Tsur Yisrael

(Gibraltar Minyan)

Hendon, London NW4




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Congregation Data


Tsur Yisrael (generally known as the Gibraltar Minyan)(ii)


Bet Meir Building at LSJS, 44a Albert Road, Hendon, London NW4 2SJ

Bet Meir is on the campus of the London School of Jewish Studies (formerly Jews' College)

The congregation commenced using LSJS premises in about 2005, initially meeting in the library. Prior thereto, services were held in members' homes.(iii)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

Founded in about 1990,(iv) primarily by Jews of Gibraltar origin.


Orthodox - Western Sephardi (Gibraltar nusach)


None known.

Congregation Split:

In about 2005, the congregation split amicably into two seperate congregations. The majority of the members, living in Hendon, moving into the LSJS facility and with a few of the Golders Green members forming their own synagogue in Temple Fortune the Zichron Shemuel minyan.(v)

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

Rabbi Yaacov Benzaquen - from 2009 to December 2016(viii)

Rabbi Joel Kenigsberg (& Rebbetzen Sarah Kenigsberg) - five months as the scholar-in-residence in about 2019(ix)

Charitable Status:

No information found as to charitable status

Local Government District:

Hendon, a residential suburb in Northwest London, has a substantial Jewish minority, is in the London Borough of Barnet (formed 1965).

Bibliography -  Barnet

Registration District (BMD):

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

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) Tsur Yisrael is Hebrew for "Rock of Israel", thus also eluding the congregation's link with the Rock of Gibraltar.

  • (iii) Article entitled "A taste of calentita in London, pp.20 & 21 of Jewish Renaissance, July 2017 (the "Jewish Renaissance Article").

  • (iv) In the Jewish Renaissance Article (see previous note), it refers to the congregation as being established 27 years previously.

  • (v) The Jewish Renaissance Article.

  • (vi) and (vii) Reserved.

  • (viii) Rabbi Benzaquen's biography on Federation of Synagogues website.

  • (ix) Biography of the Kenigsbergs on Magen Avot's website.

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