Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation

Edgware, Middx.





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Edgware Adath Synagogue
Main entrance , June 2018
© David Shulman 2018

Edgware Adath Synagogue
Side entrance, June 2018
© David Shulman 2018

Congregation Data


Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation (EAYC)
(formerly known as Edgware Adath Yisroel Synagogue)


261 Hale Lane, Edgware, Middx. HA8 8NX

Previous Address:

21 St. Margaret's Road, Edgware (from about 1950 until 1960).(i)
Prior thereto, the congregation met in Broadhurst Avenue.

Current Status:


Date Formed:

Founded in 1938 or early 1939 by the head of the Adath Movement, Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld.(i)


Ashkenazi Orthodox / Strictly Orthodox


The congregation is independent but was affiliated to the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC) until 1979. However, it remains affiliated to the UOHC's Adath Yisrael Burial Society.(iii)



Senior Ministers:

Rabbi Konigshofers - from 1939 until 1941(v)

Rabbi Abraham Moses Babad - from 1943 until about 1947(vi)

Rabbi Jacob (Yaacov) Heschel - from 1948 until 1971 (vii)

Rabbi R. Kahan - from 1973 until about 1988(viii)

Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Lieberman (& Rebbetzen Feigy Lieberman) - 1990 to present (Decemberl 2018)(ix)

Sefardi Minyan

In 2008, a Sefardi Minyan was opened in Edgware, which formally became part of EAYC in 2011.

The rabbi of the Minyan, since 2008 until the present (December 2018), is Rabbi Doniel Karp.(xii)

Membership Data:

Reports & Surveys(xiii)

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

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

Legal & Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered (non-profit) company, Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation Limited (company no. 06545357), a private company limited by guarantee without share capital, incorporated on 26 March 2008.(xv)

It is also a registered charity (no. 1123950), registered on 2 May 2008.(xvi)

The governing documents are the company's Memorandum & Articles of Association.

Local Government District:

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(xvii) and was (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Hendon (incorporated as a borough in 1932).

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(xviii) - Link to Register Office website


For Adath Yisroel Burial Society cemeteries, see Cemeteries of the UOHC

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Congregation's website (accessed 14 March 2018).

  • (ii) Reserved.

  • (iii) Congregation's website (accessed 14 March 2018).

  • (iv) Reserved

  • (v) Congregation's website (accessed 14 March 2018). The congregation was reputedly founded as a vehicle for employing Rabbi Koningshofers, who would then be able to obtain an entry visa to the UK and thus escape Nazi controlled Vienna. Rabbi Koningshofers moved to Stamford Hill in 1941.

  • (vi) The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History pp 44-135. Rabbi Babad (1909-1966) was born in Mukulince, Poland (now in Ukraine) and emigrated to London in 1936. He became minister of the small Ahavat Emet Synagogue in London's East End (about 1937) and later joint prinicipal of Yeshivah Or Yisroel in Stamford Hill. He subsequently seved as minister of the Sunderland Beth Hemedresh (1947-65).

  • (vii) Congregation's website (accessed 14 March 2018). Rabbi Heschel died in office in 1971.

  • (viii) Appointment per congregation's website, accessed 14 March 2018. Rabbi Kahan was listed as minister of the Congregation until the Jewish Year Book 1989, but in 1990 edition, the post is vacant.

  • (ix) Congregation's website, last accessed 28 December 2018. Chicago-born Rabbi Lieberman previously served as minister of the Kingston, Surbiton & District Affiliated Synagogue.  

  • (x) and (xi) Reserved.

  • (xii) Congregation's website, accessed 28 December 2018.

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

  • (xiv) Reserved.

  • (xv) Companies House website (in beta trial stage), accessed 18 March 2018. 

  • (xvi) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 18 March 2018. 

  • (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 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). 

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

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Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 14 March 2018
Latest revision or update: 28 December 2018

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