In 2021 our community celebrates its 60th birthday and we will be marking this occasion with events and special services.
The community begin in 1960 when Messrs Gus Radges, Cecil Gordon and Hector Myers formed a temporary committee to establish a Reform Community in Southgate, North London.
On 17 January 1961 140 people attended a public meeting at Church Hall, High Street, Southgate and it was agreed that a Reform Community be established. The first service was held on Passover that year.
By 1962 membership had increased and the community began to look for a permanent home. On 12 February 1964 the community of 112 families moved to Queens Avenue, Winchmore Hill. The first service was held on 18 December 1965 and was officiated by Rabbi Sonny Herman.
In 1977 Rabbi Colin Eimer was appointed following Rabbi Herman’s retirement. In 1980 the community moved to larger premises in Southgate High Street.
The 1980’s saw the establishment of the synagogue’s kindergarten, Alonim, under the leadership of Pamela Hartog and the appointment of a permanent Youth Leader.
In December 1999 the community moved to its current home, 120 Oakleigh Road North. In 2010 Southgate & District Reform Synagogue changed its name to Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue.
Principal Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu was appointed in February 2018.
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot – Moving Forwards! Join us as we move into our next 60 years
Sunday 16 May, 8.30 pm – 10.45 pm
- Make music and move with us! Interactive Klezmer Niggun workshop with Ilana Kravitz – Sing, bring your musical instrument, and learn a klezmer dance! If you play an instrument and would like the music in advance, you can find simple score in C here, the full score in C hereand the simple score in Bb here. If you would like a score in the bass clef, please contact Rabbi Shulamit know, and she will organise this with Ilana Cravitz. We will be learning, among other melodies, the Patsh Tants (clapping dance).It’s from Buenos Aires, believe it or not! You can see and hear it here https://youtu.be/_qPwENj-7Jw
- Learn with Emeritus Rabbi Colin Eimer and Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu – take part in our interactive Talmud learning experience, on the themes of change, leadership and communal ethics!
- Explore Torah with Rabbi James Baaden – discovering the possibilities that open up in endings and new beginnings.
Planting for the Future: Thursday 28 January 2021
In celebration of our Diamond Jubilee and to mark the festival of Tu b’Shevat we have partnered with Barnet Council to plant a magnolia tree on the green opposite the synagogue and with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Barnet, to provide plants for a sensory walkway as part of their outdoor spaces.
Later in the year we will be inviting younger members of our community to add additional planting underneath the trees.
These initiatives reflect our community’s commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world through social responsibility and taking care of the environment, and to building a legacy for future generations.
Help our legacy grow – how you can get involved
60 Years of Memories
One of the fundamental aims of this year is to collect, save and share memories. As part of the 60 Years of Memories Project we will consciously celebrate who we are every month, on Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Morning.
On these Shabbat Mornings we will be inviting a new member family to lead the prayer for the month ahead; a member to lead the prayer for community and a family, whose involvement spans several generations in the community, to share their special memories, during Kiddush.
We have set ourselves an ambitious project to capture 60 years of your memories, stories and photos to build a digital and printed history of our community as well as inviting younger members to contribute with their thoughts on our future in words and images.
We invite you to be part of building this legacy and share your memories, stories and photos.
Please send your memories and photos* by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the synagogue office at
120 Oakleigh Road North, London, N20 9EZ
A dedicated Facebook Group has now been set up on the synagogue Facebook page. We invite you to share your memories, and encourage others to do the same, in this group.
*Where possible please could photos include: names of people in the photo; the occasion /event; the month/year.
Synagogue Gives Back to Community on Diamond Jubilee
Sha’arei Tsedek is delighted to have made a donation of £700 to its local children’s hospice, Noah’s Ark, as part of its ‘Planting for the Future’ programme.