Judaism is the original of the three Abrahamic faiths, which includes Christianity and Islam. Judaism was founded by Moses, although the Jews trace their history back to Abraham. Jews are monotheistic, they believe in one God, whom they have a covenant. In exchange for all the good that God has done for the Jewish people, Jewish people keep God’s laws and try to bring holiness into every aspect of their lives. Jewish people worship in Synagogues and follw their spiritual leaders who are called Rabbis who teach from the Torah, which is the first part of the Jewish bible.  

Conservative Judaism - Masorti Judaism

Conservative Judaism is a form of traditional Judaism that falls halfway between Orthodox Judaism and Reform Judaism. It is sometimes described as traditional Judaism without fundamentalism. Despite its middle-of-the-road position, Conservative Judaism is independent of both Orthodoxy and Reform. Conservative Judaism is also known (particularly in Israel and the UK) by the Hebrew word 'Masorti', which means 'traditional'. The Conservative Jewish community in Britain is coordinated by the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues.

Liberal Judaism

Liberal Judaism is a progressive form of Judaism that aims to bring Judaism and modernity together. Liberal Jews apply Judaism's religious and cultural tradition in the framework of modern thinking and morality. They seek to live according to the prophetic ideal - to do justice, love kindness and to walk humbly with God.

Orthodox Judaism

Orthodox Judaism believes that the Jewish people left the slavery of Egypt and stayed with God at a mountain called Sinai. There, through Moses, they would be given the Torah. 

Reform Judaism

The Reform movement began in Germany in 1819, but emerged independently in Britain in 1842 with the establishment of the West London Synagogue. The various Reform congregations eventually joined together and the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain is now a national movement with 42 Congregations. 

Humanistic Judaism

Humanistic Judaism doesn't proclaim that there is no God, but it does do without God. It sees no evidence for the existence of a supernatural being. Most Humanistic Jews regard the question of God's existence as either meaningless, or irrelevant. Humanistic Jews find no meaning in the worship of God, whether or not God exists. Humanistic Jews do not pray or refer to God or the supernatural, or use worshipful or prayer-like language. Humanistic Jews regard Judaism as an ethnic culture that was created by the Jewish people and shaped by Jewish experience.

Modern Orthodoxy

The Jewish emancipation of the late 18th to early 19th century, the Enlightenment and modernity, some Jewish groups decided to abandon certain customs and principles of Jewish law, often doing away with practices that they could not easily explain to their fellow non-Jewish citizens; whilst others decided to ignore secular studies in their entirety and only study Torah. Modern Orthodoxy was borne out of this context, believing that it was possible for Jews to maintain Jewish law, ritual observance and customs whilst exposing themselves to secular knowledge, science and modern ideas. This was to bridge Orthodox Judaism and modernity.

Reconstructionist Judaism

Reconstructionist Judaism is an American Jewish denomination founded in the last century that seeks to unite Jewish history, tradition, culture and belief with modern scientific knowledge and the way people live today. Reconstructionism is particularly suited to meet the needs of people with a scientific turn of mind as well as a strong spiritual sense since it takes the supernatural elements out of religion. It teaches that the Jewish religion was created by the Jewish people and was not a revelation from God.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Chaplaincy - A multi-faith service with an interfaith approach. The aim of the Spiritual and Cultural Care Service is to ensure that the trust provides a service which acknowledges the spiritual and cultural needs of individuals and therefore the care provided by the trust. The service provides a space for individuals and groups to explore their spiritual and cultural needs.

Tel: 01322 625713

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Chaplaincy - The Chaplaincy team is for everyone, regardless of their faith, ethnicity, culture, gender or sexual identity. The chaplains are experienced in working with people from all faith communities and those who identify with none.  Although the chaplains come from a variety of traditions they work closely with a wide range of faith communities across south London. Trained chaplains and volunteers are available to spend time with anyone who needs a listening ear or would like to talk through their experience.

