Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue

Northwood, Middx.



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Congregation Data


Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue
(Hebrew Name: Etz Chayim - "Tree of Live")

Former Name:

Pinner Liberal Jewish Congregation (until 1966), also refered to as Pinner & District Liberal Synagogue (i)


Oaklands Gate, Green Lane, Northwood HA6 3AA (from 1980, purpose-built)

  Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middx. (1966-1980)
  West House, Pinner, Middx. (1964-1966)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Liberal Progressive


A constituent synagogue of Liberal Judaism (formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues)




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

Rabbi Charles Familant - rabbi in 1964(vi)

Rabbi Dr. Andrew Goldstein(vii) - principal of religious school from 1965, student rabbi and acting minister from 1967, minister and rabbi (later senior rabbi) from 1970 until 2008, emeritus rabbi from 2008

Rabbi Marcia Plumb - associate rabbi from 1990 until 1991(viii)

Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith - assistant rabbi from 1994 until 1997(ix)

Rabbi Rachel Benjamin - assistant rabbi (later associate rabbi) from about 1998 until 2004, 2007 until 2008(x)

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein(xi) - assistant (part-time) rabbi from 2007, senior rabbi from 2008 to present (March 2019)

Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles(xii) - assistant and associate rabbi from 2008 until about 2012

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein(xiii) - rabbi from 2013 to present (March 2019)

Cantor Tamara Wolfson - cantor from May 2018 to present (March 2019)(xiv)


Lists of the present and past Presidents, Vice Presidents and Chairpersons of the congregation can be viewed on the congregation's website, as well as a list of those members honoured as Chataone Torah and Chataonei Bereishit.

Membership Data:

1964 - 30 families(xix)

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

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

2018 - about 1,000 adults and 300 young members(xix)

Legal & Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered company, The Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (company no. 09349392), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital, incorporated on 10 December 2014.(xxi)

It is also a registered charity (no. 1160487), registered February 2015, the governing documents being the company's Memorandum & Articles Association.(xxii)

The congregation was originally established as an unincorporated association, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, registered as a charity (no 243618) on 5 January 1967. With effect from 1 April 2015, the whole of its undertaking was transferred to the company and the charity was removed from the register on 4 July 2016.(xxiii)

Local Government District:

Northwood, in northwest London suburb, is in the London Borough of Hillingdon, an outer London borough created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

The adjoining suburb of Pinner is in the London Borough of Harrow, an outer London borough created on 1 April 1965, coextensive with the former Municipal Borough of Harrow, which was within the former County of Middlesex.

Registration Districts (BMD):

Northwood - Hillingdon (from 1 April 1965) - Link to Register Office website.

Pinner - Harrow (from 1 October 1947) - Link to Register Office website


See London Cemeteries of Liberal Judaism.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The congregation is listed in Jewish Year Books through 1967 as the Pinner Liberal Jewish Congregation, although in the congregation's history, appearing on the congregation's website, it is referred to as Pinner & District Liberal Synagogue until 1966.

  • (ii) Congregation's website, last accesssed 4 September 2018. In Jewish Year Books 1971 through 1984 the address was given simply as "High Street, Northwood".

  • (iii) Congregation's website.

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) Unless otherwise stated, the names and periods of service for ministers of this congregation is based upon data appearing on the congregation's website, last accessed 4 September 2018.

  • (vi) Based also upon Rabbi Familant's listing in the Jewish Year Book 1965.

  • (vii) Rabbi Andrew Goldstein is the father of Rabbi Aaron Goldstein. He received his doctorate in about 1998 (based upon first reference to it in the Jewish Year Book 1999).

  • (viii) She appears as Marsha Plumb on the congregation's website, accessed 4 September 2018 (and was not listed in any Jewish Year Books with respect to this congregation). However, this is believed to be a reference to Rabbi Marcia Plumb.

  • (ix) However, in Jewish Year Books, Rabbi Smith was listed as a rabbi for this congregation only in 1997.

  • (x) Rabbi Benjamin later served as associate rabbi, although this is not mentioned on the congregation's website.

  • (xi) Rabbi Aaron Goldstein is the son of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Goldstein.

  • (xii) Jewish Chronicle Pressreader report dated 2 May 2008 of Costa Rican born Rabbi Athias-Robles's appointment.

  • (xiii) Profile of German-born Rabbi Mühlstein on congregation's website.

  • (xiv) Profile of Cantor Wolfson on congregation's website.

  • (xv) to (xviii) Reserved.

  • (xix) Congregation's website, accessed 4 September 2018.

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

  • (xxi) Company House website (in beta test stage), accessed 4 September 2018.

  • (xxii) Charity Commission website (in beta test stage), accessed 4 September 2018.

  • (xxiii) Charity Commission website (in beta test stage), accessed 4 September 2018 and congregation's directors report for year to 31 March 2016.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

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

  • Bibliography - Greater London.

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Hillingdon

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Harrow

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

Greater London home page

Page created: 30 October 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 4 September 2018
Latest revision or update: 25 March 2019

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