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

Tea & Torah

Thursday 18 October - Learn more

“From Atoms to Homo Sapiens” with Mr Eli S Lejeune. 10:00 am in the Beit Hamidrash. Men and Women welcome.

Youth Simchat Torah Dinner

Monday 1 October 2018 - Learn more

£5 per person. Click here to book. Bookings must be made by Wednesday 26 September. 

Shabbat Lunch with the President of the Board of Deputies

Shabbat 20 October 2018 - Learn more

Come and enjoy lunch with Marie van der Zyl, the President of the Board of Deputies. £20 per person/£10 per child under 10. Booking essential by clicking here.

The EDGE Succot Family Lunch

Shabbat 29 September 2018 - Learn more

Join us for lunch in the Sukkah. £12.50 per adult and £5 per child. Only pay for up to 2 children as additional are free of charge but must be registered. Booking closes on Friday 21 September. Book by clicking here

Churchill and the Jews

Tuesday 23 October 2018 - Learn more

Richard Cohen will speak about the new biography of Churchill entitled “Walking with Destiny”. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Entrance £3 to be paid at the door on the evening. Pre-Booking essential by clicking here.

Fake News – Can We Believe the Media?

Tuesday 9 October 2018 at 8:15pm - Learn more

Introduced by Jonathan Taylor with speakers Sami Hussein and Nomi Benari. Entrance £3 to be paid at the door on the night. Refreshments included. Click here to pre-book now. 

Dreams of a Nation

Wednesday 5 December - Learn more

EUS together with Mizrachi UK celebrate Israel 70 by presenting a multimedia musical extravaganza presented by Rabbi Andrew Shaw starring Chazan Jonny Turgel and Asaf Flumendorf. Book now to avoid disappointment by clicking here

2018 Poland Trip

7 - 9 October 2018 - Learn more

Join us for a life affirming journey through Poland from Sunday 7 October to Tuesday 9 October.  Click here for the sign-up page.