Leytonstone and Wanstead Synagogue

London E11



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 Congregation Data


Leytonstone & Wanstead Synagogue

(initially Leytonstone Synagogue, until about 1934)(i)


2 Fillebrook Road, Leytonstone E11 4AT. Previously address given as at 14 Drayton Road, Leytonstone E11

2 Fillebrook Road is on the corner of Fillebrook Road / Drayton Road and 14 Drayton Road is next door. After acquistion of the Fillesbrook Road plot, a new synagogue was constructed on this plot in 1954 . At times, both sites were in use and they used to be connected by a corridor running between the two buildings. For a period of time, 14 Drayton Road continued to be used for Shabbat services etc, while the larger building at 2 Fillebrook Road was used for High Holy Days, as a music venue, and a youth club, as well as for weddings. In the 1990s, 14 Drayton Road was sold.(ii)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


An affiliated synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues.(iv)



Ministers & Rabbinical Team:

Rev. G. H. Gordon - minister in about 1939(vi)

Rev. I. M. Braier - minister from about 1948 to 1974(vii)

Rev. Zorach Meir Salasnik (& Rebbetzen Judy Salasnik) - minister from 1974 to 1979(viii)

Rabbi Zalmy Brackman - minister from November 2017 to present (December 2018)(ix)

Officers (Pre-WWII)(xi):

Hon. President: Sidney Bresloff (1934); Morris Baskin (1935-1937)

President: Harris Bresloff (1932),  Sidney Bresloff (1933, 1935, 1937), Theodore Finn (1936); Jacob Shorn (1939)

Vice-President: Theodore Finn (1933-1935); P. Galowitz (1936)

Chairman: Abraham Levy (1932) Theodore Finn (1933-1935, 1937)

Vice Chairman: Julius Mydat (1932); P. Galowitz (1937)

Treasurer: Jacob Shorn (1932-1935)

Hon. Secretary: H. Schneider (1932-1935, 1937), H. Lincoln (1939)

Trustees (1932):  Theodore Finn, Bernard Shulman and Maurice Goodman

Trustees (1933):  Maurice Goodman and Louis Hornstein

Wardens (1933): Abraham  Levy, Abraham Beerman

Wardens (1934): L. Abrahams, Morris Baskin and A. Bratt

Warden (1935): C. Brett

Wardens (1936): C. Brett and D. Rogol

Wardens (1937): C. Brett, D. Rogol and A. Berman

Officers (1940s)(xii):

President: J. Shorn (1945); V. (or N.) Cohen (1946-9)

Vice-President: T. Finn (1948)

Wardens: Mr. Berman and Mr. Brett (1945)

Treasurer: S. Kalms (1945-9)

Reader:Mr. Awronim (1945)

Hon. Secretary: S. Pentol (1945-9)

Membership Data(xiv):

2010 - listed as having 50 - 99 members (by household)

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

Local Government District:

The suburb of Leytonstone is in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and was previously (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Leyton.(xv)

Bibliography - London

Registration District (BMD):

Waltham Forest(xvi) - 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 congregation was listed as Leytonstone Synagogue in the Jewish Year Book 1933 (and possibly 1934). By 1935, it had already adopted its present name.

  • (ii) According to the Congregation's website (accessed 31 January 2018), the Congregation moved into its current synagogue building at 2 Fillebrook Street on 23 May 1954. However, 14 Drayton Road was still listed as the address of the Congregation in Jewish Year Books well into the mid-1980s. The explanation provided for this apparent inconsistency was supplied in correspondence with the Congregation. The Drayton Road address first appears in the Jewish Year Book 1935. For the two previous years the address was given as 15 Prestonroad, E.11, but this was probably merely the address of the hon. secretary, as he continue to be listed under that address after the congregation's move to Drayton Road.

  • (iii) Although the Jewish Year Book 1945/6 (the first edition following the break in publication during the war years) gives the date of establishment as 1929, subsequent editions appear to correct this and give the date as 1932. (The first listing of the congregation was in the Jewish Year Book 1933.) There was a period in and about 2007 when the synagogue was not able to be used and was temporarily closed due to damage caused by flooding following theft of lead flashings on roof. Accordingly, the congregation was unlisted in the Jewish Year Books 2007 and 2008.

  • (iv) Until the Jewish Year Book 1947 (or possibly 1948), all Federation synagogues were shown in a single list. Thereafter, the listing separates constituent synagogues from affiliated synagogues and the congregation has always appeared in the latter list.

  • (v) Reserved

  • (vi) Rev. Gordon is listed in the Jewish Year Book 1940. The 1939 edition did not include listings of ministers or officers of Federation synagogues and he was not listed in the 1938 edition. The Jewish Year Book was not published during the remainder of the war years and Rev. Gordon is not listed in the first edition following World War II (1945/6 edition).

  • (vii) Date of commencement based upon Rev. Braier's first listing in the Jewish Year Book 1949 (or possibly 1948). His last listing was in the Jewish Year Book 1975, his successor having been appointed in 1974.

  • (viii) As advised by Rev. (later Rabbi) Salasnick and confirmed in a Jewish Chronicle report of June 1979. Rabbi Salasnick B.A. previously served as minister of Notting Hill Synagogue (1970-74) and subsequently served as minister of Bushey United Synagogue (1979-2016).

  • (ix) Appointment advised by the Congregation and continuing service confirmed by the Congregation's website (last accessed 26 December 2018).

  • (x) Reserved

  • (xi) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1933-1938 and 1940. (The 1939 edition did not include listings of officers of Federation synagogues and the 1940 edition only lists the minister, president and hon. secretary.) Years shown in parenthesis indicate listing in the Jewish Year Book for the subsequent year.

  • (xii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1945/6 through 1950. Years shown in parenthesis indicate listing in the Jewish Year Book for the subsequent year.

  • (xiii) Reserved.

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

  • (xv) The London Borough of Waltham Forest, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the Municipal Boroughs of Leyton, Walthamstow and Chingford (which had each been incorporated as boroughs in 1926, 1929 and 1938, respectively). Until 1965, the areas had been part of the County of Essex.

  • (xvi) The former Registration Districts were Essex South Western, from 1 October 1935 until 1 April 1965 and, prior thereto, West Ham from the formation of Congregation. All registers would now be held by current register office.

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Page created: 22 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 31 January 2018
Latest revision or update: 27 December 2018

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