the former

Friern Hospital Synagogue

Colney Hatch, London N11






Congregation Data(i)


Friern Hospital Synagogue


Friern Hospital, Colney Hatch, London N11

Date Formed:

19 September 1957 (consecrated by Chief Rabbi Israel Brody)

Current Status:

Closed 1991


Ashkenazi Orthodox




None listed

Membership Data:

Friern Hospital was a psychiatric hospital (it closed in 1993).

The synagogue was for the patients. In 1959, there were reportedly 545 Jewish patients of whom approximately 75 attended the synagogue on a regular basis.

Charitable Status:

No information as to charitable status of the synagogue itself, although the hospitable would almost certainly have been a registered charity.

Local Government District:

Colney Hatch, a residential suburb in Northwest London, is in the London Borough of Barnet and was (until 1965) in the former Friern Barnet Urban District in the former County of Middlesex(ii).

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet (since formation of Congregation)(iii) - Link to Register Office website

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Unless otherwise stated, the source of the congregational data below is the "History of the Friern Hospital Synagogue and its Congregants", an article by Harry Balkin, which appeared in Heritage No.4, pp. 97-105, published by the Jewish Research Group of the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society, 1993.

  • (ii) 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 former Urban District of Friern Barnet and the former Municipal Boroughs of Hendon and Finchley (all of which had been in the former county of Middlesex) with the former Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet (both of which had been part of the county of Hertfordshire).

  • (iii) Barnet has been the registration district for Friern Barnet since 24 March 1883, prior to which it was Edmonton from 1 July 1837.


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

  • Selected Bibliography:

    • History of the Friern Hospital Synagogue and its Congregants by Harry Balkin, Heritage No.4, Jewish Research Group of the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society, 1993 pp. 97-105.

    • Other London Borough of Barnet sources

List of Independent Askenazi Congregations in London

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Barnet

Jewish Congregations in Greater London

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