New North London Masorti Synagogue is a thriving community at The Manor House, in East End Road, Finchley, North West London. There is a major project underway to build a new synagogue on the site.
In all our services we aim to match the vision of the synagogue, to provide welcome and encouragement and to stimulate inspiration and involvement. We try to combine an atmosphere of concentration with friendly informality. We encourage as many members as possible to take an active role in our services and to learn the skills to do so.
The custom of our 'main' service is that men and women sit on opposite sides of the synagogue, with no mechitzah; only men lead the service, although women do read some of the English prayers and give sermons. Other services also take place within the community, Hakol Olin (the synagogue's fully egalitarian service), Assif (an informal fully egalitarian chavura), and the Women’s Tefillah (for women only).
All NNLS services follow the traditional liturgy, using the Singer’s Prayer Book with a few variations sanctioned by Masorti halacha. For example, in the opening blessings of shacharit both men and women say the positive formula “Who has made me in His image”, and we do not repeat the Musaf amidah.
We provide a range of children’s services, and for the very young there is a shelf of story books to keep them occupied during the service.
It is a tradition of the synagogue to have an open pulpit; the rabbi gives slightly over half the sermons with the balance given by both men and women from the community or by invited guests. The sermon givers are encouraged in learning, and the audience has an opportunity to hear a wide variety of people each with something new to say.