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About LSJS

A Brief History of LSJS

The early years

On a cold winter’s day in November 1855, Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler opened Jews’ College in Finsbury Square, in the heart of London. As early as 1841, Sir Moses Montefiore initiated the idea of establishing a training college for religious leaders. Within a short period of time, the college produced scholars of standing who served Jewish communities in Britain and across her Empire.

Academic avenues

A quarter of a century later in 1881, the College outgrew the Finsbury Square site and moved to Tavistock Square, close to University College, where it was hoped that Jews’ College students would be able to combine their religious studies with a university degree course. In 1904, the University of London granted an Honours degree in Hebrew and Aramaic, all of the students being from Jews’ College. In 1932, the College moved to Woburn House, a purpose-built communal centre housing many organisations serving Anglo-Jewry.

The war and its aftermath

During the war years, despite the Blitz, the College kept its doors open and looked to build for the post-war future. Apart from the rabbinical studies and degree course, Chazzanut courses and teacher training programmes were now offered. In 1954, the College moved to larger premises in Montague Place.

A new site

Under the auspices of Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks, later to become Chief Rabbi, the College relocated to its current building, Schaller House in Hendon, North-West London, a large and modern campus close to the hub of London’s Jewish community.

A new lease of life

With dramatic changes in Anglo-Jewry, Jews’ College rebranded itself as London School of Jewish Studies 1999, shifting its focus to secure a vibrant future as hub of academic study and lifelong learning, catering to a wide spectrum of the community and attracting world-class Rabbis and educators. We are proud to have the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis as our President, and Rabbi Joseph Dweck, the Spiritual Head of the Sephardi Community as our Deputy President. In 2004, a new Council headed by Howard Stanton, appointed Dr Raphael Zarum and Dr Tamra Wright to rejuvenate LSJS.

LSJS today

In the last seven years LSJS has grown into to a world-class learning centre. On its Hendon campus there are some fifty teachers providing adult education courses, degree and teacher training programmes for over seven hundred students. LSJS’s imaginative courses, high intellectual standards, educational tours, and outreach to synagogues making an impact on thousands of people, have created a buzz across Anglo-Jewry.

More than 150 years after it first opened, LSJS is still growing.



London School of Jewish Studies is a world-class centre of Jewish scholarship and teaching that inspires our community with a lifelong love of Jewish learning and practice.

Our mission involves eight principal commitments:

  1. To educate adults by increasing their Jewish knowledge, improving their textual skills and building their confidence as independent learners.
  2. To encourage all our students to pass on their knowledge both at home and within their own communities.
  3. To develop a faculty of outstanding educators who teach with respect, openness, intellectual rigour and creativity.
  4. To study with Yirat Shamayim, a profound reverence for God, in order to strengthen character, guide actions and elevate lives.
  5. To exchange ideas at the highest level through academic research and the advanced study of traditional Jewish texts.
  6. To promote the full participation of women in Jewish learning.
  7. To deepen our community’s understanding and love for Israel.
  8. To examine critical issues facing modern society in order to develop a Jewish response and to promote social action.


London School of Jewish Studies
Schaller House
Wohl Campus for Jewish Education
44a Albert Road
   020 8203 6427
E    info@lsjs.ac.uk




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