Our rabbi – the first time we have had a rabbi – is Reuven Leigh. He lived and worked in Cambridge for several years before his appointment, and we are delighted to have been able to appoint someone whom we know so well – and who is so attuned to our particular community. The change is immediately evident. There is a cheder with 30 children in it. There is an after school club during the week. We have study sessions every week. There is real feeling of growth and excitement in the community with a new group of young couples with children moving in to the region. It is a place where anyone can make a fulfilling Jewish life.
Thompson's Lane Synagogue is unique in that the building is owned and run by the students of the University. During term time, the students run the services in the shul; out of term and for most chagim, the CTJC runs services. This has its delights: there is something special about helping the next generation of leaders of the Jewish community in Britain to experience synagogue and communal life in positions of responsibility. And there is a real vibrancy about things.
Overall Thompson's Lane is a synagogue which is fiercely proud of its independence, happy in its expectations of participation, embracing in its commitment to a Judaism of study and learning, and balanced in its politics. It is a testimony to its success that so many who have moved on make a point of coming back regularly for a Shabbat.
If you are coming to Cambridge for a Shabbat, or thinking of moving here for longer, we would be delighted to see you at Thompson's Lane. Please do get in contact, and we look forward to welcoming you into the community.