Our History

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1960
1960

Finchley Reform Synagogue (originally called the Woodside Park and District Reform Synagogue) was established with just 20 families.

1961

The community were kept informed by a newsletter which subsequently became the Tree of Life

1962

Beame affiliated to the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain

1963

High Holy Day Appeal raised money to build a well in West Bengal – the first of many appeals to raise money for those in need.

1968

FRS employs its first Rabbi – Henry Goldstein

1970
1973

Saw the arrival of Rabbi Jeffrey Newman whose commitment and passion ensured that the synagogue became the cutting edge of Reform Judaism in the UK.

1974

Launch of FRS’s innovative Friday Group – learning and training for B’nei Mitzvah

1978

A Soviet Jewry committee was established which formed links with Refuseniks.

1979

FRS Charity group was formed

1980
1981

FRS kindergarten opened its doors to under 5s in the local Jewish community.

New Connexions started, a group set up by Rabbi Howard Cooper to explore spirituality.

1985

Hospitality lunches were offered to the homeless.

1988

FRS was twinned with Kol HaNeshama, a Reform community in Jerusalem.

1990
1999

Established Outreach and the Czech Scroll Group.

2000
2000

Jeffrey Newman retired as Principal Rabbi.

2008

Rabbi Miriam Berger appointed Principal Rabbi.

2009

Cantor Zöe Jacobs, first Reform cantor in the UK appointed to FRS. Launch of Kochavim, an innovative education programme for 5 to 11 year olds. FRS twinned with the Jewish community in Polotsk, Belarus.

2010
2010

Involvement with London Citizens. 50th anniversary celebrations.

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