The New London Synagogue is a traditional Anglo-Jewish congregation. Our services are orthodox in style and we use the Singer's prayer book and both the Hertz and Etz Haim Chumashim. We have a professional, mixed choir once a month and on festivals. Our main service is led by a professional Chazan and seeks to maintain the finest musical traditions of Anglo Jewry. Men and women sit separately with parallel seating downstairs and a Ladies Gallery upstairs. Women are counted in the Minyan and encouraged to say Kaddish. We also have a three-weekly second service - Minyan Chadash - with mixed seating, that is less formal, participatory, and where women are called to and read from the Torah.
New London Synagogue was founded in 1964 by Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs as a congregation devoted to traditional Judaism with an ideology which interprets the Torah and Jewish teachings in the light of contemporary knowledge and scholarship. It has always been a pioneering congregation, leading the way to an enlightened Judaism and representing a rare combination of intellectual integrity together with loyalty to the finest traditions of the Jewish way of life.
We recognize that Judaism has always been a combination of tradition and change, an ever evolving search for an understanding of God's teachings and for the way of life which will be pleasing in God's eyes. New London believes that 21st century Judaism can be flexible enough to meet the challenges of new times and firm enough to remain loyal to the core of Jewish tradition and practice.
Through its extensive programme of services, classes, lectures, life cycle events, Bar/Bat Mitzvah training, conversion classes and communal celebrations it provides its members with opportunities for religious, spiritual and intellectual growth.
New London is a sacred community- a group of people - men, women and children - who have come together in order to promote a sacred way of life, transforming the principles of Judaism from theory into practice. It is a group of people who are concerned and caring for other another, who respect one another, allowing for difference and divergence within the framework of the ideals of the community.
As a member of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues and the World Council of Masorti/Conservative Synagogues - it is part of a large, world-wide movement of like-minded groups with close ties to congregations and individuals in Israel and throughout the world.