Woodside Park Synagogue

London N12





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 Congregation Data


Woodside Park Synagogue

Former Names(i):

North Finchley and Woodside Park Synagogue (about 1976 to about 1982)

North Finchley and Woodside Park District Synagogue (about 1948 to about 1976)

North Finchley and Woodside Park Hebrew Congregation (about 1947 to about 1948)

Woodside Park Hebrew Congregation (until about 1946)


Woodside Park Road, Woodside Park, North Finchley, London N12 8RZ.

Previously the congregation wa at 3 Alexandra Grove, North Finchley, London N12 (from at least 1945 to about 1950)(ii)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

By 1943


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Joined the United Synagogue as an affiliated synagogue in 1943(iii), becoming a district synagogue in about 1948. In about 1976, all existing district synagogues received constituent (full member) status. .



Ministers & Rabbinical Team:

Rev. Samuel Wolfson - about 1948(v)

Rev. Cyril I. Shine - from 1949 until 1955(vi)

Rev. A. Linden - from about 1955 until about 1956(vii)

Rabbi Sidney Benzion Leperer - from about 1956 until about 1960(viii)

Rev. Bernard Koschland - from about 1961 until about 1964(ix)

Rabbi Lipa Naftali Baum - from 1965 until about 1984(x)

Rabbi Israel Geoffrey Hyman (& Rebbetzen Michelle Hyman) - from about 1986 until about 1992(xi)

Rabbi Hershel Rader (& Rebbetzen Perla Rader) - from 1994 until 2007(xii)

Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch (& Rebbetzen Gila Hochenbroch) - from November 2008 until present (December 2018)(xiii)

Assistant Rabbis:

Rabbi Garry Wayland - Assistant Rabbi, Youth & Young Families, from 2012 until 2016(xiv)

Rabbi Akiva Rosenblatt (& Rebbetzen Batya Rosenblatt) - Assistant Rabbi, from 2018 until present (December 2016)(xv)

Readers (Cantors):

Rev. Michael L. Plaskow - from November 1956 until 2000 (until 1960, part-time)(xx)

Rev. Stephen Robins - from about 2000 until about 2012(xxi)

Membership Data:

United Synagogue (male seat-holders)(xxiv)







Reports & Surveys(xxv)

2010 and 2016 - listed as having 750 to 999 members (by household)

Congregation's Website

2018 - nearly 1,400 members(xxvi)

Charitable Status:

As a constituent of the United Synagogue, the congregation operates within that organisation's registered charity status (registered charity no. 242552).

However, the congregation had its own general charitable trust - The Woodside Park Synagogue Charitable Settlement, a registered charity (no. 295637), which had been registered on 15 December 1976 and was removed from the register on 16 January 2012.(xxvii)

Local Government District:

Woodside Park and North Finchley, residential suburbs in Northwest London, are in the London Borough of Barnet (xxviii) and were (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Finchley.

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(xxix) - 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) The Alexandra Grove address is given in Jewish Year Books from 1945/46 (the first listing of the congregation) through 1951.

  • (iii) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), p. 222. However, when the congregation was first listed in the Jewish Year Book 1945/6, it was still referred to as an independent congregation. Either this statement or the date given in Professor Newman's book is incorrect.

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) Based upon Rev. Wolfson's listing as minister and secretary of the congregation in the Jewish Year Book 1949 (and possibly 1948). Rev. Wolfson (b. Tredegar 1909) was subsequently a minister of Greenbank Drive Hebrew Congregation, Liverpool.

  • (vi) Based upon "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books, incl 1969. London-born Rabbi Shine (1923-2003) was previously Minister of Peterborough Hebrew Congregation (1944-46) and Walthamstow & Leyton Synagogue (1946-49) and was subsequently minister of Central Synagogue, London (1955-88) and Domestic Chaplain to the Lord Mayor of London (1960-61).

  • (vii) Based upon Rev. Linden's listing as minister of the congregation solely in the Jewish Year Book 1956.

  • (viii) Based upon Rabbi Leperer's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1957 through 1960. Rabbi Leperer, BA (1922-1996) was subsequently minister of Hove Hebrew Congregation.

  • (ix) Based upon listing of Rev. Koschland, BA as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1962 through 1964. He later served as minister of Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue (c.1965-c.1969).

  • (x) Based upon Rabbi Baum's listing in Jewish Year Books 1966 through 1984 and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books, incl. 1982. Rabbi Baum, BA (b. Poland 1919) previously served as minister of Regents Park and Belsize Park Synagogue, London, Pollokshields Hebrew Congregation (Glasgow) and Luton Hebrew Congregation.

  • (xi) Based upon Rabbi Hyman's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1987 through 1992 and Profile on Ilford United Synagogue website (accessed 13 May 2018). Belfast-born Rabbi Hyman, BA previously served as assistant minister of Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1974-76), part-time minister of Streatham Synagogue (1980-82) and minister of Sutton Affiliated Synagogue (1982-86) and subsequently served as minister of Belmont Synagogue, London (1992-96), as part-time minister of Welwyn Garden City Synagogue (1998-2006) and minister of Ilford Synagogue (2006 to present - May 2018).

  • (xii) Biography of Rabbi Rader (on SJRC website) and Jewish Chronicle Press Report 20 April 2007. Rabbi Rader previously served as minister to Solihull Synagogue (1984-93) and was subsequently minister of Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation (2009 to present - May 2018)

  • (xiii) Congregation's website (last accessed 11 May 2018). Rabbi Hackenbroch previously served as minister of Newton Mearns Synagogue, Glasgow (2003-08).

  • (xiv) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Book 2015 (the final edition of the book) and Rabbi Wayland's Linedin profile.

  • (xv) Congregation's website, accessed 28 December 2018.

  • (xvi) to (xix) Reserved.

  • (xx) Congregation's website (last accessed 11 May 2018), including biography. Rev. Plaskow was awarded an MBE in 1998

  • (xxi) Based upon Rev. Robin's listing in Jewish Year Books 2001 through 2012.

  • (xxii) and (xxiii) Reserved.

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

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

  • (xxvi) Congregation's website, accessed 10 May 2018.

  • (xxvii) Charities Commissioners website (in beta test stage), accessed 13 May 2018.

  • (xxviii) The London Borough of Barnet, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the the Municipal Boroughs of Finchley and Hendon and Urban District of Friern Barnet (all of which had been in the former county of Middlesex) with the Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet (both of which had been part of the county of Hertfordshire).

  • (xxix) The former Registration District was Hendon, from the formation of Congregation until 1 April 1999. All registers would now be held by current register office.

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Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 10 May 2018
Latest revision or update: 28 December 2018

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