Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation

(Munk's Synagogue)

Golders Green, London NW11




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Photographs of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash, September 2007
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Congregation Data


Golders Green Beth Hamedrash (or Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation)

often referred to as Munk's Synagogue or GGBH

Former Name:

Golders Green Beth Hamedrash and Lincoln Institute until 1959(i)
(Not to be confused with the Lincoln Institute Synagogue, now the Ohel David Eastern Synagogue)


The Riding, Golders Green Road, Golders Green, London NW11 8HL.

Former Address:

Lincoln Institute, Broadwalk Lane, Golders Green Road, London NW11 (from 1935 until 1959)(ii)
Sabbath morning services in the Library at King Alfred's School (until 1935)

Date Formed:


Current Status:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


The congregation is an independent congregation, affiliated Adath Yisrael Burial Society of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC). It is idealogically close to the UOHC and may have been affiliated to the organisation during the 1930s.(iv)




Rabbi Dr. Eli Munk - from 1934 until about 1970(vi)

Rabbi H. I. Feldman - from about 1970 until about 2007(vii)

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Greenberg - from about 2007 until present (December 2018)(viii)


Rev. H. Moscovis - from about 1950 until about 1973(ix)

Rev. A. M. Lev - from about 1973 until about 1996(x)

Rev. N. Gluck - from about 1996 until present (May 2018)(xi)

Officers (to 1940s)(xiii):

Presidents: A. Lehman (about 1935-37); Hermann Schwab (about 1938-40); M. Zimmer (about 1945-55)

Hon. Presidents: R. Lincoln (about 1935-37); Hermann Schwab (about 1945-56)

Vice Presidents: W. Hacker (about 1938/39); M. Kahn (about 1948-52)

Hon. Vice Presidents: R. Lincoln and A. Lehman (both about 1937-39)

Secretary: A. Carlebach (about 1937-47)(xiv)

Hon. Secretary: Hermann Schwab (about 1935-37)

Treasurers: J. Feuchwanger (about 1938/39); J. J. Shapiro (about 1939/40); E. Silbermann (about 1945-49)

Membership Data:

Reports & Surveys

2010 and 2016 - listed as having 400 to 499 members (by household)(xvii)

Charitable Status:

Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation is a registered charity (no. 1138578). The governing documents are the congregation's rules and regulations dates 1 June 2003.(xviii)

Local Government District:

Golders Green, a residential suburb in Northwest London with a substantial Jewish minority, is in the London Borough of Barnet(xix) and was (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Hendon (incorporated as a borough in 1932).

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(xx) - Link to Register Office website


For Adath Yisroel Burial Society cemeteries, see Cemeteries of the UOHC

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The change of name took place when the congregation moved from Broadwalk Lane. The Jewish Year Book 1960 contains first listing with new name.

  • (ii) YouTube video of inauguration of new synagogue in The Ridings on 20 September 1969.

  • (iii) Mentioned as the year the congregation was established in most Jewish Year Books post-WWII. Also, per the congregation's website, GGBH celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

  • (iv) Although GGBH was generally listed in Jewish Year Books as an independent congregation, it was, from time to time listed under UOHC, particularrly in the 1930s following its founding, and post-2010, when the list included congregation .affiliated solely to the burial society.

  • (v) Reserved.

  • (vi) Based upon listing as Rabbi of GGBH in Jewish Year Books until 1969. Rabbi Dr. Munk (1899/1900-1978) moved to Israel following his retirement from the congregation.

  • (vii) Based upon Rabbi Feldman's listing as Rabbi of GGBH in Jewish Year Books from 1970 through 2007.

  • (viii) Based upon Rabbi Greenberg's listing as Rabbi of GGBH in Jewish Year Books from 2008 and his continuing to serve the congregation as per its webside, last accessed 28 December 2018.

  • (ix) Based upon Rev. Moscovis's listing as Reader of GGBH in Jewish Year Books from 1951 through 1973.

  • (x) Based upon Rev. Lev's listing as Reader of GGBH in Jewish Year Books from 1974 through 1996.

  • (xi) Based upon Rev. Gluck's listing as Reader of GGBH in Jewish Year Books from 1997 through 2011. Thereafter, although the Jewish Year Books ceased listing readers (chazans) of the congregation, based upon advice of a member of the congregation on 30 May 2018, Rev Gluck was still in office.

  • (xii) Reserved.

  • (xiii) Based upon data extracted from Jewish Year Books and includes all officers who were first listed as such in Jewish Year Books prior to 1950.

  • (xiv) As A. Carlebach was listed as secretary of the congregation in the Jewish Year Books both immediately prior, and immediately following, WWII, it is presumed that he continued to serve as secretary during the war years. In the Jewish Year Books from 1945, A. Carlebach has the title "Rev." and is also described as assistant minister.

  • (xv) and (xvi) Reserved.

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

  • (xviii) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage), accessed 29 May 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 the congregation until 1 April 1999. All registers would now be held by current register office.

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Page created: 16 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 29 May 2018
Latest revision or update: 28 December 2018

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