Finchley Central Synagogue

("Finchley Fed")

Finchley, London N3



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Congregation Data


Finchley Central Synagogue

also known as Finchley Federation Synagogue (or simply Finchley Fed)
(previously also known as Finchley Central Hebrew Congregation)


Old School House, 2 Victoria Avenue, Finchley, London N3 1BD(ii)

Former Addresses:

Redbourne Avenue, Finchley, London N3 2BS, from about 1960.
Prior to then, services were held at Congregation Hall, Victoria Road, London N3.(iii)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Ashkenazi Orthodox


A constituent synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues from about 1961, previously having had the status of an affiliated synagogue.(v)



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

Rabbi (later Dayan) Pesach Braceiner - from about 1962 until 1983(viii)

Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Telsner - from about 1984 until 2007(ix)

Rabbi Yaacov Hamer (& Rebbetzen Yael Hamer) - from 2007 until 2019(x)

Rabbi Jonny (Yonasan) Roodyn (& Rebbetzen Yael Roodyn) - from January 2020 until present (June 2020)(xi)

Reader (Chazan):

Rev. H. Rich - about 1971 to about 1976(xvi)

Membership Data:

National Reports & Surveys(xvii)

1977 - 139 male (or household) members and 59 female members

1983 - 130 male (or household) members and 62 female members

1990 - 151 members (households)

1996 - 130 members (comprising 50 households, 26 individual male and 54 individual female members)

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

2016 - listed as having 50 - 99 members (by household)

Local Government Districts:

Finchley, a residential suburb in Northwest London, is in the London Borough of Barnet(xviii) and was (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Finchley.

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(xix)  - Link to Register Office website.


For Federation of Synagogues cemeteries (including search of burial records), see under Cemeteries of the Federation of Synagogues.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) The site appears to have been purchased by the congregation in about 2014, although the congregation does not appear to have occupied these premoses for a year or two thereafter, but certainly by 2019.

  • (iii) The Redbourne Avenue address first appeared in the Jewish Year Book 1961, the Congregation Hall address having appeared in previous editions.

  • (iv) Although the congregation was first listed in the Jewish Year Book 1956, the congregation's website, accessed 29 July 2020, refers to "the earliest beginnings of Finchley Federation' being in 1951.

  • (v) The congregation was first listed as a constituent synagogue in the Jewish Year Book 1962.

  • (vi) and (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Based upon Rabbi/Dayan Braceiner's listing as rav of the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1963 through 1984.

  • (ix) Based upon Rabbi Telsner's listing as rabbi of this congregation in Jewish Year Books 1985 through 2007.

  • (x) Based upon Rabbi Hamer's listing as rabbi of this congregation from Jewish Year Book and his on-line profile.

  • (xi) Based upon Rabbi Roodyn's on-line profile.

  • (xii) to (xv) Reserved.

  • (xvi) Based upon Rev. Rich's listing as reader of this congregation in Jewish Year Books 1972 through 1976.

  • (xvii) 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.

  • (xviii) 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 the Municipal Boroughs of Finchley and Hendon and Urban District of Friern Barnet (all of which had been in the former county of Middlesex) with the Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet (both of which had been part of the county of Hertfordshire).

  • (xix) The former Registration District was Hendon, from the formation of the congregation until 1 April 1999. All registers would now be held by current register office.

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Page created: 14 November 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes first added: 22 April 2018
Latest revision or update: 30 June 2020

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