Shir Hayim

Hampstead Reform Jewish Community

West Hampstead, London NW6



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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).




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 Salaman - about 1988 until about 1990(ix)

Rabbi Larry Alan Tabick (second term of office) - 1990 until present (December 2018) (vi)

Charitable Status:

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

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.

Bibliography - Camden

Registration District (BMD):

Camden(xii) - 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, 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 4 December 2018, and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2015). In the period between American-born Rabbi Tabick's, BA, MA, FLBC, terms of office at the congregation, he served as assistant minister of Middlesex New Synagogue (1981-86), as associate minister of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue (1986-89) and as an assistant minister of West London Synagogue (1990). Rabbi Tabick also served as part-time rabbi of Leicester Progressive Jewish Community (1994-98). He is married to Rabbi Jacqueline Tabick, Britain's first woman rabbi.

  • (vii) Based upon Service for the induction of Rabbi Barbara Borts, Mill Hill Reform Synagogue, 22 November 1981. Rabbi Bort was ordained as a rabbi in 1981, being among the first women rabbis in Britain. She also served as rabbi of Mill Hill Reform Synagogue (c.1981), Radlett, Bushey & District Reform Synagogue (1984-c.1989), Newcastle Reform Synagogue (2008-2012) and Darlington Hebrew Congregation (2012 to present - November 2018).

  • (viii) Obituary in Jewish Chronicle 27 March 2009. Rabbi Rodrigues-Pereira (1929-2009) served as assistant chazan at the Spanish & Portuguese Congregation in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia and as a part-time minister at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, Cheetham Hill, Manchester before becoming a Reform rabbi in 1970. He then served as an assistant minister at Manchester Reform Synagogue and as minister at Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation, Bushey & District Reform Synagogue (1978-1984) before joining Hampstead Reform and subsequently served as minister of Kol Chai - Hatch End Jewish Community (1989-2001 and thereafter emeritus minister).

  • (ix) Based upon Rabbi Salaman's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1989 and 1990. Rabbi Salaman previously served as a minister of West London Synagogue (1972-75) and minister of Hertsmere Progressive Synagogue, Elstree (c1980-c.1988).

  • (x) Reserved.

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

  • (xii) 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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Data significantly expanded and notes added: 4 December 2018
Latest revision or update: 4 December 2018

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