Hendon United Synagogue
Rabbi Mordechai Ginsbury with Assistant Rabbi Yisroel Binstock
When was it founded?
How big is the congregation?
There are approximately 833 families.
What does is offer young families?
There are regular Shabbat services for children, Bnei Akiva for ages six to 16 on Shabbat afternoon. We have Avos u’banim on Motsei Shabbat, Tefillin breakfast on Sunday morning, batmitzvah classes, and a new parents’ meal rota as our regular events. We often have activities and events for children.
Is there a cheder?
Tribe runs a Sunday morning session called ‘More than just Cheder’.
Tell us an interesting fact about the synagogue
Founded in 1928, the first site of the synagogue was in Brent Street. The plot was purchased for £2,150 and a building constructed at a cost of £1,000. It was the first purpose built synagogue in Hendon and in 1940 was sold to Hendon Adath Synagogue, which now occupies our former site.
The honorary officers were constantly on the lookout for alternative accommodation because the United Synagogue, to which Hendon had become affiliated, would not permit a permanent structure to be erected in Brent Street as it was less than one and a half miles from the Golders Green Synagogue.
Eventually, a derelict site known as ‘the gravel pit’ was located at Raleigh Close and the owners – the trustees of All Souls College, Oxford – agreed to lease it to the United Synagogue for a term of 99 years at the annual rental of £100. The present synagogue was consecrated on 15 September 1935 and cost £20,000 to erect.
Contact number: 020 8202 6924 Shul website: www.hendonsynagogue.com