Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue

Stanmore, Middx.





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Stanmore Synagogue
Stanmore Synagogue, June 2018
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Congregation Data


Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue

Former Names(i):

Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue (from about 1954 until about 1975)

Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue (from about 1949 until about 1954)

Canons Park & District Hebrew Congregation (until about 1949)


London Road, Stanmore, Middx. HA7 4NS

Previously in the British Legion hut in Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, from about 1948 until about 1950, and prior thereto, at Marsh Lane, Stanmore(ii) and private homes.

Current Status:


Date Formed:

17 July 1946(iii)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Joined the United Synagogue as an affiliated synagogue in 1946, becoming a district synagogue in 1952.(iv) In about 1976, all existing district synagogues, including the congregation, received constituent (full member) status.


https://www.sacps.org.uk/ (restricted access)

Ministers and Senior Rabbis:
(To view a short profile of a rabbi or cantor known to have served other congregations -  name appears in blue - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rabbi S.M. Warshaw - from about 1950 until about 1951(v)

Rabbi Avrom Simon Chaitowitz - from about 1955 until about 1986(vi)

Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Cohen (& Rebbetzen Gloria Cohen) - from 1986 until January 2006(vii)

Rabbi Mendel Lew (& Rebbetzen Rivky Lew) - from 2006 until present (May 2021)(viii)

Assistant Rabbis:

Rabbi Andrew Shaw - community development rabbi from 2000 until 2015(ix)

Rabbi Benji Landau (& Rebbetzen Aviva Landau) - assistant community rabbi from August 2011 until September 2014(x)

Rabbi Daniel Fine (& Rebbetzen Janine Fine)- from July 2016 until present (May 2021)(xi)

Cantors (Readers):

Rev. J.L. Freilich - from about 1967 until about 1972(xii)

Rev. Chaim Graniewitz - from 1973 until 1995(xiii)

Chazan Henry Black - from 1996 until 2010(xiv)

Chazan Jonny Turgel - from January 2011 until present (May 2021)(xv)

Lay Officers:(xix)


1946-1948 - H. Woolf

Vice Chairman

1946-1948 - B. Levy


1948-1952 - A.A. Segall & A. Rozansky

1952-1953 - A.A. Segall & H. Gordon

1953-1954 - A.A. Segall & L. Zigmond

1954-1955 - M. Fisher

1955-1956 - M. Fisher & H. Goodman

Honorary Life President

From 1954 - A.A. Segall

Financial Representative

1948-1953 - B. Levy

1953-1956 - A. Rozansky

Hon. Secretaries (& Secretaries)

1946-1947 - M.J. Goldburgh

1947-1952 - A.A. Segall

1952-1956 - L. Jackson

1956-1957 - A. Green

1957-1958 - S. Marcus

1958-1965 - M. Friedman

1965-1968 - N. Sievers

Membership Data:

United Synagogue (male seat-holders)(xx)









National Reports & Surveys(xxi)

1977 - 1,099 male (or household) members and 970 female members

1983 - 1,163 male (or household) members and 1,107 female members

1990 - 1,628 members (comprising 1,457 households, 110 individual male and 61 individual female members)

1996 - 1,646 members (comprising 1,446 households, 99 individual male and 101 individual female members)

2010 - listed as having 1,500 to 1,900 members (by household). The congregation was at the time the largest congregation in the United Synagogue.

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).

Local Government District:

Stanmore, a residential suburb in northwest London with a significant Jewish population, is in the London Borough of Harrow and was (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Harrow (from 1954) and prior to then in the Urban District of Harrow (from 1934), both coextensive with the London borough, but within the former County of Middlesex.

Bibliography - Harrow

Registration District (BMD):

Harrow(xxii) - Link to Register Office website


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

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The dates shown are approximate, reflecting the changes in name of the congregation, as listed in Jewish Year Books.

  • (ii) Merrion Avenue was the listed address in the Jewish Year Books for 1949 and 1950 and Marsh Lane in the 1948 edition.

  • (iii) The inaugural service was held at 76 Howberry Road, Canons Park, the home of Mr & Mrs D Creighton ("Stanmore Ahead of the Game" - article from Jewish Weekly 18 May 2017).

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

  • (v) Based upon listing of Rabbi Warshaw, BA, as minister of the congregation in the Jewish Year Book 1951. There were no ministers listed for the congregation in the editions 1952 through 1955.

  • (vi) Based upon listing of Rev. Chatowitz, BA, as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1956 through 1986.

  • (vii) Rabbi Cohen's entry in "Who's Who" and other listings in Jewish Year Books (latest 2015 edition).

  • (viii) Data from "Stanmore Ahead of the Game"  and Rabbi Lew's continuing to serve as per his thought for the week on the congregation's website, last accessed May 2021.

  • (ix) Report dated 1 July 2015 on Rabbi Shaw's departure formerly on the United Synagogue's website.

  • (x) Rabbi Landau's LinkedIn profile, accessed 26 December 2018.

  • (xi) "Stanmore Ahead of the Game" and his continuing to serve as per the congregation's website, last accessed May 2021

  • (xii) Based upon Rev. Freilich's listing as reader of the congregation Jewish Year Books 1968 through 1972.

  • (xiii) Based upon Rev. Graniewitz's listing as reader of the congregation Jewish Year Books 1975 through 1995.

  • (xiv) Based upon Rev. Black's listing as reader of the congregation Jewish Year Books 1978 through 2011 and Jewish Chronicle reports.

  • (xv) Rev. Turgel's profile on the congregation's website, last accessed May 2021.

  • (xvi) to (xvii) Reserved.

  • (xix) The data as listed here has been extracted from Jewish Year Books. Where a person is first listed in a year book as holding a particular office, it has been assumed that his term of office commenced in the year of publication of the relevent year book (which was generally towards the end of the year prior to year appearing the the title of the year book) and that he continued in office until the commencement of office of his successor (e.g. if he is listed in Jewish Year Books 1950 through 1954, it is assumed that he commenced office in 1949 and continued in office until 1954). However, it should be noted that this is only an assumption and accordingly his actual years of office may differ from those shown here. There were no Jewish Year Book listings of officers (other than secretary) subsequent to 1956.

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

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

  • (xxii) The former Registration District was Hendon, from the formation of Congregation until 1 October 1947. All registers would now be held by current register office.

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Page created: 15 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 14 May 2018
Subsequent significantly expansion of data: 9 June 2020
Latest revision or update: 26 May 2021

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