Golders Green Synagogue

London N.W.11.





The Establishment of Golders Green Synagogue by Lynne Fertleman



The laying of the Foundation Stone took place on Sunday 16th October 1921. The President of the United Synagogue, Mr Lionel de Rothschild MP OBE, laid the stone.  Rev Livingstone, who was assisted by Rev G Prince with help from the St John’s Wood Synagogue Choir, conducted the service.  The Chief Rabbi gave an address.



The Jewish Chronicle reported that that the Foundation Stone recorded the names of those who performed the ceremony together with the names of the Chairman of the Building Committee and the Architect.  However, the names of both the Chief Rabbi and the Minister were omitted. The Jewish Chronicle expressed surprise at the omission because of the hard work done by the Minister, Rev Livingstone.   They also reported that this error was not a good thing because when people read the stone in the future, they might wrongly assume that the Synagogue was just a business concern.  They also paid homage to Mr Benjamin Drage who was “the leading spirit in the movement” which resulted in the Synagogue being established. (57) 



Reference (which also appears if you hold the cursor over the number of the note in the text):

(57) Jewish Chronicle 21 Oct 1921. pp16-18.

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