Barnet Synagogue

New Barnet, Herts.






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Barnet Synagogue
Barnet Synagogue
© David Newman 2011

Congregation Data


Barnet Synagogue (from 2006(i))

Former Names(ii):

Barnet and District Affiliated Synagogue (1954 to 2006)

(also known as Barnet Affiliated Synagogue and Barnet and District Synagogue)

previously Barnet and District Hebrew Congregation (until 1954)


Eversleigh Road, New Barnet, Herts. EN5 1NE (since about 1965)

Previously at 1 Netherlands Road New Barnet(iii)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


A full member of the United Synagogue since about 2010(v), having previously been an affiliated synagogue from 1954.(vi)



Ministers & Rabbinical Team:

Rev. Bernard Koschland - from about 1965 until about 1969(viii)

Rabbi Isaac Newman (& Rebbetzen Rita Newman)- from 1969 until 1989(ix)

Rabbi Pinchas Rosenstein - from about 1989 until about 1995(x)

Rabbi Shaul Robinson (& Rebbetzen Sarah Robinson) - part-time from 1997, full-time from 1998 until 2005(xi)

Rabbi Barry Lerer (& Rebbetzen Naomi Lerer) - from June 2006 until February 2019(xii)

(On 3 April 2019, it was announced that Rabbi Dr Samuel Landau and Rebbetzen Ma’ayan Shoshana Landau have accepted the position as the new rabbinical couple of the congregation, pending a vote from member.(xiii))

Membership Data:

United Synagogue (male seat-holders)(xv)







Reports & Surveys(xvi)

2010 - listed as having 500 to 749 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having 400 to 499 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

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

Local Government Districts:

The area known as New Barnet is in the London Borough of Barnet and was previously (until 1965) part of the county of Hertfordshire and within the former Urban District of East Barnet.(xvii)

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet (since founding of Congregation) - Link to Register Office website


For United Synagogue cemeteries, see Cemeteries of the United Synagogue.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) "Barnet Shul rebrands" -Jewish Chronicle Pressreader report 1 December 2006.

  • (ii) Listing in Jewish Year Books were under the names: Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue (editions 1993-2009), Barnet Affiliated Synagogue (editions 1966-1992), Barnet & District Synagogue (editions 1955-1965) and Barnet & District Hebrew Congregation (editions 1950-1954).

  • (iii) This was the address shown in Jewish Year Books from 1955 through 1964. Subsequently the Eversleigh Road address was given.

  • (iv) Article in the Jewish Chronicle 1 March 2013 on the 65th anniversary of the congregation.

  • (v) Based upon first listing as a full member of the United Synagogue in Jewish Year Books 2011.

  • (vi) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), page 220.

  • (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Based upon the listing of Rev. Koschland, BA as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1966 through 1969. He was previously minister of North Finchley & Woodside Park Synagogue (1961-c.1964).

  • (ix) Based upon Rabbi Newman's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1970 through 1989, "Who's Who" entries in various Jewish Year Books (1960s to 1990s) and information provided by Rabbi Newman's son. London-born Rabbi Newman (1924-2011) was headmaster of Notting Hill Hebrew Classes and served as minister to Kingsbury District Synagogue (c.1948-c.1950),  St Albans Hebrew Congregation (early-mid 1950s) and Dalston Synagogue (1958-69).

  • (x) Based upon Rabbi Rosenheim's listing in Jewish Year Books 1990 through 1995 (although he is listed as Rosenheim (sic) in the 1990 edition).

  • (xi) Rabbi Robinson's profile on the Torah in Motion website. Glasgow-born Rabbi Robinson subsequently served as Senior Rabbi at Lincoln Square Synagogue, New York, from September 2005.

  • (xii) Rabbi Lerer's profile previously on the Congregation's website, accessed 15 January 2019, and his profile on Central Synagogue's website lasst accessed 28 April 2019, as well as information provided personally by Rabbi Lerer in January 2019. USA-born Rabbi Lehrer, who received smicha in 2000, previously served as minister of Watford & District Synagogue (January 2002  to June 2006) and became minister of Central Synagogue, London in February 2019.

  • (xiii) Jewish News, 3 April 2019.

  • (xiv) Reserved.

  • (xv) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), pages 218/9.

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

  • (xvii) The London Borough of Barnet, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet (both of which had been part of the county of Hertfordshire) with the Urban District of Friern Barnet and the Municipal Boroughs of Finchley and Hendon (all of which had been in the former county of Middlesex).


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Page created: 15 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 29 July 2018
Latest revision or update: 28 April 2019

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