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Development Officer- Holland Park Synagogue

  • Location: Kensington and working from home
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: £15,000 based on 25 hours per week (£12 per hour)

Hours: 15 - 25 hours per week

The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, Holland Park is based in West London  We are one of the oldest synagogues in London and surprisingly still one of the capital’s best kept secrets. Founded in 1928, by West London’s Sephardi immigrant community originating from Turkey and Salonika, Holland Park Synagogue is a really special place, full of warmth and tradition. Over the years, we have attracted members from Gibraltar, Egypt, Persia, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Bahrain, Israel and most recently France to name but a few.

We have maintained our independence as a unique place of worship, with beautiful architecture, its own liturgy and traditions that are not found anywhere else in London.

The role of Development Officer would suit a student or graduate with a background in youth work and ability to engage young people.

Job Purpose:

The purpose of this post is:

• To engage all the Youth and Young Professionals of our Community by:

o Delivering a full range of religious, educational, and social programmes that generate excellent attendance.

o Inspiring and enhancing their connections with a vibrant, modern orthodox Jewish life & Israel.

• To nurture our Youth and Young Professions to retain their association with the Synagogue.

• To attract students living near the Synagogue to attend and become active within the community.

• To work with the Rabbi and the Synagogue Office to ensure that all activities are organised within the broader programme of activities.

• To establish the Synagogue on Social Media attracting new members of all ages to the Synagogue.



o To ensure Services for the Youth, Young Professionals and Students are planned and organised efficiently on Shabbat and festivals.

o To organise and provide regular and exciting kiddushim.

o To provide and facilitate learning across the community.

o To assist in sourcing interesting speakers for Shabbat morning programmes where applicable.


o To organise and manage appropriate programming for each year group in a way that stimulates, excites and connects them to our Synagogue and community, e.g. leadership programmes, social action.

o To be involved with projects and events run for the wider community, where necessary.


To provide inspiring speakers and educational events throughout the year for all age groups.

Social Events, Clubs & Trips:

To arrange and organise social events and trips, including Clubs, for all age groups, as well as events around the Yom Tovim and other times of the year.  

Sunday Morning Classes:

To be an informal educator. 

Bar/Batmitzvah Programme:

To assist the Rabbi in a programme for pre-Bar/Batmitzvah children.


o To ensure that Members are aware of all the events that are relevant to them. 

o To use social media to communicate in the most effective way with our current Youth, Young Professionals, Students and Members of the Synagogue.


To entertain the Youth in the community for Shabbat and Yom Tov meals including Friday night Onegs and Seudah Shlishits for various age groups.  

For more information and to apply for the role please contact yael@theworkavenue.org.uk