the former

Hendon Reform Synagogue

London NW4




 Congregation Data


Hendon Reform Synagogue


Danescroft Avenue, Hendon, London NW4 2NA.

Initially meetings were held in the homes of members. As the congregation grew, services were held in the Methodist Meeting Hall in 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 & Distrct 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:

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 Barnett - Assistant Rabbi in about 2014.(viii)

Legal & Charitable Status:

The congregation was a registered (non-profit) 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'), incorporated on 4 January 2010.(x)

It was also a registered charity (no 1135296), incorporated on 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) - Register Office website.

Cemetery Information:

See London Cemeteries of the Movement for Reform Judaism. It should also be noted that this congregation had its own cemetery at the New Southgate Cemetery, Brunswick Park Road, London N11.

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. Katz is first listed in Jewish Year Book 1951. With effect from the Jewish Year Book 1983, Rabbi Dr. A Katz (1908-1996) is referred to as Emeritus Minister. Rabbi Dr Katz was previously the rabbi in the small Czech town of Soběslav (Sobislau) and was the only Jew from that town to survive the Holocaust, having been out of the country at the time of the mass deportation and murder of the town's population - Historic Scrolls from Sobeslav.

  • (v) Rabbi S. Katz assumed the ministry from his father, Rabbi Dr. A. Katz (his father being appointed as Emeritus Minister of the Congregation). He had been inducted as Assistant Minister by his father some years previously, but soon after this, his father suffered a serious car accident and so Rabbi S. Katz undertook the burden of running the religious side of the Synagogue. 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. Rabbi Golby subsequently served as a rabbi (pastoral support) at New North London Synagogue (per that congregation's website, accessed 3 May 2018).

  • (vii) Rabbi Keren is listed in Jewish Year Books 2011 and 2012. Israel-born Rabbi Keren, BA, MA, subsequently served as a senior minister of Southgate Progressive Synagogue from 2012 until present (per that congregation's website, accessed 3 May 2018).

  • (vi) Based on Rabbi Barnett's listing in Jewish Year Book 2015, the book's final edition, and accordingly it is uncertain as to how long she served at the congregation.

  • (ix) Reserved.

  • (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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Data significantly expanded and notes added: 1 August 2017
Latest revision or update: 3 May 2018

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