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Mosaic Liberal Synagogue

(formerly Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogue)

Harrow, Middx.

 

 

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Congregation Data

Name:

Mosaic Liberal Synagogue (from 2015)(i)

Former Names:

Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogue (from about 1989 until 2015(ii))

Wembley and District Liberal Synagogue (from about 1954 until about 1989(iii)), frequently referred to as Preston Road Liberal Synagogue.

Wembley Progressive Jewish Community (until about 1954(iv))

Address:

39 Bessborough Road, Harrow HA1 3BS (from June 2011(v))

This was the address of the Middlesex New Synagogue (now the Mosaic Reform Synagogue), which had been situated there since 1962 and which became the shared address of both congregations and subsequently the shared administrative address of all three Mosaic congregations, see below.

In October 2018, it was announced that the congregation, together with the other two "Mosaic" congregations will be relocating to a new, still to be constructed, purpose-built complex at 65 Stanmore Hill, Stanmore.(vi)

Former Address:

326 Preston Road Harrow HA3 0QH (from about 1954(vii))

This was previously the Preston Lawn Tennis Club (consisting of five hard courts, a putting green and a small wooden pavilion). It was acquired i 1954 and initially a temporary synagogue was constructed, with a permanent synagogue being built in 1965, with a major extensions in 1978. In 2004, A new synagogue was built on one-third of land (the remaining two-thirds having been sold in 2003). In 2011, the reamianing site was sold.(viii)

Current Status:

Active

Date Formed:

1952, although the congregation appears to have roots going back to 1948(ix)

Ritual:

Liberal Progressive

Affiliation:

A constituent synagogue of Liberal Judaism (formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues- ULPS) from, or from shortly following, its founding.

Mosaic Jewish Community

Since 2014, the congregation has been part of the Mosaic Jewish Community, which also includes the Mosaic Masorti Synagogue (the Hatch End Masorti Synagogue) and the Mosaic Reform Synagogue. Centred in and around the London Borough of Harrow, Mosaic offers "one community with three strands of Judaism."

Website:

http://choosemosaic.org/liberal

Ministers:

Rev. Vivian George Simmons - from 1956 until 1961(xi)

Rev. Bernard Hooker - from about 1961 until about 1965(xii)

F. Pomerantz(xiii) in about 1965 and 1966

Rabbi Dr. Albert H. Friedlander - from about 1966 until about 1971(xiv)

Rabbi David Goldberg - from about 1971 until about 1976(xv)

Rabbi Harry Jacobi - from about 1975 until about 1982(xvi)

Rabbi Dr. Charles Middleburgh - from about 1986 until about 1997(xvii)

Rabbi Dr. Frank Dabba Smith - from about 1997 until present (August 2019)(xviii)

Membership Data(xix):

2010 - listed as having 300 to 399 members (by household)
2016 - listed as having 200 to 299 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no. 251172), registered on 10 February 1967. The governing documents are the congregation's Constitution and Rules amended 27 April 1989, 25 April 1991 and 6 May 2005.(xx)

In addition, Mosaic Jewish Community Limited (company no. 08825132) is a registered private company, incorporated on 23 December 2013 as the New Jewish Community Limited, changing its name on 8 April 2014. It is also a registered charity (no. 1157109).(xxi)

Local Government Districts:

Bessborough Road is in the London Borough of Harrow, an Outer London Borough created on 1 April 1965.

Although part of Preston Road (where the congregation was previously situated) has a Harrow address, it is actually all within the London Borough of Brent(xxii) (not the London Borough of Harrow), and was (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Wembley in the former County of Middlesex.

Registration District (BMD):

Bessborough Road - Harrow - Link to Register Office website

Preston Road - Brent(xxiii) - Link to Register Office website

Cemetery
Information:

See London Cemeteries of Liberal Judaism.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The congregation's annual report for the year ended 31 December 2015. This name was adopted a short time after the congregation became a member of the the Mosaic Jewish Community, see below.

  • (ii) Based upon listing under this name in Jewish Year Books from 1990 through 2015.

  • (iii) Based upon listing under this name in Jewish Year Books from 1955 through 1989.

  • (iv) Based upon listing under this name in Jewish Year Books from the congregation's first appearnce (1952) through 1954.

  • (v) Congregation's website, accessed 8 March 2015.

  • (vi) Mosaic Jewish Community's website, accessed 23 November 2018.

  • (vii) Based upon this being the address of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1955 through 2012.

  • (viii) Congregation's website, accessed 8 March 2015 and 18 September 2018.

  • (ix) 1952 is the date given in Jewish Year Books, although the congregation's webside states that in 1948 the congregation was founded.

  • (x) Reserved.

  • (xi) Based upon Rev. Simmons's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1957 through 1961.

  • (xii) Based upon Rev. Hooker's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1962 through 1965.

  • (xiii) Based upon F. Pomerantz's listing as minister of the congregation in the Jewish Year Book 1966. 

  • (xiv) Based upon Rabbi Friedlander's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1967 through 1971 and his Guardian newspaper obituary dated 13 July 2004.

  • (xv) Based upon Rabbi Goldberg's listing as minister for the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1972 through 1975.

  • (xvi) Based upon Rabbi Jacobi's listing as rabbi of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1976 through 1982.

  • (xvii) Based upon Rabbi Middleburgh's listing as rabbi of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1984 through 1987 and his profile on Liberal Judaism's website. He was student rabbi at the congregation from 1983 to 1986. There was no minister listed for the congregation in the 1983 edition.

  • (xviii) Based upon Rabbi Smith's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1998 until the last edition of the book (2015) and the congregation's website, last accessed 2 August 2019.

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

  • (xx) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 18 September 2018.

  • (xxi) Companies House website and Charities Commission's website, respectively, (both in beta trial stage), accessed 18 May 2018.

  • (xxii) The London Borough of Brent, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the Municipal Boroughs of Willesden and Wembley (both of which had been in the former county of Middlesex)..

  • (xxiii) The former Registration Districts for Preston Road were Willesden, from 1 October 1947 until 1 April 1965, and Hendon, from formation of the congregation until 1 October 1947.

 

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Page created: 17 October 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 18 September 2018
Latest revision or update: 2 August 2019


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