the former

Hendon Reform Synagogue

London N.W.4.




Page created: 16 November 2006
Latest revision or update: 8 August 2017

Congregation Data


Hendon Reform Synagogue


Danescroft Avenue, Hendon, London NW4 2NA.

Initially meetings were held in the homes of members. As the congregation grew, services were held in the Methodist Meeting Hall in the Burroughs and elsewhere in Hendon. Following the purchase of a plot of land in Danscroft Avenue, the Congregation's first synagogue - in what later became the Kingsley Fisher Hall (named after two founders, Sidney Kingsley and Ben Fisher) - was completed in March 1955. In 1965, construction began of an annexe which on completion became the Congregation's synagogue, for which a consecration service took place on 14 January 1968. (i)

Date Founded:

Founded in 1949.

Current Status:

No longer active. Merged on 15 July 2017 with Edgware & Distrct Reform Synagogue, to form Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue




Until merger, a constituent synagogue of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain).


Rabbi Dr. Arthur Katz - from about 1950 until about 1988.(ii)

Rabbi Steven Katz - Assistant Minister from 1975 until about 1988, then Senior Minister until merger.(iii)

Local Government Districts:

Hendon, a residential suburb in Northwest London with a large Jewish population, is in London Borough of Barnet, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, Hendon was in the Municipal Borough of Hendon (which was an urban district until 1932) in the County of Middlesex, both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

Registration District:

Barnet (from 1 April 1999) - Register Office website.

Previous Registration District - Hendon, from founding of the congregation until 1 April 1999.

(All records would now be held by current office.)


See London Cemeteries of the Movement for Reform Judaism. It should also be noted that this congregation had its own cemetery at the New Southgate Cemetery, Brunswick Park Road, London N11.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue, http://www.ehrs.uk, accessed in August 2017, which includes a brief history of the Hendon Reform Synagogue and its premises.

  • (ii) The Jewish Year Book 1981 still referred to Rabbi A Katz as Minister. However, in the Jewish Year Book 1986, he is already referred to as Emeritus Minister.

  • (iii) Rabbi S. Katz assumed the ministry from his father, Rabbi Dr. A. Katz (his father being appointed as Emeritus Minister of the Congregation). He had been inducted as Assistant Minister by his father some years previously, but soon after this, his father suffered a serious car accident and so Rabbi S. Katz undertook the burden of running the religious side of the Synagogue. Website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue, accessed in August 2017. See Note (i). 

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