Finchley Central Synagogue

("Finchley Fed")

Finchley, London N3



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Congregation Data


Finchley Central Synagogue

also known as Finchley Federation Synagogue (or simply Finchley Fed)
(previously also known as Finchley Central Hebrew Congregation)


Redbourne Avenue, Finchley, London N3 2BS
(services previously held at Congregation Hall, Victoria Road, London N3 until about 1960)(i)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

About 1955(ii)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


A constituent synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues from about 1961, previously having had the status of an affiliated synagogue.(iii)



Ministers & Rabbinical Team:

Rabbi (later Dayan) P. Braceiner - from about 1962 until about 1984(iv)

Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Telsner - from about 1984 until 2007(v)

Rabbi Yaacov Hamer (& Rebbetzen Yael Hamer) - from August 2007 until present (December 2018)(vi)

Membership Data(ix):

2010 - listed as having 100 - 199 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having 50 - 99 members (by household)

Local Government Districts:

Finchley, a residential suburb in Northwest London, is in the London Borough of Barnet(x) and was (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Finchley.

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(xi)  - Link to Register Office website.


For Federation of Synagogues cemeteries (including search of burial records), see under Cemeteries of the Federation of Synagogues.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The Redbourne Avenue address first appeared in the Jewish Year Book 1961, the Congregation Hall address having appeared in previus editions.

  • (ii) Based upon the congregation being first listed in the Jewish Year Book 1956.

  • (iii) The congregation was first listed as a constituent synagogue in the Jewish Year Book 1962.

  • (iv) Based upon Rabbi Braceiner's listing in Jewish Year Books from 1963 through 1984.

  • (v) Based upon Rabbi Telsner's listing in Jewish Year Books 1985 through 2007. Rabbi (later Dayan) Telsner subsequently went to Australia to head the Melbournne Yeshivah Centre (2007-2015) - Jewish Chronicle 4 September 2015, p.2.

  • (vi) Rabbi Hamer's LinkedIn profile, last accessed 22 April 2018 and Congregation's website, last accessed 27 December 2018.

  • (vii) and (viii) Reserved.

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

  • (x) 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 Finchley and Hendon 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).

  • (xi) 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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Page created: 14 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 22 April 2018
Latest revision or update: 27 December 2018

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