Brondesbury Synagogue Semi-Jubilee Celebration Record, compiled by Dayan Harris Lazarus, 1930.

6r Brondesbury_0001This little book was printed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Brondesbury Synagogue in 1905.  It explains that as Jews moved to the rapidly growing districts of Brondesbury and Willesden Green at the close of the nineteenth century, a new synagogue was needed.  The two nearest synagogues, St. John’s Wood and Hampstead both had their memberships full.  The founding meeting was held on October 28th, 1900, at the home of Mr. Solomon Barnett, and the first donations were pledged.  the chosen site was in Chevening Road, N.W.6.  The site was purchased from Mr. Barnett for £1,020, which was a price far below its real value. the United Synagogue provided a loan of £4,500, provided that the balance of £6,500 was found by local effort.  Mr. Barnett lent a corrugated iron building which could be used as a temporary synagogue and afterwards for housing the Hebrew Classes.

6r Brondesbury_0002Mr. Harris Lazarus, B.A., a student of Jew’s College, later to become Dayan Lazarus, was appointed as “Preacher and Reader”.  The Synagogue was opened and consecrated on Sunday, 4th Nissan, 5665 – April 9th 1905.  Sir Marcus Samuel (later Viscount Bearstead) laid the Memorial Stone and Mr. Lionel de Rothschild declared the building open.

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