the former

Hendon Reform Synagogue

London NW4



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The former Hendon Reform Synagogue, Danescroft Avenue,
sold to the Chasidic boys school, Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomoh

 Congregation Data


Hendon Reform Synagogue


Danescroft Avenue, Hendon, London NW4 2NA. (from 1955)

Initially meetings were held in the homes of members. As the congregation grew, services were held in the Methodist Meeting Hall in Egerton Gardens, The Burroughs and elsewhere in Hendon.

Following the purchase of a plot of land in Danscroft Avenue, the Congregation's first synagogue - in what later became the Kingsley Fisher Hall (named after two founders, Sidney Kingsley and Ben Fisher) - was completed in March 1955. In 1965, construction began of an annexe which on completion became the Congregation's synagogue, for which a consecration service took place on 14 January 1968. (i)

Date Founded:

Founded in 1949.(ii)

Current Status:

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




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

Ministers and Rabbinical Team:
(To view a short profile of a minister - hold the cursor over his or her name.)

Rabbi Dr. Arthur Katz - Minister from about 1950 until about 1982.(iv)

Rabbi Steven Katz - Assistant Minister from 1975 until about 1985, then Senior Minister until merger, remaining in office following merger.(v)

Rabbi Amanda Golby - Assistant Rabbi from about 2004 to about 2006.(vi)

Rabbi Yuval Keren - Assistant Rabbi from 2009 to 2012 (previously Student Rabbi from 2008).(vii)

Rabbi Lisa Barrett - Assistant Rabbi from about 2014 to about 2016.(viii)

Membership Data:

National Reports & Surveys(ix)

1977 - 781 male members and an estimated 781 female members

1983 - 1,071 male members and an estimated 1,071 female members

1990 - 990 members (comprising 588 households, 155 individual male and 247 individual female members)

1996 - 936 members (comprising 523 households, 148 individual male and 265 individual female members)

2010 - listed as having 1,000 - 1,499 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having 500 - 749 members (by household)

Legal & Charitable Status:

On 4 January 2010, the congregation was incorporated as a registered company, Hendon Reform Synagogue (company no. 07115198), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital (and with an exemption from use of the word 'Limited'). The congregation was previously an unincorporated charity, whose assets were transfered to the company on 1 March 2010.(x)

It was also a registered charity, whose registration (no 1135296) dates from 29 March 2010.(xi)

The governing documents were the company's Memorandum & Articles Association dated 4 January 2010, as subsequently amended.

Local Government District:

Hendon, a residential suburb in Northwest London with a large Jewish population, is in the London Borough of Barnet and was (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Hendon (incorporated as a borough in 1932).(xii)

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(xiii) - Link to Register Office website.

Cemetery Information:

This congregation had its own cemetery at the New Southgate Cemetery, Brunswick Park Road, London N11.

See London Cemeteries of the Movement for Reform Judaism.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue, http://www.ehrs.uk, accessed in August 2017, which includes a brief history of the Hendon Reform Synagogue and its premises. The Congregation was first listed in the Jewish Year Book 1950.

  • (ii) Note in Jewish Year Books.

  • (iii) Reserved.

  • (iv) Rabbi Dr. A. Katz is first listed in Jewish Year Book 1951 and with effect from the Jewish Year Book 1983, he is referred to as Emeritus Minister.

  • (v) Rabbi S. Katz assumed the ministry from his father, Rabbi Dr. A. Katz - Website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue, accessed in August 2017. See Note (i).

  • (vi) Based on Rabbi Golby's listing in Jewish Year Books 2005 and 2006.

  • (vii) Rabbi Keren is listed in Jewish Year Books 2011 and 2012.

  • (vi) Based on the profile of Rabbi Barrett on South West Essex & Settlement Reform Synagogue website (which refers to her serving two years as Assistant Rabbi at Hendon Reform Synagogue) and her listing as an assistant minister of this congregation in the final (2015) edition of the Jewish Year Book (in which she is erroneously referred to as Lisa Barnett).

  • (ix) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (x) Companies House website (in beta trial stage) and Open Corporates website, both accessed 22 March 2018.

  • (xi) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, accessed 22 March 2018.

  • (xii) 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) 

  • (xiii) 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.


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Burials - JCR-UK Submissions to JOWBR (JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register):

New Southgate Cemetery, 1968-2016 - 1,156 burial and cremation records of the congregation, including 323 grave stone images.


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Data significantly expanded and notes added: 1 August 2017
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