‘A synagogue that is kind to straying feet’. (Conservative Sim Shalom Siddur)
FPS is a Liberal synagogue in Finchley but reaching out across North London with members from Kentish Town to Barnet.
We like to say ‘Come As You Are’. We describe ourselves as a messy synagogue with a soul. We are warm, welcoming and inclusive. We are proud of our beautiful music in services, our informal style which emphasises warmth and intimacy over decorous formality.
We are led by our charismatic Rabbi, Rebecca Birk. Rabbi Rebecca’s intellect, kindness and humour has helped shape our joyful community. She makes every congregant and visitor feel welcome and included. Do come along.
Alongside her Zoe Jacobs leads on education (from young children to adults) and community development.
We have a great Board who are our lay leaders and trustees and each have areas of focus.
In line with Liberal Judaism we welcome Jews of mixed lineage whether it is their mother or father who are Jewish. Our synagogue is full of mixed families who seek an inclusive and welcoming Jewish community in which to raise their children.
What you can expect in the community:
We are committed to creating meaningful Jewish experiences for our members and their families.
We celebrate being intergenerational and meeting the needs of all.
We work hard to make a difference both within the Jewish community (Tikkun Am) and the wider world (Tikkun Olam). We are proud of our Social Justice work.
We are a community who takes responsibility for each other.
We raise our young people to be thoughtful, curious and responsible Jews.
Rabbi Rebecca Birk joined FPS in January 2011, succeeding Rabbi Neil Janes. She has a BA in Theology and Religious Studies from Bristol University and an MA in Jewish and Christian Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She received ordination in 2001 from Leo Baeck College which trains Liberal and Reform rabbis in the UK. Before coming to FPS she was rabbi for five years at Woodford Progressive Synagogue and for another six years at Westminster (Independent) Synagogue. She continues her involvement with HMP Holloway as Jewish Chaplain and contributes regularly to the Jewish and non-Jewish press. Rabbi Birk believes passionately in the care and nurture of all in the the community and she and her children, Ruben, Dora and Rafael are involved in many areas of synagogue life.
Rabbi Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism, is a member of FPS and contributes regularly to the rabbinic leadership.
Emeritus Rabbi Frank Hellner came to our Synagogue from the United States in 1966 and served as our rabbi for 33 years, until his retirement on the eve of the Millennium.