Ohr Yisrael Synagogue

Federation Synagogue

Borehamwood, Hertsmere, Hertfordshire




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Congregation Data


Ohr Yisrael Synagogue

Former Name:

Elstree Beis Hamedrash (until about 2003)(i)


31-33 Theobald Road, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 4RN

Until about 2003, the congregation held services at Allum Community Centre, Allum Lane, Elstree WD6 3PJ
(at 6 Allum Lane, Elstree WD6 3PH until about 2001)(ii)

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Orthodox - Ashkenaz


A constituent synagogue of the Federation of  Synagogues since formation.



Rabbinical Team:
(To view a short profile of a rabbi - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rabbi Dovid Tugendhaft (& Rebbetzen Shoshana Tugendhaft) - founding rabbi, from 1999 to 2005(iv)

Rabbi Raphy Garson (& Rebbetzen Deborah Garson) - from July 2005 to present (July 2020)(v)

Membership Data:

National Reports & Surveys(vi)

2010 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household - estimated)

2016 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)

Local Government District:

The Borough of Hertsmere, in the county of Hertfordshire, formed in 1974. For details and history, see Hertsmere Jewish Communities home page.

Registration District (BMD):

Hertfordshire - Register Office website


For Federation of Synagogues' cemeteries, see Cemeteries of the Federation of Synagogues..

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The Congregation was listed under this name in Jewish Year Books through 2003.

  • (ii) The address of the congregation was given as 6 Allum Lane in Jewish Year Books 2000 & 2001, and as Allum Community Centre in editions for 2002 & 2003.

  • (iii) Congregation's website, accessed 2 June 2017.

  • (iv) Rabbi Tugenhaft was listed as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 2000 through 2005.

  • (v) Profile of Rabbi and Deborah Garson on Congregation's website, last accessed 5 July 2020.

  • (vi) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. In compiling the report for 2010, the size of membership of this congregation was inferred from 2005 data as it was not possible to obtain the data direct. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

Hertsmere Jewish Communities home page

List of Federation of Synagogues congregations

Jewish Congregations in Hertfordshire

Jewish Communities in Greater London and its Outskirts

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Latest revision or update: 5 July 2020

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