Belsize Square Synagogue
Belsize Square Synagogue is a thriving progressive Jewish community blending modernity with tradition. Uniquely within the UK, it derives from the continental liberal (or liberale) movement, having been founded in 1939 by refugees mainly from Germany. While many members are children, grand-children or great-grand-children of the founders, the flavour of Belsize Square is enriched by young people and families who have joined from around the world, creating a lively, welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
Eco Synagogue’s launch took place at New North London Synagogue under an enthusiastic Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, grandson of our founding rabbi, Dr Georg Salzberger, and was addressed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams (now Lord Williams of Oystermouth). It follows the Eco Church pattern of three levels of attainment signified by Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
Belsize Square, led by Paul Fraylich, signed up to Eco Synagogue in May 2018. An initial assessment looked at areas we could improve: teaching, the building, the land we occupy, community and lifestyle.
The Jewish Council for Racial Equality in the UK is urging communities to consider the plight of refugees and destitute asylum seekers. As a synagogue founded by refugees here at Belsize Square this is a cause that is particularly relevant to the community.
Currently Belsize Square collects clothing for the New London Synagogue Drop in Centre and sells gift cards with proceeds donated to World Jewish Relief’s Refugee Appeal. T