This is a fully illustrated history of the Golders Green Synagogue which was founded in
1915 during the First World War.
At the turn of the 20th century, Golders Green comprised
mainly open fields but the coming of the underground precipitated rapid development.
Jews began to move into the area from places like Kilburn and Cricklewood.
Most of the land was owned by Church Commissioners from whom the congregation
eventually purchased its plot in Dunstan Road to erect the first purpose-built synagogue
in Golders Green, consecrated in 1922.
From small beginnings of circa. 20 members, it
soon became a thriving congregation with over 1,500 members at its peak.
Its members made their own contribution to the Armed Forces in both world wars and
their sacrifice is commemorated on the shulís War Memorial. Amongst the ministers
and rabbis in its hundred year history have been Rev Isaac Livingstone, Rabbi Eugene
Newman, Dayan Swift and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks; the latter went on to become the
Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.
In recent times, the Grade II Listed synagogue underwent refurbishment and was transformed
from a tired, dilapidated building to a modern, regenerated place of prayer.
it enjoys religious revival with young families and a very successful Primary Free School.
This books charts and celebrates its first remarkable hundred years.
Helen Fry has written widely on the history of Anglo-Jewry, with particular
reference to the Jews of Devon and Cornwall, including Jews in North
Devon during the Second World War, The Jews of Exeter and The Jews of
Plymouth. She also specialises in WW2, primarily writing about the
refugees from Nazism who fought for Britain. Her WW2 books include
Churchillís Secret Soldiers, The M Room: Secret Listeners who Bugged
the Nazis, Freudsí War, Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick and Inside Nuremberg Prison.
Helen has featured in a number of documentaries for Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5, as well as live
interviews on the BBC and various radio stations. She is a member of the Biographers Club.
Official website: www.helen-fry.com.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 280 4, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published January 2016.