Hendon United Synagogue

Posted By on October 21, 2015

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.

Noahdescribed at the start of the Sedrah (Bereishit 6:9) as ish tzaddik (a righteous man)saw the depraved and violent world around him and attempted to separate himself from it. He feared that he might become corrupted by his neighbours if he came too close to them. Instead of trying to redeem them, he built an ark to protect himself, hoping that they would observe his righteousness and change their ways.

The Jewish people came into being not through Noah but through Abraham. Unlike Noah, Abraham symbolised the involvement of the tzaddik with his surroundings: the moment he heard of G-ds intention to destroy Sodom, he begged and prayed for mercy. An ability to feel a connection to the

environment to attempt to improve the entire world rather than practise isolationwas essential if the Jewish people were to thrive.

According to the Zohar (the great mystical work), although Noahs generation were worthy of receiving the Torah possessing as they did tremendous energy and drive their potential strengths were channelled in inappropriate directions, towards evil and destructive behaviour. Noah sawthese external negative traits and distanced himself from them. If he had taken the time to look closer, he would have discovered the significant positive potential that lay dormant behind the outer wrapping a potential that awaited the tzaddiks touch to uncover its goodness and bring it to fruition.

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 Hendons reputation as a dynamic and vibrant Kehilla.

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