Shenley United Jewish Community

Shenley, Hertsmere, Hertfordshire




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Town of Shenley

The town of Shenley is in the county of Hertfordshire, just to the north of the administrative boundary of Greater London. It is in the borough of Hertsmere, a local government district formed in 1974 and granted borough status in 1977. Prior to 1974, Shenley was part of in the rural district of Elstree (known as the rural district of Barnet from 1894 to 1941) in the county of Hertfordshire.

Shenley Jewish Community

The Jewish community in Shenley is relatively new, the first organised Jewish congregation having been established only in 2001.

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Congregation Data


Shenley United Jewish Community
(also known as Shenley Synagogue or Shenley United Synagogue)(ii)


The Old Chapel, Shenley, Herts.

(Until about 2005, services were held in a local primaryschool old age home or cricket club.)

Current Status:


Date Founded:

About 2001


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


A constituent synagogue of the United Synagogue.



Rabbinical Teams:

Rabbi Benjamin Rickman - the Congregations first (part time) rabbi (prior to 2004)(v)

Rabbi Shmuli Kass (part time) (& Rebbetzen Batsheva Kass) - from 2004 to 2007(vi)

Rabbi Natan Levy (part time) (& Rebbetzen Ariella Levy) - from 2008 until June 2010(vii)

Rabbi Alan Garber (& Rabbetzen Tanya Garber) - from about 2010 until present (December 2018)(viii)

Membership Data:

2010 and 2016 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)(xi)

Charitable Status:

As a constituent of the United Synagogue, the congregation operates within that organisation's registered charity status (registered charity no. 242552).

Registration District:

Hertfordshire(xii) - Register Office website.

Cemetery Information:

For cemeteries used by the congregation, see Cemeteries of the United Synagogue, of which Bushey Cemetery is only about 6 miles away

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Unless otherwise stated, all congregational data is based upon information appearing on the congregation's website, accessed 29 January 2017, which includes a brief history of the congregation.

  • (ii) The congregation's website, when previously accessed and when last accessed on 12 September 2018, refers to Shenley United Jewish Community. However, each listing in Jewish Year Books (2003-2015) was under the name Shenley Synagogue.

  • (iii) & (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) Neither Rabbi Rickman nor any of the congregation's subsequent rabbis were listed in Jewish Year Books. He was subsequently appointed Head of Jewish Studies, King David High School, Manchester (January 2006 to present) and Assistant Rabbi of Holy Law South Broughton Hebrew Congregation, Manchester (June 2017 to present) - Rabbi Rickman's linkedIn profile, accessed 12 September 2018).

  • (vi) Israel-born Rabbi Kass (1977-2007) died in office from cancer.

  • (vii) Congregation's website and Jewish Chronicle press reports of 26 September 2008 and 18 March 2010. US-born Rabbi Levy was previously Jewish university chapain for the West of England, based in Bristol.

  • (viii) Rabbi Gerber's profile on United Synagogue website and congregation's website, last accessed 28 December 2018. Rabbi Garber was previously Jewish university chapain in Leeds and Associate Rabbi of The Great Synagogue, Sydney Australia.

  • (ix) and (x) Reserved.

  • (xi) Reports on "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2010" and "...in 2016", published by BOD and JPR. Link to reports.

  • (xii) The former Registration District was Watford, from the formation of Congregation until 1 April 2008. All registers would now be held by current register office (UK BMD website).

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Page created: 19 May 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 12 September 2018
Latest revision or update: 28 December 2018

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