the former

Elm Park Affiliated Synagogue

Elm Park, Hornchurch, Essex





Congregation Data


Elm Park Affiliated Synagogue


Woburn Avenue, Elm Park, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 5EA (from about 1949(i))

Date Formed:

By 1948(ii), although a local congregation could well have already existed for some years, formed by World War II evacuees.(iii)

Current Status:

Closed 1999(iv)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


The Congregation joined the United Synagogue as an Affiliated Synagogue in 1948(v) and remained so until its closure.


Rev. M. Yare - from about 1966 until about 1976(vi)

Rev. H. Landy - from about 1976 until about 1987(vii)

Rabbi Saul Wiseman - from about 1992 until 1999(viii)

Membership Data:

United Synagogue(ix)

1948 - 48 male seatholders

1950 - 53 male seatholders

1960 - 87 male seatholders

1970 - 82 male seatholders

Other Source(x)

1985 - about 60 members

1989 - 47 members

1997 - 37 members

Local Government District:

The suburb of Elm Park is in the London Borough of Havering (the most easterly of all London Boroughs) and was previously (until 1965) in the former Urban District of Hornchurch (which had been created in 1929).(xi)

Registration District (BMD):

Havering(xii) - Link to Register Office website

Cemetery Information:

See IAJGS Cemeteries Project: Cemeteries of the United Synagogue

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) This address first appears in the Jewish Year Book for 1950.

  • (ii) 1948 is the year the Congregation became affiliated to the United Synagogue. In addition, the Congregation is listed in the Jewish Year Book for 1949 (and possibly 1948), but was not listed in the 1947 edition.

  • (iii) Peter Renton in The Lost Synagogues of London, 2004, (p. 167) lists the Congregation as one of the congregations "started by Londoners during the evacuation" and adds that the Synagogue "was probably formed around 1940".

  • (iv) The Lost Synagogues of London by Peter Renton (2004) p. 167. Furthermore, the last listing was in the Jewish Year Book 1998.

  • (v) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by A. Newman (1977), p.222.

  • (vi) Based upon Rev. Yare's listing in Jewish Year Books from 1967 through 1976. He appears to have been the first Minister appointed by the Congregation.

  • (vii) Based upon Rev. Landy's listing in Jewish Year Books from 1977 through 1987.

  • (viii) Based upon Rabbi Wiseman's listing in the Jewish Year Books from 1993 through the final appearance of the Congregation in the 1998 edition.

  • (ix) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by A. Newman (1977), pp.218/9.

  • (x) The Lost Synagogues of London by Peter Renton (2004) p. 167.

  • (xi) The London Borough of Havering, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the Urban District of Hornchurch with Municipal Borough of Romford. All areas had previously been within the County of Essex.

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


Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation


List of United Synagogue Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Havering

Jewish Congregations in Greater London and its Outskirts

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 18 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 11 May 2018
Latest revision or update: 11 May 2018

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