Unique, fascinating, inspiring, Belsize Square is an independent synagogue - neither orthodox nor reform - occupying its own place in British Jewry. Traditional yet modern, our story after 70 remarkable years is still unfolding. To get a flavour of who we are, have a browse.
Cup Final: Alyth Belsize U10 Red vs Hendon United Red
Match report by Simon Cutner
The sun was out and for the first time in what seems like forever the temperature was a balmy 20 degrees . All was set for the cup final.
With a large crowd of support cheering our boys on, we kicked off into a strong headwind as defending champions. We started a little nervously I felt, but soon got into a rhythm, closing down the opposition and breaking at speed from defence to attack.
The opening goal was a lovely move from back to front. The ball was played down the left and picked up just over the halfway line by Max Cutner, who dropped his shoulder, left a couple of defenders standing and put the ball right into the path of Rudy Berman, who with one touch took it out of his feet and then placed a lovely low drive into the Hendon net. 1-0 to the Reds of Alyth Belsize!
One of the most frequent questions I am asked is where does Belsize Square Synagogue fit into the spectrum of the Jewish movements of today? Are we Reform? Liberal? Orthodox? Masorti/Conservative? What does our “independence” mean in terms of how that fits into contemporary Jewish observance?
A message from our new Chazan, Cantor Paul Heller, who will be joining us in June:
Much of what we are, is the result of the choices we make. The Torah tells us we have to choose between life and death, as if guiding us to make the right choice in order to live happily.
The choice to come to London and Belsize Square is certainly the right one for me and my family. Throughout my life, I have been faced with decisions about where to live and work and this opportunity to join the family of Belsize Square seems a natural path to follow.
Over 500 students from local schools, La Sainte Union, Hendon County and South Hampstead met Holocaust survivors as part of Belsize Square Synagogue’s Holocaust Educational Programme. During the three-hour long session, they learnt about the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, the story of Anne Frank, and current problems of bullying and intolerance, followed by a first-hand account from survivors and refugees mainly from within our community.