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North West Surrey Synagogue

Weybridge, Elmbridge, Surrey

 

 

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Town of Weybridge

Weybridge is situated immediately to the southwest of the administrative boundary of Greater London. It is in the borough of Elmbridge, a local government district of the county of Surrey, formed in 1974. Prior to 1974, it was part of the rural district of Walton and Weybridge.


Weybridge Jewish Community

There is a small Jewish community in Weybridge although the local congregation, a Reform congregation formed in the 1950s, includes families from other towns in the vicinity. The borough of Elbridge (of which Weybridge forms part) also has a liberal congregation - the Kingston Liberal Synagogue.

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Congregation Data

Name:

North West Surrey Synagogue(i)

Address:

Horvath Close, Rosslym Park, Oatlands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9QZ(ii)

Previous Addresses:

a "pre-fab." in Princes Road, Weybridge (from 1981 to about 1987)(iii)

Finnart House, Oaklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey (from formation until 1981)(iv)

Current Status:

Active

Foundation:

Finnart House, the first address of the congregation, had been, since 1937, the address of an Approved School for ‘problem’ Jewish boys at which a small synagogue was consecrated. Local Jewish families were invited to participate in the Sabbath services. In 1968 the congregation was formally established using the synagogue.(v)

Ritual:

Reform

Affiliation:

A constituent synagogue of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain).

Website:

http://www.nwss.org.uk/

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

Rabbi Anthony (Tony) Michael Bayfield(viii) - from 1972 until 1982 (and previously student rabbi from 1969)

Rabbi Fred Morgan(ix) - from 1984 until 1997 (and previously student rabbi from 1983)

Rabbi Peter S. Knobell(x) (interim minister) - from about 1998 to about 1999

Rabbi Dr. Jacqueline (Jackie) Tabick - from 1999 until 2013(xi)

Rabbi David J. Zucker - from 2013 until 2017(xii)

Rabbi Kath Vardi(xiii) - from 2017 to present (February 2019)

Membership Data:

1972 - about 100 people(xvi)

2010 - listed as having 200 - 299 members (by household)(xvii)

2016 - listed as having 300 - 399 members (by household)(xvii)

Charitable Status:

The congregation is also a registered charity (registered charity no: 256232) registered on 17 July 1968. The governing documents are the congregation's Laws, adopted 25 January 1968 as amended by its Constitution, adopted 29 October 2006 (and subsequently amended).(xviii)

Registration District:

Surrey(xix) - Link to Register Office website.

Cemetery Information:

Membership of the synagogue includes burial rights through the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) at one of its cemeteries, principally the Western Cemetery in Cheshunt. There is also the option (through the JJBS) of a Woodland Burial in Cheshunt or cremation at Golders Green Crematorium.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) In Jewish Year Books through 1994, North West was written with a hyphen between the two words.

  • (ii) Horvath Close takes its name from Imre Horvath, a Hungarian refugee and founder member of the congregation.

  • (iii) This was the congregation's address as listed in Jewish Year Books from 1983 through 1987.

  • (iv) This was the congregation's address as listed in Jewish Year Books through 1982. it was sold in 1981 (Congregation's website).

  • (v) "Our History" on the congregation's website, accessed 16 December 2018.

  • (vi) and (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) "Our History" on the congregation's website, accessed 16 December 2018, "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2015) and Report dated 27 June 2016 from Reform Judaism. Ilford-born Rabbi Bayfield, who was ordained in 1972, was subsequent Chief Executive, then Head, then President of the Movement for Reform Judaism (1995-2016).

  • (ix) "Our History" on the congregation's website, accessed 16 December 2018 and Rabbi Moran's biography on IRCI's website. US-born Rabbi Mordan, who was ordained in 1984, subsequently served as senior rabbi of Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne, Australia (1997-2013).

  • (x) Based on Rabbi Knobell's listing as minister of the congregation in the Jewish Year Book 1999 and "Our History" on the congregation's website, accessed 16 December 2016. US Rabbi Knobell was appointed as minister of this congregation while on sabbatical leave as senir rabbi of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Evanston, Illinois, USA (1980-2010).

  • (xi) "Our History" on the congregation's website, accessed 17 December 2018.

  • (xii) "Our History" on the congregation's website and Rabbi Zucker's website, both accessed 17 December 2018.

  • (xiii) "Our History" on the congregation's website, last accessed 18 February 2019. Rabbi Vardi was ordained in 2017.

  • (xiv) and (xv) Reserved.

  • (xvi) "Our History" on the congregation's website, accessed 17 December 2018.

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

  • (xviii) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 16 December 2018.

  • (xix) The former Registration Districts were Surrey Northern, from the formation of Congregation until 1 October 1996 and North Surrey, from 1 October 1996 until 4 August 2008. Any registers would now be held by current register office.

 

On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

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


List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Surrey

List of Member Synagogues of the Jewish Joint Burial Society

Jewish Congregations in Greater London and its Outskirts

Jewish Communities of England home page


Page created: 21 May 2006
Data significantly and notes first added: 17 Decmber 2018
Latest revision or update: 19 February 2019


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