Becoming a Member
Whether you know EHRS well or are looking at us for the first time we would love the opportunity to bring you into the community. We are a synagogue that knows the idea of a ‘local’ shul has taken on new meaning. Our community is the spiritual home of people from the streets around 118 Stonegrove Road and further afield — places like Watford, St Albans, Borehamwood, Shenley, Finchley and Moor Park. We know that what matters most is not proximity, but connection: with one another, with our tradition, and with our spiritual and learning selves. We are proud of our links with Reform Judaism and we celebrate our members making religious choices that strengthen their Jewish identities.
Being a member of a synagogue is unlike most organisations – it is a two way relationship. We want to meet your needs in many ways such as; spiritual, social, responsible, knowledge, heritage, family and are always looking at how you can help us to build a stronger community together.
Please click here to see our current Membership Brochure.
Even as a not for profit charity in order to meet our running costs we ask our members for a financial contribution. For details about the rates and types of membership please refer to the Money FAQ.Contact Us
What does Membership mean?
That depends on you!
As a member of EHRS, your rabbis will be on hand to help you celebrate lifecycle events including baby blessings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and weddings. They will also provide care and support during illness and officiate at funerals. Our Community Care team will help you navigate difficult challenges in life and act as a resource for connecting you with charities and organizations that can provide extra support. Our Youth Centre provides activities and schemes for school age children and our Education team oversees Orot, our religion school. A monthly magazine ensures you stay up to date with all our exciting educational and cultural learning sessions and events and a weekly e-mail gives you weekly notices on our current events. If a leadership role piques your interest, whether it be service taking, teaching, or joining a committee or council, membership is a great way to start on that journey.
For some, attending weekly services is not their preferred way to feel Jewishly engaged. At EHRS, we honour and appreciate those who find spiritual fulfilment in volunteering and doing good works for the wider community. We have a dedicated group of men and women who act as befrienders, helping to alleviate the loneliness and isolation of some of our older members. Our Community Centre is part of the Together in Barnet homeless shelter scheme, providing a safe place to sleep and meals for the most vulnerable in our borough. Teens volunteer their time to mentor younger children as they go through the Bar and Bat Mitzvah practice. Perhaps the most incredible mitzvah of them all is performed by our Chevra Kadisha group—those who prepare our loved ones for burial.
Learning is an essential part of Jewish life, and at EHRS we recognize that we are all at different levels. Our Jewish information class Cornerstone at Stonegrove is for those who are new to Judaism and for those who are returning and looking for a refresher. Hebrew and Yiddish are taught throughout the year. Our rabbis are accomplished educators whose passion for Jewish life is sure to inspire you. Please be in touch with them to hear more about what they have on offer now!
Most importantly, our Synagogue relies on membership income to do its meaningful work and by becoming a member, you become a part of sustaining Reform Jewish life in North West London and beyond.