Edgware United Synagogue

Edgware, Middx.






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Edgware Synagogue
Edgware Synagogue (panorama view), June 2018
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Congregation Data


Edgware United Synagogue

Former Names:

Edgware Synagogue

Edgware District Synagogue (1937 to 1954)

Edgware Hebrew Congregation (to 1937)


Parnell Close, Edgware Way, Edgware, Middx. HA8 8Y

Previous Address:es

Mowbray Road, Edgware, Middx. (Consecrated 2 September 1934, until 1957)(i)

Lodge House, High Street, Edgware, Middx. (from about 1931 until 1934)(i)

Initially the congregation used a private house in Fairview Way, Edgware(ii)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


Joined the United Synagogue, as an affiliated synagogue, in 1933, becoming a district synagogue in 1937 and achieving constituent (full member) status in 1954.(iii)
(See also Ahavas Yisrael (United) Synagogue, also in Edgware.)




Rev. Saul Amias, MBE - 1931 to 1975(iv)

Rabbi Cyril Kitchener Harris - 1975 to 1979(v)

Rabbi Benjamin Rabinowitz - 1981 to 2007(vi)

Rabbi David Lister - 2008 to present (July 2019)(vii)

Membership Data:

United Synagogue (male seat-holders)(x)









Reports & Surveys(xi)

Both 2010 and 2016 - listed as having 1,000 to 1,499 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).

However, the congregation has its own general charitable trust - Edgware Charitable Trust Fund, a registered charity (no. 281244), registered on 11 November 1980. The governing document is a Trust Deed dated 7 October 1980.(xii).

Local Government Districts:

Edgware, a residential suburb in Northwest London, has a substantial Jewish minority. Most of Edgware (including the locality in which the synagogue is situated) is in the London Borough of Barnet and was (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Hendon (incorporated as a borough in 1932).(xiii)

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(xiv) - Link to Register Office website


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

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Congregation's Website.

  • (ii) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), pages 221/2.

  • (iii) Reminiscence of Rev. Saul Amias on Rosh Pinah Primary School website.

  • (iv) Congregation's website, Jewish Year Books' Who's Who (2003, latest entry) and Reminiscence of Rev. Saul Amias on Rosh Pinah Primary School website. London-born Rev. Amias (1907-2002) served as an Army chaplain during World War II.

  • (v) Congregation's website, "Who's Who" enties in Jewish Year Books  (latest 2005) and Orbituary of Rabbi Harris on The Guardian website, 16 September 2005. Glasgow-born Rabbi Harris (1936-2005) previously served as minister of Kenton Synagogue (1958-72) and subsequent served as minister of St John's Wood Synagogue (1979-87) before becoming Chief Rabbi of South Africa (1987-2004)

  • (vi) Congregation's website and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2009). Newcastle-born Rabbi Rabinowitz (b. 1945) previously served as minister of Blackpool Hebrew Congregation (1973-76) and of Yeshurum Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Manchester (c.1976-1981).

  • (vii) Rabbi Lister's profile on congregation's website, last accessed 26 July 2019. Manchester-born Rabbi Lister (b. 1969) previously served as minister of Reading Hebrew Congregation (1997-2000) and Muswell Hill Synagogue (2000-2007).

  • (viii) and (ix)

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

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

  • (xii) Charities Commissioners website (in beta test stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 23 March 2018.

  • (xiii) 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 the Municipal Boroughs of Hendon and Finchley and Urban District of Friern Barnet (all of which had been in the former county of Middlesex) with the Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet (both of which had been part of the county of Hertfordshire). The former Municipal Borough of Hendon comprised the former Hendon Urban District and part of the former Hendon Rural District (both created in 1894). Edgware had been within the Hendon Rural District.

  • (xiv) The former Registration District was Henden, from the formation of the congregation until 1 April 1999. All registers would now be held by current register office.

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Page created: 16 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 25 March 2018
Latest revision or update: 26 July 2019

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