Mill Hill United Synagogue

London, NW7





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Mill Hill Synagogue

Mill Hill United Synagogue, June 2018
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Congregation Data(i)


Mill Hill United Synagogue

Former Names(ii):

Mill Hill Synagogue (from about 1977 to at least 2014)

Mill Hill District Synagogue (from 1960 until about 1977)

Mill Hill & District Hebrew Congregation (from 1950 until 1960)

Mill Hill Hebrew Congregation (until 1950)


The congregation's address is Brockenhurst Gardens, Mill Hill, London NW7 2JY.

The congregation had bought an old house known as "Whyteleafe", I Sylvan Avenue, Mill Hill in 1951, which was converted into a synagogue and consecrated in 1955. The building was further expanded over subsequent years and in the late 1960 worked commenced on the erection of a new purpose built synagogue on the site with its main entrance in Brockenhurst Gardens, which was consecrated on 28th November 1971. Further development took place and was completed in 2013, with extensive refurbishing in 2014 and 2015.

Prior to the purchase of "Whyteleafe", services were held in a private house at 584 Watford Way, Mill Hill NW7.l

Current Status:


Date Formed:

June 1949


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Joined the United Synagogue as an affiliated synagogue in 1950, subsequently becoming a district synagogue in 1960.(iii) In about 1976, all existing district synagogues, including the congregation, received constituent (full member) status.

(A second United Synagogue congregation in Mill Hill - Mill Hill East Jewish Community, was founded in 2016.)



Ministers & Rabbinical Team:

Rev. I.L. Jakob (part-time) - from 1949 until 1953

Rev. I. Abrams (part-time) - from 1953 until about 1958/9

Rev. (later Rabbi) Shlomo P. Cutler (& Rebbetzen Judith Cutler) - from 1959 until 1993(v)

Rabbi Yitzchak Y. Schochet, MA (& Rebbetzen Chani Shochet) - from 1993 until present (December 2018)(vi)

Rabbi David Rose (& Rebbetzen Talya Rose) - from July 2018 until present (December 2018)(vii)

Readers (Cantors):

Rev. R. Rosten - from about 1980 until about 1982(ix)

Rev. Stephen Cotsen - from about 1982 until about 1984(x)

Rev. M. Simon - from about 1991 until about 1994(xi)

Rev. D. Rosenthal - from about 1987 until about 1990(xii)

Membership Data:

United Synagogue (male seat-holders)(xv)







Congregation's Website

2003 - over 1,500 members(xvi)

Reports & Surveys(xvii)

2010 - listed as having 750 to 999 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having 1,000 to 1,499 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

As a constituent of the United Synagogue, the congregation operates within that organisation's registered charity status (registered charity no. 242552).

However, the congregation had its own general charitable trust - Mill Hill Synagogue and Amenities Fund, a former registered charity (no. 1034856), which had been registered on 10 March 1994 and was removed from the register on 11 November 2008.(xix)

Local Government District:

Mill Hill, a residential suburb in Northwest London just to the east of Edgware, is in the London Borough of Barnet,(xx) and was (until 1965) in the  former Municipal Borough of Hendon.

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(xxi) - Register Office website


For United Synagogue cemeteries, see Cemeteries of the United Synagogue.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Unless otherwise stated, the source of all data below is the History of the Congregation on the congregation's website. .

  • (ii) The dates shown are approximate, reflecting the changes in name of the congregation, as listed in Jewish Year Books. In the final edition of the book (2015),the congregation was still listed simply as "Mill Hill Synagogue" although, from at least 2018, it has styled itself as "Mill Hill United Synagogue".

  • (iii) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), pp. 221/2.

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) Based upon "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2009). Liverpool-born Rabbi Cutler (b. 1927), who was the congregation's first full time minister, previously served as minister of Luton Synagogue (1950s) and was subsequently appointed as rabbi of the Kol Yaacov Beis Hamedrash, Edgware (1997-2001).

  • (vi) Based upon Jewish Year Book entries and the congregation's website, last accessed 27 December 2018. Toronto-born Rabbi Schochet previously served as minister of Richmond Synagogue (1991-1993).

  • (vii) Congregation's website, accessed 28 December 2018.

  • (viii) Reserved.

  • (ix) Based upon Rev. Rosten's listing in Jewish Year Books 1981 and 1982.

  • (x) Based upon Rev. Cotsen's listing in Jewish Year Books 1983 and 1984. Rev. Cotsen subsequently served as cantor at the New London Synagogue (1999-2012).

  • (xi) Based upon Rev. Rosenthal's listing in Jewish Year Books 1988 through 1990.

  • (xii) Based upon Rev. Rosten's listing in Jewish Year Books 1992 through 1994.

  • (xiii) and (xiv) Reserved.

  • (xv) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), pp. 218/19.

  • (xvi) Congregation's website, History Part 6, accessed 27 December 2018.

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

  • (xviii) Reserved.

  • (xix) Charities Commissioners website (in beta test stage), accessed 13 May 2018.

  • (xx) 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 Finchley and Hendon 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).

  • (xxi) 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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Page created: 16 October 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 13 May 2018
Latest revision or update: 28 December 2018

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