History

Today, Edgware is known for its thriving Jewish Community with an abundance of places of worship, a Mikvah, Jewish schools, kosher shops and restaurants as well as having an Eruv. But just over eighty years ago Edgware was an emergent community.

In 1924 the Northern Line was extended from Golders Green to Edgware and with that extension and the development of new housing, the first Jews moved into Edgware. In 1927, the Barnett family moved here and searched for other orthodox Jews in the area. As a result, the Edgware Hebrew Congregation was started. Initially services were held in members’ houses; however, bigger premises were soon needed and the growing community moved into Lodge House on the corner of Canons Park and the High Street. The community continued to grow and in 1934, aided by a gift of land in Mowbray Road from a local property developer, a synagogue was built and consecrated on 2 September 1934, 27 Sivan, 5694. The community continued to use Mowbray Road (where the present Rosh Pinah Early Years’ Center is located) until the move, in 1957, into the present premises on the Edgware Way.

The need for spiritual guidance and education was recognized by the founders of the community and in 1931 an advertisement was placed in the Jewish Chronicle for a Hebrew teacher. Reverend Saul Amias, a graduate of Jews’ College, was appointed. Apart from a break during the war years when Rev Amias became a Forces’ Chaplain, he served the community until his retirement on 1 March 1975, 18 Adar 5735. Under his guidance, Edgware became a thriving community and Rosh Pinah School was established by him. Upon his retirement, the community appointed Rabbi Cyril Harris as minister and he remained with the community until 1979. In 1981 Rabbi, Benjamin Rabinowitz, was inducted by the then Chief Rabbi, Lord Jakobovits. The Rabbonim of the community were all ably assisted by Chazanim starting with Rev. Fagan and including Rev. Asher Hainowitz, Rev. Zev Toren, Chazan Yossi Malovany FRCM, Rev. Stephen Robins and Shimon Cramer.

Edgware Synagogue’s members play a pivotal role in all aspects of Jewish life. There are always shiurim and classes for Jewish education and learning. The welfare of the community’s members was – and is – paramount and today is organised by the team of volunteers called Edgware Community Cares. Women contributed to communal life via the Ladies Guild which today continues to serve the community and has also evolved into interest groups such as the Reading and Craft circles. The children and youth have over the past decades been served by a variety of movements based in the Synagogue premises including B.A., The Jewish Lads Brigade, Brownies and Guides, Scouts, Maccabi and BBYO.

Edgware United at the beginning of the twenty first century is continuing to evolve as a center for Jewish worship, life and learning. In January 2007  Rabbi Rabinowitz retired from Edgware.

On the 13th January 2008 Rabbi Lister took up the position of Rabbi for Edgware United Synagogue.

Special thanks to the late Joe Perlmutter for providing an in-depth history from which this extract was taken.

Upcoming Events

Special Breakfast and Shiur

25th December - Learn more

A Very Merry Jewish Xmas with Rabbi Jonny Hughes.

Shacharit at 8:30am followed by Breakfast

Tea & Torah

21 December at 10am - Learn more

Michael Gillis will be speaking on:

Home Thoughts from Abroad: How the Sunderland Jewish Community faced the challenges of WW2 – and their unique solution

Men and Women welcome

The Lister’s 10th Anniversary Shabbat Dinner

19 January 2018 - Learn more

You are invited to dinner on Friday 19th January 2018 to celebrate Rabbi and Rachie Lister’s 10th anniversary at Edgware United.

£10 per adult, £6 per child (aged 3-13 years), free for under 3s.

Pre-booking essential by clicking here

TGIF Ladies Programme

Next session: Wednesday 17th January at 8:30pm - Learn more

Series of 6 discussions for girls & ladies culminating in a Friday night service run by women for women.

Please email abikurzer@gmail.com to sign up.

 

 

Contemporary Left Antisemitism

Tuesday 9 January at 8:15pm - Learn more

Dr David Hirsh will be speaking on Contemporary Left Antisemitism.  Entrance £3 (including refreshments) to be paid at the door on the night. Pre-Booking essential by clicking here.

Motzei Madness 2017/18

Fortnightly from 2nd December 2017 to 13 January 2018 - Learn more

£3 per child over the age of 3. Special price if booking for all 3 dates. Click here to book now

CRP Registration Form 2017

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To register please complete our online form.  Forms received AFTER Wednesday each week will NOT be registered until the FOLLOWING SHABBAT. Please allow 3 working days after requesting letters before they are collected. CRP desk will be manned from 10:45 to 11:15 am.

Edgware Tots Stay and Play Group – Monday mornings

Monday morning from 10:00-11:30am during term times - Learn more

Weekly on Monday mornings for ages 0-3yrs, £3 per family.