HARROGATE HEBREW CONGREGATION serves a vibrant Jewish community in and around the beautiful North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate. It is easy to find, nestling just opposite the well-known Betty's tea shop. Our Orthodox, relaxed community remains proudly independent. Known as The Welcoming Shul, it has built its reputation on its traditional ease of worship, independence within the Orthodox community and on friendship, decorum and respect for all.
We have many 'country' members, who keep holiday homes in the region. We also have the pleasure of welcoming out-of-towners and other visitors to our regular Saturday services and events. With two world class concert halls and a renowned live theatre, plus kosher shops just 20 minutes away, our country idyll offers everything you need. Do come visit our beautiful shul building, located just a few moments walk from the handsome, bustling town centre.
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Shul members have been invited to attend a Military information talk at Rudding Park with Brigadier OW Stokes, MBE, the Commander of the Army in our region! The aim is to promote greater awareness and understanding of the British Army and how it connects with society. The three key areas include: employing service leaders, having Reservists working in your organisation and connection with youth. This is an invitation-only event and we are honoured to have been selected to be involved.
Date Thursday 2nd March.
Timing 6-30 - to 7-00 Reception Finishes at 8-15 with refreshments.
Saturday 4th February, 8th Shevat saw our 14th Annual Holocaust Service officiated superbly by Rev. Gerald Harris who also delivered a poignant and meaningful sermon. Arek Hersh, Holocaust survivor retold his emotional experiences to a silent, visibly moved congregation of a record 150 members, guests and officials, including the Lord Lieutenant, Barry Dodds who spoke passionately about the occasion, Mayor, Councillor Nick Brown who delivered a superbly prepared speech, much commended by those present and MP Mr. Andrew Jones who further confirmed his full support and that of the Government for Holocaust Memorial Day. Also in attendance was Lt. Col Strickland and Commanding Officer of the Army Apprentice College and Ms Garrod, Chief of Menwith Hill. Many more visiting officials attended to show their support. There was unprecedented unified praise for the proceedings by those present.
We now have a Facebook page! It’s a really great way of keeping up to date with everything we’re up to.
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The first visit of a current Chief Rabbi since 1925 -
The highlight of 2016 was unequivocally when we had the privilege and honour of welcoming Chief Rabbi Mirvis for the first time on Sunday 4th December. Chief Rabbi Mirvis left Harrogate Synagogue members, guests and dignitaries captivated and enthralled when his chosen theme was ‘connections.’ He certainly connected with our shul as he promised the community that he will return when the shul celebrates its centenary in 2018, commenting, “I'm coming," to a delighted congregation.
The Odze family is delighted to announce that Chavi has had a healthy baby boy - on Valentines' Day!