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Joining NNLS


We are pleased that you are considering joining our Masorti community.
NNLS is a growing and thriving congregation.

We are a warm, tolerant and non-judgemental community providing a wide variety of religious, educational, community and social events for people at all ages and stages of life.

If you have not yet attended a service (or any other NNLS event), we hope you will take the opportunity to come along and appreciate the warmth and vibrancy that makes being a member of New North London Synagogue so special.

Our aim is to make you feel as welcome on your first visit as we hope you will feel throughout your membership at NNLS.

Please click here to download Membership Application Pack, including Gift Aid declaration, Direct Debit Mandate, Burial Scheme Application and details of our current Subscription Rates.  

Meet some of our NNLS Members

Just over 7 years ago we moved to London from Cheshire in order to be close to our children who had been living here for some time. Since then, we have been blessed with the arrival of four grandchildren! We had been members of a Reform Community, Menorah Synagogue and we chose to join NNLS as we had heard very positive things about the community and Rabbi Jonathan. We have found that NNLS has a particularly friendly atmosphere and many members were very welcoming on our arrival.

Since joining we have been involved in kiddush and security rotas and the New Members welcoming Team and during the lockdown have enjoyed a number of new initiatives including MasorTeva and the Tuesday lunch club. The last year has been difficult for all communities but we have been most impressed with the way that NNLS has found innovative ways in which to continue as a thriving and functioning synagogue and above all to maintain excellent communications with its members.

Anne & Stephen White

I will never forget the welcome I received when I first turned up, by myself, at NNLS aged about twelve. I’ve been trying to join the shul since then. I succeeded when I turned 21 a few years ago and was eligible for a membership in my own right. In the intervening years, I have only grown to love NNLS more - for the welcoming nature I experienced on my first visit, its thoughtfulness, and deep commitment to enacting Jewish values. NNLS’ response to lockdown has exemplified what a special community it is. The weekly service before Shabbat comes in has been a great comfort over this year, even if it has made me miss in-person shul!

Hannah Arnaud

I chose NNLS as it combines everything I love into one community. I attend the Assif service and love the traditional davening in a progressive space, which encourages participation from all genders and learning. Even within a traditional framework, NNLS is not afraid to push boundaries and try new things, even within the wider Masorti movement, and I was so pleased when NNLS members founded the LGBT Network, which I am a member of. The community and the rabbis are open and friendly, and there are always exciting adult learning courses and talks to attend throughout the year. The commitment to justice that lies at the heart of Jewish values and to serving the wider community is always present at NNLS - especially through NNLS' young people. Whether you are thinking about joining or would like to see what a service is like, I would really recommend coming along to NNLS.

Jonathan Tebble

We chose NNLS as a very good friend of ours who was already a member recommended it to us. I was looking into conversion programmes so inclusivity was a must for me. We were welcomed graciously and introduced to others in the same situation as us who shared the same values and interests and have made some friends for life. The relaxed atmosphere in Assif is why we enjoy going to Shul and our eldest has enjoyed the toddler service too. 

Natasha & Darren Heilig

Our family felt at home in New North London from the moment we joined. We cross many boundaries in respect to who we are: a same-sex couple, parents, mixed Jewish and non-Jewish... and all of our identities have been embraced as part of this community. We have been welcomed with open arms and are part of some of the groups that help form the shul's culture for today. The environment and leadership are accessible and open to dialogue, in a spirit of mutual respect. This shows our children a wonderful community where religion is used to bring people together for the better.

Roberto Beggi & Raymond Elias

Having returned to London after working abroad I was looking for a community that combined tradition and modernity (egalitarian services in particular), observance and respect for personal choices, welcoming to people of different backgrounds and LGBTQ+ inclusive. A friend recommended NNLS. I came to Friday night service and felt welcomed, liked the atmosphere and that the services are run by members of the community. I became regular and then joined the community. Only a few years later I am reading from the Torah, leading services, sitting on the Council, and co-leading the LGBTQ+ network.  I was encouraged and supported in my Jewish growth and volunteering in the community. But I also know that if I chose to be less active, I would have felt no less welcome. Warmth, welcome, diversity, support, beautiful singing, rich educational programme – this is what makes NNLS the right choice for me.

Ruti Amal

Mon, 29 November 2021 25 Kislev 5782