Ohel David Eastern Synagogue

Golders Green, London NW11




Page created: 16 November 2006
Latest revision or update: 20 October 2017

Congregation Data

Current Name:

Ohel David Eastern Synagogue

(The Congregation takes its name from Rabbi David Sassoon)

Former Name:

Lincoln Institute Synagogue


Eastern Institute, 4-15 Broadwalk Lane, Golders Green Road, Golders Green, London NW11 8HD.

These building have been used by the Congregation since 1959, but was not purchased by the Congregation until 2001, and were subsequently refurbished. It was previously home to the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash, then known as the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash and Lincoln Institute.)

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Sephardi Orthodox. The majority of the members originated from Iraq, India, Iran, Lebanon and Syria and the Congregation uses the special "Nusach Bahgdad", as well as various Middle Eastern traditions and tunes. This is claimed by some to be the oldest nusach reputedly dating back to the first exile and the time of the prophet Daniel.


It was one of the synagogues that made up the Eastern Jewry Community (or Eastern Jewry Synagogues) established in 1955, but now appears to be independent.

Official Website:



Rabbi S. Abraham - from at least 1980 until at least 1990(ii)

Rabbi Simon Silas - from about 1992 until 1993(iii)

Rabbi Abraham Gubbay - from at least 1994 until July 2010(iv)

Rabbi Asher Sebbag - from about 2011(v) until present (October 2017)(vi)


2015 - 450 members(vii)

Local Government Districts:

Golders Green, a residential suburb in Northwest London with a substantial Jewish population, is in the London Borough of Barnet and was (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Hendon (incorporated as a borough in 1932).(viii)

Registration Districts:

Barnet(ix) - Link to Register Office website

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Jewish Chronicle, 23 December 2015.

  • (ii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1981 through 1991 and may also have been listed in earlier editions and/or the subsequent edition.

  • (iii) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books 1993 and 1994 and may also have been listed in the previous edition.

  • (iv) Based upon listing in Jewish Year Books from 1995 and may also have been listed in the previous edition. Rabbi Gubbay died in July 2010

  • (v) First listed as the Congregation's minister in the Jewish Year Book 2012.

  • (vi) Congregation's website, accessed 15 October 2017.

  • (vii) Congregation's website, accessed 2015.

  • (viii) 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 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) 

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


List of Sephardi Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Golders Green (London Borough of Barnet)

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