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History of Ner Yisrael

Establishment of Ner

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 a 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. It was initially established under the energetic leadership team led by the dynamic Rabbi Dr Alan Kimche and his wife Rebbetzen Via.


Rabbi Kimche's open door policy to speakers has also been the key to set Ner apart from others 

Ner Yisrael was started by a small group of families who met to daven in a room at Jews’ College in Hendon. It acquired its current premises in The Crest, off Brent Street in September 1986, 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 Jakobovits Centre housing the Horowitz Beit HaMidrash.

 In 2004/05 further extension works were carried out to the main building which expanded the main body of the shul as well the building of the new Shaar Yaacov Beit HaMidrash, a state-of-the-art kitchen and purpose-built offices to house the shul's administrative staff.

Ner has also been at the forefront of launching many of the most innovative communal programmes in London including tikkun leyl, Tisha b'Av events, ladies shiurim programmes and the evening Beit Midrash programme for post yeshiva students.

Rabbi Kimche and members of the community were also 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 the community!

Recent event


"I have found it a pleasure to work with Rabbi Zobin, and I see how his input has increased significantly the rabbinic care of the Kehilla"


Rabbi Kimche: 2014/15 Ner Yisrael Annual Report

To match Ner’s growing membership Rabbi Eliezer Zobin was appointed as Associate Rabbi in 2014 and has been an unqualified success. His shiurim are of the highest quality, clear, relevant and well prepared. His management of many educational events, especially the Netzach group of young families and singles, has been excellent. His interpersonal skills of warmth and care in a variety of pastoral situations have been remarked upon by many as superb.

June 2014 saw the integration into Ner of the Netzach minyan of young families into the Ner Yisrael community. This group is vital for the future growth of Ner, and the new floor of the Jakobovits Centre provides the essential home for them.

To summarise, the shul is booming and the energy created is amazing.


Wed, 19 June 2019 16 Sivan 5779