the former

Bet Tikvah (Barkingside) Synagogue

Newbury Park, Ilford, Essex



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Bet Tikvah Synagogue

Former Name:

Barkingside Progressive Synagogue (until about 2003)(i)


129 Perrymans Farm Road, Newbury Park, Ilford, Essex IG2 7LX from January 1981.(ii) (Previously meetings held in the Barnardos Home.)

Current Status:

On 1 January 2017, the Congregation merged with Woodford Liberal Synagogue, Barkingside, to form East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue.(iii)  Initially following the merger, the merged congregation held services at the synagogue buildings of both legacy congregations. However, the last services were held at Perrymans Farm Road premises on Sabbath, 6 January 2018 and the building was sold.(iv)

Date Formed:

1976, as a breakaway from North London Progressive Synagogue(vi)


Liberal Progressive


A constituent synagogue of Liberal Judaism (formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues) until its merger into the East London and Essex Liberal Synaagoge.

Minister: (To view a short profile of the minister, hold the cursor over his name.)

Rabbi David Hulbert - from 1989 until merger, and then serving as a minister of the merged congregation.(vii)

Membership Data:

National Reports & Surveys(ix)

1983 - 60 male members and an estimated 60 female members

1990 - 200 members (households)

1996 - 220 members (households)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 300 to 399 members (by household)

Congregation's Magazine:

The congregation's magazine was HaEtz ("The Tree")(x)

Legal and Charitable Status:

The congregation was a registered charity (no, 283547), registered on 6 November 1981. The governing document was the Constitution & Rules adopted 22 March 1981.(xi)

Local Government Districts:

Barkingside, an area of Ilford, is situated in the London Borough of Redbridge (created in 1965), in the northeast of the administrative area of Greater London.

Registration District (BMD):

Redbridge (since founding of congregation) - Link to Register Office website


See London Cemeteries of Liberal Judaism.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) This was the name under which the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books to 2003.

  • (ii) Congregation's former website.

  • (iii) Website of East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue, accessed October 2017.

  • (iv) Jewish News 9 January 2018 - "Iconic Liberal shul building holds its last service".

  • (v) Reserved.

  • (vi) Congregation's former website.

  • (vii) Website of East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue, accessed January 2018. To view a short profile of Rabbi Hulbert, hold the curser over his name.

  • (viii) Reserved.

  • (ix) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (x) Website of East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (Blog section), accessed August 2018.

  • (xi) Charities Commissioners website (during beta test stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 23 March 2018.


Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation


List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Redbridge

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

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Page created: 16 October 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 23 March 2018
Latest revision or update: 7 Julyh 2020

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