Ealing Liberal Synagogue

Ealing, London W13



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Congregation Data


Ealing Liberal Synagogue

Former Names(i):

Ealing Liberal Jewish Synagogue, from about 1953 to 1954

Ealing Liberal Jewish Congregation, until about 1953


Lynton Avenue, Drayton Green, Ealing, London W13 0EB (from 1953(ii))

Current Status:


Date Formed:

23 August 1943


Liberal Progressive


A constituent synagogue of Liberal Judaism (formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues- ULPS) from, or from shortly following, its founding.(iii)



(To view a short profile of a minister who also served other UK congregations - name in blue - hold the cursor over his or her name.)

M. Simons (also Hon. President) - from about 1949 until about 1964(iv)

D. Breslauer - about 1965(v)

Rabbi Douglas Charing - about 1973(vi)

Rabbi Sybil Ann Sheridan - from about 1981 until about 1986(vii)

Rabbi Hillel Avidan - from 1986 until 1992(viii)

Rabbi Miri Lawrence (1st term) - from 1992 until 1995(ix)

Rabbi Melinda Carr - from about 1997 until about 2004(x)

Rabbi Janet Burden - from about 2005 until August 2020, and thereafter emeritus(xi)

Rabbi Miri Lawrence (2nd term) - freelance from October 2020, formally from January 2021(ix)

Membership Data:

Congregation's website (accessed December 2017)

1953 - over 100 members(xii)

National Reports and Surveys(xiii)

1977 - 136 male members and an estimated 137 female members

1983 - 140 male members and an estimated 140 female members

1990 - 212 members (comprising 74 households, 50 individual male and 88 individual female members)

1996 - 169 members (comprising 85 households, 27 individual male and 57 individual female members)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)

Congregation's Annual Reports(xiv):











Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no. 1037099), under the name Ealing Liberal Jewish Congregation, registered on 28 April 1994. The governing document is the congregation's Constitution adopted 14 May 1989.(xv)

Local Government District:

The West London suburb of Ealing is a residential area in the London Borough of Ealing and was previously (from 1901 until 1965) in the somewhat smaller former Municipal Borough of Ealing.(xvi)

Registration District (BMD):

Ealing(xvii) - Link to Register Office website


See London Cemeteries of Liberal Judaism.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Based upon the name listed in Jewish Year Books. The change from "Congregation" to "Synagogue" first appeared in the 1954 edtion and the word "Jewish" was omitted with effect from the 1955 edition.

  • (ii) Jewish Year Books from 1954 give the address as "Drayton Green". the addition of Lynton Avenue" first appears in the Jewish Year Book 1993, or possibly 1992.

  • (iii) The congregation is first listed in the Jewish Year Book 1945/6 (the first edition following war-time break in publication), being listed as ULPS congregation.

  • (iv) Based upon Mr Simon's listing as Honorary President & Minister in Jewish Year Books from 1950 through 1964 and was previously referred to as just Honorary President.

  • (v) Based upon Mr. Beslauer's listing as minister in Jewish Year Book 1966.

  • (vi) Based upon Rabbi Charing's listing in Jewish Year Book 1974.

  • (vii) Based upon Rabbi Sheridan's listing in Jewish Year Books from 1982 through 1986 and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (1986-2015).

  • (viii) Based upon Rabbi Avidan's listing in Jewish Year Books from 1988 through 1994.

  • (ix) First Term - based upon Rabbi Lawrence's listing in Jewish Year Books from 1995 through 1997. Second term - Jewish Chronicle press report of 8 October 2020 entitled "It's good tobe back says Ealing's returning rabbi".

  • (x) Based upon Rabbi Carr's listing in Jewish Year Books from 1998 through 2004. Rabbi Carr later became Rabbi Indigo Jonah Raphael.

  • (xi) Rabbi Burden's LinkedIn profile, accessed 15 August 2018 and Jewish Chronicle press report of 8 October 2020 on the appointment of her successor entitled "It's good tobe back says Ealing's returning rabbi".

  • (xii) Website accessed December 2017.

  • (xiii) 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.

  • (xiv) Membership figures extracted from the congregation's annual reports for the years 2013 to 2017, available on the Charity Commissioners website. Figures stated exclude affiliate members, friends and youth.

  • (xv) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 26 March 2018.

  • (xvi) The London Borough of Ealing, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the Municipal Boroughs of Ealing, Acton and Southall, all of which had been in the former county of Middlesex.

  • (xvii) The former Registration District was Brentford, from formation of the congregation until 1 October 1947. All registers would now be held by current register office.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

  • Annual Reports filed with the Charities Commission (pdf):

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Ealing

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

Greater London home page

Page created: 26 October 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 26 March 2018
Latest revision or update: 23 October 2020

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