North Western Reform Synagogue

The North Western Reform Synagogue, commonly known as Alyth,[a] is a Reform Jewish congregation and synagogue, located at Temple Fortune, Golders Green, in the Borough of Barnet, north-west London, England, in the United Kingdom.

North Western Reform Synagogue
AffiliationReform Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusSynagogue
  • Rabbi Golan Ben-Chorin
  • Rabbi Hannah Kingston
  • Rabbi Elliott Karstadt
  • Rabbi Colin Eimer
  • Rabbi Josh Levy (Emeritus)
LocationAlyth Gardens, Temple Fortune, Golders Green, Borough of Barnet, London, England NW11 7EN
CountryUnited Kingdom
North Western Reform Synagogue is located in Greater London
North Western Reform Synagogue
Location of the synagogue in Greater London
Geographic coordinates51°34′46″N 0°11′47″W / 51.5794°N 0.1964°W / 51.5794; -0.1964
Date established1933 (as a congregation)

Overview edit

Logo of the congregation

The congregation was founded in 1933, and its building was built in Alyth Gardens in 1936, on land carved out from the West London Synagogue’s cemetery in Hoop Lane.[2] In 1942, the congregation became a founding member of Associated British Synagogue, now known as the Movement for Reform Judaism.[3] With approximately 2,500 adult and 1,000 child members, the congregation is one of the largest Reform synagogues in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]

In 1958, the (Leo Baeck Centre was completed and in 2004 social spaces were expanded and a kindergarten completed.[citation needed]

In 2021 its members approved a £6 million upgrade to the synagogue building.[4]

Clergy edit

The following individuals have served as rabbi of the congregation:[2]

Ordinal Officeholder Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Solomon Starrels 1933 1938 4–5 years
2 Maurice Perlzweig 1938 1942 13–14 years Also chair of the World Union of Jewish Students in 1933 and had helped to create the World Jewish Congress
Vivian Simmons 1942 1943 0–1 years Acting, on secondment from West London Synagogue
3 Dr Werner van der Zyl 1943 1958 14–15 years Also founder and president of Leo Baeck College[2]
4 Philip Cohen 1958 1972 13–14 years
5 Dow Marmur 1972 1983 10–11 years
6 Charles Emanuel 1983 2003 19–20 years
7 Laura Janner-Klausner 2003 2011 7–8 years Later Senior Rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism[5]
8 Mark Goldsmith 2006 2019 12–13 years Later Senior Rabbi at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue in 2019
9 Josh Levy 2008 2023 14–15 years Emeritus; later Chief Executive of the Movement for Reform Judaism in 2023
10 Colin Eimer 2015 incumbent 8–9 years
11 Hannah Kingston 2017 incumbent 6–7 years
12 Elliott Karstadt 2020 incumbent 3–4 years
13 Golan Ben-Chorin 2024 incumbent 0 years

Notable members edit

  • Leo Baeck, a German rabbi, scholar and theologian who served as president of the congregation from 1947 to 1956
  • Norman Bentwich, a barrister and legal academic, who served as president of the congregation from 1958 to 1971

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Alyth is a name derived from the road on which the synagogue is located since 1936.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ "About: Find us". Alyth website.[self-published source?]
  2. ^ a b c "Our history". Alyth website. Retrieved 9 January 2016.[self-published source?]
  3. ^ "North Western Reform Synagogue". Jewish Communities and Records – UK. JewishGen and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  4. ^ Toberman, Barry (3 March 2021). "Members approve £6 million upgrade for Golders Green shul". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  5. ^ Rocker, Simon (21 July 2011). "Meet the media-savvy voice of Reform Judaism". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2 November 2012.

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