E-mail: chaplaincy@slam.nhs.uk

Tel: 020 3228 2815

Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Chaplaincy - The department of spiritual health care supports people of all faiths and beliefs, as well as people who do not have a particular religious belief but who would like someone to talk to. There are chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers who represent many denominations, faiths and beliefs. A 24/7 generic service is provided which is confidential and open to our patients, their relatives and our staff. We will try to find a faith or belief specific chaplain where possible.

E-mail: chaplains@gstt.nhs.uk

Tel: 020 7188 5588

Jewish Congregations in Greater London Listed according to London Borough and Locality - Jewish Congregations in Greater London. 

Jewish Care - Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the South East.

South London Jewish Community Services - The South London Jewish Community service aims to help Jewish people living in South London to find information on care and support services including local and national organisations. 

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God - Here you will be able to keep up to date with upcoming events and learn about the history of our community, one of the oldest Greek Orthodox Cathedrals in South London.

 

Jami logoJami’s vision is a Jewish community which accepts, acknowledges and understands mental illness. A community which is resilient and has the capacity and capability to be healthy. A community in which symptoms of mental illness are as recognisable as a heart attack and trigger an equally appropriate First Aid response. A community in which Parity of Esteem is a reality and an environment which helps, not hinders recovery. Jami works with individuals, communities and organisations to help prevent mental illness from developing, improve early intervention and promote wellbeing.

Raphael - Jewish Counselling service logoRaphael has been providing counselling and well-being services to the Jewish community since 1979. Raphael has its roots in the Dympna Counselling Centre, run by Father Louis Marteau, assisted by Irene Bloomfield. Together they created counselling training courses, on which Rabbis Daniel Smith, Howard Cooper and Harold Vallins were trained. Occasionally, a Jewish client would seek help and would be assigned to one of the Rabbis.

 

Chizuk - Mental healthChizuk is a mental health organisation that specialises in providing support in a religiously and culturally sensitive environment for its Orthodox Jewish users. Chizuk promote mental wellness in the Orthodox Jewish communities. 

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust The Chaplaincy team is for everyone, regardless of their faith, ethnicity, culture, gender or sexual identity. The chaplains are experienced in working with people from all faith communities and those who identify with none.  Although the chaplains come from a variety of traditions they work closely with a wide range of faith communities across south London. Trained chaplains and volunteers are available to spend time with anyone who needs a listening ear or would like to talk through their experience.

E-mail: chaplaincy@slam.nhs.uk

Tel: 020 3228 2815

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust chaplaincy is a multi-faith service with an interfaith approach. The aim of the Spiritual and Cultural Care Service is to ensure that the trust provides a service which acknowledges the spiritual and cultural needs of individuals and therefore the care provided by the trust. The service provides a space for individuals and groups to explore their spiritual and cultural needs.

Tel: 01322 625713

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation TrustThe department of spiritual health care supports people of all faiths and beliefs, as well as people who do not have a particular religious belief but who would like someone to talk to. There are chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers who represent many denominations, faiths and beliefs. A 24/7 generic service is provided which is confidential and open to our patients, their relatives and our staff. We will try to find a faith or belief specific chaplain where possible.

E-mail: chaplains@gstt.nhs.uk

Tel: 020 7188 5588

London Jewish Forum logoThe London Jewish Forum is an advocate for the capital’s Jewish community, campaigning and influencing the public institutions affecting the lives of Jewish Londoners. Rooted within Jewish values, we work across the community regardless of religious, cultural, political affiliations or beliefs and with our neighbours to advance the community’s agenda. We identify the issues and concerns of London’s Jewish community and ensure that Parliament, City Hall and Town Halls understand and are  responsive to them. 

Maccabi GB logoMaccabi GB is Britain’s leading Anglo-Jewish Sports, Health and Wellbeing Charity and has flourished for over 80 years. Part of a global movement operating in over 70 countries, our mission is to support the long term future of British Jewry by engaging and developing the entire Jewish Community with a broad range of sporting, educational, social and health and wellbeing activities.