The Ner Yisrael Community in Hendon was founded in 1984 as an independent, modern, Orthodox Jewish community. It was set up to be intellectually and socially modern, while at the same time totally orthodox and with at tremendous eagerness for learning, and it has lived up to these aims. Similar in style to orthodox Young Israel communities in the United States, Ner is Zionist and inclusive in its outlook, with an energetic young leadership team led by the dynamic Rabbi Dr Alan Kimche and his wife Rebetzen Via.
Ner Yisrael started as a small group of families who met to daven in a room at Jews’ College in Hendon. They acquired premises in The Crest, off Brent Street, and the Theo & Marthe Klein Community Centre was dedicated in 1989. As the community grew, the synagogue was enlarged, and in 2000, neighbouring buildings were acquired and converted to serve as the HaRav Jakobovitz Centre housing the Horowitz Beit HaMidrash.
This expansion has been matched by increasing attendance at Ner’s many minyanim every Shabbat. Rabbi Kimche and members of the community were instrumental in setting up the North West London Eruv, and the ranks of buggies parked outside each week are testament both to its value and to the rapid growth of our young community!
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