Our congregation is over 60 years old and is still growing, with over 2200 members.
It is a member of the United Synagogue family of communities.
One of the advantages of having such a considerable membership is that we have people from all backgrounds and with diverse interests. We hope you will find friends and acquaintances who share your interests and outlook.
We have a large range of groups within the shul and full details can be found on this website or from the shul office.
We have one of the strongest youth departments of any synagogue within the country, again full details can be found on this website.
There are families who have settled in Stanmore from all corners of the world and as a community we are proud to embrace everyone who is Jewish under the aegis of the Office of the Chief Rabbi regardless of their day to day involvement with religious affairs.
Living in North West London you will find within only a few minutes drive a vast range of Jewish facilities ranging from cultural, educational, and social through to Kosher shops restaurants and bookshops.
Stanmore is not just a community but a family - albeit a large one! But in its size, there exists a unique brand of care, compassion, friendliness and style. More importantly, in its size, each member is still recognised as an individual, with particular needs and requirements. Very quickly you will recognise and appreciate the magnetism and appeal that makes Stanmore special, and what makes it stand out as a leading community in Anglo-Jewry.
Our community is a Modern Orthodox congregation led by our Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Mendel Lew. Everyone, irrespective of level of observance is welcome and important. It means, too, that we recognise modernity, culture, and the synthesis of secular life and religious values.
Care for the less fortunate is a main priority for our community. Stanmore Care is an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who perform wonders in the field of care, compassion and friendship for those affected by bereavement, illness, or any other issue.
We are an enthusiastic Zionist community, and to this end we are proud of our love and closeness to Israel, and that so many of our youth choose to spend a gap year in yeshivot, seminaries or youth movement volunteer programmes in Israel.
As an Orthodox congregation, women's spirituality is also important to us, and to this end, Stanmore has been in the forefront of the move to have female representatives on the Board of Management, to have women on our Synagogue Honorary Executive, and to have Shabbat Bat Mitzvah ceremonies.
Stanmore is a dynamic, vibrant and inclusive community and we have a very active and thriving Community Department under the leadership of our Community Rabbi, Rabbi Andrew Shaw. There are many events organised by him during the course of the year, including trips both in this country and abroad, and shows produced by the youth. It is very rare to find a night of the week or a season in the year when our shul is not full with activities and programmes for all ages.
Toddlers & Children
For the very young and their parents we have the Toddlers' and Children's Services on a Shabbat morning as well as many social, cultural and religious events throughout the year focussed on our youngest members. This could include an Adam Ant Chanukah Party, a fancy dress Purim Party and an ice cream Kiddush for Shavuot to name but a few.
Our Youth Scene engages children from ages 10 - 18 in a wide range of activities. We have our famous theatre productions, Sunday morning educational programmes, weekends away, trips to Europe as well as our Leadership Programme to Israel, Prague and Poland. Not to mention our regular clubs, trips and Youth Service every Shabbat.
Students and Young Adults
Students and Young Professionals are not left out either with a service on Shabbat morning during holiday time.
Adult education is something which we promote widely in the community. Once a month there is an explanatory service on a Shabbat morning which attempts to enlighten and inspire. The Learning Centre has just completed its second year with close to 100 people attending each week a variety of courses and lectures. We also organise adult trips to Israel.
We held our inaugural Family Weekend Away (at home) in 2008.
As you can see, we have something for everyone, and hope that you will feel at home whenever you come to Synagogue for services or take part in the many activities which are run during the year by the various committees affiliated to Stanmore.