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Date of Creation:

1929 - 2004

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • Records of the North London Progressive Synagogue contain: Administration: Council minutes (1964-2003); Council papers (1993-2001); Annual General Meeting (1995-2004); Other Committees and Groups (1995 - 2002); Services (1965-2002); Papers and Correspondence (1967-2004); Creche (1996-2001). Members: Application Forms (1941?-2000); Membership Register and Addresses (1969 - 1996); Deceased Members (1996-2004); Burial Scheme Forms (1964-1965); Transfers (2001-2002); Survey (2000). Finance: Summary Accounts (1969-1974); Ledgers (1955-1965); Cash Books (1959-1972); Journals (1957-1971); Finance Papers (1997-2000). Education: Religious School (1984-2002?); Student Artwork (1976). Building: Building Survey (1954-1973) ; Plans (1988). Photographs (192- - 2002). Printed Material: Posters and Display Boards (1930?-2001); Service Leaflets (1963-2001); Publicity (1930-2001); Synagogue Magazines (1996-2001); Newspapers Cuttings (1929-1982). Historical Notes: Publications (1971); Synagogue Histories and Memoirs (1937-2001).
Extent: 4.53 linear metres
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • In 1921, Rabbi Israel Mattuck, Lily Montagu and Dr. Claude Montefiore looked to establish a progressive Jewish congregation in north London and enlisted Rabbi Dr Maurice L. Perlzweig in the same year to become lay minister of the congregation. North London Progressive Synagogue had close links with the Liberal Jewish Synagogue (see collection at reference code ACC/3529) and Rabbi Perlzweig was appointed Minister there in 1924 while still Minister at the North London Progressive Synagogue.

    The inaugural service for the congregation was held in Stoke Newington Public Library, Church Street in April of that year. The congregation thrived, sometimes reaching a total of 300 attendees which led to the building of a new temporary synagogue at Belfast Road, Stoke Newington in 1927 with lease expiring in 1936. The congregation moved back to the library hall until 1939 when it moved to the Stamford Hill Clubs. Further increases in the size of the congregation led to a new synagogue being acquired at 30 Amhurst Park, Stoke Newington in 1946. New synagogue consecrated at 100 Amhurst Road, 1956 and congregation grew to nearly 1,000 by 1962. The synagogue closed in 2004.

    Source of information: 'The First 50 Years of Progressive Judaism at North London Progressive Synagogue, 1921-1971' edited by Millie Miller, 1971. LMA/4659/H/01/001.
Copyright: City of London
Source of Acquisition:
  • B04/065
  • B08/070
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018
Related Material: ACC/3529
Language Notes: Some Hebrew