Barnet Synagogue

New Barnet, Herts.





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Barnet Synagogue
Barnet Synagogue
© David Newman 2011

Congregation Data


Barnet Synagogue (from 2006(i))

Former Names(ii):

Barnet and District Affiliated Synagogue (1954 to 2006)

(also known as Barnet Affiliated Synagogue and Barnet and District Synagogue)

previously Barnet and District Hebrew Congregation (until 1954)


Eversleigh Road, New Barnet, Herts. EN5 1NE (since about 1965)

Previously at 1 Netherlands Road New Barnet(iii)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


A full member of the United Synagogue since about 2010(v), having previously been an affiliated synagogue from 1954.(vi)



Ministers & Rabbinical Team:
(To view a short profile of a minister - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rev. Bernd Koschland - from about 1965 until about 1969(viii)

Rabbi Isaac Newman - from 1969 until 1989(ix)

Rabbi Pinchas Rosenstein - from about 1989 until 1996(x)

Rabbi Shaul Robinson (& Rebbetzen Sarah Robinson) - part-time from 1997, full-time from 1998 until 2005(xi)

Rabbi Barry Lerer (& Rebbetzen Naomi Lerer) - from June 2006 until February 2019(xii)

Rabbi Dr Samuel Landau (& Rebbetzen Ma’ayan Shoshana Landau) - from April 2019 until present (August 2021)(xiii)

Lay Officers:
(to mid 1950s)(xviii)


1949-1951 - M. Simons

1951-1953 - P. Simons

1953-1956 - M. Simons


1954-1955 - G. Delta

1955-1956 - B. Taylor


1949-1951 - J. D. Spectorov

1951-1953 - S. I. Welt

1953-1954 - P. Simons

Financial Representative

1954-1956 - D. Harker


1949-1951 - P. Simons

1951-1953 - J. Ryness

Membership Data:

United Synagogue (male seat-holders)(xix)







Reports & Surveys(xx)

1977 - 294 male (or household) members and 32 female members

1983 - 305 male (or household) members and 55 female members

1990 - 398 members (comprising 382 households and 16 individual male members)

1996 - 464 members (comprising 441 households, 18 individual male and 5 individual female members)

2010 - listed as having 500 to 749 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having 400 to 499 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

As a constituent of the United Synagogue, the congregation operates within that organisation's registered charity status (registered charity no. 242552).

Local Government Districts:

The area known as New Barnet is in the London Borough of Barnet and was previously (until 1965) part of the county of Hertfordshire and within the former Urban District of East Barnet.(xxi)

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet (since founding of Congregation) - Link to Register Office website


For United Synagogue cemeteries, see Cemeteries of the United Synagogue.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) "Barnet Shul rebrands" -Jewish Chronicle Pressreader report 1 December 2006.

  • (ii) Listing in Jewish Year Books were under the names: Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue (editions 1993-2009), Barnet Affiliated Synagogue (editions 1966-1992), Barnet & District Synagogue (editions 1955-1965) and Barnet & District Hebrew Congregation (editions 1950-1954).

  • (iii) This was the address shown in Jewish Year Books from 1955 through 1964. Subsequently the Eversleigh Road address was given.

  • (iv) Article in the Jewish Chronicle 1 March 2013 on the 65th anniversary of the congregation.

  • (v) Based upon first listing as a full member of the United Synagogue in Jewish Year Books 2011.

  • (vi) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), page 220.

  • (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Based upon the listing of Rev. Koschland, BA as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1966 through 1969.

  • (ix) Based upon Rabbi Newman's listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 1970 through 1989.

  • (x) Based upon Rabbi Rosenheim's listing in Jewish Year Books 1990 through 1995 (although he is listed as Rosenheim (sic) in the 1990 edition) and Jewish Chronicle reports.

  • (xi) Rabbi Robinson's profile on the Torah in Motion website and his listing as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 2010 through 2015. from . Glasgow-born Rabbi Robinson subsequently served as Senior Rabbi at Lincoln Square Synagogue, New York, from September 2005.

  • (xii) Rabbi Lerer's profile on Central Synagogue's website and information provided personally by Rabbi Lerer.

  • (xiii) Congregation's website, last accessed 24 August 2021.

  • (xiv) to (xvii) Reserved.

  • (xviii) The data listed here has been extracted from Jewish Year Books. Where a person is first listed in a year book as holding a particular officer, it has been assumed that his term of office commenced in the year of publication of the relevant year book (which was generally towards the end of the year prior to year appearing the the title of the year book) and that he continued in office until the commencement of office of his successor (e.g. if he is listed in Jewish Year Books 1950 through 1953, it is assumed that he commenced office in 1949 and continued in office until 1953). However, it should be noted that this is only an assumption and accordingly his actual years of office may differ slightly from those shown here. There were no Jewish Year Book listings of officers subsequent to 1956.

  • (xix) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), pages 218/9.

  • (xx) 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.

  • (xxi) The London Borough of Barnet, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet (both of which had been part of the county of Hertfordshire) with the Urban District of Friern Barnet and the Municipal Boroughs of Finchley and Hendon (all of which had been in the former county of Middlesex).


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Page created: 15 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 29 July 2018
Page most recently amended: 24 August 2021

Research and formatting by David Shulman

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