Ahavas Yisrael Synagogue

Edgware, Middx.





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Maccabi House, current home of Ahavas Yisrael, June 2018
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Congregation Data


Ahavas Yisrael Synagogue


Maccabi House , Gideon Close, Manor Park Road (just off Station Road), Edgware, Middx. HA8. (The premises are those of the Langdon College and the Brady Club.)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

29 January 2016 (inaugaral services)(i)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


On 11 July 2016, the Congregation was admitted to the United Synagogue as a full constituent member,(ii) the Congregation having been formed as an initiative of the United Synagogue. (See also Edgware United Synagogue)



Rabbinic Leaders:
(To view a short profile of a rabbinic leader - hold the cursor over his name.)

Dayan Elimelech Vanzetta (& Rebbetzen Rochel Vanzetta) - from January 2016 to June 2019(iii)

Rabbi Alan Wilkinson (& Rebbetzen Ruth Wilkinson) - from 2019 to present (May 2020)(iv)

Membership Data:

National Reports & Surveys(v)

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

Charitable & Legal Status:

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

(A registered (non-profit) company, Ahavas Yisrael Limited (company no. 09831758), was incorporated on 20 October 2015 as a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital. This was also a register charity (no. 1166122), registered on 18 March 2016. However, as of 25 March 2018, no returns had been filed for this entity, which appears to be inactive.(vi))

Local Government Districts:

Edgware, a residential suburb in Northwest London, has a substantial Jewish minority. Most of Edgware (including the locality in which the synagogue is situated) is in the London Borough of Barnet (formed 1965).

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

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


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

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Jewish Chronicle 4 February 2016.

  • (ii) "Ahavas Israel Joins US Family" - United Synagogue website 13 July 2016 and the United Synagogue Trustees' Report and Annual Accounts for year ended 31 December 2016.

  • (iii) Congregation's website, accessed 27 December 2018, which then included a brief biography of Dayan Vanzetta, and letter from him regarding his resignation, dated 27 June 2019.

  • (iv) Congregation's website, accessed 5 April 2020, which includes a brief biography of Rabbi Wilkinson.

  • (v) 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.

  • (vi) Charities Commissioners website (during beta test stage), Open Charities website, and Open Corporates website, both accessed 25 March 2018.

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Latest revision or update: 5 May 2020

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