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

EKEV

SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY DAVID COWAN

Moses tells B’nei Yisrael that they will live a fulfilled and prosperous life if they keep HaShem’s commandments (Devarim 7:12 ff). They would have no fear of the Canaanites already living in what would become Eretz Yisrael, but as part of its conquest they would have to destroy all forms of Canaanite idol worship. He also reminds them of their earlier acts of rebellion, including the Golden Calf and the spies’ report. Subsequently he also champions their cause by asking HaShem to recall the merits of the Patriarchs; and then returns to Mount Sinai to receive a second set of tablets which are placed in the Ark.

It is in Ekev that we find the second paragraph of the Shema (ibid 11:13-22), following on from the first paragraph last week. There is a major distinction between the two paragraphs; the first is aimed at the individual –Ve’ahavta (“And you [singular] shall love”) – while the second refers to the entire congregation – Vehaya im shamoah tishme’u el mitzvotai (“And it will be if you [plural] listen to My commandments”). Our Sages explain that the most effective way of keeping certain mitzvot is through a group (eg, tefillah [prayer] and limmud [learning]); others, such as those in the first part of the Shema, are to forge a personal connection with HaShem which individuals need to express in their own way. Similarly, reward and punishment are only mentioned in the second paragraph: the incentive of reward can best be achieved through an increase in the number of collective mitzvot.

Just as Moses had told B’nei Yisrael that HaShem required love, fear and observance of the mitzvot, it is equally incumbent on us to continue to reinforce those teachings from generation to generation so that this message can be heard just as clearly today.

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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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