West Central Liberal Synagogue

London W.1.





Page created: 2 November 2006
Latest update or revision: 5 December 2013

Congregation Data

Official Name:

West Central Liberal Synagogue


  • The Montague Centre, 21 Maple Street, London W1T 4BE (previously known as 109-113 Whitfield Street), opened 1954, redeveloped in the 1990's.

  • 2 Fitzroy Square, London W1 (1940's until early 1950's)

  • The Club House at Alfred Place, Bedford Square, London WC1, used from about 1914, initially by the West Central Branch of the Jewish Religious Union (the pre-cursor of the ULPS). The building was destroyed in 1941 in a German bombing raid, which killed 27 victims sheltering in the Club in the basement.
    List of those killed in the bombing

Current Status:


Date Formed:

1928, although the West Central Branch of the Jewish Religious Union held religious services from about 1913.


Liberal Progressive


A constituent synagogue of Liberal Judaism (formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues)

Membership Data:

1960 - 600 members (Congregation's website)

Local Government District:

All the above addresses for the congregation are in the London Borough of Camden (established in 1965) in Greater London.
Previously, they were in the former Metropolitan Borough of Holborn, within the former County of London.


Other  Congregation Information

  • Bibliography:

    • My Club and I. Montague, Lily, 1941

    • The West Central Story and its Founders 1993-1968. Levy, Nellie G., 1968

    • History of the West Central Liberal Synagogue. Rigal, L. 1978. Published by the Congregation

    • The Lost Synagogues of London. Renton, P., 2000 (Tymsder Publications, London)  pp. 158-159

    • The Synagogues of London. Lindsay, P., 1993 (Valentine Mitchell, London)  p. 79

    • Other sources in the City of Westminster

    • Other London sources

  • Cemetery Information:

List of Synagogues
destroyed by German air raids during World War II

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Camden

Jewish Congregations in Greater London

Greater London home page

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

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