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Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue

Whetstone, London N20

 

 

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Congregation Data

Name:

Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue

Former Name:

Southgate and District Reform Synagogue (until about 2010(i))

Address:

120 Oakleigh Road North, Whetstone, London N20 9EZ (from 1999(ii)) - a former gym.

Previous Address:

45 High Street, Southgate, London N14 (from about 1981 to 1999) - a converted warehouse(iii)

Queens Avenue, Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, London N21 (from 1963 to about 1981)(iv) - the building of the former Winchmore Hill Collegiate School.

Current Status:

Active

Date Founded:

1961(v)

Ritual:

Reform

Affiliation:

A constituent synagogue of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain).

Website:

http://www.shaarei-tsedek.org.uk

Principal or Senior Ministers:

Rabbi Sonny Herman - from 1961 (initially as Student Rabbi, later Minister) to 1977(vii)

Rabbi Colin Eimer (Minister & Principal Rabbi) - from 1977 to 31 March 2015, and thereafter emeritus(viii)

Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu (Principal Rabbi) - from January 2018 until present (February 2019) (ix)

Associate Rabbis:
(To view a short profile of one of the above ministers or an associate minister who also served other UK congregations - names in blue - hold the curser over his or her name.)

Rabbi Erlene Wahlhaus(xii) - from 2002 to 2004

Rabbi Marcia Plumb - from 2003 to 2010(xiii)

Rabbi G. Alexander(xiv) - from about 2004 to about 2005

Rabbi Dr. Deborah Kahn-Harris(xv) - from 2005 to 2010

Rabbi James Baaden - from 2012 to present (February 2019)(xvi)

Rabbi Judith Levitt(xvii) - from 2013 to 2017

Rabbi Danny Newman - from October 2018 for five months (temporary)(xviii)

Membership Data:

1999 - 813 members(xxi)

2010 - listed as having 500 to 749 members (by household)(xxii)

2016 - listed as having 400 to 499 members (by household)(xxii)

2017 - approximately 890 members - 450 families(xxiii)

Legal and Charitable Status:

Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue is a private company limited by guarantee without share capital and with use of 'Limited' exemption (company number: 10514105), incorporated on 7 December 2016.(xxv)

The congregation is also a registered charity, its current registration (no.1171418) dating from 1 February 2017. The governing documents are the company's memorandum and articles of association dated 20 November 2016.(xxvi)

The congregation's previous registration as a registered charity was from 21 July 1999 until removed from the register on 7 June 2018 (registered charity number: 1076670).(xxvii)

There was also an earlier registration as a charity in the 1990s (registered charity number: 145765).(xxviii)

Local Government District:

The North London suburb of Whetstone is in the southwest of the London Borough of Barnet (created on 1 April 1965), within the administrative area of Greater London.

The North London suburbs of Southgate and Winchmore Hill are in the London Borough of Enfield (also created on 1 April 1965), within the administrative area of Greater London. Previously, both suburbs were in the former Municipal Borough of Southgate in the former County of Middlesex.

Registration Districts (BMD):

Barnet (for Whetstone) - Link to Register Office website

Enfield (for Southgate and Winchmore Hill(xxix)) - Link to Register Office website

Cemetery Information:

Membership of the synagogue includes burial rights through the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) at one of its cemeteries, principally the Western Cemetery in Cheshunt. There is also the option (through the JJBS) of a Woodland Burial in Cheshunt or cremation at Golders Green Crematorium.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) This was the name under which the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books until 2010.

  • (ii) The congregation's website, accessed 5 May 2017.

  • (iii) Based upon the congregation's website, accessed 5 May 2017, and the listing of this address for the congregation in Jewish Year Book 1982 through 2000.

  • (iv) Based upon the congregation being listed with this address in Jewish Year Books 1966 through 1981. There was no address given in earlier listings, although according to the congregation's website, accessed 4 December 2018, the congregation "began life in a house in Winchmore Hill in 1961".

  • (v) Congregation's website, accessed 5 May 2017.

  • (vi) Reserved.

  • (vii) Rabbi Herman listing as a past minister on the congregation's website, accessed 5 May 2017 and his listing as minister of this congregation in Jewish Year Books 1970 through 1977.

  • (viii) Rabbi Eimer's profile on the congregation's website, last accessed 18 February 2018.

  • (ix) Rabbi Ambalu's profile on the congregation's website, last accessed 18 February 2019.

  • (x) and (xi) Reserved.

  • (xii) Rabbi Wahlhaus's listing as a past officer on the congregation's website, accessed 5 May 2017.

  • (xiii) Rabbi Plumb's listing as a past officer on the congregation's website, accessed 5 May 2017. 

  • (xiv) Based upon Rabbi Alexander's listing as a rabbi of this congregation in the Jewish Year Book 2005. He (or she) was not listed on the congregation's website.

  • (xv) Congregation's website, accessed 5 May 2017 (where her family name is given simply as Kahn) and the profile of US-born Rabbi Kahn-Harris (ordained 1996)on Leo Baeck College website, accessed 5 December 2018.

  • (xvi) Congregation's website and Rabbi Baaden's LinkedIn page, both last accessed 18 February 2019.

  • (xvii) Listed on the congregation's website, accessed 5 May 2017, but not listed when accessed 5 December 2018. She is mentioned in various reports in late 2017, where she appears to be inaffiliated to a congregation.

  • (xviii) Based on a report dated 31 October 2018 (no longer available) published by the congregation "that Rabbi Danny Newman is able to join us for the next five months". Rabbi Newman is listed on the congregation's website, last accessed 18 February 2019, as an assistant rabbi.

  • (xix) and (xx) Reserved.

  • (xxi) Board of Deputies Return.

  • (xxii) The membership figures for 2010 and 2016 are from reports on "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2010" and "in 2016", respectively, published by BOD and JPR. Link to reports.

  • (xxiii) Advised by the congregation.

  • (xxiv) Reserved.

  • (xxv) Companies House website (in beta trial stage), accessed 5 December 2018.

  • (xxvi) Congregation's website, Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, all accessed 5 December 2018.

  • (xxvii) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 5 December 2018.

  • (xxviii) Jewish Year Books 1996 and several subsequent editions.

  • (xxix) The former registration district for Southgate and Winchmore Hill was Wood Green, from 1 October 1947 until 1 April 1965.

 

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List of Reform Judaism Congregations

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List of Member Synagogues of the Jewish Joint Burial Society

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

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Page created: 3 September 2003
Data significantly expanded: 5 May 2017; Notes first added: 5 December 2018
Latest revision or update: 18 February 2019


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