the former

Golders Green & District JRU

London NW11




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Golders Green and District JRU


None - meetings held at hired venues.

Formation and Affiliation:

The congregation was an abortive attempt by the Jewish Religious Union (a precurser of Liberal Judaism) to form a Liberal/Progressive Jewish congregation in Golders Green, where Jewish families had only recently started to settle. An initial meeting to establish the congregation was held in May 1914 in Willifield Club House in Temple Fortune NW11 followed by other meetings and services. However, it would appear that there was, at the time, little demand for such a congregation in the Golders Green area and, by 1915, the attempt had proved unsuccessful, the then small local community deciding to set up a more traditional form of congregation.(i)

Current Status:



Liberal Progressive


None, although Rabbi Dr. Israel Isador Mattuck, the minister of the The Jewish Liberal Synagogue, St. Johns Wood, had been one of the principal initiators of the congregation.(ii)

Local Government District:

Golders Green, a residential suburb in Northwest London with a substantial Jewish minority, is in the London Borough of Barnet,(iii) created in 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London. It was previously in the former Municipal Borough of Hendon, incorporated as a borough in 1932, which prior to that, was the former Hendon Urban District, created 1894, both within the former county of Middlesex.

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

Barnet(iv) - Link to Register Office website

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The Jewish Community of Golders Green (2016) by Pam Fox, p.80.

  • (ii) Ibid.

  • (iii) The London Borough of Barnet, an Outer London Borough, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the the Municipal Boroughs of Hendon and Finchley 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).

  • (iv) The former Registration District was Hendon, from 1 July 1837 until 1 April 1999. Any registers would now be held by current register office.

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