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.
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SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY JOEY SAVERY (on the occasion of his Aufruf)
Upon seeing him again after 22 years, Joseph fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept (Bereishit 45:14). Rashi says that Joseph and Benjamin wept over the destruction of the holy sanctuaries that would be built in their respective territories. Joseph cried over the two Temples that would be built in Benjamin’s portion of Jerusalem, while Benjamin cried over the Tabernacle of Shiloh, which was in the portion of Joseph’s son Ephraim (Megillah 16b).
The question is: why at this moment of joy did the brothers cry over the destruction of the sanctuaries? Rav Yechezkel Taub (1755–1856) explained that when these two were at last reunited, they knew that their separation of 22 years had been caused by baseless hatred, and they understood that this kind of hatred was so powerful that it would one day cause the destruction of the Temple.
However, they also knew that hatred without cause is corrected through love without cause, the best indication of which is the ability to be moved by someone else’s troubles more than by one’s own. Joseph and Benjamin wept over each other’s misfortune, showing that just as sinat chinam (causeless hatred) led to our exile, so ahavat chinam (causeless love) will bring our redemption.
May we be able to fulfil the mitzvah of ahavat Yisrael (love of our fellow Jews) and thereby merit the coming of Mashiach and the rebuilding of the Temple speedily in our days.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.