Shir Hayim

Hampstead Reform Jewish Community

West Hampstead, London NW6



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Congregation Data


Shir Hayim (translation "A Song of Life")

Former Name:

Hampstead Reform Jewish Community (until 1998(i))


37a Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London NW6 3BN (since about 1986(ii))

Previous Address:

56 Lymington Road, West Hampstead, London NW6 (from at least 1983 until about 1986)(iii)

Current Status:


Date Founded:





A constituent synagogue of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain).



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Rabbi Larry Alan Tabick (first term of office) - 1976 until 1980 (vi)

Rabbi Barbara Macy Borts - about 1982 until about 1984(vii)

Rabbi Samuel Rodrigues-Periera - about 1986 until about 1988(viii)

Rabbi Thomas Salamon - about 1988 until about 1990(ix)

Rabbi Larry Alan Tabick (second term of office) - 1990 until 31 December 2017(vi)


In January 2018, an informal, (initially) year-long, partnership began with the Willesden Minyan, a recently formed community led by Rabbi Daniel Lichman, as an experiment in creating an intergenerational community. The aim of this ‘in-residency’ partnership was to provide opportunities for members of both coongregations to get to know each other, as well as to share Shabbat and other services together. The relationship was generously supported by Reform Judaism and its leaders.(xii)

In December 2018, it was decided that the two congregations would form a single community with shared vision and values, which community is in the process of being built.(xiii) 

Membership Data:

In both 2010 and 2016 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household)(xiv)

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered unincorporated charity (no.1091151), under the name, Shir Hayim-Hampstead Reform Jewish Community, registered on 15 March 2002. The governing document is the congregation's constitution adopted 24 March 2001, as subsequently amended.(xv)

Local Government District:

West Hampstead, a district in Northwest London, is in the London Borough of Camden, an Inner London Borough created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Registration District (BMD):

Camden(xvi) - Link to Register Office website

Cemetery Information:

Membership of the synagogue includes burial rights through the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) at one of its cemeteries, principally the Western Cemetery in Cheshunt. There is also the option (through the JJBS) of a Woodland Burial in Cheshunt or cremation at Golders Green Crematorium.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Congregation's website, first accessed 10 February 2015.

  • (ii) Based upon the first listing of this address in the Jewish Year Book 1987 (where it initially appeared as "37" not "37a") and it being the current according to the  Congregation's website, last accessed 4 December 2018. During this period two other temporary addresses were listed - c/o Leverton Street, NW5 (Jewish Year Book 1990) and 63 Oman Road, NW3 4QD (Jewish Year Book 1995).

  • (iii) Based upon the congregation being listed with this address in Jewish Year Books 1984 through 1986. There was no address given in earlier listings.

  • (iv) Congregation's website, accessed 10 February 2015.

  • (v) Reserved.

  • (vi) Congregation's website, last accessed 21 January 2019, and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books.

  • (vii) Based upon Service for the induction of Rabbi Barbara Borts, Mill Hill Reform Synagogue, 22 November 1981.

  • (viii) Obituary in Jewish Chronicle 27 March 2009.

  • (ix) Based upon Rabbi Salamon's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1989 and 1990.

  • (x) and (xi) Reserved.

  • (xii) The congregation's annual report to Charities Commission for year ended 31 March 2018 and the Willesden Minyan's website, accessed 21 May 2019.

  • (xiii) The Willesden Minyan's website, accessed 21 May 2019.

  • (xiv) Reports on "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2010" and "...in 2016", published by BOD and JPR. Link to reports.

  • (xv) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage), accessed 4 December 2018.

  • (xvi) The former Registration District was Hampstead, from the formation of Congregation until 1 October 1977. All registers would now be held by current register office.


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List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Camden

List of Member Synagogues of the Jewish Joint Burial Society

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

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Page created: 29 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and first notes added: 4 December 2018
Latest revision or update: 21 May 2019

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