About Us

Welcome to Magen Avot - a new Shul and a new community supported by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the United Synagogue (US). We are located in the Nancy Reuben Primary School Hall (48 Finchley Lane, London NW4 1DJ).

Our launch

Magen Avot held its inaugural service on Friday night 12 June 2015 at Hendon Hall Hotel and we were delighted that Chief Rabbi Mirvis attended all launch Shabbat services along with 200 adults and over 100 children. Magen Avot is privileged to have the official support and guidance of Chief Rabbi Mirvis. The use of Hendon Hall Hotel was one of a number of temporary locations used during the initial phases of this community project. Magen Avot is also fortunate in being supported by the United Synagogue.

Services on offer

Magen Avot provides Friday night, Shabbat morning (including a weekly hot Kiddush), Shabbat Mincha and Motzei Shabbat, and Sunday services for adults and children. This will be extended to include the full complement of weekday services once we are in our permanent home. Magen Avot is committed to providing a full range of programmes and events for all its members.

Our vision

Our vision is that Magen Avot will be an inclusive and welcoming community. We would like our members to feel spiritually uplifted by the emphasis we will place on decorum during services, the unity of the community in prayer and the provision of high quality Shiurim. We would also like our members to feel enriched in belonging to a warm and friendly community whose aim is to address the diverse social needs of its membership. Our intention is to employ a Rabbi and Rebbetzen once we are in a permanent home; in the interim period we are following the Halachic guidance of Chief Rabbi Mirvis.

Organisers

Gabbaim and co-Founders

Daniel Ehreich, Ashley Katz and Yoni Weisz

Other co-Founders

Penina Ehreich, Yael Ehreich, Jonathan Faith, Sharon Faith, Daniel Greenberg, Julia Greenberg, Karina Katz, Michael Kesztenbaum z"l, Vivienne Kesztenbaum, Esther Maurer, Julian Maurer, Samantha Taylor and Marion Weisz

Additional Committee Members

David Gould and Simon Leigh