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Becontree & District Associate Synagogue

Dagenham, Essex

 

 

 

 Congregation Data

Name:

Becontree & District Associate Synagogue

Address:

200 Becontree Avenue, Becontree, Dagenham, Essex RM8 2TR.

Date Founded:

By 1927.(i)

Current Status:

Merged in 1949 with the Barking Hebrew Congregation to form the The Barking and Becontree Affiliated Synagogue.(ii).

Ritual:

Ashkenazi Orthodox

Affiliation:

The Congregation was an Associate Synagogue of the United Synagogue from joining the organisation in 1927.(iii)

Ministers:

Rev. Harry Bornstein - Minister about 1929(iv)

Rev. W. Morein - Minister, Reader & Secretary from about 1929 until about 1930(v)

Rev. Louis Morris Sanker - Minister, Reader & Secretary from about 1932 until about 1934(vi)

Rev. Michael Engelman - Minister, Reader & Secretary from about 1935 until about 1938(vii)

Rev. N. Bergerman - Minister, Reader & Secretary from about 1938 until about 1939(viii)

Readers:

M. Chaten - about 1927(x)

M. Chatow - about 1928(xi)

For later Readers see under "Ministers"

Officers (pre-WWII)(xii):

Presidents:

N. Garretts (1927), John Woolf (1928-33, 1939), J. Lee (1934-39)

Hon. Vice President:

Rev. Walter Levin (1928-35)(xiii)

Vice-Presidents:

T. Rees (1927), John Woolf (1927),
A. Morris
 (1928), M. Chatow (1928/9),
N. Garretts
 (1929),
N.M Chaytow
(1930-32),
J. Hochman
(1930-33), S. Roberts (1930-33),
John Woolf (1934), N.J. Mann (1935)

Treasurer:

J. Levy (1927/8) A. Morris (1929, 1931-39)

Secretary:

M. Goldsmid (1927) (Note: during 1930s the Minister was also Secretary, see above)

Hon. Secretary:

J. Golding (1929)

Officers (1940s)(xiv):

President:

P. Rosen (1945/6, 1948)

Wardens:

A. Cohen and P. Rosen (1946)

I. Morris and C. Crosby (1948)

Treasurer:

A. Morris (1945/6, 1948)

Hon. Secretary:

Miss L. Rosen (1945/6, 1948)

Local Government Districts:

Becontree, a large housing estate constructed in the 1920s, is now in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (known as the London Borough of Barking until 1980). It was previously (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Barking (which was the Urban District of Barking Town until 1931).(xv)

Bibliography - London

Registration District (BMD):

Barking & Dagenham (renamed from Barking on 1 April 1989)(xvi) - Link to Register Office website.

Cemetery Information:

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

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The congregation first appears in the Jewish Year Book 1928, having its address in Becontree Avenue.

  • (ii) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by A. Newman, 1976, pp.222-3. 

  • (iii) Ibid. and the London Metropolitan Archives (Ref. Code: ACC/2712/BKS) - Administrative History of the Barking Hebrew Congregation.

  • (iv) The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History has an entry for Rev. Harry Bornstein (1908-1943) and states that "[h]is first ministerial appointment was in 1929 in Becontree." It is uncertain whether he was also Secretary of the Congregation. He died on active service in 1943.

  • (v) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1930 and 1931, and may also have been listed in later editions. Rev. Morein, BA is also described as the Reader and Secretary.

  • (vi) Based upon "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (incl. 1952) and listing in Jewish Year Book 1933 through 1935. Rev. Sanker, BA, PhD (b. 1909, South Shields), subsequently served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1935-1947) and Leeds United Hebrew Congregation (late 1940s-early 1950s).

  • (vii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1936 through 1938. Rev. Engelman, BA is also described as the Reader and Secretary.

  • (viii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Book 1939 and 1940. Rev. Bergerman is also described as the Reader and Secretary.

  • (ix) Reserved.

  • (x) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Book 1928.

  • (xi) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Book 1929.

  • (xii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1928-1933, 1935-1940. Years shown in parenthesis indicate listing in the Jewish Year Book for the subsequent year.

  • (xiii) Rev. Levin was minister of Bayswater Synagogue (1930-38).

  • (xiv) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1945/6, 1947 and 1949. Years shown in parenthesis indicate listing in the Jewish Year Book for the subsequent year.

  • (xv) The London Borough of Barking, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of almost all the Municipal Borough of Barking with the greater part of the Municipal Borough of Dagenham. Both areas had then been part of the County of Essex.

  • (xvi) The former Registration District was Romford, from the formation of Congregation until 1 April 1965. All registers would now be held by current register office.


List of United Synagogue Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

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Page created: 19 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 27 April 2018
Latest revision or update: 27 May 2018


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