Brondesbury Park Synagogue

(formerly Willesden Synagogue)

Willesden, London NW2




Page created: 8 October 2006
Latest revision or update: 25 February 2015

Leslie Bailey 2008
 Reproduced with kind permission

A photograph of the Brondesbury Park Synagogue (January 2008)

Congregation Data

Current Name:

Brondesbury Park Synagogue

Former Names:

Brondesbury Synagogue (to about 2007)

Willesden and Brondesbury Synagogue (to early 2000's)

Willesden Synagogue (to 1974)

Willesden District Synagogue (to 1939)

West Willesden Hebrew Congregation (to 1934)

Harlesden Hebrew Congregation (to early 1930's)

Current Address:

143 Brondesbury Park (adjacent to Heathfield Park), London NW2 5JL (from about 1939)

Previous Addresses:

College Road, Kensal Rise, London N.W.10 (from 1934)
and prior to then, in Park View College; in a scout hut in the grounds of a convent in Crown Hill Road, NW10; and previously a house in Stonebridge Park

Date Formed:

1931 (although it had previously met in private homes since 1926)

Current Status:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


A affiliated synagogue of the United Synagogue from 1931, becoming a district synagogue in 1934 and a constituent synagogue of the United Synagogue from 1939.

Mergers and Consolidation:

In 1939, the Willesden Green Federation Synagogue, which owned the land at Heathfield Park and leased the adjoining property at 143 Brondesbury Park, was incorporated into the congregation.

In 1974, when the Brondesbury Synagogue closed, many of its members transferred to the congregation, which was renamed  the Willesden and Brondesbury Synagogue.

In 1988, membership increased on closure of the Ohel Shem (Federation) Synagogue.

Membership Data:

Number of male seat-holders, 1870 -1970: (source)











Local Government Districts:

Willesden and Brondesbury are in the London Borough of Brent, within the administrative area of Greater London, both of which entities were established on 1 April 1965.

Previously, they were in the former Municipal Borough of Willesden  (incorporated as a borough in 1933 - prior to then it was the Urban District of Willesden from 1894) within the former County of Middlesex, both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

Registration Districts:

From 1 October 1909 - Willesden
Since 1 April 1965 - Brent (which should now hold the registers)

On-Line Articles on the Congregation

History of the Willesden & Brondesbury Synagogue 1934-1994 by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser.
Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive (including lists of rabbis and synagogue officers).

Other Congregation Information

  • Marriage Registers:

    • A copy of the "Willesden District Synagogue" Register for 1935-1939 held by the Board of Deputies (ref; 16/43a/1) and gives the reason for cessation as "disused".

    • Copies of the "Willesden Brondesbury Synagogue" Registers (presumably the old Brondesbury Synagogue) - seven registers for 1905-1974 - held by the Board of Deputies (ref; 16/41a/1-7).

    • A copy of the "Willesden Green Federated Synagogue" Register for 1937-1939 held by the Board of Deputies (ref; 16/44a/1) and gives the reason for cessation as "disused".

  • Bibliography:

  • Cemetery Information:

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Brent

Jewish Congregations in Greater London

Greater London home page

List of United Synagogue Congregations

Explanation of Terms Used


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