Welcome to Shir Hayim – your local friendly Reform Jewish Community in Hampstead. Where the sacred is greeted with song.

Welcome to Shir Hayim

We are Shir Hayim – Song of Life’. We adopted our new title in 1998 to better represent the spirit of our Community. Our services, while traditional, are a joyous affair. This is reflected in the entire community’s joining in the singing of prayer, as well as the way all participate in the various aspects of the service.

Previously we were known as Hampstead Reform Jewish Community. We are a full constituent member of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly RSGB-Reform Synagogues of Great Britain) and the only Reform community in the Hampstead area.

Our community was founded in 1975 by a dedicated band of Reform Jews intent on creating a local group with an ethos of informality and religious commitment. We have achieved, and maintained, much of what they set out to do.


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I have been made to feel so welcome at Shir Hayim, from my very first visit – everybody introduces themselves and welcomes you and are always pleased to see you. I was asked to participate at the first Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services I attended which made me feel not just welcome as a visitor, but part of a community that was glad to have me as a member of it