Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue

Northwood, Middx.



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Congregation Data


Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue
(Hebrew Name: Etz Chayim - "Tree of Live")

Working Name:

The Ark Synagogue

Former Name:

Pinner Liberal Jewish Congregation (until 1966), also refered to as Pinner & District Liberal Synagogue (i)


Oaklands Gate, Green Lane, Northwood HA6 3AA (from 1980, purpose-built)

  Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middx. (1966-1980)
  West House, Pinner, Middx. (1964-1966)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Liberal Progressive


A constituent synagogue of Liberal Judaism (formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues)



Former Logo:

Northwood & PinnerLiberal Synagogue logo


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

Rabbi Charles Familant - rabbi in 1964(vi)

Rabbi Dr. Andrew Goldstein(vii) - principal of religious school from 1965, student rabbi and acting minister from 1967, minister and rabbi (later senior rabbi) from 1970 until 2008, emeritus rabbi from 2008

Rabbi Marcia Plumb - associate rabbi from 1990 until 1991(viii)

Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith - assistant rabbi from 1994 until 1997(ix)

Rabbi Rachel Benjamin - assistant rabbi (later associate rabbi) from about 1998 until 2004, 2007 until 2008(x)

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein(xi) - assistant (part-time) rabbi from 2007, senior rabbi from 2008 to present (August 2022)

Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles(xii) - assistant and associate rabbi from 2008 until about 2012

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein(xiii) - rabbi from 2013 to present (August 2022)

Cantor Tamara Wolfson - cantor from May 2018 to 2020(xiv)


Lists of the present and past Presidents, Vice Presidents and Chairpersons of the congregation can be viewed on the congregation's website, as well as a list of those members honoured as Chataonei Torah and Chataonei Bereishit.

Membership Data:

Congregation's website(xix)

1964 - 30 families

2018 - about 1,000 adults and 300 young members

National Reports and Surveys(xx)

1977 - 183 male (or household) members and 27 female members

1983 - 286 male (or household) members and 21 female members

1990 - 503 members (households)

1996 - 691 members (comprising 389 households, 140 individual male and 162 individual female members)

2010 - listed as having 750 to 999 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having 500 to 749 members (by household)

Legal & Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered company, The Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (company no. 09349392), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital, incorporated on 10 December 2014.(xxi)

It is also a registered charity (no. 1160487), registered February 2015, the governing documents being the company's Memorandum & Articles Association.(xxii)

The congregation was originally established as an unincorporated association, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, registered as a charity (no 243618) on 5 January 1967. With effect from 1 April 2015, the whole of its undertaking was transferred to the company and the charity was removed from the register on 4 July 2016.(xxiii)

Affiliated Group:

A group, known as the New Bucks Group, based in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, was affiliated with this congregation in the 1970s.

Membership Data:

1977 -  - 20 male (or household) members and estimated 20 female members(xxiv)

Local Government District:

Northwood, in northwest London suburb, is in the London Borough of Hillingdon, an outer London borough created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

The adjoining suburb of Pinner is in the London Borough of Harrow, an outer London borough created on 1 April 1965, coextensive with the former Municipal Borough of Harrow, which was within the former County of Middlesex.

Registration Districts (BMD):

Northwood - Hillingdon (from 1 April 1965) - Link to Register Office website.

Pinner - Harrow (from 1 October 1947) - Link to Register Office website


See London Cemeteries of Liberal Judaism.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The congregation is listed in Jewish Year Books through 1967 as the Pinner Liberal Jewish Congregation, although in the congregation's history, appearing on the congregation's website, it is referred to as Pinner & District Liberal Synagogue until 1966.

  • (ii) Congregation's website, last accesssed 4 September 2018. In Jewish Year Books 1971 through 1984 the address was given simply as "High Street, Northwood".

  • (iii) Congregation's website.

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) Unless otherwise stated, the names and periods of service for ministers of this congregation is based upon data appearing on the congregation's website, last accessed 4 September 2018.

  • (vi) Based also upon Rabbi Familant's listing in the Jewish Year Book 1965.

  • (vii) Rabbi Andrew Goldstein is the father of Rabbi Aaron Goldstein. He received his doctorate in about 1998 (based upon first reference to it in the Jewish Year Book 1999).

  • (viii) She appears as Marsha Plumb on the congregation's website, accessed 4 September 2018 (and was not listed in any Jewish Year Books with respect to this congregation). However, this is believed to be a reference to Rabbi Marcia Plumb.

  • (ix) However, in Jewish Year Books, Rabbi Smith was listed as a rabbi for this congregation only in 1997.

  • (x) Rabbi Benjamin later served as associate rabbi, although this is not mentioned on the congregation's website.

  • (xi)The congregation's website, last accessed August 2022. He is the son of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Goldstein.

  • (xii) Jewish Chronicle Pressreader report dated 2 May 2008 of Costa Rican born Rabbi Athias-Robles's appointment.

  • (xiii) Profile of German-born Rabbi Mühlstein was formerly on congregation's website. The website was last accessed August 2022.

  • (xiv) Congregation's website, accessed 15 November 2020.

  • (xv) to (xviii) Reserved.

  • (xix) Website accessed 4 September 2018.

  • (xx) 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.

  • (xxi) Company House website (in beta test stage), accessed 4 September 2018.

  • (xxii) Charity Commission website (in beta test stage), accessed 4 September 2018.

  • (xxiii) Charity Commission website (in beta test stage), accessed 4 September 2018 and congregation's directors report for year to 31 March 2016.

  • (xxiv) Reports on Synagogue Affiliation in the United Kingdom 1977, published by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for link to the report.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

  • Annual Reports and accounts filed with Companies House and/or the Charities Commission (pdf):

  • Bibliography - Greater London.

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Hillingdon

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Harrow

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than East End)

Greater London home page

Page created: 30 October 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 4 September 2018
Sate most recently amended: 5 August 2022

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