Kehillah North London

Stoke Newington

London N16



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Kehillah North London

Former Name:

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


Services have been 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 since 2003(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:

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 present (October 2018)(v)


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

Membership Data(vii):











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).(viii) It previously operated as a unincorporated registered charity (no. 1097713), initially under the name North London Progressive Jewish Community, pursuant to a constitution adopted on 17 April 2003.(ix)

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) - 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 26 February 2015

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

  • (iv) Congregation's website, accessed 26 February 2015 and 3 October 2018. Rabbi Ambalu was subsequently appointed principal rabbi of Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue from January 2018

  • (v) Congregation's website, last accessed 3 October 2018. Cantor Wolfson also serves as cantor for Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue.

  • (vi) Reserved.

  • (vii) 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).

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

  • (ix) Charities Commissioners website (during beta test stage), accessed 3 October 2018.

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

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