Yearly Archives: 2019

A Night To Remember – Items for Auction


To wet your appetites for our upcoming event, A Night To Remember, we are auctioning two items with proceeds going to Belsize Square Synagogue and Rays of Sunshine.


 10 tickets in Lady Grade’s private box at the Royal Albert Hall for


Saturday 21 September at 7.30pm

See Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with full, live orchestral accompaniment for the first time ever in the UK this September, as it comes to the Royal Albert Hall.

The iconic film arrives for five performances, with John Williams’ iconic score performed live on stage by the acclaimed Philharmonia Orchestra.

For full details click here




 4 tickets for


 Monday 5th or Tuesday 6th August

Are you ready to see the most outrageous live science show with exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves, live daredevil stunts and all the experiments you’re not allowed to do at home?

Based on the popular TV show, join the fearless Brainiacs as they take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful.

 For full details click here



Tickets are not permitted to be resold.

Please send email to to submit your bids.





High Holidays 2019



Dates and Service Times:

Rosh Hashanah:

  • 1st evening – Sunday 29 September, 6.45pm
  • 1st day – Monday 30 September, 9.30am
  • 2nd evening – Monday 30 September, 6.45pm
  • 2nd day  – Tuesday 1 October, 9.30am
  • Youth (6+) & Children’s (under 6) Services – both days, 11am


Yom Kippur:

  • Kol Nidrei – Tuesday 8 October, 7.00pm
  • Yom Kippur – Wednesday 9 October, 10.00am
  • Youth (6+) & Children’s (under 6) Services – Wednesday 9 October, 11.30am



icon-ticket-step-1Non-members are welcome at our High Holiday services, but tickets must be booked in advance and are not transferable.

CrecheA professionally supervised creche is available for all morning and daytime services (for children under 6 years old)

NEW – Do you have to leave early on Yom Kippur to feed your children? We have the solution for you!

This year a dedicated team of volunteers will be preparing lunch packs for children to eat following the Youth Services on Yom Kippur.

Packs will include: Sandwich (cream cheese or strawberry jam), crisps, cake, apple, carton of juice. The cost to order a lunch pack is only £5 and can be booked by clicking here.


Click here to book tickets or contact the synagogue office.
Click here to download our High Holiday information booklet.







Blue Plaque for Belsize Square Synagogue


The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) unveilied a commemorative plaque in honour of Belsize Square Synagogue on Tuesday 25 June 2019, in celebration of the synagogue’s 80th anniversary. Guests at the ceremony included descendants of founder members of the synagogue. Camden Council was represented by the council leader Georgia Gould and Councillors Richard Cotton and Neil Nerva.

Belsize Square Synagogue was founded in 1939 by Jewish refugees, the majority of whom came from Germany. It continues today as a thriving progressive Jewish community blending modernity with tradition. Many of their members are children, grand-children or great-grand-children of the founders.

AJR Trustee and Belsize Square member, Frank Harding, who devised the plaque scheme, said: “This is a special plaque in AJR’s scheme as it is dedicated to a whole community rather than a specific person, which demonstrates the significance Belsize Square Synagogue has had for many of our members. AJR continues to enjoy a close relationship with the synagogue, holding our annual Holocaust Memorial Day and Kristallnacht ceremonies there and we look forward to continuing our special bond.”

AJR have chosen this special unveiling to launch a new INTERACTIVE MAP on the AJR website which shows the location of all ten blue plaques, with information and photographs about each one.





80th Anniversary Civic Service


A selection of photos from the 80th Anniversary Civic Service which took place on Sunday 24 March.

Photos by Paul Rowland





























































































































































Caroline Loison takes over as Head of Cheder


The new Head Teacher at Belsize Square Synagogue’s Cheder says she is “hugely excited” to be taking over the role.

Caroline Loison has been a life-long member of the community, attending the Cheder herself before going on to teach there too.  “Appreciating the uniqueness of Belsize Square and understanding its background and traditions, puts me in a particularly good position to recognise what our members and their families are looking for.  I am determined to ensure the Cheder grows and thrives, as it did under our previous Head Teacher Jeanie Horowitz.”

We are holding a Shabbat Kiddush on January 19th to thank Jeanie for her 16 years in charge of the Cheder.  Rabbi Altshuler paid tribute to her for her long and tireless years of dedication:  “She has brought enthusiasm and skills to everything she has done for the congregation and Jewish education, and we will miss her greatly.”

Caroline has been a qualified teacher for 16 years and has taught in both the State and Private sector.  In her various previous roles, she has been a designated Safeguarding Lead at an Independent Prep School, a Governor for six years at a local state school, and more recently, has been working at a Nursery in Mill Hill which has enabled her to understand the Early Years Foundation Stage.

She aims to create an atmosphere at the Cheder that is conducive to both learning and having fun. “Educating the next generation has always been my passion,” she says, “and I can think of nothing better than playing an important role in the education of the children at my own Synagogue, enriching Jewish lives for the better.  Jewish Studies will – of course – be a key part of our Cheder timetable, but we will also be focussing on Hebrew reading to ensure students are ready for Bar or Batmitzvah at Belsize Square.”