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Edgware and District Reform Synagogue

Edgware, Middx.




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Latest revision or update: 8 August 2017

Congregation Data


Edgware and District Reform Synagogue


(Sidbury Lodge), 118 Stonegrove, Edgware, Middx. HA8 8AB from mid-1950s.(i)
(previously 14 Grove Road, Edgware, with services sometimes held in Congregational Hall, Grove Road)

Date Founded:

On 1 November 1934, 13 dissatisfied members of the then recently established Edgware United Synagogue decided to form a breakaway group, which shortly thereafter adopted the name Edgware and District Progressive Jewish Fellowship. The new group received assistance from the West London Synagogue (one of only two Reform synagogues in London at the time) and on 12 February 1935, it was formally decided to replace the group with the establishment of a synagogue to be called Edgware and District Reform Synagogue.(ii)

Current Status:

No longer independently active. Merged on 15 July 2017 with Hendon Reform Synagogue, to form Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue




Until merger, a constituent synagogue of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain).

Senior Ministers:

Rabbi Dr. I. Maybaum - Minister from at least 1952 until about 1963.(iii)

Rabbi Dr. M. Leigh, M.A. - Minister from about 1964 until about 1963.(iv)

Rabbi Daniel Smith - Senior Minister from 1993, remaining in office following merger.(v)

(For junior ministers at the time of the merger, see Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue.)

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, within the administrative area of Greater London, both of which entities were established on 1 April 1965.

Previously, it was in the former Municipal Borough of Hendon  (incorporated as a borough in 1932) within the former County of Middlesex.

Registration District:

Barnet (from 1 April 1999) - Register Office website.

Previous Registration District - Hendon, from founding of the congregation until 1 April 1999.

(All records would now be held by current office.)


Since 1969, Membership included burial rights through the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) at the Western Cemetery, Cheshunt or cremation at Golders Green Crematorium. There was also the option (through the JJBS) of a Woodland Burial in Cheshunt at additional cost or of mixed faith burial in a separate area at Cheshunt.(vi)

In addition, for a brief period in the 1990s, members of this congregation had an option to join a scheme, at an additional annual fee, for burial at Edgwarebury Lane Cemetery.(vii)

See also London Cemeteries of the Movement for Reform Judaism.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) This was the address given in the Jewish Year Book 1955, and may also have been given in earlier editions in the 1950s.

  • (ii) Website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue, http://www.ehrs.uk, accessed in August 2017, which includes a brief history of the establishment of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue.

  • (iii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1952 through 1963, and may also have been listed an earlier edition. Rabbi Maybaum continued to be listed as Emeritus Minister for some years after the appointment of his succcesor.

  • (iv) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1964 through at least 1993. Rabbi Leigh received his MA and doctorate while in office and continued to be listed as Emeritus Minister for some years after the appointment of his succcesor. 

  • (v) Website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue, accessed in August 2017. See Note (ii).

  • (vi) Ibid.

  • (vii) Ibid.

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