A Sephardi Jew, Moses Costa, lived in
Finchley in 1756 but modern Judaism dates from
the late 19th century. (fn. 25) Finchley synagogue, a constituent member of the United Synagogue, grew out
of services begun in 1930 at no. 7 Crescent Road. A
synagogue for 500 people opened in Kinloss Gardens
near the North Circular Road in 1935 and was
replaced in 1967 by one on an adjacent site, for
1,350. (fn. 26)
Hampstead Garden Suburb synagogue was built
in 1934 by M. de Metz at Norrice Lea and registered
in 1935. It is one of the largest constituents of the
United Synagogue. (fn. 27)
Woodside Park Hebrew congregation, which from
c. 1945 met at no. 3 Alexandra Grove, (fn. 28) registered
the former Woodside hall in Woodside Park Road
in 1950 and was renamed North Finchley and
Woodside Park district synagogue. It is a district
synagogue of the United Synagogue. (fn. 29)
A Liberal synagogue was founded in 1953, (fn. 30)
meeting in North Finchley library and private houses
and also using Christ Church, St. Mary's, and
Moss Hall school until the existing synagogue was
built in Hutton Grove in 1964. Called Finchley
Progressive synagogue after 1971, the building holds
350. (fn. 31)
Garden Suburb Beth Hamedrash, a constituent
member of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, began in 1953 in North Way on the
Hendon side of Hampstead Garden Suburb and
moved to no. 5 the Bishop's Avenue in 1955. (fn. 32)
Finchley Central synagogue, a constituent of the
Federation of Synagogues, first met in 1956 at the
Congregational hall in Victoria Avenue. A synagogue
to hold 325 was opened in 1961 in Redbourne
Avenue. (fn. 33)
Finchley Reform synagogue was built in 1961 in
Fallowcourt Avenue, North Finchley, and replaced
in 1974 by a new synagogue on the same site and
seating 220. (fn. 34)
||B.L.H.L., Banks Colln. xvi (1756 poor-rate).
||Ex inf. the sec.; G.R.O. Worship Reg. nos. 53606,
||G.R.O. Worship Reg. no. 56188; Illus. Hist. Hampstead Gdn. Suburb .
Jewish Yr. Bk. (1945-6).
||G.R.O. Worship Reg. no. 62863.
Jewish Yr. Bk. (1953).
||Ex inf. the rabbi; G.R.O. Worship Reg. no. 68864.
||G.R.O. Worship Reg. no. 67933; Jewish Yr. Bk.
||Ex inf. the sec.; G.R.O. Worship Reg. no. 68203;
Jewish Yr. Bk. (1956).
||Ex inf. the sec.; G.R.O. Worship Reg. nos. 70445,