desert, he planted trees in Egypt and left instructions for his children to take the wood with them when they left Egypt.

The medieval commentator Abraham ibn Ezra (d. 1164) finds this answer problematic. He says that in his confrontations with Pharaoh, Moses maintained all along that the purpose of the Exodus was to worship G-d for three days in the desert. If the Israelites were to be seen felling trees and preparing to transport giant logs with them, surely this would contradict their claim to be going only for a temporary sojourn? Instead, ibn Ezra suggests, perhaps adjacent to Mt Sinai was woodland and the lumber they needed was felled from there.

R’ Eliezer Ashkenazi, a widely-travelled 16th-century commentator, challenges ibn Ezra’s objections. If the Israelites were going to worship G-d, they would need some structure in which to worship and protection from the hot desert sun. Indeed, travelling slowly with large logs does not indicate a people looking to escape quickly from enemies who might pursue them: had it not been for Jacob’s instructions, the last thing they would have wanted to do was to transport heavy timber with them.

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Our Rabbi

Rabbi Ginsbury

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.

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