Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue

Stanmore, Middx.






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Stanmore Synagogue

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Congregation Data


Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue

Former Names(i):

Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue (from early 1950s until about 1976)

Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue (from about 1949 until early 1950s)

Canons Park & District Hebrew Congregation (until about 1949)


London Road, Stanmore, Middx. HA7 4NS

Previously at Merrion Avenue, Stanmore until about 1950(ii)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


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



Ministers and Senior Rabbis:

Rabbi S.M. Warshaw - from about 1950 until about 1954(v)

Rev. Avrom S. 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 (December 2018)(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 (December 2018)(xi)

Cantors (Readers):

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

Rev. C. Graniewitz - from about 1973 until about 1995(xiii)

Chazan H. Black - from about 1998 until about 2011(xiv)

Chazan Jonny Turgel - from January 2011 until present (December 2018)(xv)

Membership Data:

United Synagogue (male seat-holders)(xx)









Reports & Surveys(xxi)

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) Based upon listing in the Jewish Year Books until 1950.

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

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) Based upon listing of Rabbi Warshaw, BA, as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1951 through 1954.

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

  • (vii) "Who's Who" and other entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2015 edition) and Rabbi Dr. Cohen's website. Manchester-born Rabbi Dr. Cohen, BA, M.Phil, AJC, PhD previously served a assistant rabbi of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue (1963-67), minister of Newton Mearns Synagogue, Glasgow (1970-c.1980) and minister of Kenton Synagogue (1980-86).

  • (viii) Data from "Stanmore Ahead of the Game" (article from Jewish Weekly 18 May 2017) and congregation's website, last accessed 26 December 2018. Manchester-born Rabbi Lew, was received smicha in 1987, previously minister of St Anne's Hebrew Congregation (1992-c.1996) and Southend & Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (c.1996-2006).

  • (ix) United Synagogue report dated 1 July 2015.

  • (x) Rabbi Landau's LinkedIn profile, accessed 26 December 2018. Rabbi Landau subsequently served as associate rabbi of Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware (from 2016 until at least 2018).

  • (xi) "Stanmore Ahead of the Game" Jewish Weekly 18 May 2017. and his continuing to serve as per the congregation's website, last accessed 26 December 2018

  • (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.

  • (xv) Rev. Turgel's profile on the congregation's website, last accessed 26 December 2018.

  • (xvi) to (xix) Reserved.

  • (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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