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.
BEHAR – BECHUKOTAI
SEDRAH REFLECTIONS BY KARINE MORRIS
If ever you need proof to believe in G-d …
… Look no further than the second of this week’s Sidrot. In the middle of the Tochacha– punishments that will happen if we do not keep the mitzvot there is, oddly enough, a piece of good news! The verse says (Vayikra 26:32): “I will make desolate the land, and your enemies who dwell upon it will be desolate”.
How is this meant to reassure us?
Ramban (Nachmanides) says that it is a great proof of the Divine Hand in action. “For there cannot be found throughout the world a land that had been so good and fertile which now became so desolate and inhospitable.” If you want to be a believer, says Ramban, look at the land of Israel: it used to be fertile but, from the moment the Jews were expelled, it lay desolate for 2,000 years while nations failed to make it productive.In 1948 when the Jews claimed Israel back, it was a worthless strip of land.
The nations of the world would have found it much harder to return Israel to us had it held any natural resources such as oil, as found in so many of its neighbouring countries. It was therefore a blessing that the land was so desolate – it did not take much to convince the world to grant it back to us. When G-d promised us exile for our sins, he softened the blow by promising that only when the Jewish people returned would the land be fruitful again. One only needs to look at what has been achieved in Israel in the last 70 years to clearly see revealed the Hand of G-d.
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.