About Us

We are Shir Hayim – ‘Song of Life’. Our egalitarian services are always warm and held in intimate surroundings. They are characterised by flexibility and respect for both traditional and modern Jewish forms. Families sit together, and we encourage all members to participate without regard to gender. We warmly welcome all visitors.

Founded in 1974 as the Hampstead Reform Jewish Community, we are a small, friendly, caring community who meet every Saturday morning and many Friday evenings. We celebrate the High Holy Days and other Jewish festivals, and also have regular communal meals (chavurah-style) and social events. We are a constituent of the Movement for Reform Judaism, using the Reform Movement’s egalitarian prayer book, and are the only Reform community in the Hampstead area.

As a small community, we encourage all members to attend our quarterly Community Meetings and participate in decision-making for our community. We strive to work on a consensual basis. We are currently in a partnership ‘residency’ with Willesden Minyan, an egalitarian community in the Willesden area.

We publish a monthly email newsletter, including printed copies for those without email access, providing information about our services, events and activities. You are very welcome to come to any of them. We hope to see you soon!