Kol Chal - Hatch End Jewish Community

Hatch End, Middx.



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Congregation Data(i)


Kol Chai - Hatch End Jewish Community


434 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middx HA5 4RG (from 1992, extended in 2002/3)

Current Status:


Date Founded:

Initial meeting held in October 1986 followed by Friday evening services, a formal community being established in 1987




A constituent synagogue of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain) since 1987.



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

Rabbi Samuel Rodrigues-Pereira - from February 1989 until 2001, thereafter emeritus(iii)

Rabbi Dr. Michael Hilton - from September 2001 until September 2017, therafter emeritus(iv)

Rabbi Naomi Goldman - from September 2017 until present (September 2022)(v)

Membership Data:

National Reports & Surveys(viii)

1990 - 141 members (comprising 122 households, 10 individual male and 9 individual female members)

1996 - 246 members (comprising 187 households, 30 individual male and 29 individual female members)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 200 to 299 members (by household)

Congregation's website

2006 - 400 adults(ix)

2018 - 300 families(x)

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered unincorporated charity (no. 299063), registered on 22 April 1988. The governing document is the congregation's constitution adopted 9 June 1987, as amended 8 March 1988.(xi)

Local Government District:

The suburb of Hatch End is in the London Borough of Harrow, created on 1 April 1965, situated in the northwest of the administrative area of Greater London.

Bibliography - Harrow

Registration District (BMD):

Harrow (since formation of congregation) - Link to Register Office website

Cemetery Information:

The congregation has "London Synagogue" membership of the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS), which includes rights of burial at one of the Society's cemeteries, in particular the Western Cemetery, Bulls Cross Ride, Cheshunt. There is also generally the option (through the JJBS) of a Woodland Burial in Cheshunt or cremation at Golders Green Crematorium.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Unless otherwise stated, all congregational data is based upon information appearing in a History of the congregation on the congregation's website, last accessed 17 February 2021.

  • (ii) Reserved.

  • (iii) Rabbi Rodrigues-Pereira's Obituary in Jewish Chronicle 27 March 2009 and his profile formerly on the congregation's website.

  • (iv) Based upon Rabbi Hilton's listing as minister in Jewish Year Books 2002 through 2015 and his profile on the congregation's website, last accessed 30 September 2022.

  • (v) Rabbi Goldman's profile on the congregation's website, last accessed 30 September 2022. Rabbi Goldman was ordained in 2017.

  • (vi) and (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) 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.

  • (ix) Website accessed 10 May 2015.

  • (x) Website accessed 29 November 2018.

  • (xi) Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 29 November 2018.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Harrow

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

List of Member Synagogues of the Jewish Joint Burial Society

Greater London home page

Page created: 31 October 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 29 November 2018
Page most recently amended: 30 September 2022

Formatting and research by David Shulman

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