Congregation Sharei Shalom, fondly known by its congregants as Tchabe, is among London’s most warm and welcoming Jewish centres. For over fifty years, Sharei Shalom has been devoted to giving back to the Jewish community through the provision of social, monetary and spiritual support to its congregants, the London community and the Jewish people at large. Sharei Shalom is home to a thriving synagogue which houses daily prayers, multiple Torah study centres and a vibrant youth group.
The congregation was founded by the esteemed Grand Rabbi Shalom Schnitzler זצ”ל, whose devotion to his community and Torah scholarship was deeply rooted in his genetic makeup. Rav Schnitzler came from a long line of holy Jewish leaders who were known, in addition to their extensive expertise in Jewish learning and law, for their community work. Rav Shnitzler’s grandfather, Rav Boruch Yehuda, was Chief Rabbi of Derecske, Hungary, and his son, Rav Shraga Shmuel, followed in his footsteps. Following World War II, Rav Shraga Shmuel served as Rabbi of a city in Hungary called Békéscsaba or “Tchabe” for several years until he moved to Jerusalem in 1950, at which point Rav Shalom took over as Rabbi.