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New London Synagogue

St John's Wood, London NW8

 

 

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The New London Synagogue, Abbey Road (March 2008)

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Congregation Data

Name:

New London Synagogue

Address:

33 Abbey Road, St John's Wood, London NW8 0AT.

The synagogue building, built 1880-82, was the original home of St. John's Wood (United) Synagogue until 1964. It was sold for demolition, rescued and acquired by the congregation.(i)

Current Status:

Active

Formation and Ritual:

Established by Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs in 1964 "to found an Orthodox synagogue in Anglo-Jewish tradition of tolerance with freedom for study and inquiry in harmony with modern scholarship". Initially established as an independent Orthodox congregation, with a traditional orthodox service. Later the congregation gradually adopted a Conservative (or Masorti) ritual and, in recent years (from mid-2010s), women have taken a more active part in the service. At a special meeting held in November 2019, it was decided that within a year or two the congregation would move to all egalitarian services.(ii)

Affiliation:

A constituent synagogue of Masorti Judaism (known as the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues until 2012), and was the "parent synagogue" of the movement, which was founded in 1985.

Website:

https://www.newlondon.org.uk/

Ministers:
(To view a short profile of a minister who also served other UK congregations - name in blue - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs - from 1964 until 2000 (and again briefly in 2005)(iii)

Rabbi Chaim Weiner - from 2000 until 2005(iv)

Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer(v) (Interim Rabbi) - from October 2005 until July 2007

Rabbi Jeremy Gordon - from January 2008 to present (January 2020)(vi)

Assistant Minister:

Rabbi Natasha Mann - from 2019 to present (January 2020)(vii)

Cantors:

Cantor George Rothschild(xii) - from May 1964 until about 1969 and from about 1971 until December 1999

Rev. Stanley I. Brickman(xiii) - from about 1969 until about 1971

Cantor Stephen Cotsen(xiv) - from December 1999 until October 2012 and from early 2018 to present (November 2019)

Cantor Jason Green(xv) - from 2013 until February 2018

Membership Data:

Congregation's Website:

1993 - 1,100 members(xviii)

Reports or Surveys:

Both 2010 and 2016 - listed as having 500 to 749 members (by household)(xix)

Annual Reports of Masorti Judaism(xx) - number of members as of 1 January:

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

641

610

637

686

686

776

758

776

752

727

676

Legal and Charitable Status:

On 25 September 2009, the congregation was incorporated as a registered company, The New London Synagogue (company no. 7030491), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital (and with an exemption from use of the word 'Limited').(xxi)

The congregation is also a registered charity (no. 1133578).(xxii)

The governing documents are the company's Memorandum & Articles Association dated 25 September 2009, as amended 24 June 2013.

Local Government Districts:

St John's Wood is an affluent area of northwest London lying to the northwest of Regent's Park. It is in the City of Westminster and was (until 1965) in the former Metropolitan Borough of St Marylebone.(xxiii)

Cemetery
Information:

The Congregation is a member of the Western Burial Society and its burial ground is at the Western Cemetery, Cheshunt. See Cemeteries of Masorti Judaism

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Jewish Heritage in Britain and Ireland by S. Kadish (2015), pp. 53 & 56.

  • (ii) This quote appears in all Jewish Year Books from 1965 through 1996. The fact that the synagogue was initially established as an independent Orthodox congregation and the information regarding the form of service was provided by a former Chairman of the congregation.

  • (iii) https://louisjacobs.org/ and "Whos Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2006). Manchester-born Rabbi Dr. Jacobs was the founder of the congregation and of the Masorti movement in the UK. The History on the congregation's website, accessed 17 November 2019 refers to Rabbi Jacobs returning "briefly before retiring a second time to be succeeded by Rabbi Reuven Hammer".

  • (iv) Profile of Rabbi Weiner formerly on congregation's website, accessed 17 May 2018. 

  • (v) Obituary of Rabbi Dr. Hammer (1933-12 August 2019) Jerusalem Post dated 15 August 2019. Born in Syracuse, New York, Rabbi Hammer received ordination and a doctorate from the Jewish Thelogical Seminar in New York. He was the founder of the Masorti (Consrvative) Movement in Israel and was head of the Movement for many years.

  • (vi) Congregation's website, last accessed 2 January 2020 and Profile of Rabbi Gordon on Masorti Olami's website, accessed 28 February 2018.

  • (vii) Congregation's website, accessed 2 January 2020.

  • (viii) and (xi) Reserved.

  • (viii) Profile of Cantor Rothschild formerly on congregation's website, accessed 17 May 2018. The History on the congregation's website, accessed 17 November 2019, refers to Cantor Rothschild serving the congregation "in two stints" indicating that the break was when Rev. Brickman served as cantor.

  • (xiii) Although the History on the congregation's website, accessed 17 November 2019, refers to "Chazan Stanley Brickman serving briefly in the 1960s", his term of office is based upon his being listed as a minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1970 and 1971.

  • (xiv) Profile of Cantor Cotsen formerly on the congregation's website, accessed 17 May 2018. Cantor Cotsen previously served a cantor at Mill Hill Synagogue (c.1982-c.1984).

  • (xv) Jewish Chronicle Report on Cantor Green, 19 February 2018.

  • (xvi) and (xvii) Reserved.

  • (xviii) The Synagogues of London by Paul Lindsay (1993), page 101.

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

  • (xx) Links to Masorti Judaism's annual reports reports. It is believed that these figures may include more than one member per household.

  • (xxi) Open Corporates website, accessed 17 May 2018.

  • (xxii) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage), accessed 17 May 2018.

  • (xxiii) The City of Westminster is an Inner London Borough within the Greater London administrative area and was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the former City of Westminster (a Metropolitan Borough) with the Metropolitan Boroughs of Paddindton and St Marylebone.

 

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General

  • Annual Reports filed with Companies House and/or the Charities Commission (pdf):

 

Congregational Records

Registration District (BDM):

  • Westminster (from 1 January 1978) - Link to Register Office website

  • Previous Registration District:
    St Marylebone - from founding of congregation until 1 January 1978.
    (All records would  now be held by current office.)

Marriage Records:

Marriage Registers (first entry 9 July 1967) deposited with Westminster Register Office, other than register currently in use.


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Data significantly expanded and notes added: 17 May 2018
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