St Albans Synagogue

St Albans, Hertfordshire




Page created: 13 March 2006
Latest revision or update: 29 August 2017

The exterior of St Albans Synagogue
David Newman 2017

Congregation Data


St Albans United Synagogue, also known as St Albans Synagogue

Former Name:

St Albans Affiliated Synagogue

Developed from:

St Albans Hebrew Congregation


Oswald Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3AQ (from March 1951)

Previous Address:

54 Clarence Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire (until 1951)

Current Status:



The St Albans Hebrew Congregation was established in St Albans in 1933, services taking place in the homes of members. During the during WWII, the congregation increased in size with the arrival of evacuees from heavily populated areas of Central and Eastern London. (Although editions of the Jewish Year Book at the time make reference to the existence of a United Synagogue Membership Group loosely linked with United Synagogue, this would appear to be inaccurate). Subsequently, the congregation sought formal affiliation to United Synagogue.


Ashkenazi Orthodox


A Constituent Synagogue of the United Synagogue since 26 September 2011, and previously an Affiliated Synagogue of the United Synagogue from 5 April 1948.




Rabbi Daniel Sturgess - from 2014(i) to present (June 2017) - the Congregation's first rabbi for 50 years  -  Rebbetzin Alli Sturgess

Membership Data:

1947 - 112 male seatholders (United Synagogue 1870-1970)
1950 -   96 male seatholders (United Synagogue 1870-1970)
1960 -   69 male seatholders (United Synagogue 1870-1970)
1970 -   41 male seatholders (United Synagogue 1870-1970)
2013 -   68 male members and 78 female members (Synagogue Administrator)

Registration District:

Hertfordshire (since 1 April 2008) - Register Office website.

Previous Registration District - St Albans, from founding of the congregation until 1 April 2008.

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


There is no Jewish cemetery in St Albans. For cemeteries used by the Congregation, see Cemeteries of the United Synagogue, of which Bushey Cemetery is only some 10 miles away and Waltham Abbey some 20 miles.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) United Synagogue Website, accessed 29 June 2017.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the St Albans Synagogues


D. Wenzerul 2001
One of the Stained Glass Windows from St Albans Synagogue

St Albans Jewish Community home page

List of United Synagogue Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Hertfordshire

Jewish Communities of England home page


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