The Liberal Synagogue Elstree

Hertsmere, Hertfordshire




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Liberal Synagogue Elstree

The Liberal Synagogue Elstree, May 2013
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Congregation Data


The Liberal Synagogue Elstree

Hebrew name: Ateret Zvi - "the Crown of Glory" (adopted 1993)(i)

F0rmer Names:

Hertsmere Progressive Synagogue (from about 1978 to September 2004)(ii)

Hertsmere Progressive Jewish Congregation (from about 1977 to about 1978)(iii)

Stanmore Liberal Jewish Congregation (until 1977)(iv)


High Street, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3EY (from 1977)

Formerly Old St.Nicholas Church of England School, built 1882, the synagogue is a Grade II Listed Building (number 1346915), designated on 13 April 1974 (most recent amendment 12 August 1985). View description on Historic England website.

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Liberal Progressive


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


http://www.tlse.org.uk/ (As of September 2022, this website was not functioning)

(To view a short profile of a minister who also served other UK congregations - name in blue - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rabbi Alan Mann - from about 1972 until about 1975(vii)

Rabbi Dr. D. Goldstein - from about 1975 until about 1977(viii)

Rabbi Thomas Salamon - from about 1980 until about 1988(ix)

Rabbi J. Black - from about 1988 until about 2002(x)

Rabbi Pete Tobias - from 2003 until 2020(xi)

Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich - from about 2021 until 2022(xii)

Rabbi Cantor Gershon Silins - from December 2022, as interim rabbi until present (May 2023)(xiii)

Membership Data:

National Reports and Surveys(xvii)

1977 - 65 male (or household) members and 5 female members

1983 - 135 male (or household) members and 17 female members

1990 - 220 members (households)

1996 - 228 members (households)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 300 to 399 members (by household)

Congregation's Annual Reports (Number full adult members):(xviii)













Charitable Status:

The Liberal Synagogue Elstree is a registered charity (no. 262001), registered on 5 January 1971. The governing document is the Congregation's constitution dated 15 April 1970, as amended 7 April 2004, 30 July 2004 and 13 April 2005.(xix)

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(xx) - Link to Register Office website


See London Cemeteries of Liberal Judaism..

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Congregation's website, accessed 2 September 2018.

  • (ii) Based upon the first listing under this name in the Jewish Year Book 1979. The date of change to the current name is provided congregation's website.

  • (iii) This name appears solely in the Jewish Year Book 1978. The adoption in 1977 of "Hertsmere" as part of the name is confirmed by the congregation's website.

  • (iv) Congregation's website and the name under whish the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books 1971 (its first listing) through 1977.

  • (v) The Congregation's website.

  • (vi) Reserved.

  • (vii) Based upon Rabbi Mann's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1973 through 1975.

  • (viii) Based upon Rabbi Dr. Goldstein's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1976 and 1977. There was no minister listed in the editions for 1978 through 1980.

  • (ix) Based upon Rabbi Salamon's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1981 through 1988.

  • (x) Based upon Rabbi Black's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1989 through 2002. The edition for 2003 gives the minister as "Leo Baeck College Student".

  • (xi) Congregation's website, last accessed 3 January 2020. Rabbi Tobias was listed as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 2004.

  • (xii) Jewish Chronicle reports of 19 February 2021 entitled "Nottingham rabbi takes on Elstree challenge" and 9 August 2022 entitled "Elstree rabbi to move to Edgware congregation - Currently at The Liberal Synagogue Elstree, Tanya Sakhnovich will join Edgware and Hendon Reform in November".

  • (xiii) Congregation's website, accessed May 2023.

  • (xiv) to (xvi) Reserved.

  • (xvii) 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. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (xviii) Membership figures extracted from the congregation's annual reports for the years 2013 to 2017, available on the Charity Commissioners website. Figures stated exclude affiliate members, friends and children.

  • (xix) Charity Commission's website (in beta development stage), accessed 2 September 2018.

  • (xx) The former Registration Districts were Barnet (from the formation of Congregation until 1 April 1995); Elstree & Potters Bar (1 April 1995 until 1 March 1996) and Watford (1 March 1996 until 1 April 2008). All registers would now be held by current register office.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this congregation

formerly on the Congregation's website

  • A History of The Liberal Synagogue Elstree.


  • Annual Reports and Financial Statements filed with the Charities Commission (pdf):

Hertsmere Jewish Communities home page

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Hertfordshire

Jewish Communities in Greater London and its Outskirts

Greater London home page

Page created: 19 May 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 2 September 2018
Page most recently amended: 7 May 202

Formatting and research by David Shulman

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