Welcome to Ohr Yisrael, a very special shul that has fun while taking its Judaism very seriously.

I’m Rabbi Garson and together with my wife Deborah and members of our community, we’re building something very special here in Borehamwood and Elstree.

In normal times, the best way to experience Ohr Yisrael is to come and see us, either on a Shabbat in the shul or at one of our events. Then you will be able to get a taste of what makes us so special. However, in these times our community has pulled together even more, keeping in contact, providing vital community help and providing a full set of services online.

We have everything you will ever need from a shul, but the beauty of our small, but perfectly formed community is that we are warmer and more welcoming than you might be used to. If you’re looking for anonymity, I’m afraid we’re not the right choice; everyone will know your name soon enough! Most of our members come to shul regularly; the majority every week on Shabbat, where we have a lively service that is beautifully respectful during tefilla – something which often draws comment from visitors (after the service of course!).

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our community.

Rabbi Garson and Deborah