Kehillah North London

Stoke Newington

London N16



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Congregation Data


Kehillah North London

Former Name:

North London Progressive Jewish Community (until 2012)(i)


Services were held in the New Community Rooms (St Mary's Church), Spensley Walk, Stoke Newington Church Street (west of the intersection with Albion Road), London N16 9ES from 2003.(i) However, as these rooms are under refurbishment until at least March 2020, the congregation is temporarily holding most of its regular services at: William Patten Primary School, Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0NX(ii)

Current Status:



A steering committee was set up (primarily by former members of the North London Progressive Synagogue, which had recently closed) and initial services held in 2002. The Congregation formally established (constitution adopted) in 2003.(iii)


Liberal Progressive


A constituent synagogue of Liberal Judaism.



Ministers / Spiritual Leaders: (To view a short profile of the persons named  -  hold the cursor over her name.)

Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu - from 2004 until December 2017, the first minister to be appointed for the Congregation(iv)

Cantor Tamara Wolfson (part time) - from July 2018 to 2020(v)

Rabbi Leah Jordan (part-time) - from 2020 to present (October- 2021)(vi)


The congregation's Newsletter is viewable online on the congregation's website and was first published in January 2016.

Membership Data:

National Reports and Surveys(x)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 55 to 99 members (by household)

Congregation's Annual Reports(xi)











Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no. 1163562), registered on 14 September 2015 under the name Kehillah North London, as a charitable incorporated organisation (company no. CE004691).(xii)

It previously operated as a unincorporated registered charity (no. 1097713), registered on 28 May 2003, initially under the name North London Progressive Jewish Community, pursuant to a constitution adopted on 17 April 2003, which was removed from the register on 24 January 2019.(xiii)

Local Government District:

Stoke Newington is in the London Borough of Hackney, an Inner London Borough created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Bibliography - Hackney

Registration District (BMD):

Hackney (since founding of congregation) - Link to Register Office website


See London Cemeteries of Liberal Judaism.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Congregation's website, accessed 26 February 2015.

  • (ii) Congregation's website, accessed 9 January 2020

  • (iii) Congregation's website, last accessed accessed 3 October 2018.

  • (iv) Congregation's website, accessed 26 February 2015 and 3 October 2018.

  • (v) Congregation's website, accessed 3 October 2018 and 9 January 2020, but no longer listed when accessed 15 November 2020.

  • (vi) Congregation's website, accessed 15 November 2020 and Jewish Chronicle report of 22 October 2021.

  • (vii) to (ix) Reserved.

  • (x) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports. In compiling the report for 2010, the size of membership of this congregation was inferred from 2005 data as it was not possible to obtain the data direct.

  • (xi) Membership figures extracted from the congregation's annual reports for the years 2013 to 2017, available on the Charity Commissioners website. Figures stated include also non-Jewish affiliates members (numbering between 15 and 22).

  • (xii) Charities Commissioners website and Companies House website (both during beta test stage), both accessed 3 October 2018.

  • (xiii) Charities Commissioners website (during beta test stage), accessed 20 March 2019.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

  • Annual Reports and accounts filed with the Charities Commission (pdf):

    • For year ended 31 December 2018.

  • Bibliography - London Borough of Hackney.

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Street Directory of Congregations in Stamford Hill, Hackney and Neighbourhood

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Hackney

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

Greater London home page

Page created: 26 February 2015
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 3 October 2018
Latest revision or update: 23 November 2021

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