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Edgware and District Reform Synagogue

Edgware, Middx.

 

 

 

 Congregation Data

Name:

Edgware and District Reform Synagogue

Address:

(Sidbury Lodge,) 118 Stonegrove, Edgware, Middx. HA8 8AB from mid-1950s.(i)
(previously 14 Grove Road, Edgware(ii), 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.(iii)

Current Status:

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

Ritual:

Reform

Affiliation:

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

Ministers and Rabbinical Team:

Rabbi Dr. Ignaz Maybaum - Minister from 1947 until 1963.(v)

Rabbi Dr. Michael Leigh - Senior Minister from 1963 until 1993.(vi)

Rabbi Simon J. Franses - Associate Minister from 1971 until 1974.(vii)

Rabbi Robert (Reuven) Malcolm Silverman - Associate Minister from about 1975 until about 1977.(viii)

Rabbi Rodney John Mariner - Associate Minister from 1979 until 1982.(ix)

Rabbi Jeremy Collick - Associate Minister in about 1984.(x)

Rabbi Larry Alan Tabick - Associate Minister from 1986 to 1990.(xi)

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

Rabbi Maurice Arnold Michaels - Associate Minister from about 1997 until about 2001.(xiv)

Rabbi Neil S. Kraft - Associate Minister from 2002, remaining in office following merger.(xv)

Rabbi Emily Yael Jurman - Assistant Minister from 2015, remaining in office following merger.(xvi)

Charitable Status:

The congregation was a registered charity (no. 1038116), registered on 26 May 1994. The governing document was the congregation's laws approved on 8 March 1954, as subsequently amended.(xviii)

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

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(xx) - Register Office website.

Cemetery Information:

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.(xxi)

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.(xxii)

See also London Cemeteries of the Movement for Reform Judaism.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) This was the address given in Jewish Year Books from 1953.

  • (ii) This was the address given in the Jewish Year Books from 1947 (the first time the congregation was listed) through 1952.

  • (iii) 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. The Congregation was not listed in Jewish Year Books until 1947.

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest c.1976). Viennese-born Rabbi Maybaum (1897-1976) had served as a rabbi in Germany prior to World War II, escaping to England in 1938. After his retirement, he continued to be listed as Emeritus Minister of the congregation until his death. 

  • (vi) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1964 through 1994 and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2000). London-born Rabbi Dr. Leigh, M.A. (1928-2000) received his doctorate while in office and continued to be listed as Emeritus Minister after the appointment of his succcesor. He previously served as an associate minister at the West London Synagogue of British Jews (Reform) (1958-63).

  • (vii) "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2009). Greek-born Rabbi Franses was subsequently minister of Glasgow New Synagigue (1974-87) and Middlesex New Synagogue (c.1987-c.2008).

  • (viii) Based upon the listing of Rabbi Silverman in Jewish Year Books 1976 and 1977, "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2015). Oxford-born Rabbi (later Rabbi Doctor) Silverman subsequently served as minister of Manchester Reform Synagogue (from about 1977 to present - May 2017)

  • (ix) "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2015) and biography. Melbourne-born Rabbi Mariner previously served as assistant minister of North Western Reform Synagogue (1976-79) and subsequently as minister of Belsize Square Synagogue (1982-2011).

  • (x) Based upon the listing of Rabbi Collick in Jewish Year Book 1986. He subsequently served as minister of of the Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue (c.1984-99) and Edgware Masorti Synagogue (2000-14).

  • (xi) "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2015). American-born Rabbi Tabick, BA, MA, FLBC, also served as rabbi of Shir Hayim - Hampstead Reform Jewish Community (1976-81, 1990 to present - May 2018), as assistant minister of Middlesex New Synagogue (1981-86) and as rabbi of Leicester Progressive Jewish Community (1994-98)

  • (xii) Reserved.

  • (xiii) Website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue, last accessed in August 2017 - see also Note (iii). Rabbi Smith, M.A. previously served as an associate minister at the West London Synagogue of British Jews (Reform) (1977-82) and minister of the Wimbledon & District Synagogue (c.1982-c1993).

  • (xiv) Based upon Rabbi Michael's listings in Jewish Year Books 1997 through 2001, "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2015) and biography. Rabbi Michaels also served as rabbi of Harlow Jewish Community, as senior rabbi of South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, as part-time rabbi of North Western Reform Synagogue (from 2011 to present - May 2018) and as part time rabbi of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue (from 2014 to present).

  • (xv) Website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue, last accessed 10 April 2018. Boston-born Rabbi Kraft, M.A. previously served as minister of Woodford Liberal Jewish Synagogue (from about 1985 to about 1989) and South London Liberal Synagogue (c.1990-c.2000).

  • (xvi) A report dated 21 November 2015, which appeared on the Congregation's now-defunct, referred to the upcoming induction of Toronto-born Rabbi Emily Jurman.

  • (xvii) Reserved.

  • (xviii) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, both last accessed 25 March 2018.

  • (xix) 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).

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

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

  • (xxii) Ibid.


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Page created: 16 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 1 August 2017
Latest revision or update: 2 May 2018


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