Hatch End Masorti Synagogue (HEMS)

We are located in Hatch End, and we welcome members from a wide geographic area which spans Harrow, Pinner, Harrow Weald, Stanmore and Northwood.

Our congregation, established in 1998, is caring and inclusive; each individual is valued whatever their level of Jewish knowledge or observance.

We are part of Masorti Judaism, the fastest growing synagogue grouping in Britain today. Masorti is the Hebrew word for tradition and Masorti Judaism is traditional yet practised in a spirit of open-minded enquiry and tolerance.

We are fortunate in having Rabbi Paul Arberman as our part-time minister. Rabbi Paul lives in Israel but spends  one Shabbat per month at HEMS and is also present for the High Holydays. When in Israel Rabbi Arberman  maintains contact with HEMS using the internet (emails and Skype).

Our services  take place every Shabbat and on festivals, and visitors are most welcome. Our popular Friday night services are a special time for the community to get together to enjoy each other’s company and to share in prayer. These services take place monthly at members’ homes and are followed by a delicious communal supper.  We also organise a number of vibrant social activities for young people within Mosaic and with the Masorti youth group NOAM.

We are delighted to be a constituent synagogue within the Mosaic community, along with Mosaic Liberal – Harrow & Wembley Progressive Synagogue, and Mosaic Reform (formerly Middlesex New Synagogue). Mosaic provides cross communal activities including education for adults and children, social, cultural and sporting activities, youth programmes, outreach and charitable work, inter-communal dialogue with Jews in other synagogues and organisations and inter-faith dialogue.  Mosaic enriches our communal experience and makes our synagogues more sustainable in the years ahead.

We remain responsible for our religious services and will retain our distinctive Masorti character. Mosaic is seeking a new building which will serve as community centre and home for the three synagogues. Within the building  HEMS will have its own designated space in which to conduct services.  Mosaic is a unique and ground-breaking initiative in Anglo-Jewry and we are proud to be a part of it.

Please take a look around this website to find out more about our Synagogue and  community. We would be delighted to answer any questions that you may have. contact us!  (-See also HEMS’ new Facebook page    ).